From design-led boutique hotels to classically luxurious retreats, the best hotels in Budapest offer the ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries after a day spent exploring the Pearl of the Danube.
As a building, Párisi Udvar (meaning “Paris Courtyard”) has seen considerable change throughout the years. First built in 1817, the structure was a fashionable shopping arcade before becoming Budapest’s Central Savings Bank in 1906 and finally being designated a National Monument in 1976. In 2019, having been painstakingly restored to its former glory, Párisi Udvar opened its doors as a stylish hotel. It offers 110 rooms decorated to reflect the Art Nouveau architecture of the building and to work with its unique hexagonal structure while also incorporating elements from Arabic, Moorish and Gothic design. The crown jewel is the spacious Paris Residence, set on the hotel’s top floor and boasting incredible views over Budapest, while at street level, the hotel’s impressive, glass-domed atrium houses a café and pâtisserie.
Cool new kid on the block, Hotel Rum is located in downtown Budapest, just a short stroll from the up-and-coming Ferencváros (District IX) and attractions including the Hungarian National Museum. Designed by Budapest-based architects and designers, this contemporary boutique hotel features 40 rooms, ranging from the cosy, intimate Light Rum room to the more spacious Black Rum room; whichever you opt for, each offers modern amenities and a fun, quirky design. Hotel Rum is also home to the popular TOPRUM rooftop restaurant and bar, which serves up panoramic views of Budapest’s skyline as well as a menu of Instagrammable brunches, tapas and cocktails.
An opulent and grand hotel overlooking one of Budapest’s main boulevards, the Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel occupies a building rich in history. Once the headquarters of the New York Life Insurance Company, its façade features decorative elements by Hungarian sculptor Károly Senyei. The hotel is also home to the famous New York Café, packed with Belle Époque charm and formerly a popular meeting place for Hungarian writers and artists. New York Palace’s 185 rooms and suites await guests, with modern design and amenities complementing the building’s classic features and old-world feel. The hotel is also located next to the city’s well connected #4 and #6 tram lines, meaning easy transport across Budapest is just steps away.
Tucked away in Budapest’s historic Castle District, this welcoming design hotel has history on its side. It first opened its doors in 1696 as an inn. Since then, things have changed somewhat – Pest-Buda is now a contemporary, family-run hotel with traditional touches, providing design-led accommodation not far from landmarks such as the Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle. There are 10 rooms, including cosy doubles and larger suites, all with bathrooms clad in local limestone. A mixture of modern and vintage furnishings adds to the quirky feel of this boutique hotel, while pieces by Hungarian graphic artists adorn the walls. Pest-Buda’s in-house eponymous bistro offers a varied menu of Hungarian and international dishes.
Located on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge, with Castle Hill providing an impressive backdrop, Hotel Clark is a great base from which to explore both Buda and Pest. The Castle Hill Funicular is just a few steps away, as is the Danube River, both of which can be seen from a good number of the hotel’s 86 rooms. The hotel has a rooftop bar and a fitness centre, both of which offer spectacular panoramas. Bedrooms are bright and colourful, offering modern amenities and quirky decorative touches – lion motifs, inspired by the iconic lion head statues at either end of the Chain Bridge, are featured throughout. Meat-lovers will enjoy Hotel Clark’s restaurant – Beefbar Budapest – which specialises in steaks and works in close collaboration with local farmers.
Phoebe Taplin contributed additional reporting to this article.