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
It is an amazing hotel with lovely architecture. The staff of hotel is very courteous and polite. From the check-in till check out, they made our stay very special.
Since it was out honeymoon. We entered the room and they surprised with an utterly delicious dessert from New York Cafe, ‘the New York Chocolate’ cake. The next day we were surprised with a bottle of wine and some nick bits.
The cleanliness of the hotel is top-notch.
Its is located really well. Walking distance from the tube station and bus is available just outside the hotel.
According to me, it is a must stay hotel when in Budapest. We had an amazing stay.
We checked into the NY Palace late afternoon. Our rooms were ready both in one name. We were told by reception that we could allocate our own rooms as both rooms were the same. Our individual names didn't matter to him. He didn't even show us where the lifts were. My room had very visible red wine stain to the carpet. Hang on, this for a five star hotel!!! The same reception person said that the room had been inspected and was found to be clean prior to my arrival. He was very dismissive. If the hotel had some conviction of their reputation, he would not be working there.
The concierge, Peter was excellent. He was very helpful in arranging transportation.
In summary the hotel is beautifully constructed and executed for a five star hotel.
However, one particular staff member was condescending, arrogant and did not meet expectations.
Fabulous hotel in central Budapest. Walking distance to everything in city centre. The central seating area is beautiful. Sit back and listen to the piano pianist , whilst people watching. The cafe is old world meets decadence. A stunningly beautiful hotel I wish I could visit again.
The Hotel is very special with its very old style. We did got a very big room with entrence, walk in closet and a nice bathroom. It was carpet om the the floor and room was like the 60s it should had been upgraded for long time ago :( The bed was big, but only one duvet, a bit hard for me. We wanted to try roomservice but it was 45 min waiting time from the kitchen so other option was used. As a 5 star hotel i expect common toilet articles like a razor. Breakfast the first day was a bit crowded, so it took some time to helt a tabel. Sourrounding for the breakfast was nice (part of N.Y cafe).Since this is a big hotel and lot of people from the N.Y cafe in the area the staff was a bit impersonal.
So accommodating! The hotel is gorgeous and the staff are quick as able to assist in whatever you need! Lorant and Eryn (?) at Concierge were so helpful in taking the hassle out of things for my stay- making dinner reservations, directions, taxi to airport reservation, etc. the New York Palace always has seats set aside for hotel guests and service was expedited during busy times for hotel guests. :)
The rooms are very late and comfortable. Great toiletries. Very comfortable linens!
Only point of improvement would be to step up their in-room coffee service t a Nespresso like machine.
I'd definitely come again!!