May 25, 2023
Author: Adam Dimitrov — Budapester, Hungarian & City Expert/Guide
Are you planning to stay in Budapest and looking for a great hostel but need help deciding which one you should choose?
You're lucky because I've stayed at least one night in 8 hostels in Budapest in December 2023, including Wombat's City Hostel.
In this article, you can read about my review of Wombat's City Hostel based on personal experience, which made #6 on my best hostels list.
Who is this hostel for? — Wombat's location on Király street makes it the perfect choice if you want to party and enjoy the nightlife in Budapest. This hostel masquerades as a party hostel, but calling it a youth hostel would be more apt.
What was the best part of staying here? — My 8-bed room had only two other guys and I had a blast with them. I signed up for a pub crawls and got some nice memories. I also a nice Canadian group of friends and had dinner with them in the kitchen. Everybody here is super chill.
What was the worst part of staying here? — Nothing in particular, but I felt the place was overpriced. My room, the bed and the shower was run-of-the-mill. The quality of guests was awesome though.
Did I enjoy my stay here? Would I return? — It was okay, but I wouldn't return. Even though I don't have big complaints, I'd much rather go to Hostel One if I'd want to party.
How much does it cost? Is it good value for money? — Not the best deal in town, but location-wise it's perfect. The hostel doesn't offer enough that would justify their above-average prices. Bunk beds start from 17€/night and private rooms from 65€/night.
Not the best deal in town, but location-wise it's perfect. Bunk beds start at 17€/night in the off-season and private rooms from 65€/night. The hostel doesn't offer anything that would justify their above-average prices.
Thanks to the younger clientele, the vibes were more high-energy and vibrant. The guests are more on the younger side. Everybody is friendly. So friendly, I had an impromptu dinner with a group of traveling Canadians after I helped them solve the mystery of using The Stove. There are no actual parties or loud music inside the hostel (as opposed to Hostel One, which has a lively bar venue). I made good friends with two bunkmates and had a blast.
The hostel is in the dead center of Budapest, inside the nightlife district on Király street. The 100E airport shuttle bus stops nearby at Deak Ference square. Most of the nightlife options, the main attractions of the city, and other public transport options are also within walking distance of the hostel.
This hostel has a 24/7 front desk, so you can check in anytime. First, they check your ID card or passport, then you’ll get your passcard. After that, you’re free to go to your room or you can sign up for events and tours right at the reception. They also have a secure luggage storage room for free (before check-in and after check-out).
My 8-bed room was spacious as the Grand Canyon, but was basic in decor.
The locker had a funky opening mechanism whereby you had to push a button WITH your card (anything else won't work). I took my time figuring that out. The lockers were smallish - you could fit your luggage OR your backpack and laptop, but not both.
Noise levels are low - you get the normal hostel noises, but no traffic noises, since my room was facing an inner courtyard.
The beds were basic without privacy (no bed curtain), but they were clean and had a lamp and a socket (no item tray).
The room had a private bathroom, which was okay in cleanliness and size. Nothing noteworthy about it, it got the job done.
There's only one kitchen in the entire building - on the ground floor. It was massive, modern, and well-equipped. It has everything, including an oven. You can probably shoot footage for your cooking show if you wanted to.
There were plenty of spaces to chill or work on a laptop in the lounge. They also serve breakfast (optional).
There are three floors, but the building has elevators. The building is on a busy side street (Király street - THE party street), but my room faced a quiet inner courtyard.