Photo by Paul Thuysbaert
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
It's hard to say what's more appealing about the ultraluxurious Four Seasons Gresham Palace, an imposing art nouveau hotel on the banks of the Danube. It could be the fantastic location, right on the Pest side of the city's iconic Chain Bridge, or perhaps it's the swish accommodations, which range from lovely river-racing rooms with marble bathrooms and deep soaking tubs to glorious suites, the largest of which measures 1,464 square feet and features a dining room with crystal stemware and private butler service. The spa in itself makes a stay at this hotel worthwhile—a tall order in a city known for its thermal bath complexes—and features all sorts of therapeutic treatments along with a top-floor infinity pool with huge picture windows that look out on the picturesque city below. For many a traveler, the Kollázs Brasserie & Bar seals the deal, offering fine dining without all the formality and a mix of grills and seafood along with a few classic Hungarian dishes, such as goulash.
By Margot Bigg
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Living in Luxury at Budapest's Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Director Paul Feig lived in the Four Seasons Gresham Palace while he was in Budapest. "It's one of my favorite hotels ever, with fantastic service and a convenient location in District V," he says. "I loved the bar downstairs, where you'll find a piano player, an art nouveau design, and one of the best martinis I've ever had." This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
By Andrew Richdale, AFAR Contributor
Step Back In Time At The Four Seasons
Enter the lobby of the Four Seasons in Budapest and get a glimpse of the past. Built in 1906, this heritage building has been restored to perfection ... If you can't afford to stay here, eat at the restaurant or have brunch there while looking out at the Danube and Chain Bridge.
Margaritas in Budapest?
We knew it might be risky to order margaritas in Budapest, but we threw caution to the wind and took a chance with Daniel's creation at the bar of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. As he promised, his margaritas were top-notch, matched equally by his friendly smile and service. The Gresham Palace is worth a peek, drink or stay, depending on how much time you have in Budapest. When you're there, pick up some historical information on the hotel from the front desk to learn more about its storied past.
Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5, 1051 Hungary
+36 1 268 6000