Paris gets all the attention for cupids and arrows in Europe, but we think that Budapest is giving the “City of Love” a run for its money. After staying at over 50 hotels in the cultural hotspot of Budapest, we’ve compiled a list of those that are ideal for romance. So if you’re looking for a lover’s getaway, check out these romantic properties in Budapest.
With dramatic red and black Asian-style decor, soaking bathtubs big enough for two, and a free breakfast buffet at Siddhartha Cafe (meaning you can spend extra time cuddling in the morning, instead of searching for a morning meal), the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest is the number one romantic hotel on our list. The vast majority of guests are couples, so there's little chance of noisy kids ruining the romantic vibe at two late night bars or at the Buddhattitude Spa that focuses on Ayurvedic treatments. Corner Suites have charming balconies and gorgeous views of Vaci Utca, one of Budapest's best shopping streets.
What's more romantic than a spa getaway for two? The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace has the best spa in Budapest with a huge variety of options, there's even a gold sugar scrub treatment. Facilities include a sauna, steam rooms, whirlpool, and an infinity lap pool plus a modern fitness center on the top floor of the hotel. Tastefully decorated rooms feature Art Deco furniture and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. 24-hour room service from the Hungarian Restaurant on-site amps up the romance factor. The ambience is definitely luxurious and posh, but families and business travelers make up a solid portion of the guests, pushing this property down to number two on our list for romance.
Much like the Four Seasons hotel Gresham Palace, the Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection caters to families and business travelers, along with couples looking for romance. The palatial Italian Renaissance building includes Baroque decor, soaring ceilings, and gleaming marble throughout the public spaces. Colorful suites are decorated with tiered chandeliers and some have balconies. There's a beautiful subterranean spa and wellness center, designed to look like an Alpine ice cave. The dimly lit ambient space features a small indoor swimming pool with jets and a steam room.
Housed in what was once a famous public bathhouse, the Continental Hotel Zara Budapest still retains aspects of the original building and stands as a prime example of Viennese Art Nouveau architecture. 21st-century amenities include a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a beautiful artificial grass lawn on the roof with stunning views of the city. Indoors, low lighting and soft neutral tones makes the mood warm and inviting. Araz restaurant serves breakfast buffets and a la carte lunches and dinners. The Continental Suite is the most romantic room on the property. It has separate living and sleeping areas as well as an impressive spa-like bathroom with a large circular tub and a two-person shower with seats.
Bohem Art Hotel had us at Champagne breakfast buffet. The hotel is housed in a renovated 17th-century stationary factory; work by young Hungarian artists is displayed throughout its 60 stylish rooms and common areas. The aptly named Sweetheart Room has a platform bed with neon pink curtains, minibar with sparkling wine, and a chic bathroom. Happy hour is served daily in the swanky lounge bar. It’s a block from the Danube River and Vaci Street, a famous pedestrian street full of shops and cafes, perfect for strolling hand-in-hand.
For couples looking for elegant romance, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest delivers. The Neoclassical building includes a glass ceiling and gorgeous rooftop garden. There's a chic library-style room within the piano bar where couples can relax with cocktails and listen to live music. Rooms are a touch bland and more suited to business travelers than sparking romance, which is why this hotel is towards the bottom of the list. However, soaking bathtubs and rainhead showers are nice perks in the marble bathrooms and there's an enormous indoor pool plus a spa with innovative treatments.
There are just 11 art-centric boutique rooms at the charming and romantic Baltazar Budapest, located within the historic walls of the Buda Castle. There isn't a spa, but Baltazar Hungarian Grill serves locally made specialities and wines on a cute cobblestoned terrace. Rooms are individually decorated and inspired by famous artists like Andy Warhol. Each is outfitted with luxurious extras like cowhide chairs and L'Occitane bath products; some overlook an adorable courtyard landscaped with plants and flowers. There isn't a spa or a pool here, ratcheting the romance factor down a few notches.