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Hostelz.com's Review
Maxim Hostel is located just off a busy pedestrianised street, about a five-minute walk from the metro and tram lines that quickly take you to the hearts of both Buda and Pest. Upon ringing the bell or entering the code that they give you at reception, visitors can use the lift to get up to the second floor and enter the hostel via a small balcony.

The hostel itself is very small (maximum of fourteen people staying here at any one time), with only two dorms and one private room, and this works to the hostel's advantage by giving a very home-like feeling. There is no formal reception desk -- instead the staff just hang out around the lobby. The staff tends to be quite casual so it's slightly confusing who is the staff and who are the guests, but this is not such a bad thing in such a friendly environment!

The lobby contains a computer with instant messaging software including Skype, with a webcam and a headset attached to the computer. There is a rack of useful travel books and leaflets about the area. This hostel has a single shower and a single toilet (which are separate), so there are sometimes short queues of two or three people waiting for a morning shower. There was no shower curtain so the floor was rather wet despite the bath-mats. There's also a well-equipped kitchen where free tea is available. All the rooms are clean and nicely decorated in a kind of bohemian-hippie style.

The general area around this hostel is vibrant and the main street just next to the hostel is packed with restaurants, with plenty of outdoor seating on the pedestrianised street. And despite this, the rooms are very quiet because the hostel itself is on a side road. There is also a supermarket about fifty meters away, and a mini-market just across the road.

We didn't go out at night, but the staff can give advice as to where to go and what to do. Indeed, the staff here is excellent. Because there is no barrier of a reception desk, the staff is very friendly and involved. One of the owners came to talk to us just as we were settling in and even looked up guesthouses -- and tried to call them! -- for the places we were planning to go next. All in all, it's a very friendly, small, quiet place finely balancing a central location with practically silent nights!

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September 2006

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Bedbugs, but resolved in the best manner possible We stayed at the hostel for 2 nights, in one of the private rooms. It's a fairly good hostel, and also one of the cheaper ones. Unlike your typical hostel experience, this is more like sharing someone's apartment for a few nights; upon arrival you meet the very friendly owner, who will show you around and give you some good tips on what do to the in the city, and is glad to help you with any problem you might have. The location's also really good, as it's located on one of the busier and most lively streets in Pest during the day, but as there's a noise curfew, you'll still have fairly quiet nights. However, despite the fair price and good intentions, the accommodation itself was lacking (especially organizational). For instance, it took 5 minutes for the water boiler to heat up so you could take a decent shower, and you had to share it with approximately 10 people. The refrigerator had some bad and slightly moldy food in there from other guests. The mattresses were hard, causing my girlfriend to have a backache the next day. All of which is acceptable if it weren't for the bed bugs that came out from one of the walls late at night when we were watching something on my laptop. Soon they were sprawling on our beds and, because there isn't any staff around at night, it meant that we had to spent the night on a couch in the living room. The next morning, however, the owner resolved it in the best manner possible by letting us stay in a luxury apartment, while giving us back our money for the inconvenience. Despite all of this, I think Maxim Hostel is a reasonably good hostel considering what you pay for it (€20 a night for two people in our case), as all the other rooms were as clean as a whistle. But because of my personal experience, I probably won't be returning here.  , age 21, Netherlands ()
5   Very friendly and helpful We stayed at the hostel for 7 nights. The room was very spacious and clean and felt quite secluded. The highlight of the hostel though would have to be George, the owner. He is the nicest, kindest person we have met. You can tell he has a passion for helping travelers and will do everything he can to help you with any problem you may have.  , age 23, australia ()
4   Quite Good Location of Maxim Hostel is really good and staff (Elizabeth and her boyfriend) are really friendly. It's actually their home but they are running it. It seems not professional but it felts you at home. It's safe, clean, cheap, and good located.  , Turkey ()
5  In this hostel you feel more like you're at some friends place. the most important of all -- it's clean. it's very peaceful. the stuff is very nice, and flexibile (they would help you with everything and there is no strict rule about check out -- so if you're leaving at night just empty your bed and you can stay there, use the kitchen, leave your bags -- which is great). it is very near to blue line metro that goes every two minutes and takes you very fast to the hot spot of the city). there is a cheap store across the street. You can use internet for free, skype as well. one thing is for sure -- next time i visit budapest i'm gonna go there.  ()
5  Great hostel located in the down town area of Budapest. The staff was very helpful and will bend over backwards if you have any special requests. Free internet is a nice touch, as well as the fact that there are no bunk beds. I can definitely recommend this hostel for anyone looking for a clean and friendly hostel in the middle of Budepest!  ()
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