Budapest’s boutique hotels are as characterful as they are stylish. Want to stay in a vibrant art retreat? How about an inn dating from the 1600s? Or why not a night in the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel? You get all that and more in the best boutique hotels in the Hungarian capital.
Located at the centre of the Castle District, within walking distance of the 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 as an inn, tavern and restaurant. The eponymous homestyle restaurant is unmissable if hearty Hungarian cuisine is what you seek – don’t leave without trying the home-made tokaj wine sausage.
The history of Maison is rich – it dates 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 being closed, Maison Bistro and Hotel opened in 2016. Today, you can relax and unwind while taking in the refined atmosphere from one of the 17 rooms or within the garden courtyard. The culinary offerings, whether at the quaint café or charming Moorish-style bistro, are sublime and echo the elegant hotel aesthetic. The traditional Hungarian lecsó, a paprika-tomato ragout with onion, bacon, grilled duck liver and grated egg barley pasta, is a must.
Occupying a terraced townhouse in Budapest’s elegant District V – the political, financial and touristic centre of the city – the boldly designed Hotel Rum creates a sense of dynamism with a contrasting colour palette, fusing tradition with contemporary chic in the use of wood and black metal. While still retaining original characteristics such 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 panoramic city views. During the warmer months, live jazz performances by local musicians take place every Wednesday evening.
Created for the travellers of tomorrow or the 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, while room status, including cleanliness and temperature, may be monitored at any time from anywhere, with just a click of your smartphone.