Hungary can provide for every type of traveler, from those on a budget to those looking for something a little more luxurious. Whether it’s the opulent hotels of Budapest or relaxing escapes in the countryside, Hungary caters to it all. Here are 11 hotels in Hungary that will make you feel like royalty.
New York Palace Budapest
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The New York Palace also houses the famous Belle Époque-style New York Café | Courtesy of New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology / Hotels.com
The New York Palace Budapest, also known as the Boscolo, is one of those hotels that makes an impression the moment you step into the lobby. This is partly thanks to the adjoining New York Cafe, a lavish dining room so impressive that merely having a coffee here is considered one of the top things to do in Budapest. However, with an on-site wellness centre, a selection of dining options and an incredibly central location, this hotel is just as spiffy as the cafe and is a hard one to beat.
For something a little different, this collection of four-star cabins hidden within a forest in Noszvaj, just an hour and a half from Budapest, is perfect. Each cottage has all the modern comforts you might expect, as well as an outdoor hot tub and the added bonus of immediate access to all the adventures that nature lovers crave.
One of the most recognisable addresses in the city, due to its proximity to the iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge, is the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. This hotel offers rooms with some of the best views in the whole of Budapest. The opulent building is impressive enough, but with an entire suite of services and amenities at hand, this Four Seasons makes it hard for guests to want to leave.
As the oldest hotel in Budapest, it’s perhaps no surprise that Pest-Buda comes with quite a reputation. It has only a handful of uniquely designed rooms, yet with exceptional cuisine served in the restaurant downstairs, the tranquil streets of the high-end District I at its doorstep and a glorious view of the city’s Fisherman’s Bastion, it will have you rushing to reserve a room every time you visit.
With an impressive heritage backing the name of this small mansion, there’s more than just wine and relaxation to consider here. Located south of Budapest in Tokaj – perhaps the most famous wine region of Hungary – Andrássy Rezidencia combines the pleasures of wine tasting with the indulgence of a fully-featured wellness centre in the Hungarian countryside.
The Danubius group is a name well-known throughout Hungary for high-end, luxury hotels, but this location at the bottom of Budapest’s Gellért Hill is the shiniest jewel in its crown. Much of its art nouveau interior has been retained, while outstanding stained glass windows decorate the halls and the view of a relatively quiet part of the Danube makes it a true sanctuary among a hectic city. The fact that it’s joined to the famous Gellért thermal baths only adds to the potential for relaxation.
Located close to the thermal lake of Hévíz – which is coincidentally the largest in Europe – the Bonvital Wellness Hotel is the new kid on the block. It uses a trinity of spectacular food, a calm environment and great spa treatments to maximise the sense of serenity. It’s only 100 meters (328 feet) from the thermal lake and, best of all, it is even pet-friendly.
Voted the best hotel in the world on more than one occasion by TripAdvisor, there’s a lot to expect from the Aria Hotel. Despite its central location, it maintains a tranquil atmosphere. A sleek courtyard is regularly filled with piano music, and a sky bar is open for sipping wine in the shadow of the epic St Stephen’s Basilica. Much like the very best hotels in the world, the on-site spa and wellness centre is more than capable of working out those tension kinks and relaxing every fiber of your being.
Everything about the Tiszavirág is sleek: its varied rooms, its open-air courtyard, its highly-rated breakfast and its dining rooms. If you’re staying in Szeged, Hungary’s self-proclaimed City of Sunshine, you’ll find few places that are more luxurious than Tiszavirág. It’s wellness centre is particularly special as it has a tepidarium, steam cabin and Finnish sauna.
Located on the busy boulevard that runs through downtown Pest, Corinthia is hard to match since it is in the centre of the city. The fact that it comes with a grand art deco spa room, the history of which can be traced back to the late nineteenth century, only adds to the spectacle. The outstanding meals served in the accompanying restaurant would be more than enough to make this place a favourite for most guests, but Budapest’s finest attractions lie footsteps from the hotel’s doorstep, making it a top competitor.
Those with a fondness for wine might want to consider this four-star treat. While it doesn’t look the most opulent or have the most lavish rooms, it is located in one of Hungary’s most important red wine regions of Villány and comes with everything you could hope for. There’s an on-site cellar for Bock wine – one of the bigger names for Hungarian bor – and a small wellness centre and restaurant to while away the hours when not tasting wine.