Best accommodation in Hungary

Hostels are increasingly common in the main tourist destinations, while across the country, the tradition of the homely pension (panzió) or guesthouse (vendégház) still thrives. Here, expect to pay from 8000Ft for a double. Alternatively, try university dorms – rooms are rented out in July and August, and often available at weekends year-round. Private rooms (vendégszoba) and apartments are also affordable and can be arranged through the Ibuszagency, or local tourist offices. Doubles range from 8000Ft in provincial towns to around 10,000Ft in Budapest. Budget hotels are often rather old-fashioned; outside Budapest and Lake Balaton (where prices are thirty percent higher), a three-star hotel (szálló or szálloda) will charge from around 12,000Ft for a double; solo travellers may have to pay this too, since singles are not always on offer.

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