Hotel Nemzeti Budapest Mgallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Close to the old Jewish quarter and the palace district and within walking distance of many top sights
- Plenty of original features; the fabulous stained glass ceiling is a highlight
- Rotating exhibitions of contemporary Hungarian art in the lobby
What To Know
- The building is built around a central courtyard. Most rooms face the courtyard; the front rooms face the busy street
- Free use of the sauna is available at the hotel and a public gym and running path are accessible nearby.
- It's located on one of the city's busiest boulevards; expect some noise
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Built in 1896 during Budapest’s architectural golden age, and restored in 2012, Hotel Nemzeti flaunts an impressive array of original features, including intricate stained glass ceilings, arched corridors and fancy stucco details. Its centerpiece is a grand Carrara marble staircase with wrought iron railings under a vaulted ceiling. A modern revamp introduced an ever-changing display of local contemporary art in the lobby, and the guestrooms feature bathroom doors designed by various artists.
Bed and Bath
While the public areas are all about preserving the building’s classic features, the guestrooms take a more modern approach. They come in two basic styles: a sultry mauve and indigo color scheme with flower print feature walls, and a soothing cream-taupe-lilac palette. The sparkling bathrooms come with wooden countertops, modern walk-in showers, Keiji products and designs etched onto glass doors by a number of local artists.
The lobby bar serves light snacks and sweet treats, as well as a selection of local wines and spirits. The hotel is particularly proud of its interpretation of the Rigó Jancsi, a chocolate confection named for a gypsy violinist who ran away with a Belgian princess. It was here in 1896 that the romance began and the cake, which is still popular throughout Hungary, was invented. A copious breakfast buffet is served in the dining room under an impressive stained glass roof. After a day exploring Budapest, relax in the small mosaic-tiled sauna.
In the Area
Bustling Blaha Lujza Square and the körút (“ring road”) are just outside the hotel. On the other side are two of Budapest’s hippest neighborhoods: the seventh district’s old Jewish quarter and the eighth district’s palace district. The neighboring streets are lined with cool cafés, tiny art galleries, local design shops and quirky ruin bars, derelict industrial spaces that have been converted into hip drinking dens. Nearby restaurants worth seeking out are Bock Bisztró, for its contemporary Hungarian dishes, and Fülemüle, for its Jewish-Hungarian specialties. The Rákóczi tér food market is well worth a browse, and the Hungarian National Museum, a short walk away, is a must-see.
How to Get There
The hotel is lovely and right by the metro, but the reason I keep thinking about coming back is the awesome breakfast in the gorgeous room it is served in. There are all sorts of fruits, veggies, pastries, tea, 5 kinds of honey! You can also order eggs or omelets, make specialty tea/coffee and have a glass of sparking wine with breakfast, which is lovely on a vacation! There’s also a supermarket across the way that I popped into one night to grab some cheese and snacks for a light dinner at home, because the food in Budapest can be very filling!
Spent five nights at the Nemzeti and couldn't fault the hotel. Very central to most of the city and a twenty minute walk will see you down at the river. Loved the location for local transport.....M2 subway a two minute walk and trams and buses directly out the front. The hotel was very well run, professional staff and excellent meals especially the morning buffet breakfast. Would certainly be on our list again on future trips to Budapest.
The Apartment was very central for all the sights. The owners were very helpful on arrival and give us good advice on places to go to. Inside it was comfortable with good air conditioning. Well priced with nice restaurants and bars around.
My daughter and I had a wonderful stay at the Nemzeti.
The hotel is splendid, lovely furbished and rooms are fantastic : so great and comfortable beds, so quiet, you don’t hear any noise.
Housekeeping is perfect, nothing to say : if you have a request, they are pleased to do it.
Breakfast is amazing. The quality of food is the one expected, and waiters are just the expected too : at your service, polite, discrete.
Well, wonderful experience. Don’t hesitate to book !
This hotel is over a hundred years old but is renovated to today's standards.
It is a good start for a walk on the town.
The room is small but the shower is large. Electric - you need a converter.
Food was only OK but everyone has different tastes.
The stair case is beautiful
Caution - even though Hungary is in the EU and Euros are the currency of the EU - this hotel does not accept Euros. Credit card of Forint.