Pal's Hostel

Hostel in Parliament & Around
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This is a tough nut to crack. When is a hostel not a hostel? When it’s a string of apartments spread throughout Lipótváros, for which the good folk at reception (open 10am to 2pm daily) opposite the Basilica of St Stephen in Szent István tér will organise a bed or a room for the night.

The public areas around reception – lounge, huge modern kitchen with wooden floor, laundry room – and the balcony looking right onto the basilica are impassive, as is the naive artwork throughout. This place with the friendly name is certainly a cut above the rest.

Information from Hostelworld


We’re not your average hostel, indeed, but rather a chain of apartments and dorms located in the very centre of Budapest around St. Stephen's Basilica. If you fancy some privacy and want to stay in a place that feels just like home, come to Pal's Hostel and enjoy your very own apartment in Budapest! As well as private apartments, we also offer private rooms with shared bathrooms, and even shared dorms!

Pal's Hostel started at small and humble beginnings - we earned our place on the map by winning Hoscar of "Best Hostel in Hungary 2013", "1st Country winner in Hungary 2014" and a nomination for "Worldwide small hostel 2014", and since then we have grown into a greatly respected and popular hostel, even being awarded "10th Best Large Hostel Worldwide 2018" :)

Pal's Hostel is located in the very centre of downtown. From here you can easily get to most of the sights on foot, such as Saint Stephen's Basilica, The Chain Bridge, Parliament, Andrassy Avenue (part of the World Heritage), the Opera House, the Great Synagogue, the National Museum, Vaci Street, and Vorosmarty Square. The Danube bank is only a five minute walk away too! Nearby there are also many restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, and party places all within walking distance, like Akvarium Club, Anker Club, Castro Bistro, Szimpla Pub and Katapult. We are also located very close to Deak Ferenc Square, which is the main junction for all underground metro trains in Budapest.

Other important sightseeing spots are near by too, such as Buda Castle (part of the World Heritage, along with the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and the National Gallery), as well as Heroes' Square, the City Park and the baths (Szechenyi, Gellert, Rudas). You can walk to these places from our hostel in 20-30 minutes.

Each day of the week we have a different activity or event on offer to our guests! Check out our activity board in reception to see what's going on! The current activity schedule is as follows :)

Monday - Family Dinner

Wednesday - Pub Quiz

Thursday - Goulash Soup and Palinka Tasting

Friday - Family Dinner + Drinking Jenga

Saturday - Family DInner + Beer Pong

Sunday - Movie Night

Here at Pal's we are happy to be at your assistance; you can print your e-ticket, buy tickets for the Szechenyi baths, Gellert baths or even the caving tour. We also sell the Budapest Card. We have great local knowledge and advice on the best spots in town to share with you! We can also help you get to Ozora Festival, Sziget Festival or Balaton Sound!

We can even pick you up at the airport for €24 for 1-4 people; this means if there’s four of you it’s only €6 per person. Public transport is about €2.50 per person. Our contact information will be in your booking confirmation email.

Please note that our rooms called 'Basic Double Bed Private (Shared Bathroom)' are literally with double beds, not two single beds.

Please also note that we have no elevator for the rooms with shared bathrooms (but they’re only on the 1st and 2nd floors:)).

Also, we have no A/C:(


  • 24 hour security
  • Adaptors
  • Airport transfers
  • Board games
  • Breakfast not included
  • Dvd's
  • Elevator
  • Free city maps
  • Free internet access
  • Foosball
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot showers
  • Internet access
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • Linen included
  • Postal service
  • Reading light
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tours/travel desk
  • Towels included


  • Free WiFi available


  • Luggage storage