Up in the hills, on a quiet street in the Castle District, the Hilton Budapest is the closest hotel to Fisherman’s Bastion, which conveniently is right next door. It combines the history of this great city with the international hospitality that the brand is well known for.
The Hilton Budapest offers modern luxury, in a building that is centuries old, one that encompasses the ruins of the 1200s monastery that once stood in its place. And as if by some divine magic, its windows glow metallic gold, that invited us new arrivals to notice it, just in case our attention was distracted by the iconic Budapest landmarks, the Matthias Church of the Fisherman’s Bastion, literally just next door.
Indoors, the ancient melted away quickly into contemporary luxury, with marble floors and bright, artistic touches throughout. The styling at the Hilton Budapest is a tad airport-loungey, but nevertheless comfortable and easy on the eye. Our river view room, afforded vistas through its large windows, over the castle-district landmarks, down the hill to the mighty Danube in the valley. As we were on the Executive floor, we were told that our room was larger than others. So if you happen to be a high-tier member of Hilton’s loyalty programme, or have a powerful travel agent, we’d recommend you nab one. If you want a true sense of place, upgrade yourself to a suite that looks out directly onto the colourful, zig-zag gothic castle spires of the Matthias Church.
Our stay at the Hilton Budapest was fantastic. We wanted to enjoy the authentic charm of old-world Buda and hospitality that is world-class, and we certainly got it here.
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|While you’re Out There|
|Look up Frigyes Schulek, the architect of the imposing Fisherman’s Bastion (the locals call it the “Halászbástya”) literally next door to the hotel as well as many of Budapest’s edifices. Once you get to grips with his iconic style, we recommend you set off around the old town on an architectural treasure hunt of his work. Our top tip is to start early at the Fisherman’s Bastion, so you can experience it all to yourself (we did it at dawn, which was spellbinding) before the hoards of tourists arrive.|
Photography courtesy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts