Budapest is probably the definition of Central European lavishness: it has thermal baths, ruin bars, rich history and endless opportunities to learn and relax. Budapest is keeping up with the growing demands of tourism with a wide range of boutique hotels to provide the maximum experience for travellers.
The Independent has collected 10 of the best boutique hotels you can find in Budapest, paying attention to the diversity in their characters.
Just minutes from the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, this hotel located at a cobbled street takes you back in time: the building where Pest-Buda resides was built in 1696 and was the first hotel in Hungary. There are only 10 rooms in this hotel, which allows you to enjoy its long history even more. Look out for the perfectly preserved baroque roof, that creates a charm with the combination of modern and rustic elements. The Independent highlights the wooden beams with brass industrial chic lighting and the leather furniture.
Hotel Parlament is the best place to book a room is you love art deco style interiors, bold choices of colour, geometric tiles and funky lighting are the characteristics of all 65 rooms here. Now all you have to do is grab your phone and look for the most peculiar angles to vamp up your Instagram feed.
Besides, guests can use the small spa and relaxation area free of charge.
Just like most Budapest hotels, Casati Budapest Hotel occupies an 18th-century townhouse that was revamped and is now a beautiful blend of classic and modern design. The reason why Casati is unique is the way they take care of the environment.
Awarded with the Green Hotel Award in 2014, this is the best choice for you if you are looking for sustainable living.
The hotel uses only eco-friendly detergents, LED lighting and recycled paper. In order to further support the environment, the food is from local suppliers, thus helping local farmers as well.
You can choose from four categories when booking a room: “natural” rooms, “cool” rooms, “classic” rooms and “heaven” rooms.
You will find that Hotel Moments is situated in a perfect location too, on Andrássy Avenue, within reach of St Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera. This 99-room boutique hotel occupies a former townhouse, where the building’s original features that are so characteristic of Budapest are mixed perfectly with modern design.
For the most delicious gourmet breakfast, try Bistro Fine within the walls of the hotel. You can choose from a wide range of baked goods, cold cuts and seasonal produce, and there are even gluten- and lactose-free options on the menu.
Aria Hotel Budapest is located in the 5th district, close to the Parliament, but this is not the feature that makes it so special, as the rooms are music-themed: there are rooms inspired by opera, jazz, classical and modern music. You can already feel the musicality with which the building is infused with upon entering the hotel, stepping on the piano keys on the floor, leading you into the beautiful glass-covered lobby. The cherry on the cake is live music, which cannot be missing from such a concept-hotel. The hotel, besides, has a blues-themed underground spa.
If you book a room here, make sure to check out the High Note SkyBar, where you can enjoy an astonishing panoramic view of the city while sipping on a delicious cocktail.
The location of this hotel, in the quietest area of downtown Budapest, already suggests that you are in for a different experience, but once you take in the heavy black wooden door, you know that for sure. Hotel Collect was inspired by classic French design, has a secret garden and its vintage character is made obvious by the black and white Moroccan tiles and marble tables that remind one of Paris.
The rooms follow a similar design, being furnished with old radios and 1960s style leather chair, and altogether cool colours.
The building in which Bohem Art Hotel is set, used to be a factory that produced Schutzpasses to protect Jewish minorities during World War 2, so you will get your dose of history here as well. Today, there are 60 rooms and suites each designed and decorated individually by local artists, all dominated by metallic hues and bold colours.
Prestige Hotel is the perfect combination of old-world charm and modern design: the house’s original features were kept and are spiced up with modern orange velvet couches. All 85 rooms are vintage-styles, where colours like gold and royal purple reign. The elegant extravaganza is made complete with rooms that have either courtyard or street views.
Independent warns travellers, that Brody House is so popular that you have to book months in advance to get on of their 11 rooms. Brody House is a bohemian hotel located on the top floor of a 19th-century townhouse at the centre of the Palace District (near the Hungarian National Museum).
Since the floor used to be a meeting place of artists’, the walls are decorated with the works of the used-to-be residents’.
This hotel is the perfect place to start learning about Hungarian art, even if you are just laying back on your bed. Once you feel ready to take on the city, begin with Bródy Sándor street, which is filled with private galleries.
Baltazár might be the cosiest on this list, as it is a family-owned and run 11-room hotel, in the Castle District. The hotel’s bar serves some of the best gins in the city and several Hungarian or Central European wines, it is up to you what you choose from their extensive collection of drinks to sip on a cosy leather sofa in the bar lounge. Baltazár Grill serves amazing chargrilled burgers and steaks if you want to complement your drink with something.
Thanks to its lucky location, you are always within minutes from the best restaurants in Buda’s gastronomic quarter.
This lovely hotel is best for the lovers of bohemian and vintage designs too, as all rooms have their unique design, where art, vintage furniture and colourful fabrics dominate the scene.
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