We always feel like we’re coming home when we check into a Ritz-Carlton and this one – right in the heart of the city’s central commercial district – was no different. Pulling up in our vintage Trabant car did raise a few eyebrows from fellow visitors, but won us applause from the hotel’s on-point staff, who whisked us into the main lobby rotunda lounge, set under a stained-glass cupola and imposing Venetian-glass chandelier. This is the in-place to take breakfast and high tea. For more substantial meals, the property’s DSK Wine & Grill offers up bistro-style dining, perfect for us carnivores.
But food wasn’t on our minds. Instead, we were taken by the Art Deco architecture. What started out in 1918 as the headquarters of an illustrious insurance company underwent a rich history to become the polished hotel it is today – said to be Budapest’s most luxurious and, arguably, best.
Our suite, one of 200 accommodations here, afforded fabulous views over the city. Contemporarily styled, but with nods to old-world grandeur, it was all you’d expect from the luxury hotel brand. We took time out in the property’s lovely spa, a miniature, modern homage to the city’s bathing culture and a great way to unwind after a day exploring.
But what really stood out here was the service – friendly, international and the staff really couldn’t have tried to do more for us. Our top pick.
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While you’re Out There
Madonna fans rejoice. She filmed much of Evita around the hotel, the neo-Classical architecture in this part of the city made for the perfect replica of Buenos Aires in the Peron era.