The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest, European elegance along the Danube
The Danube River emerges from the fields of southwestern Germany and flows slowly through the plains of Europe, wending its way alongside the cities, and the histories, of seven nations. The most glorious and dramatic vistas of the entire length of the river occur in the capital of Hungary, Budapest, where the city stands with its remarkably stately mansions directly atop the waterside for several miles, and the grand Buda Castle rises in domed magnificence to the west of the old town. If you head east from the Castle and cross the river on the popular and illuminated Széchenyi Chain Bridge, a national landmark, there at the eastern foot of the span rises the ornate art nouveau Four Season Hotel Gresham Palace.
Trapped and neglected behind the Iron Curtain for decades, the Palace, originally constructed in 1907 for a British investment company, was revived and restored to its original glory when the Four Seasons hotelier group agreed to oversee the work in 1999. Today, the luxury hotel features modern accents surrounding an amazing core of 19th century architecture and décor. Led by designer Miklós Szentkirályi, a team of silversmiths, wrought-iron specialists, experts in stained glass, and innumerable craftsmen of all kinds, came together to prepare Gresham Palace for its new life as Budapest’s most elegant and luxurious grand hotel. Modern amenities such as a 12-meter indoor infinity pool, an extensive fitness center with personal trainers available on a bespoke basis, and upscale digital services are all provided in a setting of ornate Art Nouveau furnishings and structures. Gresham Palace also prides itself on its child-friendly services, as well as its prime location near the center of the city, with amazing views of the Danube and the Castle in the distance.
As a large European luxury hotel, Gresham Palace features 179 guestrooms, including nineteen suites. Each guestroom boasts marble bathrooms, upscale luxury amenities such as Wi-Fi, and views of the city, the courtyard, or the river to the west. The non-pareil suites are known as the Budapest Royal Suite, the Buda Castle Presidential Suite, and the Sir Gresham Presidential Suite, with sixteen other suites featuring vaulted ceilings and private balconies. Gresham Palace is also the home of The Spa, which provides seven treatment rooms for its clientele, along with an extensive menu of body treatments, massages and beauty services, as well as a sauna, a couples’ suite, and separate steam rooms for men and women.
Exploring the Danube’s Greatest Capital
The city of Budapest is entirely at your disposal, thanks to the concierges of Gresham Palace. It will be easy to arrange bespoke tours of the city, and many of the locales are within walking distance of the hotel, like the Buda Castle just across the river. Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, and the Széchenyi Bath is amazing sight in the summer, with families playing in the swimming pool beneath baroque stonework and architecture. The grand dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica stands a quick stroll away to the east, and Erzsébet Tér (Elizabeth Square) is a fine spot for people watching. When you are ready for a good meal, the concierge can guide you to the best restaurants in the city, including Gresham Palace’s own KOLLAZS Brasserie & Bar. KOLLAZS is Hungarian for “collage,” and the restaurant feature a pastiche of French and Hungarian dishes, served with a twist. Budapest is an amazing capital of culture, and at Gresham Palace, you can enjoy the riches of the city in the luxurious comfort of a world-class hotel.