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3 Beautiful Hotels in Budapest

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Image courtesy of Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest

Budapest, the charming Hungarian capital straddling the Danube, is a gem of a city; in fact, it’s really two cities, Buda and Pest. Walk from one city to the other via the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (a must), wander around the cobblestoned streets of Castle Hill, where you’ll find the historic Buda Castle complex, listen to the grand organ at St. Stephen's Basilica, savor goulash and chicken paprikash in a cozy bistro (or at a Michelin-Starred restaurant)...I could go on.

You won’t be at a loss for things to do in Budapest. There are numerous neighborhoods to explore, from the bustling Terézváros to the under-the-radar Józsefváros. As for where to stay, let me help narrow down your options. Read on for a few of the best hotels in Budapest.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

a modern hotel room with a pink chair and a painting of a person holding a palm leaf in front of a purple background

Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Set in an early-20th-century palace, the art-nouveau Four Seasons Budapest is one of the city’s premier high-end stays. It’s located in District V, or Belváros-Lipótváros, a hub for the capital’s commercial and political goings-on. The hotel is seriously dedicated to immersing you in the local vibrancy. They’ll arrange a private guide to take you around the local art galleries, or snag you a fast pass to the city’s famed thermal baths. Indeed, they’ll take you off the beaten path. And their culinary program is unmatched: enjoy afternoon tea accompanied by live music, head to the sophisticated KOLLÁZS restaurant for a dinner highlighting French-Hungarian cuisine or opt for MÚZSA, where craft cocktails and Asian-inspired bites are served in a lively, glamorous setting.

Fora Perks:

  • When you book Four Seasons with me, you'll enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities. I'll be pleased to give you more details.

Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest

a light-filled hotel room with wooden flors and elegant windows flanked by white drapes

Image courtesy of Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest

Opened in 2019, Parisi Udvar beckons you into a 19th-century historic building with a gorgeous café, sophisticated restaurant and refined Champagne bar. The hotel’s central location also makes it an excellent home base for exploring the city and its top sites; the Dohány Street Synagogue, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, contemporary Erzsébetváros neighborhood and Hungarian State Opera are all nearby. The hotel’s 110 rooms and suites feature sophisticated decor that blends a modern, clean taste with historical grandeur. Plus, Párisi Udvar is a pet-friendly hotel. After a day of exploring, retreat to the Zafír Spa, where various body, beauty and relaxation treatments await. And because Párisi Udvar is part of Hyatt Privé, when you book with me, you’ll score VIP member perks.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit, welcome amenity, breakfast daily, upgrade & early check-in whenever possible.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

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Image courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Located right in the city center, Kempinski stands as a timeless beauty near the famed Váci Street, a lively thoroughfare brimming with shops and restaurants. The hotel’s extensive art collection, restaurants (including a Nobu, no less), luxury spa, dog-friendly policies and modern fitness center overlooking the streets below make this five-star hotel a standout choice. Swim in the indoor pool overlooking the park, relax in the sauna or take advantage of Kempinski’s great location: the hotel is within walking distance of the city’s prime attractions, including the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Hungarian parliament building and Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya), one of the best lookout spots in the city. And when you book with me, you’ll snag exclusive Club 1897 perks.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 hotel / resort credit, breakfast daily, upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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