The Central Backpack King Hostel is one of several hostels in Budapest offering budget accommodation. Here we have summarised reviews of this hostel from around the website, to give you a pretty good picture of what is on offer here, and whether it’s right for you. If you like what what this hostel offers, you can find out more at http://centralbackpackking.insta-hostel.com/
The position of this hostel in central down-town Budapest is a great asset. Described as the “perfect central location” in the “real heart of the city”, the hostel is within a quarter of a mile of a metro stop, an array of restaurants and places to eat out, as well as some of the most famous historic buildings in the city.
Value for money
Value for money is of high importance for backpackers on a budget, and the Central Backpack King is described as being “great value for money” and “cost effective”, with several guests highlighting the free use of towels and free tea and coffee on offer here, as well as the free tours of the city that are available.
Service and cleanliness
Most reviewers scored this hostel highly for cleanliness, and there were comments about bathrooms being “clean and well-kept” and the hostel being “clean and comfortable”. Other reviewers mentioned that the bathrooms were wet, that the shower attachments didn’t have a holder, and that they felt that the bedding could have been cleaner or the mattresses could do with replacing. A mixed set of reviews on this aspect.
The reviews were unanimous in their high praise for the staff in the Central Backpack King. Phrases such as “staff were lovely”, “Hungarian hospitality”, “warm welcome” and “friendly staff” were used in nearly all the reviews. The staff here make the guests feel very welcome, and go out of their way to ensure that their trip meets or exceeds their expectations.
Visitors are offered a range of facilities. Reception is open 24 hours. The common room offers a variety of board and card games, cable TV and free wireless internet (though apparently reception is poor outside of the common room). A “nice kitchen” is on offer with free tea and coffee. There’s a grocery store nearby, and restaurants and places to eat are within a quarter of a mile. The hostel is non-smoking throughout, and there are security lockers in the rooms. The only negative comments on the facilities on offer here were that there are only two showers, so there is often a queue.
The atmosphere in this hostel receives a range of positive comments. Reviewers love the “bright and cheerful” decor, saying that the place is “spacious and decorated”. There are also comments about it being cosy, and feeling “safe and secure”. Some comments mention bright and spacious rooms, while others say that their room is small and receives no natural light, and is between the bathrooms, resulting in noise and banging doors, so its important to get the right room (see summary). There are some comments on noise levels, but mostly the comments on the atmosphere are positive.
The chief policies that have been mentioned in reviews are that this hostel does not welcome or have facilities for children, and that they do not accept credit cards, it’s cash only. Reception is open 24 hours, so there’s no curfew in place. One site appears to suggest that credit cards are accepted, so there are some negative comments about that, but otherwise it’s all positive.
The Central Backpack King Hostel is clearly a good option for a solo backpacker, as well as a small or large group. Despite the inconvenience of queueing for showers, reviewers are clearly delighted with the place overall, though it’s important to request a room with a window on booking – it sounds as though double or small rooms are the ones by the bathrooms without natural light, and the dorm rooms are all light and spacious. With friendly staff, a bright atmosphere, a fantastic central location and good value for money, this seems like an excellent place to stay.