Overlooking Erzsébet tér in the city centre, a very short stroll from Vörösmarty tér and the river.
The 335 rooms (there are also 31 suites) fall into standard, superior and deluxe categories; the primary difference between them is in size, and I do find the standard rooms slightly small. They are all luxuriously elegant, with carpets of cream and black, and marble in the bathrooms; some have baths and some showers. Among the facilities are free WiFi and a laptop-sized safe.
It’s all very fancy behind the glass frontage, with marble and mirrors and plush carpet. However, if I’m being fussy, I do feel that there’s an unsatisfying lack of unity in the ground-floor public areas – clusters of chairs and tables, ceilings of different heights in the different sections – and this dilutes some of the hotel’s immediate grandeur.
Eating and drinking
The hotel has several restaurants, including Nobu Budapest - one in the famous 'chain' of fine Japanese restaurants - which opened in October 2010 (with Robert de Niro as guest of honour). The Bistro Jardin offers excellent Hungarian and international cuisine, while the Ristorante Giardino specialises in Mediterranean food and occupies a conservatory annexe overlooking Váci utca. There’s also an outer terrace and a lobby bar. The hotel is famous for its breakfast, which features a mammoth gourmet buffet spread.
There’s a well-equipped fitness centre, a swimming pool (with an artificial current to swim against) and a spa offering a range of often Asian-inspired treatments.
Who stays there
Celebrities, business people and tourists with a bob or two.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Luxurious and well-equipped
- Slightly cluttered ground-floor public areas