Gresham Palace Budapest
Ruling the roost over Roosevelt tér, the resort sits in the southern end of Chain Bridge — darling of those tourist postcards — making it ideally positioned not just for the stores and restaurants of Pest but also the Castle District directly opposite on the opposite side of this river.
Style & personality
The façade of this Art-Nouveau Gresham Palace (also it’s palatial!) Has columns and arches, godly figurines and stylised floral themes chosen out in gold and turquoise. Indoors, there is something Moorish regarding the sense of the reception. Its floor is a mosaic of lotion rock using a pattern of swirling tendrils in dark green, although its arching glass roof has stained glass panels. Notice the wonderful chandelier, with spiky glass shards such as frost-covered leaves, along with the peacock — a favorite Art-Nouveau muse — adorning the building’s first black-iron gate. It occupies a building initially commissioned in 1904 by London’s Gresham Life Assurance Society.
Service & amenities
Service is top drawer, needless to say, without being stuffy. The recently opened restaurant particularly is aiming in a more casual and friendly approach, and the waiting team got the balance just right when I ate there. In terms of facilities, there is a pool, gym (offering massages and other treatments), steam room, fitness room and relaxation area. A little store offers Herend porcelain and so on, and there is a limousine service if you need one.
The 179 rooms (63 exceptional, 46 Gresham, 51 Danube and 19 suites) are a fantastic size and elegant, supplied with strong, polished furniture, and finish with safe, minibar and complimentary coffee and tea centers. Bathrooms have been laid with chocolate and black marble, and also have shower and bath. The Danube class rooms have balconies and confront the Buda Castle Palace across the other side of the river.
Food & beverage
In years past the Four Seasons had a formal, fine-dining pub. The resort has very recently shifted tack, substituting it with the Kollázs Brasserie and Bar, something knowingly relaxed in strategy with the purpose of appealing to the Budapest people in addition to guests staying in the resort. Kollázs — significance ‘collage’ in Hungarian and representing the aim to wed blends of Hungarian and global cuisine — includes an interior inspired by the 1920s and also an open charcoal rotisserie. I seen two weeks after it started, and enjoyed an superb ravioli starter and broiled fish main course. The waiting staff — of that there appeared to be a lot, with various people bringing different dishes — were both warm and helpful, and the sommelier understood his stuff. An typical three-course dinner with wine will likely put you back round HUF16,000 (#37); there is also a lighter bite menu, along with a Sunday brunch to get HUF8,800 (#20). Breakfast can also be served at the restaurant, together with American and continental breakfasts costing HUF7,900 (Number18) and HUF9,700 (#22) respectively.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $420 (#299); Gresham rooms $490 (#349); Danube river rooms $590 (#420) and suites $855–5,000 (#609-3561), not including breakfast. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Surprisingly, there is no space specifically designed for handicapped use, although space doorways are broad and seemingly house-keeping can offer aids like ramps to aid with access to showers where required.
There are plenty of linking rooms. Cot-beds are accessible, in addition to particular baby shampoos and moisturisers, while (as soon as the resort is advised beforehand) older kids are given particular bathrobes and other goodies. Kids may use the pool at any moment (so long as they’re accompanied by an adult).
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