Budapest is nicknamed the Paris of the East for good reason, and nowhere are the city’s elegance and sophistication more evident than in its best luxury hotels.
Known for its Baroque architecture and thermal baths, Budapest is becoming a prime destination for travellers looking for luxury. A whole host of Michelin-star restaurants grace the city’s streets, along with an array of upmarket wine and cocktail bars. To accompany this growing trend, an increasing number of lavish hotels are popping up across the city to cater to a new breed of high-end clientele. From music-themed spa hotels to grand Art Nouveau mansions, the best luxury hotels in Budapest are nothing short of world-class.
Opened in 2019, the Párisi Udvar Hotel is undoubtedly one of the hottest venues in town. This five-star addition to Budapest’s luxury hotel collection is housed within a revived Art Nouveau shopping arcade, providing easy access to the nearby upmarket Astoria neighbourhood and the Elizabeth Bridge. Within walking distance of all the main tourist sites, this sophisticated jewel also provides guests with a fitness centre, spa and dining at the Párisi Passage Café and Brasserie.
The Ritz-Carlton is set within a protected building dating from 1914, when it was constructed to house an Italian insurance company. Since 2016, the building’s modern interior has been characterised by the grandness and sophistication associated with the Ritz-Carlton brand. The hotel’s spacious rooms, painted in calming greys, creams and blues, are equipped with pristine marble bathrooms and Nespresso machines. For some extra indulgence, guests can enjoy dedicated concierge service at the Club Lounge, treatments at the in-house spa or cocktails at the Kupola Bar. The bustling Deák Ferenc and Erzsébet squares are directly opposite the hotel, hosting an array of bars, food stalls and the Budapest Eye Ferris wheel. The Jewish Quarter is within walking distance, with the city’s popular ruin bars just a short amble away.
Sitting on the banks of the Danube, the Marriott Hotel cuts an imposing figure with its 1960s Communist architecture. Despite the period exterior, its 362 rooms and commons spaces offer modern luxury. What’s more, much of the hotel enjoys impressive views: wake up to Buda Castle, or take in the sights of the Liberty Statue and nearby hills while working out on the treadmill. The hotel’s rooftop terrace provides the ideal location to sip a few glasses of Hungarian wine, while the in-house spa invites guests to enjoy a range of indulgent treatments.
Positioned between Budapest’s sixth and seventh districts, the Corinthia Hotel is ideally located roughly equidistant between the Danube and the expansive Budapest Park – home to the city’s zoo, the Széchenyi Thermal Baths and the Museum of Fine Arts. With its stately rooms and suites, Neoclassical facade and varied dining options – including Hungarian-inspired tapas at Bock Bistro and pan-Asian cuisine at Rickshaw Restaurant – the Corinthia is one of Budapest’s most prestigious hotels. The five-star establishment also has an elegant subterranean spa, which features Finnish saunas, a steam room, a pool and massage treatments.
The New York Palace is renowned for its elegant 19th-century building, comprising elements of Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. With 185 stylish rooms and suites, the hotel is also home to the New York Café , one of the most beautiful cafés in the world. Guests can relax after a day of sightseeing with a hot-stone massage or swim at the spa, or perhaps enjoy a cocktail at the refined Nyugat Bar.
The Kempinski Hotel takes pride of place in the heart of the fifth district, running parallel to the city’s Fashion Street, flush with high-end brands and labels. The modern C-shaped building was designed by Hungarian architect József Finta in 1992 and houses over 360 rooms and 35 suites, all decked out with smart TVs and marble bathrooms. Downstairs, guests can find Blue Fox The Bar, which offers an array of bespoke cocktails, before enjoying Japanese fusion at Nobu or informal dining at ÉS Bisztró. The lavish in-house spa has a pool, a tepidarium and numerous saunas.
Taking centre stage atop the Buda Castle district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Hilton Budapest is perfectly situated for sightseeing on the Buda side of the city. Combining an interesting mix of old and new, this hotel’s architecture consists of a modern structure housed beside a renovated 13th-century Dominican cloister and monastery. This five-star gem provides guests with stylish rooms, international and Hungarian cuisine at the LÁNG Bistro and Grill, and a fully equipped gym, all with exceptional views over the city. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Matthias Church, this luxury hotel is conveniently located for exploring the Presidential Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle.