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
Everything at the Budapest Four Seasons hotel is exceptional and reeks of quality that exceeds expectations - the ambiance and decor, the rooms, furnishings, bed, amenities in the room, the food in the restaurant, the elevators - you name it, and it is first class. The staff is really outstanding, very friendly and courteous, and consistently goes over and beyond the call of duty. The chef at the restaurant even prepared a custom vegetarian dish for us, because the vegetarian choices were a little limited on that day! This hotel is not just for staying - it is a destination unto itself!
There aren't any less than memorable 4 Seasons spots. But some are more interesting than others and this one is totally epic in architecture, position, and staffing. Right on the river, amazing views and amazing food and beverage and places to chill and relax such that the hotel is 'self contained' in that respect. Though one must venture out and see the amazing 2nd world history that has endured centuries and centuries of conflict and made it through. The people are frank about their dark histories and esp in WW2 whereas in Germany they always make a few excuses and try to brush it off. Lovely people. Lovely food and amazing views.
Very beautiful building, marvelous lobby, elegant rooms, lovely breakfast with a wide choice of food and drinks, charming terrace to eat out during good weather to enjoy sun and the view, very helpful concierge!!! made our evenings unforgettable with his tips, generally very good experience. Prime location.
Staff at the reception not friendly at all, I don't like complaining, but for such a luxurious property our experience with the reception wasn't nice at all. First we arrived after 2 pm, Garden suite wasn't ready and they told us to go and wait 20 minutes, without offering a drink and apologies, that room isn't ready when it's supposed to be, we didn't ask for early check-in.
We went to the bistro at the hotel to have lunch, food could have been and should have been better, I wouldn't recommend having lunch there ;)
We also tried to book couple's massage, but we were offered different times one time after another.
I have some more examples of the front desk operations, but don't want to complain too much as I've had wonderful time thanks to THE ONE who held my hand and made me smile all the time.
The Grisham Place, Four Seasons deserves 10 ⭐️, central location, friendly staff, excellent restaurant, beautiful rooms, and it’s priced well below other Four Seasons hotels in Europe. The concierge were very helpful in planning our excursions. For all you gluten free and vegetarians, the GF muffins, cookies, and bread were homemade, no frozen junk here, the restaurant’s Somali was very informative on the wonderful Hungarian wines. Eat here every night and you’ll be happy, beautifully prparws dishes at a fair price,
Amazing hotel. From the first minute you walk in you know its a special hotel experience. This was our first time in Budapest and the employees were helpful with all of our first time questions. Gave us great suggestions for things to do.