An emerging design scene, fashionable nightclubs, trendy bistros, hip cafés and vibrant local art make Budapest a cultural hot spot. These days, the city is cooler than ever. Stylish boutique hotels are cropping up everywhere. These unique properties are managed by independent hoteliers or are part of small hotel chains. With modern comfort, intimacy and style, Budapest's boutique hotels offer more than just a place to sleep, they offer an experience.
Here is a list of the most popular boutique and design hotels in Budapest ranging from luxurious and sometimes quirky accommodation to chic apartments.
Hotel Palazzo Zichy - Listed among the top hotels on Tripadvisor's Travelers' Choice for 2010 and 2011, Hotel Palazzo Zichy is one of Budapest's top boutique hotels. Housed in a historical building that once belonged to a Hungarian aristocrat this state-of-the-art hotel is located in the 'palace neighborhood' of the city. The hotel is a blend of old world charm and chic rooms. (4-star hotel with 80 rooms)
Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments - The Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments, housed in an Art Nouveau building, is located just a few blocks away from the Opera House and Andrássy Avenue. All 35 rooms are individually designed. Traditional elements with contemporary design offer an intimate atmosphere. (4-star hotel with 35 rooms)
Brody House - One of Budapest's best kept secrets, the Brody House offers state-of-the-art facilities in a historic setting with a unique, artsy vibe. Located in the center of Budapest, this hotel/private club provides an intimate environment. Each room is decorated with the artwork of contemporary artists. (11 individually designed guest rooms)
Continental Hotel Budapest - Opened in 2010, the Continental Hotel Budapest blends Art Nouveau and modern design in a historic building that once housed the famous Hungária Spa. Rooms are decorated in Art Deco style. The hotel also has a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center. (4-star hotel with 272 rooms)
Best Western Premier Hotel Parlament - The Best Western Premier Hotel Parlament is a stylish boutique hotel decorated in a minimalist style. 65 individually designed guest rooms, a charming atmosphere and great location provide a unique experience. (4-star hotel with 65 rooms)
art'otel budapest - Showcasing a vast collection of artwork, sculptures and paintings from contemporary American artist Donald Sultan, art'otel budapest is another classy combination of old and new. Set in four historical buildings integrated into one, high tech facilities and beautifully restored Rococo buildings are all part of the experience. (4-star hotel with 165 rooms)
Cosmo Fashion Hotel - The Cosmo Fashion Hotel, a small boutique hotel located on Váci Street, has a unique urban design. All 36 rooms have a stylish, modern feel. Rooms are small, but the hotel provides great value for money. Guests are welcomed with a free Cosmopolitan cocktail. (3-star hotel with 36 rooms)
Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel - Winner of the European Hotel Design Awards, Lánchíd 19 Design Hotel is located in Buda, facing the Chain Bridge, its namesake. Glass is dominant throughout the building, creating both openness and a unique visual experience. All 48 rooms at Lánchíd 19 are uniquely designed. (4-star hotel with 48 rooms)
La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest - Joining a new generation of four-star boutique hotels is the brand new La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest. Opened on March 1st 2011, this trendy hotel is close to Váci Street, Elizabeth Bridge and the Danube Promenade, and there are plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars to choose from. (4 star hotel with 80 rooms)
Bohem Art Hotel - Another small design hotel in a prime location is the Bohem Art Hotel. Featuring the works of young Hungarian artists, it combines the style of a hip hotel with the feel of an art gallery. 60 individually designed guest rooms, a charming atmosphere and great location provide a great experience. (4-star hotel with 60 rooms)
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The Effortless Cool Look of Budapest
Budapest's emerging design scene is set to grow even further. Shopaholics and fashionistas should check out WAMP, a monthly design market, Printa, a boutique, a gallery and a café all in one and Fregoli featuring homegrown designers. Király Street, with its designer stores and contemporary art galleries, is also known as Budapest's Design Street. For lovers of contemporary art there are many museums and galleries worth visiting, including the Ludwig Museum, Kogart Gallery, Trafo and VAM Design Center. When it comes to entertainment be sure to include Liszt Ferenc Square, Ráday Street and some of Budapest's unique ruin pubs on your itinerary.