Budapest’s first hostel, the Back Pack Guesthouse, has added two floors to its colourfully painted suburban ‘villa’ in south Buda and been reborn as Shantee House. It's all good and the fun (and sleeping bodies in high season) still spills out into a lovely landscaped garden, with hammocks, a yurt and a gazebo. Two of the five doubles are en suite.



Mustafa Akan (Turkey) stayed: 8 months

It should be noted that: If you wanna stay in a peaceful place then complete the scene here :} As far as I am concerned ;We could not find the Budapest better than this. Above all , people here are very kind and helpful. whatever you have problem they try to solve it.We are so glad to come here and because of the people we met also.I must not forget the cat ''chocu chocu'' :} she is fatty now :D
I would like to thank all crew Shantee because they make me feel like home . As Turkish team we had so much fun during the year. Thanks for the nice welcome. XoXo

Mikko Hassinen (Finland) stayed: 5 months

I stayed in Shantee House for five months during my exchange period and I must say I enjoyed it every second. The atmosphere was very welcoming from the moment I stepped in and I met lot of people that I can call nowadays close friends to me. The location was optimal to me, close to the University and same time bit further away from the city centre in quieter part of Buda. The public transportation works like a dream 24/7, so it was allways easy to get back home. Even though I lived with another people I always had my own privacy to study if I needed it and on the other there was allways someone ready to do something or to go somewhere. I would recommend the experience to everyone who is coming to Budapest for longer or shorter time.

Ricardo Wong (Australia) stayed: 6 months

"Upon my first arrival in Europe, the backpack guesthouse aka. Shantee house was the first of many hostels I've stayed at. Out of all the hostels I've stayed at, The Shantee ranks one of the best; with its easy going atmosphere, friendly staff and great location, its not hard to see why so many travellers come back.

I am now currently staying long term at shantee for 6 months, and now half way through - I wish i had more time!"

- R.W.

Laura van Bergen (Holland) stayed: 2 months

For me, it was the first time staying at a hostel. I've stayed in tents, caravans and hotels before, but never a hostel. I didn't really know what to expect. Sure, I had looked at the photo's and read the webpage. But, no matter how good and nice a picture is, it can never give you the atmosphere of a place. Especially when there are a bunch of people present, who make you feel right at home in the first few days.

Two months I stayed, making a lot of memories and meeting people from all over the world. I could go back, I could go back and yet that wouldn't be the same. Being a tourist staying for a couple of days, having a good time. Its not the same as walking through that door for the first time, fearing that it is going be the most lonely months of your life. And then finding out that your probably going to have a great time there with the other long-stayers, the staff and the occasional short-term people (it was winter). It is an experience that can not be compared to a holiday and staying here at the Backpack Guesthouse is probably one of the better places on earth to do it.

Frankie Stankovic (Slovakia) stayed: 4 months

I came to Budapest as a international student for one semester. My original plan was to stay in the Shantee House few weeks and than find a flat with the schoolmates somewhere in the city. When I stepped to the Shantee for the very first time, I realized that this place is magical. I found here many amazing people that have become very good friends. I stayed whole semester and my stay was one of the best experiences in my life. There are always many things to do... relaxing garden with hammocks and little fountain, cozy common room and everyday adventures in historical centre of Budapest or joint trips to the surrounding mountains. I recommend staying here for all the students or travellers. It will be great experience!

Alin Andronache (Romania) stayed: 5 months

As a long term resident I can say that staying at Shantee House is an amazing experience.

First of all, without doubt, this is the hostel with the best atmosphere I have ever stayed at. The house is beautifully decorated, well organized, with attention to even the smallest detail. Great music all the time, lit candles during the night throughout the house, a beautiful garden. The staff is super nice and helpful and you really feel like you are part of a big family. All in all, living here gives you a special kind of feeling.

Rooms and bathrooms are very clean, the kitchen is very well equipped and there is even a bike rental service, which is very useful.

Although it is a bit far from the city center, the hostel is located in a very nice part of the city and is very well connected to public transport, buses and trams are close by and can get you to virtually any part of the city. The hostel is also close to supermarkets, good restaurants etc.

All in all, I think that Shantee House is the best hostel in Budapest and an experience you have try at least once in your life.

Henrique from Brazil stayed: 4 months

Shantee House - Minha casa em Budapeste

Estou no Shantee house há 2 meses e tenho um contrato de longa duração. Creio que tive muita sorte. Pois além de ser um lugar bonito, tenho recebido o melhor tratamento possível. Tenho privacidade, os serviços são ótimos, desde a recepção, até limpeza. Ótimo lugar para quem quer se sentir em casa. Pessoas de todos os lugares, mas todas compartilham uma ótima energia. Ótimas instalações, onde se pode aproveitar a estadia. Recomendo o shantee house. Ótimo lugar para ficar. Ou como dizem aqui, o melhor lugar do mundo.

Shantee House - My house in Budapest

I'm in Shantee house for 2 months and I have a long-term contract. I think I was very lucky. As well as being a beautiful place, I have received the best possible treatment. I have privacy, the services are great, from the front desk, to cleaning. Great place for those who want to feel at home. People everywhere, but they all share a great energy. Great facilities, where you can enjoy our stay. Shantee recommend the house. Great place to stay. Or as they say here, the best place in the world.

Lobna from Egypt stayed: 16 months

I came to Shantee House in March 2014 after a stressful search for a shared home and an already disappointing experience with my old roommates for my long term training in Budapest.
Since day one I felt that I restored my peace again and my mind became clear as the place is extremely rich with spiritual statues, plants and portraits from all over the world, happy colors are everywhere and the staff is absolutely amazing, helpful and they became my second family in no time!

I had a lot of long term friends like me and all of them where considering Shantee House their second house just like me as the owner (Atilla) put a lot of love in the place that you will definitely feel the moment you stay there.

During my stay which ends this December I saw many people that came back to Shantee House for a second amazing stay and also it is the best student housing in winter (Starting from September) they offer private and shared room for affordable prices, all the rooms are bright and colorful, each one has its own unique style, each floor has a private bathroom, laundry service, WiFi, a peaceful TV room with a sea painting on the wall where you can drink special kinds of tea or you can smoke Shisha (Water pipe) and there is a wide shared kitchen with an extension to the garden which has a beautiful small lake and hammocks (lucky us!)

Also it is easily to access anywhere in Budapest with Tram 49 which is 2 minutes walk from Shantee House that goes to the city centre in Deak Ferenc Ter (in 15 Minutes), Tram 19 passes by, buses and also Metro 4 is 2 stops away.

Supermarkets like Tesco, CBA, Lidl and Allee shopping mall are near by and also it is flexible to make a delivery order for anything you wish to eat!

I absolutely recommend this "Stress Free Zone" for students in Winter time and for Tourists in Summer as I have to admit that I love this place like my own home and the staff as my own family!