One place to soak in the views and experience the bustling capital of Budapest is to book an overnight stay at the Budapest Marriott Hotel.
It helps that the Budapest capital and the iconic Marriott are both having their grand moments as I write this. Recently Budapest has acquired the title, “Best European Destination” with record-breaking arrival numbers of visitors flocking to see venerable sites in the former Eastern bloc country.
On the other hand, the 364-room property is also marking its own grand moments. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the building’s opening and its 25th anniversary under the renowned Marriott brand.
Situated on the Pest side of the Danube River the Budapest Marriott Hotel provides guests with a great location for city sightseeing in a recently renovated venue that’s big with the conference crowd and leisure guests who enjoy Marriott services and loyalty perks.
Ever since the Communistic sixties when this property debuted on the banks of the Duna steps away from the Hungarian Parliament and the Vigado Concert Hall, the hotel has been welcoming guests.
While the facade has retained that emblematic vintage look, expect a new heightened sense of modern as you walk into the sleek sophisticated interiors.
A recent sleepover proved to be the perfect precursor for a Danube River cruise on the Avalon Envision, the newest Suite Ship from Avalon Waterways. As the sun dipped behind the fabled Castle Hill we saw the Buda Castle illuminated in a sky ablaze in rich reds with an assembly of river ships passing by our river view room.
In the comfort of your suite, you get to see all the brilliant bragging rights of beautiful Budapest.
Now why should you go?
Budapest Marriott Hotel Highlights
Budapest Marriott Hotel has a new lobby, bar, and modernized event spaces that is redefining contemporary travel with its newly designed rooms. The stylish accommodations blend modern comfort with inspiring beauty.
Entering any of the newly renovated 364 river-facing guestrooms and suites is a revelation. The view fills the room. Wall-to-wall windows offer an uninterrupted and ever-changing scene, offset by stylish interiors like the hard floors for a sleeker, more modern appearance along with Italian furniture and open wardrobes, which give each room a spacious feel.
Brilliant design accents include chic window benches which allow guests to comfortably soak up breathtaking panoramas of the Danube. Vibrantly colored decorations mesh with pastel-shaded walls and draperies.
To boot, abundant natural light brings the whole setting alive before an amazing backdrop of fantastic city views.
This is a hotel where every space innately adapts to each guest. Comfortable window seating and a generously-sized footprint provide smart, seamless living, where wooden flooring, intelligent technology, and a muted color palette with accents of orange add to the fresh feel of each room, inspiring easy downtime and opportune moments.
The suites have the quality of a refined, versatile home.
Head to the spacious Fitness and Health Club with prime river views. There’s also a schedule of group classes held by specialist fitness gurus, ensuring timeout is thoughtfully curated. Those guests who are keen on pampering can enjoy the sauna and relaxation room.
Select Budapest Marriott guests have access to the M Club Lounge, the only M Club lounge in Eastern Europe. Guests can sit back with a drink and fine food and catch up on the day’s events. Open 24-hours, the lounge offers a sophisticated, bright, modern space that inspires relaxation and encourages timeout to absorb the spirit of the destination.
Budapest Hotel Diversions
For Budapest sightseeing, you are at Ground Zero – Everything verges out from here. Easy public transit only walking distance away, you can visit with the most popular city squares and indulge in Hungarian sweets at the Gerbeaud Cafe House by Vorosmarty Square. Get your shopping fix along the upscale pedestrian-only Vaci Utca or hop on the romantic trolley line number 2 in front of the hotel. This acclaimed yellow streetcar ranked by National Geographic among the top trolley rides in the world snakes along the famous Duna bank passing The Parliament, Vigado Concert Hall, and the Great Market Hall with Castle Hill views.
Choose from two casual dining experiences: either the refurbished restaurant, DNB Budapest or the new Liz and Chain Lounge Bar.
DNB Budapest is the go-to for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With a redefined concept and brand new menu, there are plenty of hot and cold food stations where chefs prepare freshly made omelets on the spot. Enjoy a farm-to-table concept that showcases the Hungarian produce and celebrates the different wine regions of the country.
In line with the new hotel design, the interior of the restaurant was inspired by the Bauhaus and cubist artworks, giving it more a residential look than usual hotel public spaces.
There’s a cool mix of antique brass, blackened steel, granite with a blend of oak and white Carrara marble tabletops that give these interiors a subdued posh vibe. We like the leather seating on the banquettes and the weathered oak bar stools.
A big selling feature at the DNB Budapest is the amazing city panorama.
Budapest Marriott Hotel has also opened a brand new bar, Liz and Chain. The 360° quadrangle bar space offers a great quality time for both hotel guests and locals, global travelers and visitors, corporate and leisure guests. The bar regularly schedules tastings, terrace parties, and special tea afternoons.
Liz and Chain is also an extension of the lobby and at the social center of the hotel that transitions between coffee bar by day and Palinka and wine station by night. Distinctive for its infinite wine menu, classic artisan brews, and cocktails, guests instinctively gather to disconnect and reconnect over the best of Hungarian fare.
Budapest Marriott Hotel is a historic statement with a connection that stems from its half-century at the heart of the city and its unwavering, pioneering reputation. A generous host to both business and leisure travelers, it combines sophisticated design, inspiring interiors that resonates with guests, making it one of Marriott International’s most iconic properties.
Booking Your Budapest Stay
Rates in the hotel vary according to season and room type but starting room rates are The average room rate of the standard room which also has a Danube view is $212 including taxes the higher category average rate is $280 including taxes.
Photography by Ilona Kauremszky and supplied. Ilona Kauremszky was a guest of Budapest Marriott Hotel which did not approve this editorial.