Aptly known as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest, Hungary is trending as one of the top places to travel in the word. The capital was once two separate towns—Buda and Pest—until 1873 when the two sides of the Hungarian capital were joined. It’s no wonder that Ritz–Carlton decided to join the the ranks of the Four Seasons, historic Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal and Bohem Art Hotel, by establishing a new luxury property in the city. This will be their first foray into Hungary and the property will join the brand’s group of over over 90 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. Here are four things you need to know about the Ritz Carlton Budapest.
Gaze out to St. Stephens Basilica from the property, which is housed in a historic building constructed in 1914. The Elizabeth Square destination boasts maintains many of the building’s original architectural details like statues on exterior walls. Inside you can relax in a contemporary ambiance with a cool color palate (inspired by the water of the Danube River) throughout the hotel’s common areas, 170 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 30 suites.
Those in the know go straight to club-level. At Ritz Carlton Budapest, this includes rooms and suites on the 8th and 9th floors of the property. When you’re staying here, you can retreat to the club lounge to relax in the private living room, where you can also enjoy a variety of food and beverage presentations daily. Club level also entitles you to personal check-in services and the expertise of a dedicated club concierge.
Ritz-Carlton Budapest brings two new restaurants and a bar to the Budapest dining scene. Deak St. Kitchen offers inspired Hungarian dishes in a relaxed indoor-outdoor setting. Dine on traditional fare with modern twists like seared scallops with quinoa-fennel salad; beef burger with maple Mangalica bacon on a Hungarian brioche bun; alongside a variety of grilled meats, fish, Hungarian wines and beers. Grab a seat on the patio to gaze out onto Fashion Street’s designer stores and people.
The Kupola Lounge is your daytime destination for a farmer’s market breakfast or light lunch overlooking the hotel lobby. The lounge is nestled beneath the building’s iconic stained glass cupula and grand crystal chandelier.
At the Kupola Bar, the building’s original Doric columns are exposed against sleek surfaces in a sophisticated ambiance. Stop by for light fare and innovative cocktails throughout the day.
Spa + Fitness
The Ritz-Carlton Budapest’s spa and fitness center are awaiting their big reveal, and are expected to be unveiled at the end of May. Expect a haven, flooded with natural light, on the top floor of the hotel. Escape to the urban spa, which will offer an indoor pool and three treatment rooms. The spa menu features a full range of beauty and body therapies, including Ritz-Carlton signature treatments. The spa sits alongside a fully equipped fitness center, which is open all day, every day.
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