Having lived in Budapest some 25 years earlier, it was with delight that my wife and I returned to Budapest and were fortunate enough to stay in the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest. First of all, the location can't be beat: Smack at the end of Lanchid or "Chain Bridge" on the Pest side. One can walk to practically every site in the city from the hotel.
Even if you do not stay here, make certain to visit the hotel if only to see the lobby and ornate staircases, both faithfully restored to the turn-of-the-century original. The restaurant looks good and the lobby lounge is a pleasant venue to enjoy a tea and one of the city's finest pastries.
Rooms are somewhat pedestrian considering the grand public space: simple yellow walls, rich carpets and four fixture marble bathrooms. A number of rooms are interior facing, into smallish courtyards which precludes leaving your windows open. Only a fraction of the rooms face the Danube (the Duna) but as the hotel is only 6-7 stories tall, it may not be worth the extra for the view (though at night it is spectacular looking up to Castle Hill.)
Prices are international standard, which basically mean, about double to triple comparable fine food restaurants around town. The concierge is very knowledgeable and I recommend working with them for restaurant recommendations.
During the few days that we were there, a Central Asian government official (PM, President, Dictator?) was also in residence on our floor and this meant the presence of two thuggish goons in the hallway 24 hours a day.
The Spa is on the top floor of the hotel and includes a small pool with pleasant lighting and interesting unisex sauna. As Budapest is a city of spas and baths, the one at the Four Seasons is fine for a swim or a relaxing massage, but more authentic experiences can be found around the city.
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
- Gresham Palace Budapest
- Four Seasons Budapest
- Budapest Four Seasons