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
Really good food and music in the piano bar. Especially good service and relaxing area. Highly recommended for people to enjoy nice live piano music. Tea and chocolate cake tasted exceptionally good. Worth to visit
Family birthday celebration at the Herend Afternoon Tea. Fabulous. 25 years in England and being an Afternoon tea lover have made me a bit of an 'expert'. Afternoon teas at Hyde Park Hotel and the Ritz in London as well as a multitude of cream teas in Devon and Cornwall under my belt. The Four Seasons in Budapest makes a great job. Beautifully laid tables, wonderful selection of teas (one recommendation: pls print coffees and hot chocolates on the menu too), imaginative little sandwich bites (incl vegetarian and gluten free options that I pre-ordered at reservation time but probably available on the spot too), phenomenal little sweets, perfect scones (to my knowledge the only place in Budapest to offer scones and what a treat to have better ones than many in England), proper clotted cream, great jam and as a bonus a mouth-watering lemon cream thingy, pleasant live piano music and excellent service. Thank you very much Agnes Szabadi manageress and her staff! Agnes is a perfect host and professional, very nice lady too and having had Fortnum and Mason training and even management experience in London she is a tea expert too.
The Afternoon tea is fantastic value for money too. How on earth they manage to offer this quality and quantity of food and drink in such lovely surroundings for about €20 plus service, I do not know. Well done!
Aside from being an art nouveau building, this hotel has a superb team of wonderful people. The team at the Reception was particularly helpful and welcoming. And the Concierge headed by Miklos was excellent is answering all our needs. A wonderful restaurant and a good wine list (and knowledgeable sommeliers too). The rooms facing the Danube, although a little small, offer spectacular views of Buda.
One of the most wonderful vacations I have ever taken. Staff, ambience, food, all excellent. Beautiful hotel, lovely room and great location. Though there is only one restaurant on site it is varied enough and delicious enough to frequent. Highly recommend Gresham Palace and hope to return soon.
This hotel oozes class. The building it’s self is beautiful, the food is exquisite and the breakfast amazing. Above all is the service is professional and courteous and all carried out with a smile.
This establishment is world class at a minimum