If you're planning a trip to Budapest and feeling overwhelmed with choosing a hostel, I'm here to help!
I stayed at eight different hostels in Budapest, including A&O City Hostel.
This article presents my review of A&O City Hostel Budapest, which I ranked as the fifth-best hostel on my best hostels list based on my personal experience.
Summary — A&O City Hostel Budapest Review
Who is this hostel for?
- If you're looking for a hostel that feels like a hotel and prefer a peaceful and clean environment, this might be the perfect fit for you.
- It's ideal for budget-conscious travelers who aren't interested in the social aspects of hostel life.
What was the best part of staying here?
- The private shower in my room and the digital nomad friendly workspace in the lounge.
What was the worst part of staying here?
- I noticed that my pillow was unclean and I was disappointed to find out that I had to pay extra for bed linens and put them on by myself.
Did I enjoy my stay here? Would I return?
- I prefer Maverick Urban Lodge over A&O, which is similarly priced, but has better quality of life.
How much does it cost? Is it good value for money?
- The A&O City Hostel has prices starting at 7€ per night, but bed linens require an additional fee of 3€. If you want two free meals included, check out the Avenue Hostel for a better deal.
Summary & Overall Impression
A&O City Hostel is the go-to choice for budget-minded guests who value comfort and quiet over a buzzing social scene.
Starting from an affordable 7€ per night, A&O offers excellent value for money. However, keep in mind that an extra charge applies for bed linens (around 3€).
Despite a few downsides, such as the pillow cleanliness and the bed linen fee, A&O's cost-effectiveness and convenience make it an appealing option for no-frills travelers prioritizing a tranquil environment and workspace facilities.
- Slightly outside the heart of Budapest but still centrally located, it's a stone's throw away from the vibrant Jewish district and convenient transport links.
- While you may hear some noise from other guests, the street noise is minimal at this hostel. It is situated near a peaceful one-lane intersection that is not frequented by buses or trolleys.
- The receptionists at the hostel were helpful, friendly, and efficient.
- There are always 1-2 receptionists available 24/7, which made the check-in process very easy.
- You have to pay a 3 euro "bed linen fee" or bring your own.
Vibe & People
- This place has the appearance and ambiance of a hotel, but offers prices similar to a hostel.
- Although there is some socializing, it leans more towards a hotel atmosphere.
- It is a suitable choice for a short business trip or if you plan on being out exploring for most of the day and night.
- The rooms are minimalistic and clean, with a top-notch private bathroom and storage "cage".
- Despite not feeling large, the room has a spacious enough middle area.
- The bed is decent, but lacks a curtain for privacy. It has a convenient storage compartment on the side, as well as a night lamp and an electrical outlet.
- The bed had a solid metal frame and wasn't squeaky.
- My pillow was dirty, and I had to replace it, but I'm sure it was an isolated incident because the hygiene standards at the hostel were excellent overall.
- You can store your items in a secure storage "cage", but you will need to bring your own padlock or purchase one at the reception desk.
- The room has a private shower and toilet that are separate. Although small, both are clean and well-maintained.
- The hotel's shower is exceptional and the best I've experienced among Budapest hostels.
- The kitchen is near the elevator and can be hard to find. It's not very big but seems to have everything you need, except an oven. Keep in mind that it's the only kitchen in this huge hostel, so it can get crowded.
- The hostel's lounge has a fantastic laptop workspace, a designated breakfast area, and ample space to relax and unwind.
- The (optional) breakfast provided seemed to consist of generic and uninspiring hotel fare, which I found to be overpriced at 8€.
🧑 Perfect for:
- Budget-conscious solo travelers or digital nomads (male or female)
- Families, couples, or small groups
- Perfect if you like the hotel-like atmosphere
🛏️ Rooms offered:
- 4 or 6-bed mixed or female-only dormitory rooms
- 1-6 bed private rooms
- From 9€/night (shared room)
- From 47€/night (private room)
🧖 Most important amenities:
- 24/7 front desk
- Private bathroom
- Shared kitchen
- Laptop-friendly work area in the lounge
- Secure item storage in the reception
- Item stash (padlock NOT included)