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
I visited this hotel with a group of 15 friends. As soon as we arrived we were made so welcome and Vanda on reception did every she could to ensure that we had a smooth and easy check in. The rooms were very comfortable and had everything we required. Our room was in the centre of the hotel and very quiet. Breakfast had a great choice of food and there was something for everyone. I loved how you could order from the menu on the table and everything we had was freshly made. Peter and the staff in the dining room went out of there way to meet any requirements we had. The interior of the hotel is beautiful and there was plenty of space for everyone to relax after a busy day in the city,
We purchased a 3 day Hop on Hop Off Bus ticket which proved to be great value for money. The pick up point was a 2 minute walk from the hotel. This was a great way to get around the city. We also walked back from the Basilica which took us about 30 minutes at a reasonably slow pace.
I had a really nice room overlooking Blaha Lujza ter, where there're trams and a metro station. Staff is friendly and helpful. The interior of the hotel is really beautiful! Breakfast is continental and decent.
Visited the Nemzeti with a group of friends and we were made to feel very welcome. Offered excellent advice whenever required on nearby bars and restaurants. Rooms very comfortable. The hotel itself oozes with character from its interesting past and would thoroughly recommend this as your place to stay in Budapest.
Having just returned from a wonderful holiday in Budapest I would highly recommend this hotel, the care and attention our group received was first class. The breakfasts were amazing, the rooms were lovely and beds were so comfortable after our exhausting days of sightseeing. Peter and Vanda deserve a special mention, they went the extra mile to ensure we had a great time. Can't wait to go back again.
Stayed for a week in early November. Excellent location for walking, public transportation and conveniences with a superb health food store across the street. The hotel has been well renovated so that the rooms are contemporary and comfortable while maintaining the key architectural features of the structure and decoration. Breakfast is delicious and the made to order eggs a treat as they are perfectly cooked. Food in the restaurant/bar is also beyond expectation. The staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. Would definitely use this hotel as my Budapest base.