The Hungarian capital is home to a number of turn-of-the-century hotels that combine stunning architecture with fascinating history, allowing their guests to admire Budapest’s old world charm from within their own rooms.
From 1867 to 1918 Budapest was one of the two capitals of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire: it was in this era, during these 51 years, that most of Pest’s iconic buildings were erected in a race to catch up with the might of Vienna. Giving way to Neo-Gothic and Neo-Baroque styles, as well as Romanticism, this is also the time when Art Nouveau began to flourish. Elegant hotels such as the Ritz, Bristol, Royal and Carlton emerged, and many hotels from this era stand today as popular choices for tourists who are looking for more than just a comfortable room to store their luggage.
Reminders of those peaceful times include such world-famous hotels as Hotel Gellért, an Art Nouveau masterpiece that was built during the First World War, influenced by the Viennese Secession style, housing the beautiful Gellért Baths.
The Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal was first opened in 1896, and it was the most elegant hotel of the empire at the time – no wonder it was one of the main inspirations for Wes Anderson’s 2014 movie, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘.
The 101-year-old Hotel Astoria combines traditions with style, boasting an Empire style interior decoration, marble cover, crystal chandeliers, glittering mirrors, and stained-glass windows.
The luxurious Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest blends together the style of English Neo-Baroque with Asian-colonial design, culminating in a unique five-star hotel that was once the palace of a Habsburg Grand Duchess.
The building of present-day Continental Hotel was also a famous landmark of Budapest, housing one of the city’s great baths: today, the restored facade is the only memento of the late Art Nouveau baths, behind it now stands the city’s coolest four-star superior design hotel.