Housed within the meticulously restored heritage Gresham Palace, Four Seasons Budapest also boasts the city’s most spectacular view, directly overlooking the iconic Chain Bridge, the Danube and the Castle District of the city, including Széchenyi István Square, the Matthias Church and the Royal Palace (home of the Hungarian National Gallery). This makes it probably the most prestigious address in the Hungarian metropolis.
Having returned to the hotel after a few years, I was truly impressed by the careful renovations throughout all the rooms and suites, with a focus on brighter colours and more lights, while maintaining the same classic & contemporary timeless blend which subtle Art Deco details. All rooms and suites now feature the unique ‘Four Seasons Bed’, the most comfortable luxury hotel bed in the hospitality sector. The finest Italian high-thread linen and a wide selection of pillow make the entire bedding truly exquisite.
Rooms and suites are among the largest among all other luxury hotels in Budapest and one of the details I appreciate is the fact that during the cold months, the hotel has maintained the classic style heating system with copper units. Accommodations boast all the luxury amenities – a high speed wi-fi, a HD SmartTv, soundproofing and a very quiet individually controlled AC. The elegant marble bathrooms feature separate glass enclosed showers (with great water pressure), a bathtub with salts as well as bespoke beauty amenities by famed Hungarian luxury brand Omorovicza.
Although already 14 years old, the hotel has been incredibly well maintained even in the areas which were not yet included in the renovations – the stunning lobby including the Cafe which serves a sophisticated Herend (the world famous porcelain manufacturer) inspired afternoon tea, the reception, as well as the hallways and the Spa.
On this occasion, I enjoyed probably the best massage I have ever had, with a highly skilled and dedicated therapist which provided a one of a kind experience, using organic oils and organic mud from Budapest. The result was an ultimate relaxation and a most pleasant evening. The Spa is located on the top floor of the hotel which also boasts a unique heated pool as well as a sauna and steam room experience. The Staff is incredibly warm, welcoming and genuine in the service they provide. The selection of products is dominated by the luxurious world famous Hungarian brand Omorovicza.
Vibrant and inspiring, yet casual and affordable, the newly opened KOLLÁZS Brasserie & Bar is a contemporary European brasserie with spectacular views of the Danube and the Chain Bridge. The Hungarian word for “collage,” KOLLÁZS highlights creative combinations in all aspects of the fine dining experience – there is a mix of international cuisine dishes but also with a few Hungarian items. The mood is relaxed, cozy yet it can also be an ideal choice for a more sophisticated dinner. Service is simply flawless from breakfast to dinner! Staff do go out of their way to please every single guest.
The Concierge is magical! The there ‘Balazs’ guys of the team (all the three of them have Balazs as their first name) are by far the best in Budapest, with an expert knowledge of the city and extremely well organised. At every approach they would be not only attentive but also very pro-active and intuitive. Sometimes they would just read your mind as to your daily leisure preferences, be it a winery or golf experience, an art gallery as well as shopping. I was particularly interested in local crafts so I was recommended a fine chocolaterie, a boutique beauty brand, a crystal manufacturer and a local fashion accessories designer.
Beyond an incredible product, the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest, under the skilful guidance of General Manager Yves Giacometti, provides the highest standard of personalised service. Every single staff would recognise you by name and would seem to be aware of your daily experiences. The team is very young, yet highly knowledgeable, with a high level of proficiency in foreign language – I would encounter staff that speak at least two other languages, besides Hungarian.
All in all, I would recommend the Four Seasons Gresham Palace not only as one of the finest in Hungary but also in the world. While many of the amenities would be of an international standard, the hotel achieves a deeply rooted local inspiration and a unique sense of place.
Oliver Petcu in Budapest
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