Whether you prefer Buda or Pest, the tale of two cities is one of sheer splendor, with its jaw dropping architecture, flowing Danube river, and heaty goulash stews served with blood red wines. There is so much to fall in love with in this historical European city, yet the Four Seasons has to be at the top of that list.
Sitting at the foot of the bridge that links the Buda to Pest, the glorious art nouveau building is a spectacular sight to behold with its striking stained-glass windows, iron wrought features, and palatial columns soaring to the sky. The gold and turquoise colors glitter inside the imagination, leaving you sure that Hungarian royalty must have resided here. Stepping into the lobby and that feeling of splendor is assuaged with the creams and dark greens, glass roof tops, and fabulous chandelier.
The rooms are no less bedecked in beauty, and as to be expected, it’s the Sir Gresham Presidential Suite that wears the crown for being the most elegant. With its polished parquet floorboards, plump rose hued sofas, and weighty curtains of damask that when pulled back reveal a full-on view of the lovely Danube river flowing south. The bathrooms are beautifully designed with onyx and chocolate marble and plenty of space to sink down into the tub. The Buda Castle Presidential Suite comes with a real fireplace, private butler service and as to be expected – front row seat to the view of Buda Castle. The layout is exceptional for planning residential style meals with its generous dining area and perfect pantry.
Service comes with a wealthy dollop of Hungarian hospitality and nothing is too much trouble, befitting the Four Seasons brand. Guests can climb into their pre-ordered limo for a VIP tour of the castle, peruse the concierge recommended antique shops dotted across the city, or get unfettered access to a range of multilayered museums in this chic city.
Back at the hotel for dinner and you won’t be disappointed. The hotel recently replaced its rather stuffy fine dining restaurant with something a little heartier and laid back. The Kollazs Brasserie and Bar brings in both a local and international crowd, making it a great place for soaking up an authentic vibe. The 1920’s interior perfectly complements a cocktail, especially for those in their best Budapest dress, or you would also do well to try some of the local plummy wine, especially if you order something gorgeously scorched from the charcoal rotisserie.
Sunday brunch is also served on lazy long weekends, and for those wanting a little sweet refreshment, you can find afternoon tea in the lobby bar, beneath the peacock passage with its glass cupola, where evenings are enriched with the soothing sounds of piano music. If you want an ultra luxurious experience, then the hotel can even arrange a private candlelit supper on stage at the Hungarian Opera House, complete with your own orchestra.
Leisure days are also well spent in the hotel, and for those who prefer to stay closer to home rather than try the famous city baths, you can cool down in the above ground indoor pool, or simmer in the sauna. The spa menu is inspired, offering Hungarian Moorish mud body treatments and mineral rich facials that call on the harmonious thermae waters of the area.
Those looking for a palatial style stay in the city of two sides can bridge the gap in the glorious Four Seasons. Room rates start at 500 euros per night for a superior room to 4,000 euros for their stunning one bedroom suites.