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Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace 5.0

Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary

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Pros

  • Excellent location right in front of the Chain Bridge
  • Sophisticated, elegant rooms, some with Danube River views
  • Big marble bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in showers
  • Sunny indoor lap pool and hot tub with large windows
  • On-site spa with sauna and steam rooms
  • Brasserie serving food all day, plus swanky lobby lounge
  • Fitness center has modern equipment
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Some lower-category rooms have a view onto an interior courtyard 

Bottom Line

This 179-room luxury hotel, housed in a grand, historic landmark Art Nouveau building, is easily one of the top options in not just Pest's Inner City but Budapest as a whole, along with the nearby Aria Hotel. Its rooms are sophisticated and understated, and some have great views of the Danube and Buda Castle -- though others face an interior courtyard. Features include a chic indoor pool, a luxury spa with a sauna and steam rooms, a modern fitness center, and 24-hour business center. It's tough to top, but those who prefer a more intimate, boutique-like experience might be happier at the Aria.

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A grand Art Nouveau building with chic interior design and superb views of the Danube

This luxurious hotel, located within an attractive Art Nouveau building, has stunning interior design full of elegant touches

This beautiful Art Nouveau building with an impressive stone facade has an interesting history. It was originally built as the office of a British life insurance company in 1906, and later served as communist-era housing, before opening as a hotel in 2004 after a two-year restoration. Inside, elegant touches are everywhere, from the floral arrangements in the lobby, to the mosaic tile floor underneath the glass cupola over the so-called "Peacock Passage." Pieces by 20th-century Hungarian artists are on display throughout. The overall ambience is opulent and luxurious, and the property attracts well-to-do couples and families as well as business travelers with generous expense budgets.  

Location

Directly in front of the Chain Bridge, with views of the Danube and Buda Castle

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The hotel is in a great location for reaching the key tourist hot spots on both sides of the Danube, including Pest sights such as St. Stephen’s Basilica (a seven-minute walk away), Parliament (10 minutes north on foot), and the State Opera House (a 15-minute walk away). Buda and the Castle District is just across the famous Chain Bridge from the hotel. It’s also very close to high-end shopping on bustling Vaci Utca (10 minutes away) and the charming -- though touristy -- Vorosmarty Square, a seven-minute walk from the hotel. There are numerous metro and tram stops within a five-minute walk from the hotel and the airport is a 25-minute drive away.

Rooms

Elegant rooms and suites with Art Deco furniture and marble bathrooms

The spacious and elegant Chain Bridge Suite includes a separate living area with Art Deco furniture

Rooms at the Gresham Palace are tastefully decorated with dark-wood Art Deco furniture complemented by beige and sea-foam green upholstery, and easy chairs with ottomans. The white walls and large windows create a light and airy ambience. Rooms start at 355 square feet (33 square meters). Comfortable king beds come with fluffy white comforters and down pillows and there is ample closet space. Some rooms also have small balconies

All rooms come with free Wi-Fi and bottled water, and copies of either the International edition of the New York Times or Wall Street Journal are provided each morning. Some of the less expensive rooms look directly onto the interior courtyard and street-facing rooms are well-insulated from traffic noise. Large marble bathrooms have L’Occitane en Provence toiletries as well as separate tubs and walk-in showers; toilets are located in separate privacy alcoves. 

Features

Huge fitness and spa facilities, informal restaurant, and bar with piano performances 

Impressive on-site facilities include a wellness area with an infinity lap pool

The top floor of the hotel features a wellness area with a modern exercise room featuring weights and cardio machines, a sauna, steam rooms, a whirlpool hot tub, and an infinity lap pool. The spa has seven treatment rooms and a huge menu of treatments ranging from massages to facials. The informal brasserie offers Hungarian and Italian-influenced cuisine all day; 24-hour room service is also available. The Bar and Lobby Lounge has a piano (and frequent evening performances) and is housed in the historic Pava Udvar (Peacock Passage) under a charming glass cupola. Meeting and function rooms are available for weddings and other events. 

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Address

Szechenyi Istvan ter 5 - 6, Budapest, Central Hungary 1051, Hungary

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