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
This was a 3 night stay at the beginning of a Viking River Cruise. Wonderful accomodations and beautiful hotel. Easy walking distance to many sites and to public transportation. Cafe is a must if even only for breakfast or lunch. Staff very helpful. Altogether, a wonderful time.
These 5 stars go to the entire staff but especially to Aron the concierge. He made us feel very special, made sure that we'd have an amazing experience and make the most of our stay. I told him what I was looking for, he really got my needs! All his recommendations where beyond my expectations. Thank you very much again for your kindness Aron. Looking forward to come back. Fabien.
Great walkable location, beautiful lobby and attached to the famous (but expensive) New York Palace café. Stunning building and great staff who will remember who you are! I was very impressed. (I left sunglasses behind in a Budapest shop, and hotel staff called the places I'd been that day to try to locate them. The next day, a front desk person asked me if I got them back.) This is largely due to the leadership and training of an excellent General Manager, whom I had the opportunity to interact with before and after our stay.
This is definitely our new place in Budapest for the foreseeable future! We enjoyed it much more than our recent stays at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace and the Kempinski Corvinus.