As Adrian Phillips, a destination expert of the famous British The Telegraph puts it, Budapest “is one of Europe’s most romantic cities, with broad boulevards, classical buildings, and the Danube sweeping through its middle.” He enjoyed the several Michelin-starred restaurants, the illuminated bridges, the panorama of the city, the cosmopolitan Pest, and the historical heartland of Buda. Here is his collection of the most romantic hotels of the Pearl of the Danube.
Aria Hotel Budapest
Equipped with a rooftop bar which could become the coolest place in Budapest for a cocktail, the hotel is in the shadow of St Stephen’s Basilica. It has a spa, a swimming pool, traditional Hungarian dishes, a space-age piano, and the best sights of the city are within walking distance. It is from £234 per night, The Telegraph reports.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Neo-classical facade, genuine beaut, marble lobby, ballroom. Everything that somebody loving beauty and clear-cut forms wants to see if they are far from home. The service is impeccable, and the facilities include the Royal Spa, which offers a range of massages and treatments and has not only two Finnish saunas, three whirlpool tubs, a steam room, and complimentary juice bar, but also a truly stunning pool surrounded by Corinthian columns and topped with a stained-glass ceiling. Available from £103 per night.
Continental Hotel Budapest
According to Adrian Phillips, this hotel is the city’s classiest four-star hotel, with top-quality service and facilities. The pick of the bunch is a rooftop swimming pool complete with poolside sun loungers and splendid views to Buda Castle Palace and other city landmarks. Rooms are available from £72 per night.
Prestige Hotel Budapest
Confidence and glass – says the British journalist about this hotel in the heart of the capital. Hotel catering is provided through a joint venture with Costes, Hungary’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, who have rented the dining room and established Costes Downtown. Those who ate enough can use the small fitness room plus whirlpool and sauna on the first floor. In the lobby, guests can read the newspapers near a mock fireplace. Rooms are available from £88 per night.
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Owned by the famous Zsidai family, one of the leading restaurateurs in the city, its restaurant is top drawer, and the hotel has a colour, character, and attention to design detail that makes it very special. It has 11 uniquely designed rooms (including three suites), one has a feature wall showing Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, another an unusual open bathroom with a shower cubicle overlooking the bedroom. They are available from £58 per night.
Hotel Moments Budapest
Hotel Moments is a place with character and elegance, says Mr Phillips. It was built in 1880, and thanks to its professional renovation, for example, the frescoes in the glass-topped atrium lobby are faithful to the style of the period. In the restaurant, you can find Hungarian and international dishes creatively and beautifully presented. Rooms are available from £90 per night.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
A hotel where old meets modern, the service is gold-standard, the spa has steam baths, a Finnish sauna, a decent gym, and a pool with jet stream and whirlpool tub functions. Every Saturday there is a ‘mini-concert’ performed by students of the city’s Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in the hotel’s Living Room. And there are several restaurants, including Nobu, part of the chain of high-end Japanese fusion restaurants under the direction of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa. Rooms are available from £118 per night.
Gerloczy Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
Categorised as a private lodging rather than a hotel, it oozes a character you will find nowhere else in the city, says the British travel journalist. There is a café inside in Parisian style, and the rooms are designed to help visitors feel as if they were in early-20th-century Paris. From £54 per night.
Small but very pleasingly formed and one of the best boutique hotels in the city. The bar has an eclectic collection of brightly upholstered armchairs and cow-hide stools, while the breakfast room has the feel of a rustic food market. There is also a small wellness area in the hotel. In the hotel, there are 65 bedrooms available from £66 per night.
Pest-Buda Hotel and Bistro, Budapest
This hotel blends the modern with the historical in a genuine way. But there is history here, for the building housed an inn as early as 1696, and you can still see original brickwork and marble seating around the central stairway from that time. Rooms come in four classes (Courtyard, Deluxe, Suite, and Atelier Suite), and have real star quality. All rooms have a walk-in rain shower rather than a bathtub, except for the two atelier suites, which have both. From £61 per night.
The Ritz-Carlton Budapest, Hungary
The decent-sized rooms (including 30 suites) are contemporary in style, there are reminders of yesteryear Budapest in old advertising posters and a case displaying ‘Hungaricum’ such as the Rubik’s Cube. The facade is early-20th-century, but the hotel has a relaxed feel. There are 30 suites, and rooms are available from £223 per night with which this is the most expensive hotel on the list of The Telegraph.
St George Residence Budapest
One can feel the history in every brick and stone of this Baroque-style building. It once housed an inn called Goddess of Fortune, which had a famous café frequented by noblemen and Jacobin plotters alike. Austrian commanders stayed here during the 1848 Independence War, and there is a cannon from that period in the courtyard. Rooms are elegant together with the 25 suites divided between four categories (from Bronze to Diamond), and they vary in size.