Metropolis Hostel is a small hostel in a converted apartment with a different layout than most typical hostels.
Metropolis Hostel is located just minutes away from Keleti Railway Station and the metro system which means it's a great option for anyone who uses public transport to access the city. To arrive from the other intercity train stations and bus station, you will need to catch the metro. If you like to explore a city by walking, it is a thirty-minute walk straight to the Danube River, which divides the two downtown areas. Many of the ruin pubs (where you will also find many great food options nearby) are within an easy, ten- to fifteen-minute walk. A supermarket is also located directly underneath the hostel, which is great if you are preparing your own meals. Security to access the building and the hostel is good with three different gates and doors to get through to access the hostel up the stairs on the first floor.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel is very small, with just one dorm room, two private rooms (double and triple), and a separate private apartment. The dorm room is made up of five curtained capsules, each with a king-size bed and a varying amount of storage space depending on whether your capsule is on the top or bottom level. Each capsule has its own light and power points. A medium-sized locker is also provided for each capsule in the hallway. Although these capsules provide an element of privacy, it means other guests feel more open to have loud couple time, have phone conversations in the middle of the night, or burn smelly incense in their capsule -- all of which can impact other guests' sleep. Also, the capsules become very hot in the summer, as only a floor fan is provided and it is not good enough to even reach the top bunks, so this may affect your comfort level. There are two bathrooms in the hostel, which can be a bit busy at times, especially when only one of them has working hot water as well as two separate toilets. One of them has the nicest shower you could ever find in a hostel, though, with multiple shower options.
Metropolis Hostel has a fully equipped, communal kitchen, which is great if you want to cook your own food, and each capsule/room has their own labeled area in the fridge. The only other common area is in the dorm, which has a lounge and some bean bags as well as a TV. Unfortunately, this encourages people to loudly socialise in the dorm room whilst other guests are trying to sleep in the middle of the night.
The reception has only very minimal hours from 3 to 10 p.m., and often the staff aren't even around during these hours unless they have a check-in. This is very important to know before booking, as it means you cannot leave your bags before or after checkout, and it also means you have no staff presence when other guests are being disrespectful in the middle of the night or the toilets run out of toilet paper. During check in they do give you a thorough outline of what to see in the city which is good, and free WI-Fi is also available throughout the hostel.
The vibe of this hostel is not particularly social, as it only accommodates a small number of guests -- many of which are couples -- and the private beds don't help with interacting with others, but our experience with other guests is that they are generally pretty loud and disrespectful, despite guest turnover during the course of our stay.
Overall, the concept of this hostel is good with nice and colourful decorations, and it is reasonably clean with comfortable beds. Unfortunately, the lack of reception hours and the feeling that other guests have complete privacy in their beds leading to them being disrespectful means it can be an uncomfortable option depending on other guests.
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