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By @ 11/28/17 in Budapest, CheckOut, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Ronnie D'Amico, Travel

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineCHECKOUT: Kapital Inn, Budapest: Top/bottom line

The Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary reigns as the #1 bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor for the past 10 consecutive years. That might be because it’s gay owned/operated by Albert, a local Hungarian and former 5-star hotel exec and Paul, a South African and former advertising exec. You’ll find the Kapital Inn on the penthouse floor of an elegant 19th century apartment building. They recently renovated the Inn blending the neo-renaissance architectural interiors with contemporary furniture, to create modern living spaces. This is the place to stay when you are in Budapest, and here’s why:

Location

Nestled in the 6th district of the Pest side (east of the Danube River), the Kapital Inn is set one block back from the city’s Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Budapest’s answer to Paris’ Champs-Elysées. The Avenue is home to an abundance of upscale shops and restaurants and it’s side streets have just as much action. The Millennium rail line, the first subway line in continental Europe, is just steps away to access the entire city.

Here are just some of the top attractions within walking distance:

Hungarian State Opera House: Um. Madonna filmed the balcony scene from Evita here. If that’s not enough, there’s vocal and orchestra performances throughout the year.

  • The House of Terror Museum: The only of its kind dedicated to those victims of two terror regimes.
  • 360 Bar: An iconic Budapest rooftop terrace with 360° panorama views atop the tallest building on Andrássy Avenue. They recently installed six themed heated igloos with designer furniture to sip cocktails in during the winter months.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath: Budapest is known for their baths and this one is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Tip: Dip in once the sun goes down to let the steam rise around you into the night sky.
  • Jewish District: Emerged as one of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods, known for its quirky ”Ruin Bars”, cafes, art galleries and design shops.

Room/Bathroom

The Kapital Inn is a quintessential BnB boutique housing just seven rooms. Each is spacious, clean and smartly renovation and designed. The best I’ve seen in Europe. Even with an intimate feel, you won’t find yourself uncomfortably close to any other guests. And you’ll get a good night sleep; there’s a refined and calming stillness from being up in the penthouse that silences the bustle of Budapest below.

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The rooms to book:

  • Deluxe King Room: This is the largest room and boasts a relaxing contemporary design, high ceilings, large French style windows and a comfy king-size bed. It has a big en-suite bathroom, his and his or hers and hers vanity, a walk-in shower and a two-person bathtub. The shower design is sexy, sleek and where you’ll want to spend your time.
  • Deluxe King Suite: For those traveling with family or more than one couple, this spacious 65sqm suite two bedroom has a living room and a large en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. It is furnished with an eclectic mix of contemporary furniture and lighting, and features high ceilings, queen size beds and four large French style windows for a light and airy atmosphere.
  • Deluxe Double Rooms: Very spacious rooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom fitted with “RainDance” showerheads and walk-in showers large enough to fit two. They both feature contemporary design, which blends modern and vintage style furniture.

Amenities

Breakfast: Each morning head to the elegant kitchen for breakfast (8:00am and 10:30am) where you’ll sit at the huge island with other guests from around the world. There you’ll find Albert or Paul ready to take your order for eggs, bacon or one of their must have omelets (Albert is a Hungarian trained chef). A choice of coffee or tea is available, alongside apple and orange juice, traditional pastries, a selection of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurt, cream cheese and Hungarian salami. *Breakfast is included in the price of your room. They accommodate specific dietary requests too.

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineRoof Top Terrace: After checking in I was completely surprised to find a 600-sq. ft. private terrace with rooftop views. Weather permitting, this is where to sip a cocktail before heading to dinner or to relax after a day of sightseeing. There’s also a fully fitted guest kitchen area located next to the terrace.

Guest Office: A private guest office comes equipped with laptop and printer if you need to connect with the real world. There’s free Wi-Fi throughout the property and the office is packed with books, games, DVD’s and more.

Other room amenities include: All air-conditioned room, daily housekeeping, hairdryer, shower gels and soaps.

Kapital Inn, Budapest, Hungary gay-owned B&B in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Local Experience

From the moment you arrive, you feel the love.

Arrival Love: Albert or Paul will graciously welcome and sit down with you to chart out your Budapest experience. They’ll pull out a map, pen and begin marking up things to do that best fit your interests.

Local Love: Albert, a native Hungarian, knows the city, it’s people and politics. You can’t ignore the passion he holds for the city. Breakfast time is when you can learn the most from Albert and Paul about Budapest and make up of its culture. You may be a thousand miles from home, but you’ll never feel you’re that far away with the conversation and hospitality provided by Albert and Paul.

Gay Factor

  • LGBT owned and operated
  • Conveniently located near gay bars and clubs (ask Albert and Paul for recommendations)
  • Started out as a strictly gay BnB, but now open to all – but still caters to many gay guests.

Rates

Rooms start at €65 for Standard rooms start and slide up to €99 for the the Deluxe Suite.

Ready to go

For rates and reservations click or tap the website for Kapital Inn, Budapest.

About the CheckOut

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By @ 10/16/15 in Budapest, Daily Dose, Gay travel, Phil Rake, Photo du jour, Travel
A hunky street performer showing off his dance skills and strength  in Budapest, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

A hunky street performer showing off his dance skills and strength

This report on Dreamy Budapest is brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondent, Phil Rake.

The beauty of Budapest is like no other. A place so picturesque, it’s as if it were conjured in a poet’s dream. This beauty — the product of a rich and diverse history — pervades every aspect of the city, from the art and culture to the people and, of course, the amazing architecture. Influenced by a variety of styles (including Roman, Ottoman, Gothic, Baroque, Romantic, Art Nouveau), Budapest is home to some of the world’s most exquisite buildings, bridges, parks and sculptures. The past is very much alive in the architecture and the city is brimming with elegance and splendour. If you’re a traveller who loves to explore, then this Budapest is definitely for you. 

Budapest is also renowned for its spas and thermal springs, the waters of which are said to have healing properties. Some of the spas, like

Budapest skyline, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Budapest skyline

the Széchenyi Bath are truly stunning and offer visitors the chance to experience a tradition that dates back to Roman times. 

 But it’s not just about beautiful buildings and bathhouses. There is also music and opera, shopping, great cuisine, and a wealth of trendy bars, clubs and galleries. Budapest even has a small but thriving gay scene and the allure of the city has helped it to become one of the most fashionable European destinations for gay and lesbian travellers.

 A tip for our ManAboutWorld travellers: If you really want to experience the beauty of Budapest, then take a trip up to Fisherman’s Bastion at sunset. There is a moment just before dusk, when the sun begins to slip away behind the Buda Hills, setting the sky ablaze in hues of amber, pearl and pink. In the distance, the Hungarian Parliament Building glistens like a jewel whilst its radiant reflection dances on the mighty Danube. This is a spectacle that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

 DDTI* is your Daily Dose Of Travel Inspiration.

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By @ 09/16/14 in Budapest, Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our correspondent Dennis Hensley let us in on this amazing little bike tour in Budapest:

Want to get to know Budapest and burn off last night’s goulash at the same time? Then check out the 4.5-hour Wheels & Meals Bike Tour from Budapest Bike Breeze tours. As Euro capitals go, Budapest is very bike-friendly and the route on this tour is just challenging enough to keep you on your toes, without feeling like you’re in a video game trying not to get killed. There’s one major hill to climb but when you get to the top, you’re rewarded with spectacular views and a phallic-shaped fountain to quench your thirst. Along the way, you’ll learn lots of fun facts about the city, like why Hungarian students rub a horse’s balls every spring and what is the significance of the shoes left along the Danube. A tasty outdoor Hungarian lunch is also included in the 22 Euro fee but what really made our tour special was the guide, a beautiful brown-eyed spitfire named Suzie. Her pride in her city, coupled with a wicked sense of humor made every tale she spun sound like an episode of Scandal. We were on the edge of our bicycle seats.

We recently covered Budapest in May 2014. Click here to subscribe and receive ALL of our coverage, past and present, full of insider tips for the best destinations on Earth!

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By @ 06/11/14 in Budapest, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Matthias Church and Hilton BudapestOn the banks of the Danube in Budapest, The Halászbástya, or Fisherman’s Bastion, is a neo-Gothic terrace way up on Castle Hill is a terrace in neo-Gothic.The city is one of Europe’s most romantic, most historic, and perhaps its most underrated city. In our May issue, we hit the ground and uncovered all of Budapest’s secrets: the hidden gems, the gay life, and the little-known places we found along our journeys. For full-access to our insider guide, subscribe here

Speaking of Budapest, listen in as ManAboutWorld correspondent Dennis Hensley interviews his movie industry friend Tom Ford.

 

 

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By @ 06/05/14 in Budapest, Correspondent, Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

TomDennisBudapestManAboutWorld correspondent recently Dennis Hensley visited Budapest. While there he recorded a podcast with his friend Tom Ford who is working there on a movie as the Visual Effects Producer.  Here’s the link.

We covered Budapest in our current issue. If you  haven’t read it, download it now.

 

 

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By @ 05/21/14 in CheckOut, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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THE CHECKOUT: Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest

Top/Bottom Line:

The city’s most stylish hotel, with striking modern design and the most convenient central location. Ironically, the only thing missing is the vibe: the lounge and restaurant just haven’t found a following in this city.

Rates:

Standard rooms start at €102/night, but spend the extra €35 or so to upgrade at least to an Executive Room, with 430 sq. feet of space (vs. 270 in the Standard). Move up to a suite (approx. €220-320) for even more space, views and oversized soaking tubs.

Location:

Built in a century-old palace just a few blocks from the Danube River and Elisabeth Bridge on Váci Street, one of the city’s main pedestrian shopping thoroughfares. It is about as central to the city’s variety of attractions as you can possibly be.

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By @ 04/08/14 in Budapest, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Fusco, Travel

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Photo of the daily flag-raising ceremony at Kossuth tér outside of the Parliament building by New York-based ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Paul Fusco who recently returned from Budapest. We’ll be covering Budapest in all of its gay glory in our upcoming May 2014 issue.

Photo credit: Paul Fusco

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