Having earned a “Best Hotels in Europe” award, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, lives up to the honor. With a dignified and grand exterior located on the Erzsebet Ter, one notices on approach the Pucisca marble statues on the façade. As you step inside you are met with a timeless and contemporary interior. From the glorious stained glass cupola to the proprietary fragrance wafting through the air, your senses are overloaded. In a short time you find yourself melding into an unqualified state of blissful relaxation in this elegant Budapest hotel.
Formerly known as the Adria Palace, the structure is now listed in the historic preservation registry. It was built between 1914 and 1918. Along with the marble sculptures on the exterior, other original achitectural details remaining are the exquisite marble floor, pictured below. Most importantly, the ceiling, the wall cladding, and the columns in the Kupola Bar and Lounge area are also original structures. It is a perfect blend of historic features accentuating the contemporary luxury characteristic of The Ritz-Carlton “Cosmopolitan” panache.
Encouraging wellness has long been a standpoint of Budapest with its thermal baths, so it is only fitting that the hotel also draws on this tradition. Adding modern facilities and luxury ESPA products for a restorative experience, guests may choose from a range of expert treatments. On hand are specialists to help you decide which treatments are best for you and in which order the treatments would be most beneficial. One of the hotel’s signature treatments is “Serenity on the Danube” which includes a full body massage and a customized facial. The spa caters to internal and external guests who may purchase a day pass or membership to the spa. Also on site, naturally, is a thermal suite and water feature area. In addition, guests have access to a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment from 6:00 to 22:00.
Certainly, the daily events like the DSK Brunch and Champagne Time in the DSK Lounge make for memorable moments, but you might not want to leave your room! Once you’ve crawled into the yummy, yummy sheets on the kingly mattresses at The Ritz-Carlton, the day falls away as you find yourself snuggled in ultimate comfort. Views from the expansive windows in each room include panoramas of Elizabeth Park, Fashion Street, or Deák Ferenc Square. Typical of old palaces are the tall ceilings, giving the room a gracious spatial impression which leaves one truly feeling like royalty.
Palace Suite Livingroom
With an epic history spanning 2,000 years, Budapest is rich with sights to explore. The Ritz-Carlton is nestled within steps of some of the city’s most treasured structures and attractions, like St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Chain Bridge. From Vörösmarty Square, guests can see Buda on its lofty perch over two hills and Pest, bustling with activity in the shopping and business districts across the Danube.
World-class service and superb hospitability are hallmark traits of this hotel. It’s features are vast and it’s history runs deep. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the enchanting city of Budapest, capitol city of Hungary, your experience will most certainly be enhanced with a stay at The Ritz-Carlton.
All photos © Matthew Shaw