Four Seasons Budapest
Imagine walking into a palace located directly at the foot of Budapest’s historic Chain Bridge on the sparkling Danube River.
Pick up your jaw as you observe the vaulted ceilings, marble floors and stunning artwork. Now, imagine being greeted with a warm “Welcome, we hope you enjoy your stay.”
Pinch yourself. You are staying in what is truly “one of the most splendid buildings of Budapest” – the Four Seasons Gresham Palace.
My husband and I just returned from a quick visit to Budapest, and our only complaint was that we could not stay longer in both the magical city and the magnificent Four Seasons Budapest.
From the warm greeting upon our arrival to our cozy room with an impeccable view of Budapest, we truly felt as if we had been cast in a fairytale.
The staff at the Four Seasons was helpful and warm throughout our stay – explaining the history of the region and recommending great spots for our excursions around town.
The city offers many great areas and attractions to explore – we enjoyed walking across the River and taking the tram up to explore the Castle district, as well as the stunning St. Stephen’s Basilica which is just steps from the hotel. Here is a photo of St. Stephen's with the Christmas Market...
The central location of the Four Seasons makes it very easy to explore so many of Budapest’s attractions by foot. We also did not go hungry in Budapest…one of our favorite activities was walking the streets and tasting local delicacies at the markets.
From goulash to “paprikash” fish dishes to the incredibly fresh Kürtöskalács pastry treats, we enjoyed all of the Hungarian treats.
(Great service bonus: When I mentioned to the Concierge that my husband does not eat meat, she immediately phoned ahead to our dinner restaurant to ensure that my husband would have ample vegetarian options.)
We also had a lovely breakfast in the hotel’s Gresham Restaurant – a buffet full of fresh-baked treats, as well as fruits, cheeses, and other local delights. The staff was eager to share the Hungarian honeys and cooking oils – and made to order egg dishes were also included in the breakfast buffet, along with coffee and tea. The bar offers a cozy atmosphere in the evening, and we enjoyed a live piano player during our nightcap.
We decided to travel without our kids on this trip, the “brood” was happy at home with their Grandmother…but there were a number of guests with very happy children. The hotel offers many family amenities from toys to borrow, special kids menus, special welcome amenities at check in, pint-sized bathrobes and helpful gear such as baby baths and cribs so that all rooms are safe and family-friendly.
(photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels)
Also, any children under 18 that stay with parents (space permitting) stay free of charge. (Ask the hotel about cookie baking with the chef!)
The Spa and Pool facilities were fantastic – we did not have time for a treatment, but we enjoyed warming up in the sauna and steam rooms as well as taking a dip in the hot tub after a day out on the chilly town.
There are spacious and clean workout facilities as well a lap pool for all guests. The setting is very warm and relaxing, with window views of the Danube.
Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway or a fun family adventure, I recommend the Four Seasons Budapest. Trust me, you won’t want the fairy tale to end!
PS Another plus - Amenities like free wireless access throughout the hotel make it easy for guests to jump online without any fuss or an annoying 15 euro a day charge!
Room rates start at 299 Euros a night. Poshbrood/SmartFlyer is a Four Seasons Preferred Partner. Book through us for best rates and value added amenities like room upgrades, daily breakfast and hotel credits.
--Submitted by Courtney Diesel O'Donnell. Courtney is a communications advisor with over a decade of experience in the government, corporate and non-profit sectors including roles at the White House, the William J. Clinton Foundation, Interbrand Corporation and numerous political campaigns. She loves developing communications strategies for social good. She is the proud mother of 2 junior firefighters, ages 4 and 2, and is currently an expat in Berlin.
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