When arriving at this hotel, I saw a building which was almost devastated and surrounded by a garden which could use some trimming I still don't get while the owners don't paint their building and do something about the garden, it would be extremely nice then. Climbing up the stairs to the first floor many -- where the hostel was -- many of my friends didn't wanted to stay anymore and wanted to search an other (better looking) hostel. Arriving at the big terras you have a beautiful view over the Danube. Going in the hostel, everything was clean but the beds were a torture to sleep in. After seen this, half of my friends then decided to chose for another hostel. I have to admit, they had a better sleep (beds) but they missed something. After a good night out in Budapest, there's nothing better then having a last or a few drinks on the terras watching the budapest lights which reflected in the water. And afterwards the sunset. We didn't had any complaints from the noise we made because others backpackers in the hostel had that same idea. And that every night again. The open-air bar next door and the aquapark are all true and nice places to give a visit. Especially in the summer period. During that period we were also allowed to sleep on their terras to feel the freshness the river brought. (it was 30C in the night outside but the river gives a fresh breeze). The staff were extremely friendly and they allowed without any problem with the fact that every night we were there, started (and ended) with something which looked like a bouteillon (everybody brings some bottles of wine or strong drinks). So for meeting new people or socialising it was certainly the best hostel I have visited so far. So to conclude I would say, if you're looking for a cheap hostel were you want to have a party every night, and you only need four to six hours of sleep, I doubt there's a better hostel or even a hotel in budapest. If you don't enjoy nightlife and you're willing to have a decent night rest, choose an other hostel.
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1138 Budapest, Margitsziget Sirály Csónakház, Budapest,
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