luxe - Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace, Budapest
Written by Lucy Mallows
Recalling the opulence and elegance of the past, the Gresham Palace offers an up-to-date standard of quality service and luxury.
The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace started life in 1907 as a monument to capitalism, named after Sir Thomas Gresham, the 16th-century financier to Queen Elizabeth I. Guests are wrapped in luxury from the moment they step through the wrought-iron peacock gates and into the magnificent Art Nouveau lobby; the service is top-notch and the facilities world-class.
Now restored to its former glory, the hotel reveals opulence in attention to detail throughout the building, from the soaring glass interior arcade to bathrooms adorned with Zsolnay ceramic tiles. Climbing the elegant staircases, visitors are bathed in a gorgeous tinted light shining through the stained glass windows, created by legendary master Miksa Róth. Modelled on a historic café frequented by Budapest artists and writers, the Gresham Restaurant offers Hungarian and international specialities. Acknowledging the city’s coffee house tradition, a superb selection of cakes and pastries are on display.
Located on the top floor, the spa features state-of-the-art steam rooms, whirlpools, and a gym with the best view in town of the Danube and the iconic Chain Bridge.
Hungry visitors to Budapest have only to take a short walk from the Gresham Palace hotel to find pastry strudels in a historic setting. The First Strudel House of Pest is located a few streets away in an 1812 building, where pastry chefs preserve and popularise this traditional Magyar art. Scrumptious strudels, filled with cottage cheese, apple, sour cherry, apricot, or even cabbage, are created from traditional recipes. Besides pastries, the restaurant serves traditional Hungarian cuisine given a lighter, international twist, and also serve fresh soups, salads and grilled meat and fish.