Consisting of two main parts, Buda and Pest, the city is divided by the Danube River. Its location on the river makes it a popular embarkation and disembarkation point for cruises on the Danube River.
Popular areas to stay include the Castle District , with its historic buildings and museums or you may prefer Theresa Town , with its grand boulevards. The Downtown area , on the Pest side , includes the financial district of the city , along with great shopping.
Luxury Hotels in Budapest
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace has the Danube right outside its front door. In fact, the city’s iconic Chain Bridge leads you directly to the hotel. The building is an Art Nouveau masterpiece, built in 1906 as an office and apartment building. As you’d expect, the views are stunning, the location is perfect, the rooms are luxurious and the service is warm and deeply personal.
Ritz-Carlton, is another relatively good option based on what you pay and what you get in the end, with prices usually under 300E per night. Centrally located in Erzsebet Square , you can walk everywhere within the historic core of the city. The large public park is also used for interesting local exhibitions and events, especially during the holidays.
Some of the rooms and suites overlook the giant wheel of the Budapest Eye, located right in front of the hotel. Club Level rooms offer access to the Ritz-Carlton Club, which serves a delicious selection of food and drinks throughout the day.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is an excellent luxury choice, with a price more similar to a mid-range hotel. Perfectly and conveniently located in what is called the Gastronomic Quarter, the hotel features the only Nobu in Central Europe. In addition to the sushi at Nobu, the hotel’s ES Bisztro has an amazing selection of Austrian, Hungarian and Austro-Hungarian dishes.
Like the Ritz-Carlton, the Kempinski is also located on Erzsebet Square.This hotel is a modern building, built as a Kempinski in the last 20 years, so the rooms are quite large. Residents there will love walking out of the hotel and being right on Vaci Street, a pedestrian street with city’s best shops and stores from most luxury brands.
Value For Money Hotels in Budapest
Given the relatively low price of all hotels in Budapest, there are some excellent mid-range options that offer a lot for what they charge. Corinthia Hotel Budapest offers a guest experience that would cost double or triple the price in most other cities. This is a truly grand hotel, built on the city’s Grand Avenue at the height of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1896). Renovated to five-star standards, it is again one of the largest and most popular hotels in the city.
The beautiful (and expensive) spa has also been renovated and retains period details and materials. Executive-level rooms offer access to the Executive Lounge, which offers full breakfast, all-day drinks and light snack service from late afternoon to 10pm.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest , designed by Philippe Starck, makes the guest experience special from the moment of arrival, with fresh juices and water offered at check-in. Centrally located in the city centre area at Liberty Square , it is a short walk from St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Danube River.
The Spanish-owned luxury boutique hotel has some unique amenities, such as a pillow and fragrance menu, which allows you to choose the type of pillow you want and how you want your room to smell. There’s a small spa, a large fitness center and free Wi-Fi.
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge Hotel , as its name suggests, is located right near the city’s iconic bridge. The large hotel offers the usual service and style with a French feel. Be sure to request a room with a river view, as some face the other direction. Wi-Fi is free, and room service is available all day and night.
Budapest Marriott Hotel has recently renovated rooms that all, even the basic ones, overlook the Danube. The riverside hotel is located directly across the street from Buda Castle , and these reasonably priced rooms come with luxurious amenities like 24-hour room service and several restaurants. There’s a spa, a large pool, free Wi-Fi, and most room rates include a generous breakfast buffet.
Budapest, Hungary…! Hotels and places to enjoy your stay!
Budget Hotels in Budapest
Clean, safe budget hotel rooms can be found throughout the city, while basic en-suite rooms in new properties cost much less than 100E per night. Ibis Budapest Heroes Square located in the Downtown area , within walking distance of many of the city’s monuments and across the street from a large park and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Ibis properties are always clean, cheap, well managed and have new, albeit basic IKEA-style furniture. The central location, close to trams and transport, can mean street noise. Ask for a room on a higher floor for a quieter experience. Breakfast is included in most room rates, but pretty basic, and the Wi-Fi is also good!
A unique budget option that doesn’t sacrifice location for price is the OnRiver Hotels – Grand Jules Boat Hotel . As the name suggests, this hotel is a boat, permanently moored on the river. The rooms are compact, but beautifully designed and decorated. It is right next to the Margit Bridge , which leads to Margit Island, like a mini Central Park. It is ideal for walking, running and other outdoor activities. The helpful staff speaks excellent English, which can be rare in smaller budget accommodations.
Bo33 Hotel Family & Suites is a great budget option for foodies, as it is located right near the New York Cafe, which is known to serve the best beef goulash (spicy stew) in Budapest. Guests like the free breakfast, which includes a chocolate fountain. There’s even a small gym on the roof level, with stunning views of the city (perfect for selfies).
It’s about a 20-minute walk from the city centre, but offers a more authentic, almost suburban experience. The rooms are clean and the bathrooms are especially large for the price.
Family Hotels in Budapest
If your children love music, the Aria Hotel Budapest is such a fun option for families. Although a little pricey with rates around 300E per night, it is a music-themed hotel, Aria has four wings, each named and celebrating a specific type of music.
Within the wings (jazz, classical, contemporary and opera) each soundproofed triple room is dedicated to a specific artist. Of course the 49 rooms include excellent stereo systems and curated playlists ready for your aural pleasure. Staying in the classical wing, combined with relevant sightseeing tours following in the footsteps of some of the city’s great composers (such as Liszt or Bartók) is both enjoyable and educational.
In the historic Castle District , Hilton Budapest combines low prices with the company’s reputation for excellent service and modern and elegant rooms. The location is ideal for sightseeing, within a few minutes’ walk of the castle and the many museums in the area. Guests will appreciate amenities such as free Wi-Fi; fitness centre open 24 hours a day and room service, also available 24 hours a day. In addition to room service, there are also two dining options, the Lobby Cafe and the ICON restaurant.
Hilton has beautiful loft suites that are ideal for families. There are on two levels and feature a separate living room with a sofa bed. There is also a fully equipped kitchen in each loft suite.
Romantic Hotels in Budapest
Couples will certainly enjoy the city of Budapest and especially the romantic river views and night walks along the river bank. The InterContinental Budapest is located right on the Danube, next to the Chain Bridge, just opposite the Buda Castle . For a true luxury experience, why not upgrade to one of their 25 suites, all with stunning views of the Danube.
The hotel’s Romantic Package includes free airport transfers, welcome amenities in your room and dinner for two at a romantic local restaurant. The InterContinental SPA includes a couples’ treatment room for a romantic massage.
In a great location on Andrássy Avenue, just minutes from St. Stephen’s Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera House, the Hotel Moments Budapest is an elegant and romantic hotel. This boutique hotel has less than 100 rooms, all with modern design!
Couples can enjoy a meal in the welcoming Bistro Fine, which serves a combination of Hungarian and international cuisine. A free hot breakfast is also available every morning. If you need a sweat session, the gym and sauna allow you to enjoy them!
Hotels in Budapest Near Airport
If you arrive at Frerihegy Liszt International Airport late at night or have an early morning flight, then staying in a hotel near the airport is always a good option. Budapest Airport is located about 10 miles southeast of the city centre.
The ibis Styles Budapest Airport is the only hotel located right at the airport, making it extremely easy to get from your gate to your bed. The 145 rooms and suites here have artistic, fun decor, with brightly coloured walls and airplane and travel motifs. There are also family room options if you’re traveling with kids. Rooms are soundproofed, and amenities include an international restaurant, free breakfast and paid parking.