“Cosy and contemporary city-centre hotel with a cool little restaurant”
Spread over 6 narrow floors, off an elegant central spiral staircase, are 38 modern rooms. They come in 4 sizes - Light Rums (Small), Spiced Rums (Medium), Gold Rums (Large) and Black Rums (Large Plus) - though furnishings and facilities are more or less the same throughout. The buzzy ground-floor Urban Tiger restaurant – which is where breakfast is taken – serves Asian cuisine of some distinction, and doubles up as a flashy little cocktail bar; plans are afoot for a rooftop bar, too. Anyone looking for a relaxing city break will find Rum an enticingly spicy proposition.
- Great value
- Staff are fantastically attentive and courteous
- The central location couldn’t be better and yet it’s still incredibly quiet
- Rooms are refreshingly uncluttered and stylish, with designer lighting
- Buzzy restaurant-cum-cocktail bar, popular with locals
- The restaurant is closed on Sundays, but there are heaps of other eateries nearby
- Rooms on the first floor are susceptible to music from the restaurant until around midnight, and have rather dull street views
- Glass-walled bathroom doors, though they are frosted for privacy
- The moody, predominantly dark colour scheme might be too oppressive for some
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar Mon-Sat
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The most striking aspect of Hotel Rum is its heavy-tone decor. Various shades of black and grey are used throughout, though this is alleviated by the occasional burst of brighter colour. Otherwise, there’s nothing overtly flashy here: just good-sized beds with high-quality cotton linen (and the obligatory half a dozen cushions), tree-trunk bedside stools, small armchairs and designer lighting. In a nice touch, all furnishings were manufactured specifically for the hotel, in Hungary.
Bathrooms - typically separated from the bedroom by a sliding frosted-glass partition - are well designed, with black and white metro tiles, rainfall showers and big mirrors.
There are 4 cleverly titled categories of room, differentiated by size: Light Rums (Small), Spiced Rums (Medium), Gold Rums (Large) - which is what I slept in - and Black Rums (Large Plus Triple). Facility-wise, there’s little to distinguish between them, though Large and Large Plus Rooms also have the perennially popular Nespresso machines.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Compact and cool, the hotel’s Urban Tiger restaurant enjoys a youthful, almost clubby vibe, thanks to the retro lighting, industrial-style ceiling pipes and resounding soundtrack. The food is of Asian persuasion, and the menu is reassuringly concise. I settled for Szechuan dumplings with spring onions and a sweet chilli sauce, followed by a salmon curry in a rich red sauce. Portions erred on the modest side but the flavours were fantastic. Stick around for a cocktail or 2, perhaps a Tigertini or Monkey Cock (yep, there’s banana in it), conjured up by the cheery bartender.
Breakfast is fairly modest, consisting of the usual suspects: fresh fruit and juices, pastries and breads, cereals, cheese and salamis, plus a handful of hot (albeit pre-cooked) choices, such as sausages, bacon and eggs.
There are heaps of other restaurants a short walk away; ask reception for their tips.
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Budapest is bisected by the Danube; one side is Buda, the other Pest. Stroll both to admire stunning architecture and take a night cruise along the the river: both embankments are heritage sights
- Head for the Buda hills on the delightful cogwheel and children’s railways, the latter built by Communist youth brigades in the 1940s
- There are over 1,000 thermal hot springs in Hungary, 118 of them in Budapest. We like the hidden Veli Bej baths, an old Turkish complex, with a central octagonal pool and an ice shower
- The late-19th-century Great Market Hall is a terrific place to buy souvenirs (Tokaj and paprika feature heavily) and try local produce
- Budapest Zoo is one of the world’s oldest, and has stunning Art Nouveau pavilions
- Explore the Jewish quarter, with its magnificent Dohany utcai Synagogue and the uber-cool ruin bars
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Not especially geared up for families, but they are welcome nonetheless and children aged 0-12 stay for free.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Large Plus Rooms have a pull-out sofabed in a little annexe room, which can sleep 2 children aged 2-12, or 1 child/adult aged 13+.