Im a woman that loves the City. I love the bustle, the bright lights, the noise and the vibrancy. I especially love discovering a new city. I do however, also love finding those little pockets of calm to escape to when needed. A little oasis to return to and recharge at. That is why for us, we spend some time looking into our City break accommodation. It was no different when looking where to stay in Budapest!
Location is always key. I always do my research, and I always spend some time delving into the best places to stay! I start with a rough idea of what we are planning to see and do. I also try to investigate where we are likely to spending our evenings….(this may involve thorough detective work on where to find the best bars…) Then, using a map, (yep, I am that girl..), I work out the best location for us to stay in, using those details. So, if like us, you plan on seeing and doing as much of the sites as you can, Iv got you. I am going to help you out on where to stay in Budapest! Thank me later.
Where to Stay in Budapest
Nik and I have found ourselves being drawn to more boutique, independent or small chain hotels lately. Our last London staycation we chose the wonderful Batty Langley’s as our hotel of choice. I do love the opulence of the large, chain hotels, but we seem to be drawn to more understated luxury nowadays. With it’s beautiful yet simple styling, Prestige Hotel Budapest has that quiet opulence in abundance. We like the intimacy of smaller hotels, and the uncrowded, home from home feel you can get with them.
When looking at where to stay in Budapest, we narrowed it down, deciding to stay on the Pest side of the River. For those that may not know, Budapest is actually made up of three cities, Buda, Pest and lesser known Obuda. The River Danube separates Buda and Pest. They both have their advantages and individual appeal, but the Pest side seemed to meet our needs better for this trip. We also decided that we wanted to stay near to the river. The Buda Castle, Fishermans Bastion and St Matthias Church are on the Buda side and all were in our Budapest itinerary. Staying by the river meant we could walk across the Chain Bridge and be in Buda in minutes.
Prestige Hotel Budapest
The Prestige Hotel Budapest ticked all of the boxes for us. Situated near the Chain Bridge, and just a stone’s throw from St Stephens Basilica area, the location was perfect. The Basillica Christmas market was another thing that we knew we would visit in the evening, so it suited that too. Budapest at Christmas time is enchanting, magical and full of festive cheer, (also known as mulled wine) We knew we wanted to be in fairly close stumbling distance…..
Prestige Hotel (beautifully set for Christmas when we were here), started its life in the 1860’s, as a residence! What a house that must have been! It then served as an office building, before becoming the gorgeous boutique hotel it is today. Its earthy, rich colour tones are warm and inviting, and a nice change from the usual hotel decor. Velvet statement chairs, gold accents and twinkling chandeliers are perfect ingredients for a stunning lobby.
The designers wanted to keep the dream of the original architect, (Josef Hild) to have a Greek Revival, neo-classical twist to its style. Beautiful Swarovski chandeliers and wall lights, arched design features in the public areas and swathes of opulent fabrics help give a nod to this dream.
The Hotel also has a unique courtyard style at its heart. Six floors of rooms, set in a square look out to the inner courtyard. I liked this unusual detail, and it meant the rooms were very quiet with no street noise.
The Hotel itself has 85 rooms, all beautifully designed. There are Classic rooms, right through to suites for you to choose from. All the rooms feel very decadent. Velvet couches, (almost) floor to ceiling windows, gold detailing and luxurious fabrics all help create the feeling that you are staying somewhere a little special. The rooms are spacious, with seating areas in addition to the desk area.
Bathrooms come with either shower cubicles or bath (we requested a bath) and are again, a good size. The rooms were spotlessly clean, with a maid and turn down service every day. Fresh bottled water, along with little chocolates left on your pillow at turn down were little touches we loved. Timeless elegance and wonderful Hungarian hospitality. What more could you ask for!
Ohhhh food! That is what more you could ask for….. Well, you will be delighted to know that the hotel has a Michelin star restaurant within it. The Costes Downtown Restaurant recieved this prestigious accolade in 2017. Walnut furniture, a relaxed feel, soft lighting and a menu fit for the most discerning of diners means this eatery gets busy! You need to book your table as soon as you can to ensure your preferences. There is even the option of the chef’s table you can book for!
If you opt for breakfast during your stay in Prestige Hotel Budapest, it is at Costes that you have it. I would recommend definatley opting for breakfast if you book. It is delicious and sets you up for a day exploring the City. The breakfast choice is the usual mix of continental, cereals and a full Hungarian breakfast. Being Vegan, I was happy to just enjoy cereal and toast. However, that was not acceptable to the wonderful chef. Each morning he cooked me a delicious vegan dish of my own. Literally heaven on a plate! Such wonderful hospitality and service.
Facilities at Prestige Hotel Budapest
There isn’t really a formal bar area as such at this hotel. You do not have to go thirsty though, don’t worry. Those of you thinking “as if Kerry would stay somewhere with nowhere to get a drink” would be right! Drinks can be enjoyed sitting up the small bar in the restaurant, or taken through to the “Saloon” the hotel has. This room was added as a nod to the parlours of the late 19th century. Elegant tables and chairs, in a lounge style room is a perfect place to reminisce about your day with your drink. The room even has a cosy fireplace in it to relax and warm up by. Panic over people, panic over!
The final area I want to tell you about in this hotel is its “relaxation area” Here you will find a small gym, (ok, not so relaxing), as well as a hot tub and dry sauna, (ok, now we are relaxing). These are available for use by hotel guests. I can guarantee that you will welcome that sauna and hot tub after a day exploring. Budapest seems to draw you down roads and across bridges. It is a City that beg’s to be explored and uncovered. It is also easy to navigate so, like us, you could end up walking 10 miles a day! But don’t worry, help is at hand. In your room you have a “spa bag” which has a large towel and slippers for you to use in the relaxation area. You also have a robe in your bathroom to use. They really have tried to think of everything
Relax in the dry sauna after a hard day exploring the City
Who is Prestige Hotel Budapest for?
Those that love a little understated luxury.
Those looking for an oasis of calm in the City.
People that prefer a boutique hotel as opposed to large chain
Those not looking for a lively night life in their hotel.
Those that enjoy good service with a personal feel.
In my opinion, you can’t go far wrong with Prestige Hotel Budapest when deciding where to stay in the Hungarian Capital. Prices for the rooms do vary seasonally, but you usually get a good deal the more in advance you book. For example, a 4 night stay in March next year is currently around £400 for the Deluxe room that we opted for. Getting to the hotel is simple. We got a bus (number 100) straight from the airport to the City, and then walked about 5 mins to the hotel. The Hotel can arrange transfers for you however, (at additional cost) if you wish.
The location is just perfect for exploring the city. With a plethora of bars and restaurant’s within walking distance. That was the beauty of Prestige Hotel Budapest. You had your quiet little calm bolthole within the hotel, but just moments away, the vibrancy that Budapest has to offer. It was perfect! I have no hesitation in recommending it fully x
Do you choose your City Break hotels in a similar way to Nik and I? Is it all about Location, or are you loyal to certain chains of hotel? Do you like your luxury, or are you more of a thrifty accommodation fan? What top tips do you have for researching your hotels?? Share them in the comments, we all love a top tip!