Four Seasons Gresham Palace
For all out luxury and the chance to rub shoulders with the stars, look no further than Budapest’s Four Seasons Gresham Palace. Found on the Pest end of the city’s iconic Chain Bridge, the building has served a number of purposes over the years: from functioning as offices for the Gresham company to barracks for the Red Army and apartment buildings during the Communist era. Today, it’s a shining example of Art Nouveau architecture complete with grand interior and sweeping views across the Danube towards Buda.
Set in an 18th-century building in downtown Budapest, this recently renovated hotel makes use of its traditional surroundings to combine modern and classic elements. Twenty-five rooms are divided into four different styles: Classic, Cool, Natural, and Heaven. The central courtyard and dining area is covered with a glass roof, allowing natural light to spill in while protecting guests from the elements.
Casati Hotel, Paulay Ede u. 31, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 343 1198
With a music-inspired design and rooftop bar with stunning views over St Stephen’s Basilica, this luxury boutique hotel provides accommodation in a central location. Décor inspired by four genres of music – classic, jazz, contemporary, and opera – lend a unique touch to the interiors, while guests can also make use of spa facilities and complimentary wine and cheese every afternoon while listening to live music from local musicians.
Aria Hotel, Hercegprímás 5, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 445 4055
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Since its origins as the Grand Hotel Royal, which opened its doors in 1896, this luxurious hotel on one of Budapest’s main boulevards has survived through a number of changes. From functioning as office buildings during World War II until 1953; undergoing total reconstruction as a result of a fire in 1956; and falling into disrepair during the latter half of the 20th century, today the Corinthia displays much of its former glory and is one of the city’s most historic and luxurious addresses.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 479 4000
Danubius Hotel Gellért
One of Budapest’s most iconic hotels, this Art Nouveau building is steeped in history. Built towards the end of World War I, it was a bastion of elegance and luxury until it was partially destroyed during the Second World War. Today, after a number of renovations, the hotel has been restored to its former glory. Operating in conjunction with one of the city’s oldest thermal baths, once you step foot inside you’ll never want to leave.
Danubius Hotel Gellért, Szent Gellért tér 1, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 889 5500
Located on Andrássy Avenue, this elegant hotel is set inside a building dating back to the 1880s. A stone’s throw from sights including St Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera House (with a number of rooms offering views over the former), there’s also free WiFi, tea, coffee, and access to the gym and sauna.
Hotel Moments Budapest, Andrássy út 8., Budapest, Hungary, +36-1 611 7000
Small but perfectly formed, this boutique hotel can be found in a neoclassical building nestled away in Budapest’s Palace District. Part of the Brody House Group, which also features bars, an exhibition and events space, and a print studio, it’s a creative hub with a focus on art. Offering somewhere a little more unique to rest your head, rooms are named after artists whose work is featured on the walls.
Brody House, Bródy Sándor utca 10., Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 266 1211
Aiming to transport guests back to a time of luxury and opulence, this recently opened hotel in a 19th-century townhouse is comprised of 85 rooms, from standard to suite level. The in-house restaurant is Michelin-starred Costes Downtown, the décor is simple and elegant, and there’s a fitness and wellness area available to guests.
Prestige Hotel, Vigyázó Ferenc utca 5., Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 920 1000
Grand Hotel Margitsziget
One of Budapest’s oldest hotels, the Grand Hotel Margitsziget has been welcoming guests for over 140 years (it first opened its doors in 1873). Guests have access to the adjoining health spa resort, complete with healing thermal waters. Surrounded by the peaceful nature of Margitsziget (Margaret Island), it’s the ultimate place to relax.
Opened in 2007, this design-focused hotel offers a modern vibe and stunning views across Budapest. With a contemporary feel, moveable glass façade, and location close to the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of the city, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the city – if you can drag yourself away from the award-winning architecture and garden terrace.
Lánchíd 19, Lánchíd u. 19, Budapest, Hungary, +36 1 419 1900