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The Sarah Living Room
The Belle Living Room
Sarah's balcony bistro for two
Into the Sarah side of the apartment...
Sarah's Entry hall, Living room on right, wc ahead, bath left (unseen) , spa bag & umbrellas hanging
Walking into the Sarah living room
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the Sarah kitchen from the living room
Sarah's Living room
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2nd Kitchen
2nd Kitchen
Sarah's kitchen island
Looking to living room from the dining/reading/computer nook; bedroom up stairs on left
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Sarah's reading corner
Sarah's Computer corner
Dining/reading nook (photo makes it look larger than it is, a cozy and comfy space)
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Steps to the Sarah bedroom
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The tiny Sarah bedroom, upstairs
Sarah's Bedroom
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Sarah, the apartment's namesake
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Sarah's Bathroom, shower on right
2nd Bathroom
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2nd Bathroom
Sarah's bathroom vanity
Sarah's WC
Toilet
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WC and Bathroom are off the entry vestibule ....
Door between Sarah and Belle opens off the Sarah dining area into Belle's living room.
Entry to the Belle side
Belle's Living Room, bedroom, and Kitchen, entering from Sarah (the two can be separated or joined)
Belle's Living Room and Kitchen, high-ceilinged loft bedroom upstairs
Living Room from the bedroom
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Belle's Kitchen
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The Belle dining area (dining table expands to seat 6)
Living Room and Kitchen
Belle's Kitchen
the kitchens are fully equipped...
Looking up into the Belle loft bedroom
Belle's bedroom (queen bed); small desk with computer and printer at left and offscreen
The Master Bedroom 2
looking down from Belle's bedroom
Belle's Bathroom
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Belle and Sarah each have full-sized washers and dryers
Vestibule
Belle's front entry hall; Belle can also be joined to a 3rd apartment or bedroom -- Liesel
Belle's and Liesel's entry Terrace
Belle's Entrance (Liesel's entrance door is off, on right, Sarah's is at far end in distance)
Street
Szervita ter
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Condo/Apartment -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Budapest, Central Hungary

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Mark S
Vienna, Austria
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Loved Our Stay”
Reviewed July 6, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

John's recommendations made all the difference. From the taxi service from the train station to the outstanding restaurant recommendations, we knew we were in good hands. John stocked the apartment with extensive maps, directions and information on local sites.

We were met at the apartment by Ilona who gave us the keys and the lay of the land.

A fresh loaf of bread, local cheeses and a bottle of wine welcomed us as well as fresh eggs, coffee and a milk frother in a well appointed kitchen.

John's attention to detail borders on anal, in a good way.

Great location. If you like to explore the city by foot, Budapest is a terrific walking city and the apartments are centrally situated.

The accommodations are comfortable, ideal for either a short or lengthy stay. The apartment is situated on the top floor of the building, overlooking an open courtyard. (A bit tenuous for those with a fear of heights.) Entering and exiting requires more than one key, and despite its location fronting a commercial building, the apartment is quiet.

Staying here enhanced our visit to a locale where both the city and language were unfamiliar. It is not for those who require the hand-holding of a chain hotel. John's input allowed us to navigate the city independently, as a confident visitor as opposed to a deer-in-the-headlights tourist.

We would absolutely stay here on our next trip to Budapest.

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Liked best: Location, lovely apartment, wonderful hospitality
Liked least: Gates and doors to lock
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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Cary, NC
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159 reviews
95 hotel reviews
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“A wonderfully equipped apartment with a wealth of local info”
Reviewed May 31, 2015 for a stay in October 2014

I enjoyed my stay in Liesel in 2011 so much, I was very much looking forward to staying next door in Belle, and I was not disappointed. It is hard to think of anything the owners have forgotten to provide, and anything about Budapest they have forgotten to put in the copious notes available both on their website and in hard copy in the apartment.

The location, on Szervita ter just one block from transport-hub Deak ter and two from the Danube, is excellent. There are plenty of places to eat and drink, and places to buy food, in walking distance.

As in Liesel, the apartment showed the owner's loving attention to detail, from the spa bag with extra (big) towels to the food in the fridge, from free calls to the US to the addictive Nespresso machine, it was truly a home away from home. The bed is comfortable, the water is hot, there are beautiful golden eggs in the fridge, bread and wine on the counter, capsules for the Nespresso machine, and plenty of pots, pans, cutlery and china.

The charger for my cell phone died during my visit, and the owner did everything he could to help with the problem.

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Liked least: This apartment has a loft bedroom, if you have problems with steps book the one next door instead.
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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lennyg369
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1 review
“a wonderful adventure in budapest”
Reviewed May 31, 2015 for a stay in October 2014

We love to travel and the best experiences are when we are able to live like the locals. John Farago provided that experience with comfort and style. The apartment was as fun to investigate as the city itself. We were greeted with an abundance of local treats as well as everything to do our own cooking. Even a close market with local ingredients for the cook books in the apartment. Many travel books of Buda and Pest were available in the apartment (we didn't need to carry books from home). John's building was one historic building mentioned in one of the books, we enjoyed an evening walking Pest and learning the local history. Also provided was a bath bag of everything you need to visit the local bath houses, an absolute must. The bath house is a short walk away and there is an amazing farmers market on the way. There are many things to see close to John's apartment, but if you want to travel farther John has recommended a local taxi service, the drivers were all prompt and courteous. John made wonderful suggestions of restaurants both within walking distance and across town. We were always greeted by locals and enjoyed wonderful food and wine.
We have recommended John's places to several friends (who have made reservations) and we hope to return to his place again in the near future. There are many more wonderful things in Budda and Pest and John's apartments are waiting for you to discover them.
This is a place that will live long in your memory of the best places you have ever stayed, it has for us. Len and Jo Lea Gutnik, Sioux Falls SD

Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 65+
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Hawarden
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Comfortable accommodation in central location”
Reviewed November 13, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

The apartment was conveniently located in central Budapest, within easy walking distance of restaurants, places of interest and transportation. The owner arranged for someone to meet us at the railway station for an additional charge anf for someone to meet us at the apartment and give us the keys and instructions about the apartment. They provided a few food items and treats to get us started which was much appreciated. The kitchen was well set up for cooking. We were fortunately able to extend our stay for another night when we decided to do so. There was lots of useful information and brochures on places to shop, restaurants to eat, places to visit left for us as well as interesting books to look at or read had we had the time. The only drawback for someone with mobility issues would be the double bed is located in a loft bedroom up some rather steep and narrow stairs - hold on to the handrail and take care to watch your step!

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Liked best: Location and the willingness of the owner to make our stay enjoyable
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
18 Nov 2014
The caveat about the bedroom is accurate and should be kept in mind to be sure. There is also a solid mattress sofa bed available in the living room, an adjoining bedroom (not upstairs) available at an extra charge), and an apartment next door (listed separately, LieselPierre) in which both rooms are on the same floor. So there are generally good options available for those who prefer not to walk up the steps into the bedroom (it's essentially an A-frame construction with the bedroom overlooking the living room).
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Maggie S
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect apartment and location”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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This was our first visit to Budapest, and we weren't sure whether to stay at a hotel or an apartment. But with our group dynamic - my husband, daughter, and I; my parents; and a friend - the Sarah/Belle/Leisel Apartments worked out perfectly. We had the convenience of staying all together, but yet had the privacy when we wanted it. The location of the apartment couldn't be better. It is on a quiet street, yet just a block away from all the action. We walked everywhere - everything we wanted to see was within walking distance. The apartments were great - very clean, cozy, equipped with everything you need. John provides so much information about Budapest, recommendations on restaurants, sights to see, everything you want to know - so much more information than a hotel concierge! If we needed anything, i.e. running low on toilet paper or light bulb out, all I had to do was call or email, and it was taken care of immediately. When we arrived there was wine, cheese, meats, pastries, eggs, milk, Nespresso machine - and everything was delicious. The pastries were so good, we had to get more. We stayed a little over a week, and loved feeling like we were "locals". John also recommended a driver, Alajos, who was wonderful. Besides transporting us from and to the airport, he drove us to and from the ice center all week. By the end of our trip, he felt like family! I feel very lucky that we were able to find this apartment to stay in during our time in Budapest. Budapest is a great city, and I would definitely recommend staying at Sarah/Belle/Leisel or any of John's other apartments in the city.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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nyxmhi
Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely Apartments in an Ideal Location”
Reviewed March 21, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We loved our stay at the Belle & Sarah apartments. They are unique, homey, and welcoming, with personal touches such as wine and pastries on arrival, food in the refrigerator for a "starter" meal or snack, and a bag packed with towels for a visit to the spas. The location is perfect- central to everything. We mostly walked everywhere, but there is a subway station only a block away. John, the owner, was a joy to work with. He sent a slew of information about the apartment and city, including recommendations for restaurants and activities, arranged our transfer from the airport, purchased our train tickets for us (to Vienna), and responded promptly to all questions. Highly recommended!!!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014 for a stay in September 2013
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