According to Tropical Magazine, there are now more than a hundred amazing hotels in Hungary, the offer is constantly increasing in Budapest and numerous wellness resorts have been developed in rural areas. This year, at least seven new hotels, or rather, B and Bs, are opening in Budapest, and we encounter an army of tourists from Heroes Square to the Buda Castle.


Of the hotels in the centre of the capital, the Aria Hotel received a TripAdvisor Award. The small hotel next to the Basilica welcomes its guests in the spirit of music with trendy spaces and a unique concept. Its layout is glorious and its wellness section reflects the luxury of a Roman bath. I also tried the Stradivari Restaurant, which is among the best in Pest.


The Kempinski has been operating at a high standard for a long time and its recently completed refurbishments have done it good. It is a very well managed hotel and its ‘ÉS’ bistro always bears in mind the requirements of its Hungarian, which is why there are so many of them. This is also where you will find the ‘NOBU’ Japanese Restaurant.

The atrium of the Boscolo Hotel at New York Palace is the prettiest in the city and, in my opinion, the coffee shop is the most elegant in Europe; you must try their superb cappuccino.

The Prestige Hotel is also a favourite and recently it received the Sleep Friendly Hotel Award. Its advantage, apart from its location, is that the Costes Downtown Restaurant also resides in this building and the breakfast is of Michelin star quality.

The Ritz-Carlton opened its doors at the location of the earlier, le Meridien. The name Ritz comes from the son of a Swiss peasant who later became a legendary hotelier and his name a symbol of luxury. For him, the guest always came first and he was much loved by the aristocracy in London. With the help of investors, he was able to become a partner in the Ritz in Paris, later also opening the Ritz in London. Ritz-Carlton, however, is a different brand entirely and has nothing to do with his family. It is a brand name owned by Marriott, the operating company based in Boston, USA. The ownership of the hotel in Budapest was taken on by the Al-Habtoor Group, owned by Dubai businessman, Khalaf Al-Habtoor, who has a good relationship with the network of the Hungarian Commercial and Cultural Centre.

Its English, Portuguese, Spanish and US visitors; holds the rooms of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in increasingly high regard however its coffee shop is a Hungarian favourite, too. Originally, the building belonged to the Gresham Insurance Company.

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The Malmaison Hotel Andrássy is a four star, boutique hotel with a good kitchen. Very professionally operated, it is no surprise that the hotel is full almost all the time.


Of the rural hotels, the Spirit in Sárvár is attracting more and more English, German and Russian guests. Probably our best wellness resort, its sauna world, swimming pool system and Onyx Restaurant are of outstanding quality. The hotel’s New Year party is probably the most entertaining in rural Hungary.

Hertelendy Castle

Smaller but, nonetheless, lovable is Hertelendy Castle Hotel. Airborne guests my land their light aircraft on the private airstrip, where air shows are also organised. It is a perfect choice for an elegant, yet cosy, weekend. You can even try your hand at clay pigeon shooting.



The Duna Relax Hotel is Hungary’s first adult friendly hotel. Clearly, that does not mean that it is anything like the hedonistic hotels to be found in places like Jamaica, but that the demands of small children will not be disturbing guests’ peaceful relaxation in the warm waters. The hotel management believes that every adult should be able to snatch at least a couple of days’ relaxation without children and that is what they aim to provide. In exchange, they have built a great family friendly hotel in Noszvaj.

Lake Balaton

The Mala Garden in Siófok recalls Bali. The meaning of the word ‘mala’ is prayer bead or floral wreath. The distinction between the inside and the outside of the building ceases to exist when the harmonic glass doors of the Balaton beachside restaurant are open. The atmosphere of the rooms also has a South Asian feel.

There are already many high quality, elite hotels in the Balaton region, however, their numbers are still insufficient. Unfortunately, a major issue for the mid-range hotels in the area is the shortage of suitable personnel for hire. The number of hotels on offer in our larger country towns is on the increase and there are some real gems to be found, so now it is really worthwhile getting out and discovering Hungary!

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Source: by Dr. Róbert Richárd KISS/Tropical Magazine

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