Exciting historic hotels of Budapest

From Art Nouveau palaces to classicist or ecletic buildings: architecture of Budapest is world-famous, and if you wish to enjoy the elegance of historic buildings during your stay, you can choose from several beautifully renovated old palaces, converted into elegant hotels. We have listed the most spectacular ones here!
We can find the name of Four Seasons Hotel Budapest Gresham Palace regularly in international media coverings, mainly on toplists of the most beautiful hotels of the world. No wonder, as this beautiful Art Nouveau building, originally built in 1880 as the headquarters of a life assurance company, was renovated in an exquisite way and has become an extravagantly elegant luxury hotel.
 
 
Photo © Four Seasons Hotel Budapest Gresham Palace
 
With it's luxurious restaurants (Páva and Kollázs), café and views to chain Bridge and Buda Castle, it is the epitome of elegance and luxury. 
 
Also a former headquarters of a life assurance company, this eclectic palace is situated in the very heart of Budapest, in 7th district. If the name is familiar to you, it is no wonder, as New York Café is also a regular participant ont he toplist of world's most beautiful cafés. Not only this century-old café, but the whole building has a unique pompous grandeur. Salon Restaurant is also deifinitely an aristocratic experience.  
 
 
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This hotel, former palace built for the famous Hungarian noble, Count Nándor Zichy and for his family, was also refurbished in terms of utmost luxury. Exterior and interours preserved the atmosphere of the sumptous life of noble families of the 19th century. The building is situated in Palace District of Budapest, part of 8th district, which boasts with a great number of former palaces and mansion houses of aristocrat families of Hungary.
 
 
Photo © hotel-palazzo-zichy.hu
 
This area is also one of the most dynamically developing parts of Budapest, with a lot of cafés, restaurants, small shops. National Museum, Great Synagogue and many more attractions are just within walking distance. 
 
 
Pest-Buda Boutique Hotel
The oldest hotel in Hungary, originally opened in 1696, has been transformed into Pest-Buda. This stylish, design-forward boutique hotel and classic Hungarian bistro featuring grandma's homestyle kitchen is located in the Buda Castle district, the historic heart of Budapest, very close to downtown. 
 
 
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The family-owned hotel and restaurant also boasts a seasonal terrace just a few steps from Matthias church with a warm, friendly, understated atmosphere. Along with a vibrant history the freshly revamped Pest-Buda is now one of the most stylish boutique hotels in the city, sporting 10 individually designed luxurious rooms and suites.
 
Operating since 1873, this hotel is awaiting guests for the longest time in Budapest! It is located in the heart of a romantic green park on Margaret Island, with a direct connecting passage to the Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, close to historical sights and the city-centre shops. The island's original spa hotel, with turn-of-the-century ambience, tradition, style and elegance.
 
 
Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget, photo © danubiushotels.com
 
In the middle of elegant Grand Boulevard of Budapest and in the heart of the downtown, this palace built in the very end of the 19th century is one of the gems of it's genre, and is combining grandeur with modernity. Among many other features an elegant atrium, Royal Café and Confectionery, restaurant and lounge bar are all part of the five-star hotel's services. Also a historic spa is offering it's services: first opened in 1886, the Corinthia Hotel Royal Spa has been beautifully restored to its original splendour and today offers the latest state-of-the-art spa facilities and treatments.    
 
 
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Blending art nouveau, art deco and modern design, this hotel is located in the former Hungária Spa building. No wonder that it has one of the largest and one of the most state-of-the-art wellness and fitness centres among Budapest hotels. As it is situated in the heart of iconic 7th district, you just exit the building and find a huge selection of ruin pubs, design shops, retro bars and restaurants nearby, while menu of Araz Restaurant of the hotel evokes meals served by the upper-middle class restaurants of the past century, combining it with fashionable international delicacies.     
 
Hotel Zenit Budapest
This hotel is situated in a converted a building from the 1820's, planned by famous architect Mihály Pollack. In the very heart of downtown Budapest, the building offers pleasant 21th century environment embedded in the beautiful original building. Besides glass covered inner courtyard, also a ham bar is located in the buidling.
 
 
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This hotel opened it's door in 2015, in a former 19th century town house, built by Jozsef Hild, the most creative architect of the Hungarian neoclassicism and reform period. It evokes the early years of the 1900's, Budapest... The most beautiful years of the Monarchy, gorgeous upper-class milieu, prosperous cultural life, one wonderful palace after the other in downtown, bohemian world of artists, world-class innovations. Timeless elegance is combined with great cuisine, as Costes Downtown restaurant, just recently awarded with Michelin-star is also situated in the hotel. 
 
The building that is now home to the first MGallery Hotel in Hungary welcomed its first guests 117 years ago, in 1896. It was the most modern and most sophisticated hotel at the time, for example it featured the first elevator in the city! This is the place where a famous Hungarian musician of the 19th century, Rigó Jancsi is said to treat a belgian princess, who escaped with him from his husband, with a deliciuos chocolate cake – from this got it's name classic Hungarian dessert Rigó Jancsi. Today the hotel aims to to preserve values and to make the hotel a center of social life again, so as to recreate the noble atmosphere of old for the guests of today. (Read more on the story of Rigó Jancsi and other sweet classics of Hungarian desserts here.)
 
 
This elegant four stars hotel just opened it's doors recently, in a beautiful historic palace of World Heritage Site Andrássy Avenue. Only a few steps away from State Opera House and St. Stephen's Basilica, it is situated in an exquisite location.
 
 
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It also boasts with a beautiful architecture: the original building was designed and built between 1880 and 1882 by wealthy tobacco merchant Henrik Scholssberger based on the plans of the famous Hungarian architect Adolf Feszty. Renovated in the most precise way, it now combines heritage and traditions with the utmost luxury. 
 
Ritz-Carlton Budapest
Opened in April 2016 and situated in a white limestone covered historic building, former headquarters of Adria Insurance Company, built in 1918, design concept of the first Ritz-Carlton of Budapest luxury hotel blends the local environment with a timeless, contemporary five star interior. Using the existing classical elements with contemporary highlights, the hotel can be described as ‘tradition with a modern twist.
 
 
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Located also in downtown Budapest, the four star hotel is situated in a building from 1914. It operates as a hotel already for a century. Astoria Café and Restaurant offers an attractive combination of elegance and traditions. 
 
 
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Art Nouveau-style hotel is situated in a protected historical monument building from 1911, being one of the prettiest in the city. The former name Palace Hotel is written on the facade. The restaurant preserves this tradition in its name Café Palace. Keleti Railway Station and downtown Budapest are in near proximity of the hotel.
 
 
Café Palace at Novotel Budapest Centrum, photo © novotel.com
 
On a budget
if you are on a budget, you can choose from other options besides four and five star luxury hotels. Brody House, a guest house and boutique hotel is situated in the Palace District of Budapest, and combines contemporary design and a bohemian atmosphere with heritage architecture. Gozsdu Court Aparthotel is a high-end redevelopment of a classical early 20th century building that now offers the highest modern living standards mixed with original classical style. Party Hostel The Hive, situated in ruin pub area, in Dob Street, offers great combination of futuristic design and old-world traditions in a traditional Budapest building.   
 
Besides hotels, century-old cafés, confectioneries and restaurants are also a great experiece.
 
 
 
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