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
The place is very elegant and reminded me of a royal dining room. The food was more like snacks but was very good. The service was fast and efficient inspite of it being so crowded most of the time.
Definitely a must see.
This hotel is in a fabulous location for exploring this beautiful city. The standards here are exceptional. I cannot praise the staff highly enough. Everyone we encountered in the hotel were friendly, efficient and very helpful. We did have a few small problems with the air conditioning and TV but these were rectified immiediately and with a smile as nothing is to much trouble. Please stay here if your funds run to it. It makes your stay outstanding. Also Hungarian wine is a delight and not promoted anywhere near enough. Thank you to all the staff.
Very fitting name, it is like a Palace! Loved this hotel! It is beautiful, the rooms are nice as well. I liked the bedding here and loved the lobby and the Cafe New York.
You definitely feel like you have arrived at a palace! I would highly recommend this property!
We just stayed one Night but it was an amazing stay. The room was beautyful and perfectly clean. The breakfast was very very good. So this hotel ist highly recomendable. Next Time we are in Budapest we will book again a room there but not for just one night.
This once New York Life Insurance Company headquarters will certainly blow you away. We experienced a very nice room combined with very helpful staff. The breakfast (included) offers a very complete buffet.