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Budapest – Four Seasons Gresham Palace

This is part four of my trip to Paris and Budapest. For the remainder of the series, please see below.

Paris – Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
Paris – The Marais, Le Bon Marche, Le Comptoir du Relais
Paris – St. Germain, Hermes, L’Avant Comptoir
Budapest – Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Budapest – Andrassy Avenue, Onyx
Budapest – Taste Hungary
Budapest- Christmas Markets, Bock Bistro

While we were in Budapest, we stayed at a fantastic hotel – the Four Seasons Gresham. We absolutely loved our time here, and I would personally rank the Gresham as one of the best city hotels in the world, and certainly one of the best in Europe. I always love staying at hotels with some character, a history, a beautiful exterior, and the Gresham definitely met this qualification! Can you believe that this was once the headquarters of an insurance company?

FSG - Outside View

One of my favorite areas of the hotel was the lobby. It was huge – apparently horse drawn carriages used to come through regularly!

FSG - Lobby Expanse

FSG - Lobby Seats

Mr. Feather’s favorite detail were the tiled floors…

FSG - Lobby Floor

…while mine was the amazing chandelier.

FSG - Lobby Glass

There were so many details all around the hotel that I admired and appreciated. For example, there were hearts in hidden places all around the building – very sweet!

FSG - Lobby Hearts

At the hotel, we stayed in a “Danube River View” room. If your travel budget allows, I would highly recommend staying in at least this category room at the Gresham – the space was more than ample enough for two.

Danube River Room

And it had the large marble bathrooms that are standard in many Four Seasons hotels.

FSG - Bathroom

The same L’Occitane toiletries…(a fine enough choice, but not my favorite).

FSG - Toiletries L'Occitane

What was really impressive about the room though, and why I would recommend staying in this category, was the view. During the day, you faced Chain Bridge, and the Castle..

FSG - Danube 2

…but it was in the evening when the view turned truly spectacular!

FSG - Chain Bridge

Our first evening, we checked in very late to the hotel (past midnight) and were pleasantly surprised to find some nuts and small desserts in the room.

FSG - Room Treats

Each night, right after turndown, there was a new plate of desserts waiting – much better than some chocolates on the pillow in my opinion!

FSG - Room Treats 2

We were very happy with our room and would return to the same one again in a heartbeat. That being said, we had the opportunity to tour a few of the other rooms at the Gresham. There was the Presidential Suite…

FSG - Pres

Budapest - Pres2

…but as grand as it was, it actually wasn’t my favorite “mega suite”. Those honors go to the Crown Suite, which was smaller than the Presidential but in my opinion just as fantastic (with a lower price tag).

I loved how even the most expensive rooms didn’t come with the mandatory “opulence” that you see with these top tier suites sometimes – they were clean, modern, with lots of light. Though we were told that the staff could of course notch up the opulence factor per each individual guest’s preferences!

FSG - Crown2

FSG - Crown4

These suites each came with a different set of toiletries…Acqua di Parma. Come on Four Seasons…roll these out to the rest of your rooms. Please?

FSG - Acqua Toiletries

A final suite that we saw that I really liked was the Tower Suite. This suite was actually not that large – I would imagine it would be a good size for either a business traveler with meetings, or a small family.

FSG - Tower

However, what I found very unique about the suite was the ceiling of the bedroom, as each of the two lone Tower Suites were set in one of the two “towers” of the Gresham building – you can see it below, on the top left.

FSG - Towers

FSG - Tower 2

Very unique!

There were so many beautiful design details all around the hotel and I could probably share photos forever. Here are a few more favorites…starting with the stained glass.

FSG - Stained Glass2

FSG - Stained Glass

It was everywhere, including on the floor of the 5th floor!

FSG - 5th

Also on the 5th floor were the spa, and the pool.

FSG - Pool

Each morning when we came down from breakfast, I tried to go down a different staircase (there were three).

FSG - Staircase2

FSG - Staircase

And of course, breakfast itself was in a lovely setting each morning, on the first floor facing the bridge. It was fun to sit by the windows and people watch as locals and tourists strolled by.

FSG - Restaurant

The Gresham had a fantastic buffet each morning which we thoroughly enjoyed. I have to say that I adore breakfast buffets at hotels in Europe and Asia. I really don’t think hotels in the U.S. can really compare (though if you have any suggestions, please let me know!).

FSG - Breakfast Breads

FSG - Breakfast Meats

FSG - Fruits

A honey bar! I tried a new one with my tea each morning.

FSG - Honeys

Aside from the buffet, there was a also a very nice ala carte breakfast menu. I was so sad because each evening before I ended up stuffing myself silly and could never partake fully in all the breakfast offerings. Here was the one dish I was able to try on the first day, a goose liver omelette.

FSG - Goose Liver Omelette

All of the food we had at the Gresham was fresh, and delicious. We also had dinner at the restaurant for dinner one night, and the food was great (I would especially recommend the borscht! One of the best we had in Hungary).

On our last evening, we also found a parting gift in our room – a box of traditional Christmas candies, dark chocolate dipped marzipan.

Gresham treats

The next morning, before we left, we took a few minutes just to enjoy the view.

FSG - Gresham Danube View

FSG - Castle View Day

While I think one could have a great time in Budapest while staying in a variety of hotels in the city, if you have the budget, I would highly recommend the Gresham. It was clear that the building was beautifully looked after and maintained, and the service was excellent all around.

Have you traveled to Budapest? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts on your favorite accommodations, experiences, and eats. Thank you for reading, and next time I’ll be covering more of my favorite sights and food in Budapest!

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  • Sonya
    January 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Budapest is a beautiful city. Love how detailed your hotel reviews are. Stayed at the Kempinski last trip on the advice of a friend, was disappointed. Next time will be FSG.

    • Katherine
      January 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thanks so much Sonya! I know your traveling style so I would 100% suggest the Crown suite to you too 🙂

  • Annie598
    January 6, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    We stayed here and Four Seasons Prague in 2006 and still talk about it. Now we have a 4 year old and are vowing to return!

    • Katherine
      January 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Ah the FS Prague – that’s on my list for next time.

  • Clara
    January 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Funny that they have different toiletries by different suites! I completely agree with you on the breakfast offerings, breakfast is my favorite but somehow when I’m traveling I sleep in and miss the breakfast hours and fail to take advantage of them. haha Love your hotel tour! 🙂

    • Katherine
      January 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Please wake up for breakfast next time! It’s my favorite meal 🙂

  • Kayli Schattner
    January 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I am simply amazed by how stunning this hotel is!! Ah, Budapest dreaming.

    • Katherine
      January 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      It is stunning !

  • emmabovary
    January 6, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Swoon over every post of yours, but this one is so so good! Makes me crave a holiday

    • Katherine
      January 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks Emma – I highly recommend a trip there 🙂

  • Erica
    January 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Katherine,

    I just discovered your blog and I love it! So far, the travel section is my favorite. I’ve never been interested in visiting Africa however, thanks to your post, it’s now on my bucket list. I would like to know some tips for traveling on a budget. I like to get the most “bang” for my buck and would appreciate any tips. Thank you! 🙂

    • Katherine
      January 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

      Hi Erica, thanks so much! I’m glad that Africa was able to make it on your list – one of my favorite destinations so far. I will definitely try and put together a budget post in the future.

  • Rei
    January 8, 2014 at 2:57 am

    Hi Katherine I absolutely enjoy reading your travel posts, and I luurve your choices of hotels! I have made a lot of mental notes of the hotels/resorts you have recommended in your past posts 😛
    I always tend to stay at Four Seasons if there is one at my holiday destination, I find that their services are impeccable and very consistent across the world.

    • Katherine
      January 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Hi Rei, thank you so much! If you ever have questions feel free to email me 🙂 FS is one of my favorite chains and I think perfect for you to stay at while indulging in your Michelin * meals!

  • Rukshana
    January 9, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Stunning pictures of a beautiful place! Love your blog Katherine, have been following it for a few months now, and it gives me a much needed break throughout the day. Can you tell me ehat camera you use? I want to purchase one that gives good quality resolution wothout being bulky to carry around on holiday..

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