Boutique Hotel Zara
So utca 6, Budapest, Hungary, 1056
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Singles, Design and architecture, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness
Expert review of Boutique Hotel Zara
Design hotels are a relatively new concept in Budapest – this was the city’s first, opened in 2006, and it has a fair claim to remaining the best. The styling blends eastern and western influences, with an oriental flavour particularly prominent. Strictly speaking, it’s perhaps on the large side to claim true ‘boutique’ status – it has 74 rooms – but there’s certainly a boutique feel. I tend to experience a sense of peacefulness on entering the hotel from the streets of what is Budapest’s busiest area.
The hotel enjoys a superb location on a narrow side street on the cusp of Liberty Bridge, the Central Market Hall and Váci utca. You’re literally a minute’s walk from the places where the action’s at its thickest.
The rooms are compact, but luxurious in feel, with dark-wood furniture and deep chocolate coloured curtains adorned with gold vine motifs. The flatscreen TVs are wall-mounted, and there’s free WiFi access. I’ve never had any problem with noise – because it’s on a side street, there’s a slight buffer zone from the main traffic and tourist artery nearby.
The reception and long lobby area set the tone for the design throughout, with soft, luxuriant mauves and golds punctuated by bold, black features – tables, cushions, vases – that give a distinctly oriental feel.
There’s no restaurant, but there are snacks available in the café and bar. The bar is just off the lobby area, and is a comfortable, coolly elegant spot with cream armchairs and a striking turquoise feature panel running along the service area itself.
The hotel’s motto is ‘Enjoy the hospitality!’, and certainly there’s an emphasis on personal, friendly service here – in the past they even had a staff band that would play on occasion in the lobby.
Some business people, but otherwise tourists who want to be at the centre and prefer boutique-style hotels to some of the city’s more historic properties.
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- So utca 6, Budapest, Hungary, 1056
- City Centre