When it opened in 2013, this boutique hotel brought a welcome shot of style to the Castle District; it's a good option for design lovers who like to avoid the chains. All of the 11 spacious rooms here are colorful and individually decorated with vintage furniture and lots of fun touches. One room has a Keith Haring theme, while another is a playful take on Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring." The bathrooms feature rain showers and are crafted from handcrafted local limestone. You may want to request the room with the balcony, from which you can enjoy the quiet Castle neighborhood and the cobblestone streets below. There's a wine bar on the ground floor, and the chef Zsolt Litauszki, one of Budapest's finest, works the handmade Josper charcoal grill at the restaurant, which is popular with locals as well as guests. It specializes in grilled dishes (burgers, fish, beef, and pork), but also serves a range of classic Hungarian dishes and has a great breakfast selection.
- Carolyn Banfalvi