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
This is a beautiful hotel and I can’t recommend it enough. The room we had wasn’t huge but the bed certainly was and sooooo comfy! Staff were all friendly and helpful. The best thing was definitely breakfast - I have never seen such an array of choices and the food was delicious.
This is the visually beautiful and artistic place. You will enjoy architecture and walking inside corridors. The service was very good so was breakfast. For the cleanliness I give five plus as well for the location.
The downside is that hotel lacks pool, and some furniture in lobby could use renovation. In the end I cold recommended this hotel to anyone that has no pool at it's list of priorities.
Beautiful place and with an excellent location, near all mail attractions, historical places and restaurantes. In addition, metro station and buses are in front of the hotel The personnel of the hotel is very kind
This hotel is great in so many ways. The staff is extremely helpful and polite. The rooms are exquisitely appointed and the bed is very comfortable. The restaurant has great food and worth a try. Breakfast (included) is expansive and they even have an al a carte menu. It’s included. The hotel is very clean and close to most public transportation.
Perfect location the tram stops outside the door, metro one minute away, or you can walk to the most attractions, beautiful hotel very comfortable. friendly and helpful staff, silent rooms no noice, I warmly recommend this hotel, The restaurant menu is pretty basic, but the breakfast fully compensates for this. Lots of choice and a good selection of breads, and very friendly and helpful staff, silent rooms, I recommend this hotel.