The clue’s in the name – Lánchíd 19 stands at Lánchíd utca 19, on the Buda riverbank a short distance from the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd). The funicular railway up to the Castle District is a short walk, and a five-minute stroll across the bridge brings you to the heart of Pest’s downtown.
There was an intriguing approach to the design of the 45 rooms and three suites. A different professional designer was commissioned to create a chair for each room, and this was then used as inspiration for an accompanying piece of art by a local student. In one room, for example, there is a painting of Cinderella and her glass slipper – influenced by a chair made from transparent perspex.
Rooms are well-equipped, and offer free internet access; some face the river and others Buda Castle Palace. The panorama suite has a fantastic elevated Jacuzzi overlooking the Danube; however, glass can at times be impractical – my partner and I found that the glass walls to the bathroom in the same suite allowed very little privacy...
Glass dominates. Below a transparent floor in the lobby you can see the ruins of a medieval water tower, while above are glass-sided galleries and glass bridges linking the different sides (look out for the overblown fingerprints etched into the glass – they belong to the various designers involved).
Eating and drinking
The wooden-floored restaurant serves contemporary dishes – many with a Mediterranean bent – and has an adjoining decked terrace. There’s also a lobby bar.
Staff are walking canvases for the hotel’s all-consuming love affair with style – the staff uniforms were specially created by Hungarian fashion designers.
Who stays there
Primarily leisure guests and individual businesspeople (this isn’t a conference hotel).
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Imaginative contemporary styling
- Good location
- Some design features are impractical