Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the spa and free WiFi
- The historic New York Café Restaurant
- Enchanting spa area with waterfalls and Swarovski crystal prisms
- Rooms combine classic Italian elegance with modern design
What To Know
- Central location with easy access to bars, restaurants and sights
- Better suited to adult travelers, it's not the best spot for kids
- Glass walls separate bathrooms from bedrooms, which may not appeal to modest guests
- The spa features an indoor relaxation pool
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On a bustling boulevard, the Boscolo is an eclectic Italian Renaissance–style palace that was originally built in 1894 to house the New York Life Insurance Company. The cavernous lobby is a central covered space with marble floors and a few throne-like sofas and chairs and the minimalist glass reception desk hides at the edge of the colonnaded courtyard. Best known for the New York Café Restaurant, the hotel is one of the finest buildings in Budapest. Be sure to admire the café’s ceiling frescoes, which took 300 artists three years to restore.
Bed and Bath
The 185 rooms are suitably swanky and are decorated in warm shades of brown and beige. The carpets and curtains are thick, and beautifully textured fabrics keep things cozy. The ceilings are high and much of the marble used throughout the hotel is Carrara, Giallo Siena or Botticino, an important ingredient in the hotel’s overarching Italian style. The marble bathrooms are stocked with Etro products. Splurge on a Suite for neoclassical style and regal extras like hand-cut glass chandeliers.
The legendary café is a must-see, even if you’re not staying at the hotel. It serves potent cocktails, afternoon tea with Hungarian champagne, and traditional dishes like goulash and schnitzel. Another perk is the exclusive spa, which provides a soothing spot after a day spent sightseeing and indulging in Hungarian food and wine. There are waterfalls and rain forest showers decked in Swarovski crystal prisms, a sauna and a Turkish bath, an indoor relaxation pool and plenty of options for treatments and massages.
In the Area
The hotel is near the near the charming old Jewish quarter, now home to some of the city’s trendiest bars and many good restaurants. To see this historic city from above, Climb Gellért Hill Citadel for a perfect panorama of the Danube. The city is great for exploring by foot; Andrássy út is a grand, tree-lined boulevard running from Deák tér to City Park. Budapest has a burgeoning design scene, and many local designers and artists can be found in their own shops. Check Printa — part design shop, part gallery and part studio — for an introduction.
How to Get There
Opened already 1894 New York coffee house & retaurant are real icons of Budapest; once meeting point for artists, editors, writers the location is still a most beautiful location for members of nobility. Restored in its historical glance it matches best with tradition and today`style of life. Here you can enjoy authentic Hungarian but also Viennese menues, the sweet corner offers Dobos, Sacher and Eszterhazy cakes, the bar refelcts glamour and elegance. Superb personalized service.
The hotel building is iconic with luxury feel and touch to it. The Room was immaculate with all amenities and extras, bed are comfy and blackout curtains meant very good night sleep.
The Grand cafe was fabulous experience with extra ordinary service and attention to details. I also liked the fact of having a priority over others non in house guests as queues were daunting.
I was disappointed with reception service and bellboy to big extend, I asked for my 3 nights stay to be added to my Marriott account but this has not happened and since I came back and I'm trying to get this resolved with Marriott Bonvoy who asked me for final bill but the hotel never given me one. Nightmare back and forth
I also asked for late check out for only two hours and thirty minutes but was only offered 30 minutes although I'm silver Elite member which should allow me late check out but they refused this !
Bellboy will only order certain taxi for you (the most expensive), when I asked for specific company everyone was reluctant to call or help. over all very good experience which have been spoiled by lack of attentiveness and hotel greediness.
What an incredible experience at this stunning gem of a hotel. Now, I know New York, and there isn't a single place as stunning as the New York Palace in Budapest. First, as a history teacher, I love me some accidental history, and I felt as though I was living in a bygone era, a time of grandeur and opulence before things went south during World War I. This building's history is rich, and if you read about it while you are there, it makes your stay even more special. The architecture and breathtaking design are worth the price of a stay, and I cannot imagine a more beautiful hotel in all of Budapest.
From the moment I arrived, I felt welcomed and part of the New York Palace family. The bellhops who handle everything from taxis, to luggage, to valet parking, to answering the most mundane questions, were friendly and charming. And they probably have gigs on the side as male models. Just saying. Everyone at the front desk made the experience special consistently. And the citrus-infused water they have in the lobby is so refreshing after a long walk on a hot day.
The rooms, while dated, make you feel like royalty. The air conditioner works beautifully as I like the temperature of my room to rival an igloo in Greenland as I sleep. The bed is comfortable and warm. Everything works with the theme of grandeur. Spa services are good. Room service also awesome.
Now. The best part? The New York Cafe! I have never seen a more beautiful restaurant. And as a hotel guest, you have your very own reserved area so you never have to wait on line with the tourists. There are musicians on hand, really upping the level of class and prestige, and the pianist even came over to our table to see if we had any special requests. The food is delicious and the desserts are Instagram-worthy as hell.
New York Palace delivers true luxury at the fraction of the cost of other luxury hotels. I am so glad I chose this one and hope anyone reading decides to do the same. Cannot imagine a better experience while in Budapest.