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)
Parking on site
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Showstopping, immaculately restored historic property, with every last detail oozing over-the-top glamour, set on the Danube’s banks
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.