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OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO STAY IN BUDAPEST

LAKE BOKOD – A PIECE OF NEW ZEALAND IN HUNGARY
February 2018
LIFE IN THE OFF-SEASON – FIFTY SHADES OF LAKE BALATON
April 2018

Year by year Budapest attracts more and more tourists – regardless of the season they come to explore the historic buildings and sights, noted thermal baths and the stirring nightlife of the city. After long hours walking and discovering the bustling capital who wouldn’t have yearns to have some rest and just relax. In this regard, Budapest is as well could be a great choice. We tried some of the most renowned hotels to help you decide where to stay when you come to visit Hungary.

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# Aria Hotel Budapest

The whole hotel is inspired by music – every single room is dedicated to a famous artist or composer. You can find interesting details of music everywhere around, such as the piano key path which leads the guests into the lobby. The Hotel has four wings, each themed by a music genre: Classical, Opera, Contemporary and my personal favorite, the Jazz wing.
The Harmony Spa offers a fitness program, several kinds of treatments and access to the heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, Finnish and infrared sauna and as well to the aromatic steam room. My favorite routine was to get in the sauna then swim ten lengths in the pool, after that jump into the jacuzzi and lastly lay down on the ridiculously comfy beach bed for a while. The instant refreshing is warranted both for the body and the soul.
Every day from 4 pm. – 6 pm. there is a cheese & wine reception in the lobby, where you can choose among several types of cheeses and both savory and sweet accompaniments. They serve red/white/rosé wine next to the appetizer, up to your choice. Still, the best part is the fascinating music played by a pianist, whose performance guarantee a pleasant conviviality.

 

Tip: Have a woodland themed cocktail at the High Note SkyBar on the top of the Aria. Doesn’t matter if it’s day-or nighttime, the view is spectacular at any point of the day from there. One of the main sights of Budapest, the St. Stephen Basilica is almost within a reach.

 

 

# Prestige Hotel Budapest

My favorite place was the lobby, it literally took my breath away when I entered. The whole interior design with all the little, carefully composed details and the attentive service suggest a clear-out, classic elegance, which makes you feel like a real princess in a fairytale. Though it is not surprising, in the light of that the building is a formal palace. The black and white tiles create a great contrast with the deep orange furniture – the perfect place to take as many photos as you can. The Swarovski crystal chandelier is impressive both in size and in look and above the glass ceiling, you can amaze the noteworthy architecture of the courtyard. The only thing I was sorry about, that it is not allowed to go out on the balcony. The style of the rooms evokes the glorious time of peace and the gorgeous upper-class milieu. I have to admit, I enjoyed a lot to be surrounded by such sophisticated elegance and be treated like a lady of birth and breeding.

 

Tip: Have a lunch at the Costes Downtown restaurant, which is awarded a Michelin star for its excellence. Besides the exquisite dishes, it has a nature-inspired interior, which breaks the strict elegance of the Hotel what I particularly appreciated.

 

 

# Continental Hotel Budapest

Continental is the one which feels like home to me the most. I like returning back here, even if it’s just for a lunch or a few hours getaway in the spa, it has a welcoming atmosphere every time I come. The history of the building is quite interesting, it was a noted Spa from 1820. After years of decay in 2010, the hotel was built on the site – they saved and restored the facade and the main entrance to its full glory.

 

I have two favorite spots here, one of them is the inner garden. It’s a serene, peaceful place with all the greenery plants and wall paintings around. During spring and summer time I like to have lunch under the open sky, and the Continental offers midday menu at a reasonable price with great quality – so my vote definitely goes to it. The other one is the roof garden with the swimming pool. Nothing feels better than going up to the top floor, dip yourself in the cooling water and then lay down on the grass right above the bustling city but still in a calm environment. The inner pool, the jacuzzi, and the sauna are just the icing on the cake!

 

 

Tip: Taste the traditional Hungarian flavors and enjoy the folk dance & music within the confines of a memorable Friday night. Every week from 7 pm. you can try out Hungarian specialties at the buffet table, drink pálinka or a glass of sparkling wine while being entertained by the rhythm of Hungary.

 

 

# The Ritz-Carlton Budapest

In the heart of the city, The Ritz-Carlton blends culture and modern elegance together. And as a result, the great level of luxury is incontrovertible. I liked the idea of the mini-exhibition of Hungary related names and inventions like Puskas and the Rubik Cube in the lobby. Plus in every room, there is a special compilation of souvenirs which is a great help if you are not fond of shopping or just have no clue what to take home for your beloved ones.

 

 

The location could not be better – the Budapest Eye is right in front of us, the Great Synagogue, the Chain Bridge, and the St. Stephen’s Basilica are in walking distance and the rest of the sights are easily accessible with public transport departing right from the front door. What is more, Andrassy Avenue and Váci street – the two biggest and most famous shopping streets – are just on the corner with restaurants and coffee bars satisfying any taste.

 

Now here I have to mention the hotel’s restaurant, the Deák St. Kitchen. I love the calm and solid atmosphere of the place, especially when there’s live music accompanying the savory dishes. If I may suggest you something probably it would be to take the sommelier’s advice! He has great knowledge and can introduce you the best bottles to complete your dish.

 

 

My other favorite place is the Spa: a little oasis with unperturbed relaxation awaits you there.

 

 

Tip: Have a cup of coffee or artisanal tea at the Kupola Lounge right after lunch or during the afternoon till 5 pm. You can taste sweet and savory bites and spend time with observing all the Hungarian pieces of art hanging on the wall, and the iconic stained glass cupola above.

 

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23 Comments

  1. Simone says:

    First of all I have to admit that your pictures are amazing, checked some other articles and they are simply fantastic.
    I’ve been to Budapest several time and i’ll be back this summer for the Sziget festival, but this time i’ll spend a couple of days comfortably at a hotel for sure!
    My pick her would be the Aria hotel, for the wiev and for the skybar!

    • travelised says:

      Thanks so much – Marci is a photographer, so we have this huge advantage with taking pics 😀 🙂 Yay, great, we’ll be out as well! Yeah, that’s definitely more comfortable than sleeping on the island in a tent 😀 Skybar is worth a visit, even if you are not a guest of the Aria you can go up, just book a table! 🙂

  2. Stacy says:

    Wow! What gorgeous hotels! Sometimes it’s worth it to splurge on luxury, especially with views like that!

    • travelised says:

      Yes, they are all worth a visit, every one of them has different qualities which we liked so much 🙂

  3. Rachelle says:

    I love the concept of the Aria and think this would be my favorite. I actually just purchased a ticket to this part of the world and am in the midst of planning a stopover in Budapest. I think I might need to stay in the Aria. It just seems more my speed. And that staircase is amazing!

    • travelised says:

      You should absolutely come and visit Budapest! 🙂 There are so many sights to see in the heart of Europe. And Aria is (also) great for taking stunning pics 🙂

  4. We can say that these places are simply amazing and so luxurious. We have saved this post for the future so thanks for showing us these beauties!! We like the photos so much 🙂

  5. Milkytravel says:

    wow, your photos are incredible! i fell in love with all of these places. The Ritz-Carlton Budapest looks incredible. if i am in Budapest one day it will be nr 1 in my list

    • travelised says:

      Thank you 🙂 We’re glad you liked them – all of them has something extraordinary to offer. Hope you will have a chance to discover our beautiful capital and enjoy the comfort of the Ritz-Carlton sooner or later 🙂

  6. All of these hotels sound great and love your photos! I think I am most tempted by the Aria hotel – I love the idea that every room is named after a composer

    • travelised says:

      Thanks so much 🙂 I agree, that is a unique and lovely idea – it was quite interesting to see all the differently styled room.

  7. Christina says:

    That stairwell at the Aria! I love the different themed areas. Costes downtown has a nice look inside with the nature feel. We really want to visit Budapest one day and these hotels are definitely up our alley. Thank you for sharing this.

    • travelised says:

      Looks pretty amazing, right? 🙂 Yeah the idea is great, you can choose whichever is close to your heart!
      Costes has such a lovely atmosphere beside the great dishes, so I would say it is a must visit 🙂
      You’re welcome, we’re happy if we could help!

  8. Wow, each of these places sound amazing .. .and the timing is perfect as we were just reading about how great visiting Budapest is for digital entrepreneurs. I can definitely see myself staying at Aria Hotel Budapest, though the spa at Ritz-Carlton looks very enticing

    • travelised says:

      I only can agree, there are so many things to see and to do here – and a lot of Instagram-worthy places to explore! Haha, yeah, it’s a tough decision 🙂

  9. Budapest looks and sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful selection of hotels, we are hoping to visit soon. We usually stay in Ritz hotels and this one appears to be living up to what is expected 🙂

    • travelised says:

      The Ritz-Carlton was exceptional without a doubt – I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed when visiting this one in Hungary 🙂

  10. Beth Schoen says:

    I’ve been to Budapest but it was a rushed trip. I know I overlooked much to see and do so hoping to have more time to travel around if I’m ever there again. Fantastic pictures. Really nice!! Beth http://www.wisemommies.com

    • travelised says:

      Thanks, Beth! Hope you’ll have a chance to visit Budapest again soon – there are so many spectacular places to explore! 🙂

  11. Wow living the life in style. Budapest certainly has some of the best places to stay as evidenced by this article of yours. Hope to visit this city someday 🙂

    • travelised says:

      Budapest is worth to visit for sure, and not just because of the stylish accommodation options – we have so much to see, historical sights, Thermal baths, unique architecture and so on 🙂

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