The Best Arty Hotels in Budapest

Admire the original design of Hotel Moments Budapest while sipping a cocktail at the bar
Admire the original design of Hotel Moments Budapest while sipping a cocktail at the bar | Courtesy of Hotel Moments Budapest / Expedia.com
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26 February 2021

Budapest is an art lover’s dream, it’s a city brimming with medieval carvings and freshly daubed murals, post-industrial studios and Neoclassical galleries. Spend your days wandering the Hungarian National Gallery and Ludwig Museum and your nights in spaces dedicated to contemporary art and photography. Combine your artistic exploration with a stay in one of the many design-forward hotels in the city, where you can sleep under original artwork or within an architectural marvel.

Brody House

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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Brody House
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Once a 19th-century doctor’s surgery, Brody House now has rooms and shared spaces showcasing works by artists with a personal connection to Budapest – take the time to admire pieces by portraitist Alexander Tinei and colour-loving painter Ludovic Thiriez, who both had studios here. Each of the 10 intriguing bedrooms (variously featuring free-standing tubs, hand-crafted beds and mezzanine galleries) is named after a collaborating artist. If you’re inspired to create, join one of the regular in-house socials – the accurately named Drink and Draw night is led by a Brody artist.
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Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection

Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel, Luxury
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Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection
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Just steps from St Stephen’s Basilica, Aria has a roof terrace overlooking the towering dome of the church. Music is the inspiration behind the hotel’s palatial design: there’s a silhouetted jazz band on the wall of the spa, and a stylised piano keyboard curves along the marble floor in the orchid-flanked corridor. There’s an on-site musical director, who curates individual soundtracks and itineraries for guests, and live music accompanies the free afternoon selection of Hungarian wine and cheese.
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Baltazár Budapest – Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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Baltazár Budapest – Boutique Hotel
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On warm days, Baltazár has wooden tables spread over the car-free cobbles at one end of the historic Országház Street, which winds up past delis and bookshops to the medieval riches of the late-Gothic Matthias Church. This historic heart of Unesco-listed Buda is a foodie paradise, and the hotel’s charcoal grilled duck livers and poppy-seeded millefeuille with plum sauce and pistachio ice cream fit in perfectly. The 11 luxurious yet quirky rooms invoke Pop art and fashion icons, while the brick-walled bar, with a gallery of different shaped mirrors, serves shots of Hungarian fruit brandy or rum-cinnamon hot grog. Egészségére!
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Park and Art Mini Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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Park & Art Mini Boutique Hotel
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At Park and Art, some headboards incorporate part of an intricate musical instrument, the breakfast tables were once sewing machines and the iridescent lamps are beaten copper – it’s safe to say the contrasting styles in the individual rooms here are enjoyably eclectic. Just across the six-lane Dózsa György Boulevard you will find the expansive lakes and gardens of the work-in-progress City Park and Museum Quarter. From the hotel, stroll through the trees and flowerbeds outside to the imposing Heroes Square, which will awe you with its statue-topped columns and colonnades.
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Casati Budapest Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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Are you drawn to the light-filled simplicity of the Heaven Room, which frames works by contemporary artists? The casual earthy tones of a Natural? Or the darker, gilded glamour of a Classic, with antiques and oil paintings? Additionally, at the adults-only Casati, guests can enjoy balconies that face onto a creeper-draped internal courtyard and access to a brick-vaulted gym and sauna on site. There’s a head-spinning choice of must-see sights outside the door, too, from the little Museum of Sweets and Selfies a few doors down to the frescoed State Opera House around the corner.
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Lanchid 19 Design Hotel

Boutique Hotel
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Lanchid 19 Design Hotel
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With plate glass windows overlooking the limpid Danube, the modern Lanchid 19 is sandwiched between a classic art nouveau mansion with ornamental faces and a 1930s block with curved balconies and a café on the ground floor. Lánchíd, Hungarian for chain bridge, refers to the elegant 19th-century Széchenyi Chain Bridge nearby, linking Buda and Pest. And it’s not just the views that are stylish: the glass-floored lobby reveals a subterranean medieval ruin, and the walls are hung with paintings by Picasso’s lover Françoise Gilot.
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Hotel Moments Budapest

Boutique Hotel
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Hotel Moments Budapest
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Originally a tobacco merchant’s mansion, this 19th-century building has previously been a bank and a cinema, but is now a 99-room hotel. Elaborate plasterwork and wrought-iron balustrades give way to rooms in which the decor echoes the painted ceilings downstairs and suites in which sloping windows have wide views across the skyline.
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  • Pest-Buda Hotel

    Boutique Hotel
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    Pest-Buda Hotel
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    Grand colourful houses, fine art galleries and pavement cafés line the cobbles of the Castle District in Buda, where this 17th-century inn has become a stylish 10-room boutique. Bedrooms mix it up with retro radios and designer limestone bathrooms, modern prints and wooden walls. The restaurant, one of the oldest in Budapest, serves classic Hungarian dishes: fish soup, stuffed cabbage and goulash, and sweet nutty arany galuska in custard alongside citrusy Kreinbacher sparkling wine or fruity craft beers.
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    Art'Otel Budapest by Park Plaza

    Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel
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    Art'Otel Budapest by Park Plaza
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    This cool, contemporary hotel has views of the Parliament Building across the Danube, plus colourful abstract designs by US artist Donald Sultan. There are more Sultan works in the restaurant, where an international menu features a no-holds-barred art’burger or cinnamon-spiced plum pie with Tokaj dessert wine. Work up an appetite by strolling out the front door and walking under lime and chestnut trees along the riverside, with views across the wide shining water.
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    Bohem Art Hotel

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    Bohem Art Hotel
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    Style is taken to new levels at the chic Bohem. Eye-catching, original paintings by Budapest-based artists form a focal point in minimalist rooms, some of which have individual features such as wooden floors and upper levels. You could be sleeping under the colourful geometry of Donáta Gajzágó’s Airport – Monoscope or the golden eye of Roland Horváth’s huge sunflower. Great location, too: fresh fruit and veg are laid out in the Neo-Gothic market hall at the end of the road, and there are boat trips on the Danube a few steps away on the riverfront.
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    Stories Hotel Budapest

    Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel
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    Stories Hotel Budapest
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    Café-lined Király Street is one of the trendiest thoroughfares in Budapest, heaving with hipster bars and ice-cream kiosks. But Stories does its best to keep you inside all day with on-call mixologists, yoga teachers and tattoo artists. The triple-storey Presidentials, the biggest of the bold, colourful suites, are tailor-made for stag and hen parties with a sauna and jacuzzi on the top floor.
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