Baltazár Budapest Boutique Hotel is one of many stylish boutique hotels in the Hungarian capital | Courtesy of Baltazár Budapest Boutique Hotel / Hotels.com
Budapest’s boutique hotels are as characterful as they are stylish. Whether you seek decadent maximalism, old-world historic charm or urban chic and cutting-edge technology, you’ll find it all at the city’s best boutique hotels.
Pest-Buda prides itself on design-led accommodation | Courtesy of Pest-Buda Hotel / Hotels.com
Located at the centre of Budapest’s Castle District, within walking distance of the city’s famed Fisherman’s Bastion, Pest-Buda is a small yet splendid boutique hotel. A melange of country-house comfort and upscale urban style, each of Pest-Buda’s 10 guest rooms features original vintage furnishings as well as handcrafted local limestone bathrooms. The building itself dates back to 1696, complete with a lovingly restored Baroque roof, and has served over its lifetime as an inn, tavern and restaurant. Pest-Buda’s eponymous homestyle restaurant is unmissable if hearty Hungarian cuisine is what you seek – don’t leave without trying the home-made Tokaj wine sausage.
Located in the historic Castle District, this family-owned boutique hotel comprises 11 rooms and suites, each featuring stylishly unique furnishings and decoration. With a bohemian edge and luxurious feel, the hotel is tailored for both style and comfort, with modern amenities seamlessly added to each room. There’s also a grill catering to hungry guests and Budapest residents, while the wine bar offers an array of wines from Central Europe.
Maison’s story is a richly historical one dating back to the 1700s when the current Baroque-style building served as a well-known bakery. In 1964, bread made way for beats, with a nightclub occupying the site until the 1990s. After 20 years of the building’s closure, Maison Bistro and Hotel opened in 2016. Today, you can relax and unwind while taking in the boutique hotel’s refined atmosphere from one of its 17 rooms or internal garden courtyard. Maison’s culinary offerings, whether at its quaint café or charming Moorish-style bistro, are simply sublime and echo the hotel’s elegant aesthetic. The traditional Hungarian lecsó, a paprika-tomato ragout with onion, bacon, grilled duck liver and grated egg barley pasta, is a must-try.
Occupying a terraced townhouse in Budapest’s elegant District V – the city’s political, financial and touristic centre – the boldly designed Hotel Rum creates a sense of dynamism with its contrasting colour palette and fuses tradition with contemporary chic in its use of wood and black metal. While still retaining original characteristics as a spiral stone staircase, Hotel Rum is unabashedly à la mode and a seductive sanctuary for the hedonistic urban traveller. Located on the seventh floor, the TOPRUM Rooftop Bar offers eclectic cocktails and breathtaking panoramic views of the city. During the warmer months, live jazz performances by local musicians take place every Wednesday evening.
Set in an 18th-century building in downtown Budapest, this updated hotel makes use of its traditional surroundings to combine modern and classic elements. The 25 rooms are divided into four different styles – Classic, Cool, Natural and Heaven – while the central courtyard and dining area is covered with a glass roof, allowing natural light to spill in while protecting guests from the elements.
Occupying a building that dates back to 1896 in the heart of what was once the glamorous Palace Quarter of Budapest, Brody House opened in 2009. Many of its 11 individually designed rooms are named after the artists who once called this building their creative home – you can stay in rooms that were once the studios of artists such as Alexander Tinei and Etienne Claret de Fleurieu. Other rooms feature the works of famed photographers, including Robert Capa, André Kertész and László Moholy-Nagy. Brody House overlooks the Hungarian National Museum and is within walking distance of several contemporary art galleries, including Kisterem and TOBE, making it the ideal hotel for art enthusiasts. Amenities here include a living-room-style honesty bar.
Hotel Collect exudes a maximalist yet elegant luxury style. Combining elements of modernist and contemporary design with vintage furnishings, many of the hotel’s majestic rooms overlook the District V’s quaint Károlyi Garden. Hotel Collect’s beautiful inner courtyard offers a calm respite from the city’s urban hubbub, with a feeling akin to a traditional Parisian coffee house – think marble tables and classic wicker chairs. It is worth noting that the hotel’s breakfast is served at the nearby Cafe Centrál. Dating back to 1887, the café is one of Budapest’s most historic coffee houses.
Created for the travellers of tomorrow or the particularly tech-savvy ones of today, KViHotel is Budapest’s first paperless hotel. Located in the vibrant District VII, the hotel offers you full control over your stay via your smartphone – whether it’s booking, checking in or checking out. This hi-tech experience means rooms are opened via your phone when in proximity, while room status, including cleanliness and temperature, may be monitored at any time from anywhere, with just a click of your smartphone.