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Four Seasons Budapest Gresham Palace, Budapest 

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5-6 Roosevelt tér
District V
Hungary 1051
Tel: 36 1 268 6000
Fax: 36 1 268 5000
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Location, location, location. Glamour, glamour, glamour. At the Pest end of the Chain Bridge, this is the 2004, 179-room Canadian contribution to the ever-posher former home of goulash communism. A 1906 Art Nouveau landmark was co-opted into service, its lobby made melodramatic by tens of thousands of mosaic tiles laid in a Frank Lloyd Wright design, and a vast, glittering glass cupola with a chandelier suspended beneath like a giant, exploded crystal artichoke heart. Rooms are generously sized (the smallest is 350 square feet) and plush in their subfusc palette and deep-pile carpets, with king beds and deep tubs in the marble bathrooms. Seeing you're already paying the city's highest rates, you might as well go all out and insist on a Danube room, maybe even one with a balcony; the Pest-view rooms are fine, but a courtyard view could be disappointing. All guests get to use the top-floor spa and gym, plus the infinity-edged indoor pool with underwater music. As usual with Four Seasons, kids are well catered for—and you can house your under-18s in your room gratis. Even if you're not staying here, stop by the cocktail lounge and soak up the grandeur.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This "true grande dame hotel" has a location that "can't be beat" at the foot of the Chain Bridge on the Pest side of the Danube. "Small rooms are well laid out" and have private balconies. Gresham serves Continental classics like Niçoise-style grilled tuna, while The Bar offers light appetizers, even at "unusual times." "The concierge went above and beyond to make our stay memorable."

(179 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 95.0
  • Design: 96.4
  • Food: 91.9
  • Location: 97.8
  • Rooms: 94.9
  • Service: 94.2

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Amenities: Pool, Spa

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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The Hapsburg empire has never looked better. Here is all the grace and style of Art Nouveau distilled into one newly resplendent building, giving Budapest a classic grand hotel on a par with any European capital's. The bones of the former palace, built around three opulent staircases, had to be preserved, and so the 179 rooms vary widely in shape and size; consequently, room selection is unusually critical for a Four Seasons (see "Which room to book," below). Dinner at Páva, the Italian-accented restaurant, provides richly nostalgic views across the Danube, past the lights of the Chain Bridge, to the palaces on the hills of Buda.—2005 Hot List

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The most disappointing hotel stay in the past decade I have been travelling. A series of unfortunate events. This about sums up our experience at this hotel. And... more