Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest hotel
the finest 5 stars experience in the heart of the Hungarian capital
Article and photos by Gili Biegun
During The Golden Age, between 1890 and 1914, Budapest experienced its most significant architectural development, becoming one of the most well-known cities for Art Nouveau landmarks in the world. It was also then when Budapest became a hub for the artists, poets, and great minds of Europe, who gathered in Budapest’s many cafés, including the Gresham Palace. Initially commissioned in 1906 by London’s Gresham Life Assurance Society, it was intended to be the fashionable core of the city.
After a two-year (and 110 million USD) restoration, the Four Seasons Budapest debuted in 2004, giving new life to the art nouveau palace. The 179-room Hotel is dedicated to the historical landmark that combines the luxurious comforts of the 21st century with the elegance of la belle epoque.
“Through the ages, I’ve had many names and appeared in many places. In my beloved Budapest, they call me Múzsa.”
Múzsa, the Hungarian word for Muse, is also the name of the Gresham’s lobby-style cocktail bar situated in the spectacular peacock Passage beneath its magnificent glass cupola.
Following the elegance code of its original vibrant nights, the hotel and bar continue to be a muse to many and host international guests in local events such as Budapest Central European Fashion Week.
It can be said that Budapest’s soul was formed in the Golden Age, and what better way to experience the city’s classics than a stay at the century-old Gresham Palace?
Strategically situated in front of the Chain Bridge, which allows waterfront views of the Danube and Buda Castle.
In the heart of the city’s business, art, and entertainment district, within easy walking distance of the main sights, cultural activities, and shops and approximately 30 minutes drive to Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport.
The spectacular MÚZSA bar, A jewel in the heart of Budapest and the city’s first art nouveau luxury craft cocktail bar, introduces a new lobby lounge concept, fusing the building’s rich past with the needs of today’s sophisticated clientele.
Herend Afternoon Tea
When the Gresham Palace opened in 1906, it was the most prestigious address in Budapest, catering to the artists and aristocrats of Hungary’s thriving culture scene. Today, inside Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest at MÚZSA, guests are offered a modern take on the culinary delights from Budapest’s Golden Age.
KOLLÁZS – Brasserie & Bar
A contemporary European brasserie that offers a mood-based dining concept through an exciting take on modern European cuisine with Hungarian signature specialties.
179 rooms: 54 Superior, 55 Gresham, 51 Danube and 19 suites.
Spacious rooms featuring polished furniture and complimentary water, tea, and coffee capsules. The marbled bathrooms have a bath and shower, bathrobes, and bath salts to achieve complete relaxation.
The Danube rooms face the waterfront, and the Buda Castle Palace is on the opposite side of the river. Some of the rooms feature a balcony as part of the unique restoration process.
The specialty hotel suites offer extraordinary living space, fireplaces, and residential-style dining service.
amenities and facilities:
Acclaimed as one of the world’s finest Art Nouveau buildings, situated by the Chain Bridge, the hotel offers a luxury experience with all 5 stars facilities; a spa and fitness center, an indoor pool, a café and restaurant, the Bar, and Lobby Lounge, and unique meeting space.
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
Széchenyi István tér 5-6., Budapest, 1051, Hungary