“There's no place like home”, or so the saying goes. But a home away from home may just be the next best thing. Many hostels today have injected the sentiment and feeling of "home" into their establishments, and while travelling is all about getting out of your comfort zone, a homely hostel can be a blessing when you've been trekking for months and living out of a backpack. Especially when you've had your fill of the old school, no-frills, perhaps a little stale, hostel environment. Here's our pick of Budapest hostels which are cheap and cheerful and offer a homely, familial, and cosy vibe. Enjoy.

Suite Hostel


Suite Hostel

Suite hostel is a medium sized hostel (relative to Budapest standards that is) that feels like your mate's apartment, albeit clean and tidy as if your mate's mother might pop in at any moment. The vibe is chilled and laid-back and there's no dominant sense of establishment here. Rules are more or less unwritten, yet everything just flows naturally & nicely and with an underlying professionalism and courtesy. There are three self catering kitchen facilities and dinner nights are plenty. It's easy to make new friends here and the staff are young & fun and happy to see you, making you part of the family. Suite Hostel is fun, friendly and could easily be called 'Sweet Hostel'.

Boomerang Hostels



Boomerang Hostel is in an ideal downtown location in the city centre close to St. Stephen's Bascilica, where our fantastic free walking tours begin every day. It offers a nice laid-back and relaxed atmosphere with very helpful, beautiful and friendly staff who make the place feel warm and welcoming. The facilities are clean & tidy and the free breakfast is quite substantial compared to the traditional hostel breakfast fare, a nice homely touch. A happy place & a good base for your stay in Budapest, Boomerang Hostel might just have you returning to it time after time.

Westend Hostel


Westend Hostel

Located in a characteristicly old building, Westend Hostel offers colourful and cosy dorm rooms from 10 bed, 8 bed, 6 bed and 4 bed dorms as well as comfortable common areas. There is also a substantial self catering kitchen. This hotel embraces the basics of hostelling in a spirited and warm fashion, and the atmosphere is quite familial and homely with a relaxed pace.

Home-Made Hostel

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Home-made hostel is aptly named as it is both very homely in atmosphere and makes clever use of pre-loved items & articles from authentic Budapest homes, making it unique in character as well as friendly, warm and welcoming. And the homely atmosphere is also achieved by the natural 'family' orientated environment this hostel nurtures – nice relaxed common areas, board games, shisha pipe, cooking lessons & free dinner and the 'ol reliable hostel-guitar ensure happy vibes throughout while the staff are uber friendly and lovable. This place is fun & quirky, cleverly designed, comfortable and cool, but above all it has a lot of heart, spirit and beautiful character – an ideal hostel in which to enjoy your stay in Budapest.

Activity Hostel

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Offering 6 & 4 bed dorms as well as private double rooms, Activity Hostel is spacious and light-filled throughout with high ceilings, wooden floors and modern neat, clean finishes. It has a homely, modern apartment feeling to it and this is further enhanced by nice little touches such as notes from guests stuck to the fridge, fresh green potted-plants & intriguing artwork adorning the walls. This hostel makes clever use of space, is tastefully decorated with splashes of colour adding vibrancy as well as calm energy to the environment while being pleasant and cozy. The staff are really nice, friendly & helpful and the self-catering kitchen is well equipped. A nice choice in a good location for your days in Budapest.

White Rabbit Guest House

White rabbit
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In a nice location in the centre of Budapest, right beside the large indoor market, White Rabbit Hostel offers a traditional hostel vibe with a streak of homely coziness. There is a lot of colour and a bit of quirkiness, making common areas vibrant, comfortable and fun. The staff are fantastically friendly and helpful, with lots of good honest advice and tips for enjoying beautiful Budapest.


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In a good location, close to Heroe's Square, FunkNBunk Hostel nurtures a delightful, laid-back and chilled-out relaxing atmosphere in an under-stated, stylish environment embracing a sexy retro vibe & vintage chic character. It really is a place to feel at home in, staff are super nice, fun and friendly and it's easy to meet and interact with other guests here in a natural way. There's free wine every night...which is simply superb, as well as evening activities to get everyone together for good times and happy vibes. A perfect choice if you're looking for a chilled out home away from home with plenty of energy and good people.

Amazing Hostel

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A bold name indeed, but it lives up to it in terms of value - you get a lot of bang for your buck here for price, location and comfort. This hostel is a cleverly designed, stylish boutique hostel set in a 100 year old historic building with a comfortable and cosy common area to lounge in, incorporating large sofas and space to relax and interact with your new buddies in Budapest. The hostel is finished to a high standard throughout, is clean and tidy and the staff are very knowledgeable and happy to help you get the best form your time in the city. A good option for your Budapest adventure.

Any homely hostels you stayed at? Happy travels!