Looking for the best of the best? Budapest has its fare share of upscale hotels, restaurants and shops. The city has improved markedly in recent years on the high-end front. The most luxurious hotel chains and international corporations, renowned leaders in hospitality are present, as well as deluxe shops, exclusive restaurants and distinctive spas. The city has also become somewhat more expensive, although Hungary’s currency still makes these luxuries rather affordable for people visiting from the Euro zone and North America or any other country with a strong currency.
At the turn of the 20th century Budapest was already home to several elegant hotels, like the Ritz, the Bristol, the Royal and the Carlton. Today Budapest is once again home to some of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. Wyndham, Four Seasons, Starwood, Boscolo and Mamaison have all come to Budapest. Their properties offer lush accommodations, attentive service and a distinctive atmosphere. We have selected the best hotels and restaurants to show you how luxury is done Budapest-style.
Luxury Hotels in Budapest
If money is no object, these Budapest luxury hotels are the perfect way to indulge. Each one of these hotels offers a variety of services and amenities that are sure to make your stay luxurious.
Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal & Four Seasons Gresham Palace - Wyndham's Corinthia Royal and Four Seasons' Gresham Palace were both voted 'Best Luxury Hotel' by Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice. Both hotels are located in prime locations in historic buildings with magnificent architecture. The Corinthia Royal is on the famous Grand Boulevard and the Four Seasons is close to the Danube Promenade, facing Chain Bridge and Castle Hill. The Corinthia is also home to the renowned Bock Bistro, an excellent place for dinner and wine tasting.
Le Méridien Budapest - Located in a famous historic building, Starwood's Le Méridien Budapest, formerly known as Adria Palace, was built between 1914 and 1918 as a pre-modern office and apartment building. Combining old world charm with state-of-the-art amenities, Le Méridien Budapest is also a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.
New York Palace Boscolo Budapest - The eclectic building that houses the New York Palace Boscolo Hotel was built between 1891 and 1895 and was fully renovated in 2006 when the hotel moved in. The New York Palace is also home to the famous New York Café, which was the most prominent traditional coffee house in Budapest at the turn of the century.
Mamaison Hotel Andrássy Budapest - Mamaison's Andrássy Hotel is Hungary's first acceptance to the collection of 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World'. This Bauhaus style hotel is located on the famous Andrássy Avenue in Budapest's embassy neighborhood close to City Park and Heros' Square. The Millennium Underground (M1) runs along Andrássy Avenue and makes the city center easily accessible. The award winning Baraka Restaurant is on the ground floor of the hotel. Most rooms have a balcony where you can enjoy your breakfast in beautiful surroundings.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest - Hungary's first member of the 'Leading Hotels of the World', the Kempinski Hotel Budapest, stands out with its modern architecture. Located in the heart of Budapest, many of the city's attractions, museums and theaters are within walking distance. Váci Street, the Danube Promenade and Deák Square are just a few steps away. The first Nobu restaurant in Central Europe, Nobu Budapest, is also located in the Kempinski.
St. George Residence All-Suite Hotel - Located in the Buda Castle District, the St. George Residence stands out amongst the 5 star hotels, as it’s the only one designated as an all-suite hotel. The Baroque-style hotel offers 26 suites, each featuring a bedroom, living room, bathroom and a kitchen. The core building is over 600 years old and has been remodeled several times over the centuries. The current Baroque exterior dates back to the 18th century.
Well-known US brands like Hilton and Marriott also have 5-star properties in Budapest. In fact, both brands have two hotels each in the city. The Hilton Budapest is located in the famous Castle District. The recently renovated Marriott Budapest is located on the Danube Promenade and offers spectacular views of the Danube and Castle Hill from every one of its rooms.
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Fine Dining in Budapest
Hungary's first Michelin star restaurant, the elegant Costes, is located in a trendy part of the city, often referred to as SOHO. Onyx, Budapest's second and newest Michelin star restaurant, is next to Vörösmarty Square. 21 Restaurant, Arcade Bistro, Bock Bistro and Csalogány 26 recived Michelin’s Bib Gourmand Qualification. Other famous places to eat and drink include Bábel, Gundel, Kárpátia, Krizia and Belcanto. Nobu Budapest, a member of the renowned Nobu restaurant chain is also present in the city. Budapest is well known for its wine and cuisine and there are many other restaurants that offer great culinary experiences.
The city has a vibrant and exciting bar scene as well. Trendy spots include Adria Palace Bar at the Le Méridien, Negro Café & Bar, Spoon Café & Lounge and the bar at the Four Seasons. If you are a high roller itching to try your luck in Budapest there are several casinos in the city.
Designer Shops in Budapest
High end designer shops like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry, Roberto Cavalli and Coach all have opened their boutiques on Andrássy Avenue, close to the famous Budapest Opera House. Other famous brands, like Hugo Boss, Furla, Omega and the Italian Coin (carrying Paris Hilton’s brand) are located on or around Váci Street.
In addition Budapest has an emerging design scene of its own and there are several unique shops selling the works of talented designers. "The Room", an international art and fashion magazine also has its HQ in Budapest.
If you are looking for souvenirs to take home, Hungary is famous for its porcelain manufacturing and both Herend and Zsolnay have flagship stores in Budapest. Other items to look for are the various skin care products by the luxurious Hungarian spa brand, Omorovicza. Renowned for using the anti-aging effects of Hungary’s mineral-rich thermal waters the products are used exclusively by the spa at Four Seasons in Budapest.
Arriving in style - the Danube Express
If you find Orient Express-style luxury train experiences appealing than the Danube Express is for you. Its owners claim that the Danube Express is the luxury train of the 21st century. This private, luxury, 5-star "Hotel on Wheels" is swankier than the Orient Express but without the formality. You will still experience the glamour and the service from the golden age of traditional train travel but the emphasis is on modern comfort with a traditional atmosphere.
For detailed information on services, routes and prices please visit their website.