Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-4)
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 Lipótváros
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).
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
great location, manager is great, showed my son( traveling alone, visiting a friend) around and helped him with questions and map. Apartment is clean, and comfortable.
Owner is amazing - we talked before and he picked up my son from the airport and got him situated. He had a great time in Budapest!
We would recommend highly!
The Budapest Dream Trip
The Apartment Olive was exactly what I expected & met our needs very well. Furthermore, the location near the Astoria Metro, tram, & bus connections simplified our travel around Budapest. Finally, Csusanna, John's official representative, went out of her way to solve problems the final day of our stay. I heartily recommend Apartment Olive for your Budapest holiday!
Lovely spot in centre of town.
From our pickup at the airport and delivery to the apartment in the early morning hours, everything went perfectly.
John has the apartment set up with everything we needed, including a great, sensible written guide to the city with the useful information that makes the trip stress free.
The restaurant guide was much appreciated with a short walk to Gerloczy restaurant for fantastic dinner and lunch.
Morning Nespresso coffees, fresh bread, cheese and wine got us started on arrival.
Budapest is a very walkable city and we were able to keep ourselves busy exploring the area, from our front door, for four days and still have not exhausted the things to see and do.
I would recommend the Apartment Olive highly and put it first on our list if we get back to Budapest.
First time visitor, life time fan
Everything about our stay was exceptional. When we first arrived at the apartment we were greeted by a friendly housekeeper and a call from the host. The apartment layout was wonderful and was the perfect oasis to return to everyday from long days of sightseeing and exploring. We wouldn't consider staying anywhere else on a return visit
Great little apartment
On arrival we found Apartment Olive to be a small comfortable well equipped apartment with good security. There was a welcoming small supply of provisions in the fridge which was greatly appreciated. You will even find a spa bag with towels for a relaxing day at the hot-spring baths. Wi-fi, a computer, phones and power adaptors were available and John had provided a folder which contained a wealth of information for getting around Budapest.
The location of the apartment is great. We used public transport only twice during our week in Budapest. Turn R) and walk a few metres to the main road, turn R) cross the road at the pedestrian lights there is a supermarket and a large bakery next door. Turn L) out the door and a few metres down is a supermarket, turn L) again and walking down towards the river you will find a street full of restaurants and fashion shops.
There are so many interesting places within easy walking distance of Apartment Olive, such as the Market Hall and Parliament House, as well walking over the bridges to Gellert Baths and Buda Castle. There are excellent views of the city from Buda castle and the museum is certainly worth a visit.
I have no hesitation in recommending Apartment Olive as a comfortable place to stay, in an easy location for getting around Budapest.
Many thanks John, we enjoyed our stay in Apartment Olive and had a great holiday in Budapest.
Compact, but Comfortable and Close to the Best of Budapest
Apt. Olive is a compact yet functional home base from which to explore all that the beautiful city of Budapest has to offer. The owners were quick to respond and provide valuable information before and during our stay. They even stocked the pantry and refrigerator with basic foods to get us started as well as some goodies and a bottle of wine to welcome us to their city. The bathroom was also stocked with items that might be needed in a pinch and the computer was helpful as well. The owners arranged our transfer from the airport (much appreciated) and had someone meet us at the apartment to overview the amenities and the check out process. As we were settling in, the owners followed up with a telephone call. They truly care about their renters.
The apartment was relatively quiet other than an occasional dog barking in the courtyard, the bed was comfortable, and the spacious shower (not typical in Europe) was much appreciated as well as the washing machine and microwave. We really enjoyed the Nepresso machine each morning. Location is key and Apt. Olive's is ideal, being within a short walk to Vaci Street, the Danube Promenade, metro stops/buses, the Great Market Hall and the Elizabeth and Chain Bridges. We couldn't have asked for more.
Realize that the kitchen is tiny, but there are small tables nearby to extend the counter space. The bathroom also lacks counter space, but the wall-hung cabinet can be used instead. The lighting is very good throughout. Overall we were quite pleased with our stay at Apt. Olive.
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).