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Hostelz.com's Review
Rastel Hostel is a laid-back, tasteful place in a lively little backstreet in a gentrifying neighborhood in Budapest. It's none too quiet here, if you're in a room on the street side, but the attitude is extremely relaxed and welcoming. Prices vary hugely while the staff are reasonable and accommodating.

The Location

The hostel is in Pest, and decently located between the center, big park, and transportation hubs. If you do want to spend all of your time on Castle Hill in Buda, you should probably stay closer to that.

There's no sign, but there's a big yellow Ottakringer beer sign for the Gondozo bar that's downstairs and in the courtyard. At the entrance on the left, you'll find the bell and staircase to the hostel. The bar itself is the kind of nice place that locals bike into, hang their bikes on the wall, and enjoy a good beer outside or listen to a gig inside. Notably the bar is very calm and so it's not really a nuisance if you're headed to bed early. For nightlife more than the house bar, you can head to the nearby neighborhood of Astoria.

By public transportation, the hostel is decently situated. The subway lines to the train and bus station respectively are a doable walk, or you can transfer to the twenty-four-hour trunk tram lines 4 and 6 that stop just blocks from the hostel. There are night buses, too. There's a twenty-four-hour ABC shop at the tram stop, and a bank for changing money and taking out cash.

For biking, the hostel is in a great place -- it's an easy ride to anywhere in town. A variety of really sweet vintage bikes are available for hire from the hostel, and there are some for sale at the bar.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rastel Hostel takes up a floor of a small apartment building from the nineteenth century. The courtyard is on the kitchen and sitting room side, and the rooms are on the street side. The rooms are nicely yet basically furnished. The dorms are small and bunk bed free. There are two each toilets and shower rooms off the main hall, which is adequate for the small hostel. Cleanliness is great -- a cleaner makes quick work of the place every morning.

Common Spaces

In addition to the bar, there's a nice little living room in the hall at the entrance and an extremely well-equipped kitchen with space to sit, too. There's free Wi-Fi from the bar, but it can be a bit patchy. The staff will let you use the computer and whatever else they have around.


This is a caring little place, the atmosphere is well-balance and in good taste. It's small and laid-back but not boring.

by Carl
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2012

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