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Apt. Olive-Cozy Nest in the City Center - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-4)

[please inquire about availability and pricing; because of our multiple listings and the limitations of VRBO's pricing algorithm, we cannot make the calendar here work at all and the prices quoted, while good estimates, are not exact -- sometimes too high, sometimes too low]

Apartment Olive is a small, cozy garden apartment, opening into the courtyard of a landmark building in the very heart of Budapest: the geographic fulcrum of the Belvaros (the historic inner semi circle around the Danube) is Ferenciek Square, and Apartment Olive’s building fronts directly onto that square. It’s one of the city’s oldest residential buildings (the building is a bit tattered), sitting directly across from Budapest City Hall.

The courtyard is lovely, lush, and green, extremely unusual for Budapest, with shrubbery and wildflowers and trees growing wilily nilly. Olive opens off the courtyard and so it is quiet and restful even though it is in the dead center of a historic world capital city.

Our favorite pastry shop is across the street from the Ferenciek side of the building; our favorite café is a block away from the City Hall (Varoshaz) side of the building. The Astoria stop of the Red metro is a block from the Varoshaz side, the Ferenciek stop on the Blue metro is just outside the Ferenciek side.

If you exit the Varoshaz side you are across the street from one of the few international newsstands in the city, and that café a block away is the Gerloczy, one of the nicest places for a comfortable meal, coffee, beer, lemonade, or simply a rest in the city center.

The Danube is just a couple of blocks’ walk, the pedestrianized Vaci utca is one block away, the Central Market Hall and Vorosmarty Square are each about 5-10 minutes away depending on how fast you stroll. The Great Synagogue is 2-3 blocks away, the Basilca about 6-8. You can catch a bus into Buda (or the Red Metro) just outside the door.

The apartment itself is ideal for 1-3 people. We have renovated it to capture the feel of an upscale fin de siecle Hungarian garden apartment, with vaulted ceilings and antiques and traditional artisanal pieces throughout. There’s a queen sized bed in the bedroom, a custom shower in the heated tile bathroom (with a converted antique bentwood chamberpot stand as the sink). The bedroom has a (gated and curtained) double door opening directly onto the courtyard for cool summer light, just beside a lovely small antique wardrobe for your clothes.

You enter from the courtyard directly into the livingroom, which has a kitchenette with induction cooktop, fridge, microwave, and clothes washer; a bay window and window seat adjacent to the dining table, a queen convertible sofa (not a folding mattress but a comfortable solid queen), a large flatpanel TV, high speed WiFi internet, free Nespresso coffee system and coffee, free international VOIP outbound calling (and an inbound US telephone number for low-cost incoming calls from the USA).

Olive is two blocks south of our Szervita ter apartment (VRBO #124227) and 2 blocks north of our Apartment Max (VRBO #151479).

If you know Budapest perhaps you have a sense of the ways in which the neighborhood is difficult to describe...while the building that houses Olive is a landmark in the midst of the bustling center city, the apartment is quiet, and one has the feeling of getting away from it all when one is inside (the doors to the courtyard from the street are locked to outsiders after dark).

Yet when you walk out into the street you are within striking distance of almost all major tourist venues. And, less obviously, you are also in a thriving small residential neighborhood -- there are several supermarkets nearby, a laundry across the street, a cleaners two blocks away, a pharmacy nearby, many neighborhood cafes, and a movie house around the corner.


More Details

John Farago
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About John Farago

John's father grew up in Budapest, and John grew up hearing about it, filtered through the oddly appealing love/hate lens of nazism and communism and Central European nostalgia. His father left in the mid-30s, and never went back until a 1975 week-long visit. But Hungary lived within him throughout his colorful career as a journalist, popular historian (author of the books that the films Patton and Tora, Tora, Tora were based on), propagandist and operative for Radio Free Europe. He died in 1980.

John Farago purchased this apartment in 2008

Why John Farago chose Budapest

My wife Jeanne and I visited in 2001 with my father's younger brother, spent a weekend and fell in love with it. We purchased and renovated these apartments for our own use (Belle and Sarah are our daughters, Max is our son, Olive and Andrei are our grandchildren) and only rent them when we are not using them ourselves for friends and family (we have another apartment where we stay ourselves, not very far away).

What makes this apartment unique

We are passionate about Budapest and want to share that enthusiasm with our guests. We would be happy to assist in any way we can to help you have a wonderful trip whether you stay with us or elsewhere. Unless you speak Hungarian, booking tickets to concerts or events can be daunting, and are best handled in advance because so much sells out so swiftly...we are happy to take care of this kind of thing, advise about the city, or book a reservation in a restaurant for the day you arrive (though you may be weary by then).


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Apt. Olive-Cozy Nest in the City Center - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews
Louisville KY

Charming small apartment with great location, fully furnished, and every possible amenity

  • 5 of 5

Apartment Olive is a small and charming apartment conveniently located on Ferenciak tere. It is an easy walk or metro to all the great sites in Pest (Andrassy Avenue, Varosloget Central Park, the Jewish District--and so much more. Lots of great restaurants near by and even a great jazz club (Cafe If) about 20 minutes away. What made the experience of staying at the Apartment Olive so sppecial, though, is the hospitality and graciousness of its owner/host, John Farago. He answered every question over internet, gave us loads of great advice, and checked in to see if everything was okay. His apartments are set up as though they were furnished for his friends. Beautiful furniture, great views, a range of books on Budapest, well set up kitchen (including a Nespress machine), and a washing machiner. The apartment was on the inside of a central court. There were grocery stores within a couple of minutes walk and a ten minute walk or so to the Central Market. We actually never drove anywhere: we either walked or took the metro. However, John provides a free VSOP phone in the flat and a cell phone which you repay the minutes, so it is easy to call a cab. Apartment Olive contains a living/dining room, a bedroom, a kitchen, a full f bath. It was ideal for two people. I know John has other flats that are larger and some are larger. I would happily stay in any of his apartments.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Sydney, Australia

Fabulous stay in Apartment Olive

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Apartment Olive for 8 days from 30 December 2015.

There is so much to love about this apartment. The apartment is on the ground floor in a historic building with an interior courtyard. There is lift access for apartments on upper floors.

The apartment is tastefully furnished with antiques. It is charming, cozy, quiet and comfortable.

The shower was huge with a proper shower head not the hand held shower nozzles you see everywhere else in Europe.

There were bound notes on every aspect of not only the apartment but also every conceivable question you may have when you are in Budapest from medical services to ATMs to dining suggestions and shopping.

Our every need was taken into account - there were guidebooks galore; cook books; books about Hungary and other reading material. There was a washing machine; computer with internet access; hair dryer; various toiletries in the bathroom; towels if we had wanted to avail ourselves of the various thermal spas, all ready to go in a beach bag.

There was a Nespresso machine with coffee pods, tea bags; dishwashing liquid; laundry liquid; mobile phone; local landline with free calls to the US and various other countries.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the property manager who provided explanations regarding the apartment.

To our delight, the fridge had been stocked with fresh smallgoods, butter, milk, pastries and cheese; a loaf of bread was on the counter and a bottle of wine on the shelf.

The location is superb on Varoshaz Utca, close to transport links, restaurants, supermarkets and the shopping in Vorosmarty Square. It was within walking distance of the Jewish Quarter, the Great Hall markets, the Erszebet Bridge. It was close enough to the tourist hub to access the various restaurants and sites yet far enough away to feel like you were part of everyday life in Budapest.

Even when just making enquiries, John the owner, replied within hours to any enquiries we had about the apartment and Budapest itself.

John was available at any time throughout our stay to answer any questions we had.

Apartment Olive was also unbeatable value.

We loved our stay in Budapest and Apartment Olive so much that we are already planning our next visit. Hopefully the secret of how great this apartment is won't get out and it will still be available for our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home at the Olive

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Olive for a week was as close to being at home as is possible. The Olive is quiet, private and yet at the center of the wonders of Budapest. John Fargo provides everything and anything one might need. I recommend a stay at the Olive highly.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Washington, DC USA

Charming, well-situated apartment with a personal touch

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed in Apartment Olive during a weekend trip to Budapest in September 2015. The place is cozy, well-furnished and equipped with most anything you could possibly think to need (especially in the wifi/international communications department). But the best part of the apartment is that it has been endowed with John's personal touch. If you are traveling to Budapest and decide to stay at one of John's apartments, then you will be endowed with his intimate knowledge of the city. John will not hesitate to give you great recommendations and tips directly, but his wealth of knowledge and love of Budapest also manifests itself in the apartments that he cares for and lives in. Apartment Olive felt like a celebration, or homage, to a city that John clearly loves. It's stocked with books and guides about the Budapest and Hungary. His attitude toward the city is infectious, and it will inspire you to discover all that the city has to offer. Don't be surprised if you end up falling in love with it, too.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Apartment Olive-A fun place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Apartment Olive. It is a cozy and charming apartment in an old building. The location was excellent for sightseeing. The best part of staying at the apartment was all the information John sent us prior to our arrival. He covered everything you needed to know to get around and enjoy Budapest. We ate at several of restaurants he recommended and they were all excellent. John's manager had stocked the pantry with enough food to get us by till we could get to grocery store. It was a nice touch and much appreciated after a long flight. We were in Budapest at end of August. The weather was very hot. The air conditioner in the bedroom was a lifesaver. We had a marvelous time in Budapest and would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Budapest - Our New Favourite City

  • 4 of 5

Every year we make the arduous trip from Australia to Europe with the result that we've become 'discerning' travelers. No second tries for us - no packing up and trying somewhere closer to home if our chosen destination doesn't suit. Australia one day, Europe the next, and nothing in between. With that tyranny of distance therefore we (1 ageing male with younger woman partner) spent an inordinate amount of time beforehand in making sure of our choice of destination. And, more importantly, being sure of our choice of venue once we've finally decided which city to explore.

Our general rule is to book an hotel for anything less than four days and an apartment for longer stays. The decision to go for a longer stay apartment in Budapest was made immediately after hearing from John Farago, owner/manager of several Budapest properties, who replied to my initial (tentative) request for information immediately. On my admittedly pedantic methodology of judging venue suitability, the speed and content of John's response marked him as a AAA+ score. He was crisp and creative in his description of Budapest and honest to a fault in his summary of the properties he manages. We exchanged over twenty emails before deciding between us that Olive was probably the most suitable, a decision that's testimony to John's patience and thoroughness.

Having spent the best part of a week exploring Budapest by train (easy and inexpensive) and by walking wherever possible, I can say unequivocally that John's recommendation of Olive, as the apartment best suited to our needs, was spot on. Location for us was the deciding factor which overrode any consideration of size or luxury. Not that Olive falls down on those criteria, simply that a small one bedroom apartment can only offer limited comforts. The kitchen area is small but more than adequate for a couple wanting limited dining facilities. The bedroom, whilst on a par or slightly smaller than the average hotel is similarly adequate, and everything worked well together. We had a temporary, and minor problem with the water temperature, of which I advised John, more by way of acknowledging his email enquiry as to our well being, than an actual complaint. Once more, I can't speak highly enough of his efficiency and courtesy in fixing the 'problem'.

As to Budapest as a destination, there are better reviewers that myself to extol it's virtues so I'll limit myself to just two comments. Try it for yourself and trust John.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Apartment Olive at Varoshaz utca
Car: not necessary

Vaci utca is one block away, the Great Synagogue, the Basilica, the National Museum, the Danube, and the Central Market are all within a 5 minute walk; the bus to two of Budapest's best thermal baths is just outside the door...We are passionate about Budapest and want to share that enthusiasm with our guests. We would be happy to assist in any way we can to help you have a wonderful trip whether you stay with us or elsewhere. Unless you speak Hungarian, booking tickets to concerts or events can be daunting, and are best handled in advance because so much sells out so swiftly...we are happy to take care of this kind of thing, advise about the city, or book a reservation in a restaurant for the day you arrive (though you may be weary by then).


Rates & Availability

Inner City Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Mar 17 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning (1-2 guests)/wk $43

We do not require a deposit but, like a hotel, do ask for credit card information to hold a booking. Payment is due in cash on arrival, but can also be made by bank transfer to our Euro account in Hungary or by credit card (for an additional processing and conversion fee of 8%) or by check in US $ (for an additional conversion and transfer fee of 5%). Other payment options may be possible, email us if there is one that works best for you.

Pricing is approximate, based on VRBO's calculations, which we can't control (for instance, there is no way to factor in the cost of the cleaning fee for 3 or 4 guests). Check with us for a firm quote.


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Inner City Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 sq. ft.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Custom shower; antique furnishings
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Not a folding mattress; solid pull-out bed, as comfortable as a standard bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
FREE worldwide international calling. Nespresso coffee system, iPod dock and speakers, 1 block to Red and Blue Metro lines

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