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Widely considered the best hotel in Eastern Europe, Four Seasons Gresham Palace is repeatedly topping the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List: in 2005, in 2006 and in 2007 (the hotel scored 98.8 points in 2007). As the list is put together based on the votes of more than 20,000 travellers it might give you an idea about the weight of this great achievement in the category of rooms, service, location, design. Lonely Planet authors write "This magnificent 179-room place created out of the long derelict Art Nouveau Gresham Palace, dating back to 1907, left us gobsmacked." According to The Independent, "Sophia Loren has paid a visit and the Prince of Asturias, heir to the Spanish throne, also chose to stay here while on an official visit to the Hungarian capital." Robin Williams not only stayed here, but also advertised this fact at his concert in Budapest. Go to the official website of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest to make your booking.
If you wish to stay in the city centre of Budapest, and, at the same time, have a breathtakingly beautiful view over the Danube, the hills of the Buda side of Budapest, plus the Buda Castle Budapest with the Matthias Church, the Fisherman's Bastion, and the Szechenyi Chain Bridge feeling as if you stepped on the bridge, one of your best choices could be the world famous Four Seasons Gresham Palace amongst Budapest luxury hotels. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from Deak Square (Deak ter), the square where all major public transportation lines meet and provide access to any destination imaginable in Budapest. You can hop on any of the metro lines (blue, red, yellow), or the scenic number 2 tram, which runs along the River Danube offering a panoramic view, as if a land based river cruise in Budapest. Budapest Airport (former Ferihegy, now Liszt Ferenc International Airport) is about 30 minutes by car (14 miles / 22.5 km).
The 179 rooms of Four Seasons Gresham Palace, the smallest of which is about 335 square feet, "have Biedermeier-style furnishings and a careful use of the same shades of plum and sage that you'll find in the public spaces" (Forbes Traveler). The full marble bathrooms have heated floors, and come with a wide range of complimentary toiletries for both adults and kids. In addition to the deep-soaking bathtubs, there are separate glass-walled showery and large vanities. For Heather Timmons (New York Times hotel review, 2005), the tubs seemed deep but smallish. Also, there was no completely separate toilet where she stayed. But most of the Premier, Deluxe, Superior rooms offer the WC in a separate alcove with a third telephone. To quote James Wallman's review of Four Seasons Gresham Palace on Travel Intelligence: all rooms "exhibit the signature Four Seasons' luxury. While all have large beds with just the right bounce and a desk for working or writing, it is the bathrooms that really sing. Almost as large as the bedrooms, black marble, red marble and glass slows your escape into this exciting city." Some of the rooms offer a step-out balcony. Danube Premier, Deluxe and Superior Rooms and the Royal Suite provide views of the Danube, the Chain Bridge, the Castle Hill, the Royal Castle and the Fisherman's Bastion.
However, Heather Timmons in her NYT review remarks "Because the Gresham is built around two courtyards, some windows (and therefore beds) face the interior, with disconcerting views of fellow guests peering across the courtyard as they walk through the hallway opposite." If you are here on business you will make use of the sizeable work area, two-line telephones, a built-in safe and high-speed Internet access (charges apply). Gresham Rooms feature one king or two twin beds. VIP guests are accommodated in the Royal Suite, which is full of original Hungarian Art Nouveau pieces, plus a pantry with direct corridor access for residential-style dining service. The suite has a large furnished balcony and stunning views of the River Danube with the boats and ships rocking on the river, the Chain Bridge connecting the hilly Buda and the flatter Pest sides, the pleasant Buda Hills, the Royal Castle (literally a Royal Palace, but for some reason we call it Castle), and the white turrets of Fisherman's Bastion. Frommer's review adds that "the most expensive suites are equipped with bedroom sets made of mother of pearl." And Forbes' advice: "If money is no object, take the Tower Suite, which sits right under one of the domes on the building's roof."
The spa of Four Seasons Gresham Palace, which is on the top floor, offers a broad range of luxury treatments (body, facial, hand, foot - all using Elemis), massages, rejuvenating therapies in its 7 private massage and treatment rooms. This in itself makes the Fours Seasons Hotel Gresham the best spa hotel in Budapest. The spa suite offers wet treatments including Vichy showers, separate steam rooms for men and women, whirlpool, sauna, fitness facilities. Body treatments include a special 110-minute Tokaji revitalising package, which sounds fun too: the mulled wine session (brown sugar and Tokaj spirit is rubbed in your skin) is followed by Vichy shower, then a gentle Swedish massage, and then again Tokaj spirit, this time on your face, plus a honey facial massage. Supposedly, Tokaj gives a good tone to the skin, and it is also good for re-mineralisation, while brown sugar "is an excellent exfoliant and antioxidant." If you happen to fall for it, let us know what it was like in the Budapest Blog. You can also have an hour long physical and spiritual Healing stone package with rhinestones, amethysts, tiger's eye & fresh grape-seed oil. Besides facial treatments there is a wide variety of hand and foot treatments, and after long walks on the streets of Budapest, nothing comes better than walking on cloud nine with a pampering foot treatment. There is a special Skin IQ for men treatment, which is claimed to be "the ultimate skin overhaul for men." Massages range from aromatic Swedish massage through Super energising muscle massage to deep-tissue back massage. James Wallman says in his review of the spa of Four Seasons Gresham Palace: "It begins with the locker rooms' deep, dark red carpet. Upstairs, under subdued lighting, a long lap-pool is backed by swirls of a deep, African yellow marble slab that leads to the whirlpool bath. Tiles in the steam room are in Moroccan red. " By the way, the spa is only for adults over 18 years of age.
The Independent (Rhiannon Batten) writes " It's tempting to spend more time in the hotel's grand communal areas than its guest rooms, listening to a pianist in the lobby, quaffing your way through the vast (and reassuringly Hungarian- heavy) wine list in the elegant Italian-Hungarian restaurant, Pava, or stuffing yourself with gooey cakes in the Gresham cafe." The Mediterranean-themed Restaurant of Four Seasons Gresham Palace got its name from the peacocks ('pava' in Hungarian), which you can also see in the masterful wrought-iron gate of the hotel. Besides the 78-seat restaurant, there is a private dining room (up to 14 people). There are about 140 Hungarian wines if you wish to make a local palatal wine tour. "The Szepsy tokaji dessert wine is fabulous with the house's foie gras. Save room for carpaccio of pineapple for dessert," says James Wallman in his review of Four Seasons Gresham Palace (Travel Intelligence). Gresham cafe is adjacent to the Hotel lobby: coffees, afternoon teas, wonderful pastries, appetizers (e.g. foie gras), soups, sandwiches and from Thursday to Saturday the tunes of the 1900s, played by a jazz trio in the evening hours. As for the Bar, Heather Timmons in New York Times writes "The bar area that spills from the lobby, with dark wood furniture, purple velvet couches and a curved glass roof, serves martinis and complicated cocktails in ornately patterned glassware.
The hotel welcomes children, who under 18 can share their parents' room at no extra charge. Babysitting service upon arrangement and for extra charge (6 hours notice is needed), and concierge is ready to help you with any family program you have in mind. If you send the names and ages of the kids to the hotel, they will provide a welcome amenity, children's body toiletries, child bathrobes (slippers is not mentioned on the website), and special children's menus. What is more, you can ask for not only cribs/cots, but also different items to make your guestroom childproof, games, books, playing cards, colouring books, crayons and video games, as well as a baby bathtub, blankets, thermometers, high chairs and strollers, plus complimentary bottles, diapers, wipes, lotion, powder, shampoo and safety pins (all subject to availability!). But let's see what one of the guests on TripAdvisor has written: "We were a bit nervous that the 4 Seasons Staff would be a bit snooty when introduced to our lovely 9 month old daughter but we couldn't have been more wrong. We were asked her age when we checked in and a few moments later the receptionist formally introduced himself to her, welcomed her and gave her a gorgeous little wooden racing car. We were upgraded to a large room with an extra sleeping area with a cot for our daughter. The cot contained a basket of goodies and toiletries for babies! baby towels, baby lotion, nappy cream, bath oil, nappies and a little rubber duck for the bath..... not to mention the lovely l'occitane verbena adult toiletries in the bathroom. Room service was fab after our late night flight and we asked for a kettle (for bottles), a high chair and some spoons and bowls for baby food, all of which were delivered in minutes. The next day, at lunch, we asked for a banana for baby. It arrived, beautifully presented, mashed up in very cute baby crockery with spoon!" I think it speaks for itself.
Everybody agrees on the fantastic panoramic location of the hotel and the glamor of this Art Nouveau edifice. Nevertheless, once you are splashing out on a five-star hotel stay in Budapest paying the high-end rates for your high-end luxury, it may be well worth making sure that you end up in a room facing the beautiful view of the River Danube (not all rooms are overlooking the river and the Chain Bridge) to avoid disillusionment and peeping at the courtyard and fellow travellers. Another observation is that the rooms are very decorative, although the bathtub might be a bit smaller than you expected - and talking about decor: the lobby is especially gorgeous as many say. The service is: 'fab' 'you only need to ask' 'exceptional' 'friendly.' What about complaints? First, that internet access comes at an extra charge, which some find strange these days, while others remark that the price is too high for it. Second, the concierge are less informed than guests expected: e.g. the cabs ordered by the concierge are not (always) the most optimal (more expensive than self-arranged taxis). Third, some tourists may find the room too simple, especially compared to the spectacular hallways: again, make sure that you communicate it in advance to the hotel what your priorities are. And finally, not a complaint but something that may be useful for some visitors: Pava Restaurant might appear to be more formal for younger folks, but Gresham Cafe is more relaxed and serves typical Hungarian dishes for lunch and dinner.
TripAdvisor reviews about Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
"We were a bit nervous that the 4 Seasons Staff would be a bit snooty when introduced to our lovely 9 month old daughter but we couldn't have been more wrong. We were asked her age when we checked in and a few moments later the receptionist formally introduced himself to her, welcomed her and gave her a gorgeous little wooden racing car. We were upgraded to a large room with an extra sleeping area with a cot for our daughter. The cot contained a basket of goodies and toiletries for babies! baby towels, baby lotion, nappy cream, bath oil, nappies and a little rubber duck for the bath..... not to mention the lovely l'occitane verbena adult toiletries in the bathroom. Room service was fab after our late night flight and we asked for a kettle (for bottles), a high chair and some spoons and bowls for baby food, all of which were delivered in minutes. The next day, at lunch, we asked for a banana for baby. It arrived, beautifully presented, mashed up in very cute baby crockery with spoon! The food was wonderful, the staff attentive and friendly without being OTT, the spa was stunning and the architecture and view unsurpassed in eastern europe. It was an amazing stay - we really didn't want to leave."
"The Four Seasons Gresham Palace is truly a palace. From the grand foyer, to the luxurious rooms, to the personalized service, this hotel is by far the best hotel I've ever stayed at. I have stayed at the Gresham Palace three times over the past two years as I've traveled to Budapest on business a few times and I've never been disappointed. The rooms are beautiful and comfortable, the hallways grand and decorative, the spa offers incredible services and the restaurants in the hotel are both excellent. You also can't beat the location - directly across from the Chain Bridge with phenomal views of the Castle District and a short walk to many great restaurants. My now husband proposed along the Danube so Budapest will always have a very special place in my heart."
"was scheduled to come to Budapest because of my Company' business is expanding in the city... I have found that property to be perfect for both business and leisure... "
"To be as simple as possible, I list below the positives and negatives
1) the amazing Hotel Building: one of the best palace in Europe, what a dream to "live in" for your stay 2) location and view: you find yourself almost "onto" the Chain Bridge with the city centre few steps away 3) most spacious guest rooms in the city: huge and bright room with separated walk in closet. Full marble bathroom. 4) variety and array of amenities in the room 5) quality, service and options of food in all the restaurants and cafe. 6) the relaxing and revitalizing pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Fully equipped fitness centre with the latest technogym equipment. Fresh fruit, water and green tea. 7) service: you only need to ask and they come back to you shortly 8) friendliness of the staff: at the Restaurant they always acknowledged our presence within 5 seconds, although it was always crowded and busy. At the lobby entrance, spa, restaurants, front desk they always know your name and let you feel welcomed.
1) Concierge Taxi arrangement from/to the Airport: at the arrival we took the latest Mercedes E Class at a reasonable price. Did not booked through the Hotel. On the departure, we asked the Concierge and he called for us a taxi: an old-run down car which costs practically the double compared to the one we took for the arrival. I do understand that in Budapest they have different separated Taxi Companies and, of course one is better that the other. The Concierge should be aware of that. 2) Pava Restaurant is too formal for people in 20-30'ies 3) the room curtains: too much time is needed to let them down and up. This depends on the type of room/suite you reserve. On the top floor the glass windows are all like these in the picture. This makes the room very bright, however if you do not close the curtains the people of the other similar rooms can see into your room. 4) Rate of the room, price of food and beverage, use of the Internet, spa treatments. However, we are talking about a Four Seasons and everything valuable becomes at a price.
Having that said this is the best and only good choice for your stay in Budapest. Either if you are obliged to come here for business or just for vacation this is definitely worth every single EUR or HUF (whatever you will be paying)."
"Physically this property is one of the most beautieful I have ever stayed in, fantastic renovation. But service, while friendly, is far below other Four Seasons or other luxury hotels we have experienced. Our room was spacious and nice, although with no view whatsoever. We asked for a complementary upgrade as we were staying 6 nights and have stayed in many other Four Seasons (Prague, Cairo, Toronto, San Francisco, others). Instead we were offered upgrade to a much nicer room, but at $400/night more. We declined, as the extra $2400 was not worth it. Our room was not made up 2 of the 6 days we were there until after we called housekeeping at 6PM. We had to ask for turn down service and fresh towel every night, not acceptible for a hotel of this caliber. Breakfast was very tasty, but service again was very spotty, every day something was missing or wrong. One day we were told water is complementary, the next day we were charged for it and told it is only complementary if we eat from the buffet (which we never had), the third day we were told still water is complementary but sparkling is not. The hotel had a great selection of loose teas, but the attandant served the tea without waiting for it to brew properly. May be small, but lack of attention to detail whicj makes a great hotel, great. The concierges were very helpful and got us good seats to the opera and provided good suggestions, although some of them tend to send us to touristy restaurents which were not very good, but were expensive. The spa and the pool were absolutly great though. A little oasis after a full day of sight seeing. The fact that some guy and his kids were rough housing in the pool was not Hotel's fault (the attandant did ask them to quiet down). One of my complaints about the Four Season has always been at least the impression of trying to get more money all the time, as an example my pet peeve of charging for Internet access, if I am paying $700 (including VAT) per night, why should I pay an extra $45 to have access to high speed internet? Most hotels provide that for free, especially in a country that a good lunch for two costs less than the $45! Also being twice as expensive as the next door luxury hotel, they could at least provide bottled water for free!"
New York Times hotel reviews about Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
"A beautiful hotel that is something to be seen no matter where you stay in Budapest. The rooms are on the small side but they are very well finished. The bathrooms are also small and the showers, approximately 3 feet square are the smallest I've seen in any deluxe hotel. As for the concierge staff they could be better informed. My other issues would be that high speed Internet access was around $40 per day and the exchange rate given was at 165 Forint whereas the real rate of exchange was around 195; that's not acceptable for a 5 star hotel. Despite these shortcomings this is still a very good hotel and probably the best that Budapest offers. Four Seasons has to stop "nickel and diming" their guests who already pay a steep price to stay in their hotels."
"We stayed in the hotel in December 2006 and did not have exactly the same experience as the reviewer, "porschetd". We had a very spacious room with a large shower and bath. The hotel is spectacular and should be visited regardless of where one is staying in Budapest."
Fodor's guest reviews about Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
"It doesn't get much better than this: a centrally located, super-deluxe hotel in a museum-quality landmark with the prettiest views in town.... Three magnificent stairwells are so grand that you may not want to use the elevators. Rooms, some with balconies and vaulted ceilings, are similarly large and plush."
"The hotel lobby and public areas were indeed beautiful capturing the art nouveau period. However, the rooms were a big disappointment. Our first room was extremely small with no frills. Simply 4 stark white walls with no mouldings or ornamention of any sort. We decided to upgrade to a much bigger room with a view of the chain bridge diretly in front of us. Unfortunately, the upgraded room had the same look but only bigger. The small refrigerator was simply placed on a table with snacks sitting on top. The nightly bed turn down service was nothing like the Four Season's in Paris or San Francisco. It was our very first time visiting Budapest. All we can remember from this trip is our disappointment with the hotel room at the Four Seasons. The front staff were very and friendly accomodating which was a plus. However, it's hard to be forgiving when you pay $975.00 U.S. dollars(low season too) a night for a room only to be welcomed with bright stark white walls and no decoration as though you were in a motel."
"Facilities: Budapest's foremost example of restored art noveau. The facade and entry are overwhelming and location is perfect. Service. Exemplary. Even if United Airlines hadn't lost our baggage (which the concierge desk tenaciously pursued for three days until its arrival) or if United Airlines hadn't been delayed over 5 hours (causing us to miss our connection and our concert at the Opera, upon which the Four Seasons employed their considerable weight to procure balcony seats to a sold-out concert the following night), I'd remain convinced that we'd received the best patron service to date. In the pre-planning stages, Four Seasons was helpful in procuring dinner and event reservations, not only for our stay in Budapest, but also for our cycling tour in Northern Hungary. And speaking of cycling, they tolerated our road bikes (and the accompanying sizable bike cases), conveniently storing both without being asked. While cycling, the Four Seasons graciously stored our excess baggage until our return. And upon our return, we found thoughtful gifts, including champagne to celebrate our first anniversary. Chocolate covered strawberries, cookies and other Hungarian treats appeared each night thereafter."
"Possibly the most beautiful common areas that I have ever seen in a hotel. Amazing that it used to be an insurance office. The location is beyond perfect. Very close to all the Pest sights and directly in front of Chain Bridge leading to all the Buda sights. Our room was small, but well-appointed, and with a beautiful view across Chain Bridge towards Buda. The bar area is nicely divided into two areas: a small traditional room and the lobby of the hotel. We spent most of our "bar time" in the lobby since there was a piano player and it was less smoky and stuffy. The restaurant was great for breakfast and lunch, although incredibly slow! A better bet is the breakfast buffet that they set up in the bar. The gym was average. Far and away the best hotel in Budapest...location and beauty!"
Yahoo travel reviews about Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
"Absolutely the most beautiful hotel I have stayed in. The service was exceptional, the staff kind and helpful. The rooms are luxurious and very clean, with high ceilings and beautiful tall windows and doors. The beds were soft with crisp white sheets. The hotel is located in the center of Pest, right across from the river. So its location is ideal for sightseeing. The hotel features two magnificent restaurants and a spa. I heard recently it was rated the number one hotel in the world, and I couldn't agree more. The lobby alone is absolutely breathtaking."
"I like everithing about this place,people are kind, rooms are beutifull and very clean. Food is excelent. Budapest is very nice place to visit. It is place for rest, but everthing else is nearby."
"I stayed three days in a beautiful room. Both restaurants were lovely and the food excellent. The lobbies and entries are spectacular. Right at the river in the center of Pest. Spectacular!"
"WOW!!~! AWESOME PLACE YO. this is such a great hotel palace! the beds are made, with little mints and free shampoo. The service is great too. This is the ultimate getaway from your average everyday life!"
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