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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Hotel is very conveniently located if you want to browse great city of Budapest. Rooms could be a bit bigger, but are clean and cozy. There is a nice lobby bar with live piano music in the evening. The best part of our stay was excellent breakfast and very polite staff.
Built in 1890 this old hotel has been beautifully restored to a sophisticated modern hotel. When it opened in the late 19th Century this 5 storey 80 room hotel each having electricity, both hot and cold running water and en-suite bathroom. In addition to Budapest’s first elevator. The 140 step grand staircase to our 4th bedroom at the back of the hotel was very quiet. We included the wonderful breakfast buffet to our booking. A superb lead light dome over the dining room set glamour and style.
The staff were all extremely obliging and welcoming.
After our river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest we chose to stay 3 days at nemzeti. When we opened our door to our room were were very surprised by the rooms soft look. The next day we went exploring. We returned late in the day to find our room decked out in chocolate's, wine, balloon, towel art and a card wishing us a happy 22nd wedding anniversary, with compliments from the staff at nemzeti. It really touched us.
Special thanks to Henrietta and the front office team, as well as the bar/restaurant manager who looked after us.
It will be hard to top the service from our Nemzeti stay.
Thankyou for a memorable stay.