Lanchid 19

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Address: Lanchid utca 19-21, Budapest, 1013, Hungary

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

Sleek, boutique design hotel on the Buda river bank.

Modern and imaginative, the four-star Lánchíd 19 is a member of the Design Hotels chain, and makes style a priority. It’s difficult to describe, but the façade is hung with illuminated, moveable glass slats that together form a massive and changing water-related picture. Glass is prevalent inside too, and this gives the place an open and airy feel. Overall, it’s good fun.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.3
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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...

Public areas

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.

Service

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).

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Great views / scenery
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Imaginative contemporary styling
  • Good location
  • Some design features are impractical
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