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
Always an impressive ride towards the Gresham via the Chainbridge.... it is spectacular, I really love it! It will be my pleasure to come back and to enjoy the beautiful springtime in Budapest. See you soon!
We stayed at the Gresham Palace Four Seasons for three nights. From stunning entry way upon arriving to the fabulous view from our room, of the Danube and the old town of Pest we were mesmerised.
The service was discreet but outstanding, from the welcome at the grand entrance to the front desk, to those who gave our turn down service to the concierge and all the staff in the bar and restaurant.
We loved our stay, staying at a Four Seasons hotel is always a treat and in my opinion worth every penny if you want to feel pampered in the lap of luxury.
The bathrooms were well appointed, with fabulous toiletries and the towels and Linens luxurious. The breakfast was amazing. We had cocktails in the bar, served in delicate crystal glasses. Everything was perfect. Frankly the hotel was my favourite part of our stay, and Budapest is a beautiful city.
We booked an afternoon tea for a birthday celebration and were welcomed by attentive staff and delicious patisserie. The staff arranged a special slice of cake +candle, served with a glass of bubbly while the pianist played happy birthday. Excellent ambience, decadence personified. Highly recommend.
The Gresham has to be one of the most beautiful hotel properties in the world. It's a stunning building, with beautiful decorations throughout. Everywhere you go in this hotel you find amazing design details. Now, you could just drop by to walk around the lobby or have a drink. But there are plenty of good reasons to stay here. The location is perfect for visiting both Buda and Pest. The rooms are very comfortable and some have outstanding views across the Danube. The gym and spa are first rate. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The breakfast buffet is a feast. Now, obviously all this comes at a cost, but that's to be expected.
The hotel is situated in the heart of Budapest. The views of the Danube right across from the palace and St Matthias Church is breathtaking at sunset. We had a suite on the Danube and it couldn't have been better. The concierge helped with our restaurant bookings and were made great recommendations.