The Best Spa Hotels in Budapest, Hungary

Gellert, in Budapest, is one of the city's many thermal baths worth a visit
Gellert, in Budapest, is one of the city's many thermal baths worth a visit | © Sorin Colac / Alamy Stock Photo
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Travel Expert4 March 2021

With more than 100 thermal springs, Budapest more than deserves its City of Spas nickname. With a stay at the best spa hotels in the city, you can turn a your city break in the Hungarian capital into a time of relaxation and luxurious self-care.

Budapest is famed for its historical thermal baths, with the Széchenyi and Gellért baths among the most popular spots for an afternoon of indulgence. For the ultimate blissful Budapest stay, however, book a hotel with a spa of its own. Offering thermal baths, treatments and tranquil pools, the best spa hotels in Budapest invite you to unwind after a day of exploring the city (or a big night partying in a ruin bar).

Danubius Hotel Gellért

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Guests at the Danubius Hotel Gellért get a 30 percent discount at the eponymous baths | Courtesy of Danubius Hotel Gellért / Hotels.com
This 100-year-old hotel, nestled between Gellért Hill and Liberty Bridge, shares its property with the eponymous thermal baths. The Danubius Hotel Gellért captures the feeling of an undefined but evocative yesteryear, with art nouveau stained glass blended with elements of socialist realism. The baths are a decadent extravaganza adorned with turquoise mosaics, colonnaded pools and an outdoor pool complex with a wave machine (dating back to the 1930s) that runs on the hour. Guests at the hotel get a 30 percent discount to the famous thermal baths.
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Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget

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The Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget offers a therapeutic island getaway in the centre of Budapest | Courtesy of Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget / Hotels.com

Sister hotels the Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget and the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget can be found on leafy Margaret Island, surrounded by the River Danube. They have a thermal bath complex that’s free for guests, with an underground corridor connecting the early 1900s Grand Hotel with the more modern Health Spa Resort. In-house doctors are on hand to prescribe various medical therapies, while a wide range of cosmetic and wellness treatments are available, including spending time in the realistic salt cave to improve respiratory and skin health. These hotels offer the best of both worlds – a city break by day and a therapeutic island getaway by night.

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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The interior of the Corinthia Hotel recalls a grand 19th-century hotel | Courtesy of Corinthia Hotel Budapest / Hotels.com

With a neo-classical facade and glass-covered atrium, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest captures the atmosphere of a grand 19th-century hotel. Perched on the majestic Grand Boulevard and dating to 1896, it is famed for a gilded ballroom and the subterranean Royal Spa, which was forgotten for decades and nearly turned into a carpark. The elegant spa has a marble-clad turquoise pool sitting below an elaborate stained-glass ceiling. Here, you can indulge in massages and treatments, sweat it out in two Finnish saunas and a steam room, plunge into two whirlpool tubs and enjoy the complimentary juice bar.

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Aria Hotel Budapest

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Each room at the Aria Hotel features a musical theme | Courtesy of Aria Hotel Budapest / Hotels.com
Located at the heart of Budapest’s 5th district – the political, financial and touristic centre of the city – the Aria Hotel is set in a charming neo-classical apartment block. Inspired by music, the hotel design incorporates creativity into every detail – from the lobby floor resembling piano keys to the four distinct wings that take classical, opera, jazz and contemporary music as their themes. For early-evening drinks or a nightcap, there’s no better spot than the the rooftop High Note SkyBar, which overlooks St Stephen’s Basilica. The underground Harmony Spa allows you to ease into relaxation mode with a low-lit swimming pool decorated with mosaics of jazz musicians. Aria Hotel also has a gym, sauna and steam rooms, but to truly unwind, book one of the reviving massage treatments.

Four Seasons Gresham Palace

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Many rooms at the Gresham Palace have views of the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle | Courtesy of Four Seasons Gresham Palace / Hotels.com
For the ultimate luxury stay, you can’t do better than the Four Seasons. Housed in the art nouveau Gresham Palace, famed for its curved glass atrium, many of the plush magnolia- and cream-hued rooms in the Four Seasons enjoy front-row views of the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Buda Castle. The light-flooded rooftop spa, with its infinity-edge pool, is the perfect place to revive yourself after a day sightseeing. However, to get the most out of your Four Seasons experience, book an exclusive treatments, such as the Hungarian Moor Mud Therapy or Blue Diamond Facial (which uses diamond peptides to give your skin a premium lift).
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  • Continental Hotel Budapest

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    The Continental Hotel is housed in a former 19th-century bath complex | Courtesy of Continental Hotel Budapest / Hotels.com

    Tucked away from the crowds in the happening 7th district, the Continental Hotel Budapest occupies a former 19th-century bath complex, which was transformed into this four-star hotel in 2010. The historical spa no longer exists, but architectural highlights – notably the stunning glass-covered atrium in the hotel lobby – capture the building’s art nouveau grandeur. Today, a modern rooftop spa combines an indoor and outdoor pool with stunning views over the city towards Buda Castle. Here, you can also treat yourself to saunas and massage treatments, before sampling refined French and Hungarian cuisine at the in-house ARAZ Restaurant.

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    Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

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    Guest room at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
    The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus has a more contemporary feel than many of Budapest’s luxury hotels | Courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest / Hotels.com

    In the heart of downtown Pest, overlooking Deák Square, the Kempinski has a distinctly modern feel. In contrast to the many luxury hotels housed in 19th-century mansions in Budapest, the Kempinski is a vision in glass and marble, with its contemporary design echoed in the hotel’s extensive collection of original Hungarian paintings. Although the main selling point is the gastronomy, think Japanese-Peruvian cuisine at Nobu and Austro-Hungarian dishes at ÉS Bisztró, the lavish in-house spa has a pool, tepidarium (a room heated from the walls and floor, where you can gently warm yourself before heading to a sauna or a steam room) and pristine white-and-turquoise-tiled saunas.

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    The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest

    Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel, Luxury
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    The Ritz-Carlton Budapest
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    In an early-20th-century buildin, with modern interiors that echo the shades of the Danube in hues of blue and grey, The Ritz-Carlton encapsulates Budapest’s status as a historic yet dynamic city. Just off buzzing Erzsébet Square, it has a central location while offering a tranquil refuge away from the hubbub of downtown. Whether you want to enjoy a cocktail under the calming blue stained-glass dome at the Kupola Lounge or relax in the spa’s mosaic-adorned pool, you’ll find Zen here. Head to the spa for treatments using luxurious and natural ESPA skin products.

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    Hotel Császár

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    Császár Hotel
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    Not all spa getaways have a steep price tag. The Hotel Császár is a three-star hotel housed in a former 19th-century nunnery in the northern part of Buda, next to the Lukács Baths. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable, and there is a huge open-air swimming pool on site – perfect for working off your complimentary breakfast. If Budapest’s famous 16th-century Turkish baths are on your list, this could be the hotel for you – it’s next door to the Veli Bej Thermal Bath. Dating back to 1575, this renovated Ottoman bath complex features steam rooms and five thermal pools of varying temperatures.

    New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology

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    Suite at New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology
    The New York Palace also houses the famous Belle Époque-style New York Café | Courtesy of New York Palace, The Dedica Anthology / Hotels.com

    An elaborate building fusing elements of art nouveau, renaissance and baroque architecture, the New York Palace rises gracefully over the Grand Boulevard. While famous for its gilded, marble-clad New York Café, which is said to be among the most beautiful in Europe, the hotel’s welness credentials are just as impressive. You can unwind at the spacious spa with its low-lit pool and wide selection of treatments, which include hot stone massages, facials and treatments using products by THALION – a leading authority in mineral therapies using marine products.

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    Phoebe Taplin contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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