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John Farago

Member since: 2007
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Speaks english

Apt. Sarah-Belle: Cozy Luxury in the City Center - PRE/POST CRUISE SPECIALS

Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of the Inner City vacation apartment rental

Apartment, 1-3 Bedrooms, up to 3 beds + 3 sofa beds, 1-3 Baths, (Sleeps 1-12)

[please inquire about availability and pricing; because of the unique multiple configuration of this flat, we cannot make the calendar here work accurately and VRBO's pricing is based on assumptions: for instance, the pricing for up to four guests assumes that you are seeking only 1/2 of the apartment: either Sarah or Belle]

A lovely and romantic hideaway in the absolute center of the city. Quiet and bright, totally remodeled recently for use by our own family, Apartment Sarah is a rooftop apartment overlooking a Bauhaus courtyard:

A few steps off the lift, pass through your small gated patio and enter 50 square meters of homelike comfort: full American kitchen, cable TV, wi-fi high speed internet, en suite separate water closet and bath with custom-built shower. Apartment Sarah is actually two adjoining, air conditioned, rooftop apartments on the south side of the building (Sarah on the east, Belle on the west). Overlooking a lovely and bright courtyard and away from the bustle of the city center just outside (two 5-star hotels are within 2 blocks of the front door; Budapest's oldest and most extensive music and record shop is on the ground floor of the building), Apartment Sarah/Belle has a cathedral ceiling more than 4 meters high, with nooks and crannies and skylights that render it romantic and unique.

The apartment is reached by either of the building’s two lifts (one at the Sarah end, one at Belle), and has its own locked entry gate. Each half has its own bathroom with luxury shower and a small but well-stocked American kitchen (convection oven, fridge, full sink, clothes washer and dryer; all staples are there when you arrive from coffee or tea to eggs and cheese, salt, sugar, everything you need to prepare a first snack; and we welcome you with pastry and wine). Dishware, cutlery, pots, and pans are all there when you arrive.

Each half has a small library of guidebooks and maps, and cable TV and high speed open-access wi-fi Internet, as well as a small stock of games and light fiction. Each half has a sleeping loft (up a set of stairs) with a comfortable bed sleeping two (larger-than-full 140cm in Sarah, larger-than-queen 160cm in Belle), and has a large convertible sofa that can sleep two in the livingroom (120 cm). A pair of locking doors can separate each half from the other, but when the doors are opened the two join for a large and luxurious apartment with two bedrooms, two convertible sofas, two baths and two kitchens (sleeping a total of 8 in comfort). Use of a mobile phone with Hungarian telephone number is included (airtime for the phone is the guest’s responsibility). A VOIP telephone in the apartment provides unlimited calling to the US/Canada and landlines in most of the world.

In addition, a third optional bedroom (on the same level as the living area) - Liesel - adjoins Belle on the opposite side from Sarah, making it possible to book up to 12 guests with three bedrooms, three baths and three convertible sofas. Liesel is a bit smaller than Sarah or Belle but has all of their amenities, save a dryer and a convection oven. The apartment is arranged in such a way that it is possible to add the both the bedroom and an additional bathroom and living area with additional queen convertible, or to add only the bedroom to provide one more sleeping option.

The apartment is in the very center of District V, or the Belvaros (City Center). District V is the heart around which the City of Budapest was built. The Building, a landmark marking the transition to Bauhaus from Art Nouveau, is at #5 Szervita Square, and Szervita Square is at the very center of District 5. One block away from the Deak Square Metro hub, where all three of the city’s Metro lines intersect. Take the historic Yellow line (the first subway in continental Europe) to Andrassy Street, the Opera, the Liszt Music Academy, Heroes’ Square and Gundel’s Restaurant. Take the Red line into Buda and explore the Castle, the Citadel, and the hills. Take the Blue line to Raday street’s bohemian bars and cafes.

Or walk two blocks to the Danube and take the #2 Tram, north to Parliament and the antique shops of Falk Miksa Street, or south to the Central Market Hall or the stunning new Palace of the Arts (the landscaping is not yet totally finished, but the acoustics are remarkable).

Or just walk a block to the historic pedestrian mall on Vaci Street, a boulevard lined with shops and restaurants. Several blocks to the south and you are at the Great Synagogue (second largest in the world) or go a similar distance north and you are at St. Stephen’s Basilica. Go half a dozen blocks to the northeast and you are at the foot of Andrassy Street, the grand boulevard leading to the Opera, Operetta Theatre, and Liszt Music Academy.

Free concerts abound within walking distance in the summers and, at Christmas and other celebrations, Vorosmarty Square a block away lights up with decorations and outdoor crafts and food vendors.

We are not the typical apartment rental business. We are a pair of midlife American academics who love to travel. John's father was born in Hungary and left in the mid-1930s. John grew up hearing tales of Budapest, but we first visited it in 2001, decades after John's father' had died. We fell in love with the city and its vibrant yet relaxed lifestyle and culture, and we purchased and renovated this place in 2005 for family use as well as rental. It is furnished and equipped to provide everything we would want to find in an apartment when we travel ourselves, and more. We want you to be as enthusiastic about this city as we are, and will be available to answer any questions or to assist in any way we can.

[Please read the NOTES section under pricing ... the many configurations of this apartment make VRBO unable to anticipate which will be the best for your party.]

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
John Farago (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks english


Car: not necessary

Concert/Theatre ticket bureau in building; 24 hour indoor parking garage across the street (approximately €20/24 hours).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Inner City, Hungary

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak 2016
Aug 30 2016 - Nov 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$36 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2016
Nov 2 2016 - Nov 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$36 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Markets 2016
Nov 18 2016 - Dec 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$36 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holiday 2017
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$58 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$36 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
Mar 17 2017 - Apr 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$36 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$36 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning, wkly, 2 guests C$58


We do not require a deposit but, like a hotel, do ask for credit card information to hold a booking. Payment is due in cash on arrival, but can also be made by bank transfer to our Euro account in Hungary or by credit card (for an additional processing and conversion fee of 8%) or by check in US $ (for an additional conversion and transfer fee of 5%). Other payment options may be possible, email us if there is one that works best for you.

Note that there is an additional 25 euro nightly charge for a fourth guest in a one-bedroom booking (either the Sarah or the Belle half of the apartment); that brings the total additional cost beyond the 1-guest cost to 100 euros nightly, and it is generally a better deal to book the second apartment for almost the same cost.

PLEASE CONFIRM PRICING VIA INQUIRY: The VRBO pricing is at best approximate because they cannot calculate all of the different possible configurations of the apartment.

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Inner City, Hungary

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Linens Provided
  • cell phone ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Queen size Beds (1) Second queen bed in optional adjacent apartment (Apt. Belle), Double Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) Second convertible available in optional adjacent apartment (Belle).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries