This stunning Art Nouveau landmark unites rich Hungarian history with legendary Four Seasons service.
Directly in front of the Chain Bridge, which connects bustling Pest with the historic riches of Buda across the Danube, the Gresham Palace has long been one of the world's grandest hotels. It was originally built as the home of a British life insurance company in 1906, when the Art Nouveau movement was at its height. It was, and is still, a gorgeous structure of graceful curves and arches, adorned with stained glass, stone carvings and hand-crafted ceramics.
Beyond the wrought-iron Peacock Gate that fronts the hotel, upon entering the lobby, guests walk across a mosaic crafted from two million tiles, beneath dramatic chandeliers and past galleries featuring the work of 20th-century Hungarian artists. Thanks to a careful renovation, the Gresham Palace (now under the Four Seasons umbrella) combines the best of its glorious past with the ultra-modern comforts of today. Its 179 rooms (including 19 suites with step-out balconies) are done in soft shades of taupe, sage and grape. They serve as a soothing perch from which to admire the dramatic views of the Danube and Buda Castle visible through oversize windows. Massive soaking tubs recall that Buda has owed its reputation since Roman times to healing waters and baths. Some of the suites also feature kitchens and fireplaces.
Well-equipped meeting rooms are available, as well as a business center that is open 24/7. The hotel's Kollázs Brasserie and Bar serves modern brasserie cuisine, and the bar area is a nod to the property's rich past, when intellectuals and artists gathered to debate politics, art and philosophy over endless cups of coffee or glasses of good Hungarian wine. The lounge area flows into Peacock Passage, where a pianist plays in the evenings beneath the stunning glass cupola. The sleek spa includes a fitness center and slim, infinity-edge lap pool.