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 Flow Spaces.
This article presents my review of Flow Spaces Budapest, which I ranked as the fourth-best hostel on my best hostels list based on my personal experience.
Summary — Flow Spaces Budapest Review
Who is this hostel for?
- Flow Spaces is primarily a social atmosphere hostel - like a college dorm.
- It's great for budget travellers.
What was the best part of staying here?
- I loved the lounge area where I could socialize with other guests and the quiet workspace for digital nomads.
- The bed was spacious with a privacy curtain and storage compartment.
- The receptionists provided exceptional service.
What was the worst part of staying here?
- I found the communal co-ed bath to be disappointing. There was no private area to change clothes.
- The bedrooms were cramped, making it difficult to move around.
Did I enjoy my stay here? Would I return?
- I enjoyed my stay here, but I don't think I'll be coming back.
- If I'm looking for an affordable option with better quality of life, I'd choose Maverick Urban Lodge over Flow Spaces.
- However, if I'm in the mood for a social and party-oriented hostel, Hostel One would be my go-to choice.
How much does it cost? Is it good value for money?
- Prices start from 9€ per night, making Flow Spaces an extremely affordable hostel.
- If you want to maximize value at the expense of some comfort, I recommend Avenue Hostel which includes 2 free meals and has a similar price range.
Summary & Overall Impression
Flow Spaces presents a beautiful blend between a hostel's sociable atmosphere and a hotel's calm, perfect for those desiring a middle ground.
With a vibe reminiscent of a college dorm, this hostel is ideal for budget travelers seeking a balanced experience.
Starting at a wallet-friendly 9€ per night, Flow Spaces offers excellent value.
With a welcoming and sociable atmosphere, a quiet workspace, and a well-equipped kitchen, Flow Spaces offers a unique hostel experience worth considering.
- Flow Spaces is in a peaceful 9th district of the city center, just a few minutes walk from Central Market Hall and the airport shuttle bus stop.
- You can expect typical hostel noises from other guests, but street noise is low.
- The hostel is near a quiet 1-lane road where buses or trolleys don't pass by.
- They have 2-3 receptions available 24/7 - checking in was a breeze. They'll ask for your ID and give you a passcard for your room.
- Note that the hostel has no elevator, so be prepared to climb a three flights of stairs.
- The hotel offers free luggage storage both before check-in and after check-out. Additionally, they also have secure lockers available for an extra fee.
Vibe & People
- The winter streets of Budapest can be harsh, but I felt like entering an oasis in a desert after setting foot in Flow Spaces! It's so welcoming!
- The staff was very friendly and helpful.
- Most guests were in their low twenties, but I saw people of all ages.
- The main dining area/lounge is a great spot to eat, cook and socialize with other travelers.
- The rooms, while somewhat small, feature large, comfortable beds equipped with privacy curtains and a lockable storage box with a free padlock.
- My bed was comfortable and had a privacy curtain, light, socket, and storage box. The box was in the way when getting onto the bed.
- I found stray female hair on the pillow under the pillow sheet despite it being washed. Hygiene was acceptable in the bathroom and the entire hostel otherwise.
- The bed had a wooden frame and tended to squeak.
- A secure stash can be found under the bed, and the padlock is included for free.
- My room did not have a private bathroom and instead, I had to use a co-ed communal bathroom.
- Unfortunately, there wasn't a private spot to get dressed as you either had to use the wet shower or the toilet.
- The kitchen is spacious and well-equipped with kitchenware, including an oven. There is free food and coffee left by others for you to use.
- The fridges were messy.
- I discovered that both the dining room tables and the quiet workspace with my laptop were great for getting work done.
- There is a balcony available for those who need to smoke.
🧑 Perfect for:
- Budget-conscious solo travelers or digital nomads (male or female)
- Families, couples, or small groups
- Perfect if you want to feel a friendly, upbeat and social vibe
🛏️ Rooms offered:
- 6 or 8-bed mixed or female-only dormitory rooms
- 1-6 bed private room
- From 13€/night (shared room)
- From 32€/night (private room)
🧖 Most important amenities:
- 24/7 front desk
- Common bathroom
- Shared kitchen
- Laptop-friendly work area in the lounge
- Secure item storage in the reception
- Item stash (padlock included)