A Buddha Bar cocktail (one per person) and access to the spa are included in the Jetsetter rate
The eclectic East-meets-West decor
Top location near Elisabeth Bridge and Budapest's most exclusive shopping street, Váci utca
What To Know
A 4 percent city tax is charged per room, per night, and will be collected by the hotel at checkout
The bar is open until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Genuinely friendly and knowledgeable staff without a trace of the usual five-star formality
Parking on site
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Oriental opulence, sublime sushi and a rooftop bar combine in a former grand palace in downtown Budapest
Housed in the magnificently restored Klotild Palace in downtown Budapest, the Buddha Bar Hotel is an eclectic mashup of Oriental opulence and contemporary industrial design. Chinese silks, Urushi lacquered furniture, dragon motifs and accents in dark brown, gold and monk robe–orange are all used to great effect in the guestrooms and public spaces. The trapezoidal floor plan of the palace gives way to an inner courtyard turned Zen rock garden, and two separate hotel wings are clad in white stucco, connected by an LED-illuminated steel and glass footbridge.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms have a streamlined ergonomic simplicity (everything is push-lock, there's not a door knob or protruding object in sight). A dark brown and gray palette is livened up by splashes of gold, scarlet acrylic wardrobe doors, plush throws and crafty mood lighting. Bathrooms in the Executive Rooms have rainfall showers, and the tubs are large enough to bathe a baby elephant. The flat-screen TVs are equally huge. Minibars are stocked with an impressive wine selection, including bottles from the St. Andrea winery, in northern Hungary.
Designed to look like an Asian temple of sorts, the two-tier Buddha Bar Restaurant is tricked out with colonial-style furnishings, Japanese trinkets and a giant Buddha. The sushi-heavy menu takes inspiration from the Pacific Rim, and there's a fine selection of sake. In keeping with the hedonistic eclecticism, Siddhartha Café serves a foie gras–topped omelet at breakfast. The Lobby Bar plays the brand's trademark chill-out tunes and serves potent cocktails, and the Klotild Bar is topped by a retractable glass roof with views of Buda Castle. East continues to meet West at the Buddhattitude Spa, where traditional treatments are offered alongside ayurvedic massages.