All too often when we travel, we always go to the same places. We head off to Paris for a weekend, or we plan a few days in Rome, New York or some other major city, and we bypass some of the lesser travelled cities.
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Budapest, and I wish I had thought of going to this cool city long before. It struck a chord with me, and I had a great time. In the process of staying there I happened to stumble on a really amazing hotel that I want to share with you.
Tell me, tell me what is this place?
OK, OK, it’s the Danubius Gellért. You really won’t find a better hotel in Budapest in my opinion. This is one of the oldest hotels in the city, and is located on the banks of the Danube on the Buda side of the river. To say that this hotel is grand is an understatement. It was built in 1918 in a pure Art Nouveau style and has retained every bit of that era’s charm, style, and sophistication. It is probably one of the most well-known hotels for regular travellers to Budapest.
Features, style, and affordable extravagance
One of my favourite aspects of this hotel is the attached Gellért baths and spa. If you’re a guest in the hotel, you have free access to the whole spa facility. This alone is worth the price of admission! The spa was built at the same time as the hotel, in the same Art Deco style. The spa includes thermal baths, swimming pools, saunas, plunge pools, and massage facilities. The Turkish style spa will really invigorate and then relax you. I love places like this, and I could make a whole vacation out of just staying at the spa, never mind the amazing city of Budapest just outside the hotel doors.
The style of this hotel continues right through the whole building, inside and out.
The rooms are very much in keeping with the era. The suites are very nice and rival most apartments for size; some suites are up to 75 square metres in size. I didn’t stay in the big suite. Instead I booked into the Double Guestroom. I had a wonderful view out over the river, and a very comfortable bed.
Is all this pampering affordable though? Yes, it actually is at around 150 Euro per night. Given the location, the style, and the amenities, it’s certainly a great deal. I really enjoyed my time here at this hotel, and I can heartily recommend it to anyone who is planning on a little trip to Budapest.