Four Seasons Gresham Palace
What We Love
- Style at every turn: Guests are well dressed and there’s an air of Old World formality
- The building, created as luxury flats for European aristocrats in 1906, is an Art Nouveau masterpiece; a pause for coffee in its grandiose lobby takes you back in time
- The dramatic location, just across the river from romantic Buda Castle
What To Know
- You’ll pay a premium for a room with a view, but do so and you’ll understand why Budapest is called the Paris of the East
- If the quirky charms of Budapest’s historic baths are a bit much for you, take a plunge in the hot tub by the Gresham Palace’s swanky and thoroughly modern rooftop pool
- Simple fare from the café and WiFi access come at Four Seasons’ prices (but the businessmen power-lunching in their pinstripe suits don’t seem to mind)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Gresham Palace’s lobby was built to wow worldly turn-of-the-century Hungarians; today it features jaw-dropping Art Nouveau touches, a gorgeous glass ceiling and a dramatic architectural chandelier. The hotel’s exterior is decorated with gorgeous, classical stone figures, and when it’s lit up at night it’s one of Budapest’s most redolent and romantic monuments.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms have a restrained Art Deco ambience, with traditional moldings and heavy silk drapes in tones of peacock-blue or pale gold. The bed is dressed in crisp white with heaps of just-so pillows, the lighting is soft, and the wood and brass detailing throughout lends a nostalgic period feel. Marble bathrooms offer deep soaking bathtubs and L’Occitane products.
With a nod to classic Hungarian coffeehouses, the Gresham’s restaurant offers both Italian and Hungarian specialties as well as a wide selection of cakes, pastries, coffees and teas. The bar and lobby lounge, set beneath a magnificent glass cupola, serves small bites and delicious, sophisticated cocktails and local wines. The on-site spa provides treatments to help you rebalance and rejuvenate after a day of sightseeing.
In the Area
Budapest has an incredibly rich history, and the Four Seasons can arrange private guided tours, a wonderful way to get the lay of the land and take in less accessible sights, such as the grandiose villas in Buda’s hills. A trip to one of the traditional Turkish baths, such as the Gellert, is a must; locals go for the water’s medicinal properties, the awe-inspiring architecture and, of course, the gossip. As Budapest moves out of its recent bohemian past, world class restaurants and swishy cocktail bars are proliferating. Still, a late night visit to one of the city’s famous “ruin bars” is not to be missed. Ask for recommendations (and addresses) at the concierge’s desk, and remember that getting lost trying to find them is half the fun.
How to Get There
We stayed a few nights before our river cruise on Crystal. The staff were friendly and offered great service (Ramona and Andrea were very pleasant and professional). The rooms were nice with large bathroom (separate shower and tub)! The chain Beidge was fronting the hotel along with the Castke Hill and the Palace facing the Danube.
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. Super comfortable bed and luxurious bed linens. Room was a bit in the smaller narrow side. Nice view of the Danube. Breakfast was very rich and delicious, with a good variety of choices. High quality breads, cheeses, salads, fruits, great health choices. Service was impeccable. Waiters all very attentive and helpful. Lovely ambiance. Would go back again
a great hotel with excellent staff, lovely place, sleep super well and food great, service super great, we love it, in front of the chain bridge, situated in the middle of the town in a great spot. the beds are super comfortables and pillows super fluffy. and do not miss the spa, the massages are super amazing !!
Dennes and Lilla went out of their way to seat me, to have Chef make some special changes to the menu, and to give me great Hungarian white wine. They even charged my iPhone. All was a great experience without staying here. We would return again and again, and the live music for sunset looking at the Danube makes for a wonderful happy our experience....we came for the drinks but stayed to enjoy a meal. Suggestion: if a guest orders 3 hot mains, bring them out separately and not all at the same time asking "which one do you want first?" because by the second, everything else is cold.
A few days in Budapest to celebrate a friends birthday. Booked an afternoon tea with champagne. What an absolute treat. Beautiful surroundings, lovely staff, delicious food, all accompanied by an amazing pianist. Perfect.