We had been offered a present of a weekend in Budapest, the highlight being a stay in the cool Buddha Bar hotel. But on arriving there, we found out that our room was suffering from a problem and so was unavailable and it was only because the management of the Buddha Bar chose this hotel that we ended up staying there. While we generally do indeed prefer the design-led hotels like the Buddha Bar, we ended up having an excellent stay at the Boscolo. It is completely over the top in its decoration with lots of gilded and painted ceilings, panelled rooms, marble in the lift and so on-not really our scene but it all worked so well that we did not regret missing out on the Buddha Bar at all. The staff were uniformly excellent, charming and helpful, remembering our names almost immediately and trying their best (in excellent English) to ensure we had a pleasant stay. Typical of the service was their sending a maintenance man to sort out our air conditioning at 2000 on a Saturday evening. Not many places would do that.
We ate a few times in the hotel, both in the café and the main restaurant. The meal in the latter was quite exceptional, equal to the best on offer in London, eg, Petrus where we ate earlier this month, but at half the price. The dishes were modern takes on traditional Hungarian dishes and were accompanied by the sommelier's selection of local wines.
The café also was lovely. We ate fresh home pasta for lunch and found it just right.
So, do not be put off by the grand scale of the hotel, it is a delight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience 5-star luxury when staying in the gorgeous Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection. Our contemporary hotel is one of the most grand luxury hotels in Budapest, Hungary. It offers proximity to some of the Budapest area' best attractions, including Chain Bridge, Great Synagogue, and Vaci Utca. We invite you to stay with us and visit our serene indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, full service spa, and impeccable restaurants during your visit to Budapest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection Hotel Budapest
- Hotel Boscolo New York Palace
- New York Palace Budapest