Hotel Rum

Pest, Budapest, Hungary Book from Book from £40 per night

Cosy and contemporary city-centre hotel with a panoramic rooftop restaurant
Opened in 2016, this fine conversion of an old Pest apartment block now conceals a hotel of considerable charm and style. Merging understated chic with sleek design and impeccable hospitality, Rum is a top-drawer addition to Budapest's stock of accommodation. Moreover, its super-central location means you're within easy walking distance of all the city’s key attractions.

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 rooftop restaurant serves modern cuisine paired with killer views, and doubles up as a flashy little cocktail bar. Anyone looking for a relaxing city break will find Rum an enticingly spicy proposition.

Highs

  • 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 on the top floor, popular with locals

Lows

  • Rooms on the first floor 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

Budapest is beautiful all year round, but at its best in spring, early summer and early autumn. In spring, the natives emerge from their post-winter slumbers and the city’s premier annual event, the Budapest Spring Festival, swings into action. In September, the searing summer heat has dissipated, yet the days remain long and pleasantly balmy. Crowds are thinner too, and you’ll have the city’s attractions almost all to yourself.

Our top tips

Hop aboard the number 2 tram for a scenic trundle along the Pest embankment - the views across the water to Buda are terrific. The tram winds up at Mupa (Palace of the Arts), home to the illuminating Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art; fans of Picasso and Warhol will particularly enjoy this.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Family
Foodie
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 38
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Cast up on the top floor, TOPRUM skybar is your one stop shop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's new since we last visited, but we hear the vibe is youthful, the food is trendy, and the views are outstanding.

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 choices, such as sausages, bacon and eggs. At weekends, you can pick from an extensive brunch menu, which includes millennial favourites like avocado on toast or shakshuka.

For lunch and dinner, there's an a la carte menu featuring modern (albeit slightly unimaginative) dishes - think shrimp risotto or rib-eye with baked potatoes, padron pepper and chimichurri. Stick around for an inventive cocktail or 2, conjured up by the cheery bartender.

If you would prefer to eat out, there are heaps of other restaurants a short walk away; ask reception for their tips.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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
    • Nightlife
    • Shopping / markets
    • Traditional cultures
    • Well being
    • Wildlife

Kids

Not especially geared up for families, but they are welcome nonetheless and children aged 0-12 stay for free.

Best for:

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+.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Hotel Rum is ideally located on a very quiet street in the central 5th district, on the Pest side of the Danube.

By Air:
Fly into Ferenc Liszt airport (aka Ferihegy), which is 20km away. Click on the links below for a list of airlines. From here it's a 20-minute drive to the hotel; best to jump in a taxi as you won't need a car in Budapest, though see our car rental recommendations if you do want one.

More on getting to Hungary and getting around

Airports:

  • Budapest Ferenc Liszt International (aka Ferihegy) 20.0 km BUD

Other:

  • Beach 500.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

7/10
Room
8/10
Food
8/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

The hotel was lovely and just what I expected from the pictures. The room was relatively small (light rum) but had everything I needed. Big mirrors, lots of plug sockets, safe and mini bar, and the free WiFi was great. Free cookies were left in the room for arrival and a free welcome G&T or a glass of prosecco.
The hotel also offers travel adaptors for a deposit which was really handy as I forgot mine. Turn down service was less impressive, my sheets were never changed and the floor wasn’t swept, but always left tidy.
The hotel was easily accessible from the airport and the location was good - restaurants and supermarkets were close by and an easy walking distance to all the main sights. Breakfast was included in the rate although i’d prefer the option not to have this. The breakfast was really tasty and good although no fresh fruit. The decor of the restaurant was nice and modern and the menu looked good and reasonably priced. Overall would recommend to anyone!

8/10,

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