An iconic piece of architecture constructed by leading architects Kalman Giergal and Floris Korb in the 18th century, the Klotild Palace is an elegant neo-baroque palace that sits gracefully on the corner of Vaci Street, central Budapest where it has been accommodating the glamorous and the jet-set in various capacities (as a palace, office space, boutiques, and now a luxury hotel) for several hundred years. The current occupant, The Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest is perhaps the most exotic to date, and offers guests an alternative style to the traditional European designs that occupy the other nearby accommodations making it the perfect spot for guests looking for comfort and luxury in a setting that is a little less formal.
Immediately upon entering the hotel lobby you are met with elegance and sophistication, however it’s elegance and sophistication with a twist, as the reflective marble flooring, and exquisite chandeliers are paired with water features, oriental music, and impressive Buddhist sculptures.
Offering glamorous cocktail bars, dining establishments, spas and hotels across the globe, the Buddha bar concept has been in existence for eighteen years now and combines the Asian perspectives of pampering and well-being, with traditional Western luxury. The Buddha Bar brand has set up glamorous roots in cities including London, Paris, Dubai and Monte Carlo. The Budapest hotel offers 102 upscale rooms and suites and plenty of dining and bar options to keep you entertained and occupied. During my time in Budapest, I had the pleasure of staying in the Tower Suite – one of the hotel’s two floor grand suites. Though admittedly the suites are a little larger than the standard rooms, all rooms throughout the hotel are sufficiently spacious.
- Decorated with an Asian-inspired color theme of Dark Reds and Blacks, and with dragon motifs subtly occupying various pieces of the furnishings, the Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest has an exotic and sultry tone.
- All bathrooms are stocked with an expansive selection of White Company “Noir” toiletries which combine the stunning undertones of musky sandalwood, amber and mandarin to create an inexplicably beautiful scent that suits the oriental theme.
- With a minimum size of 25m2 for the superior double rooms, and 65m2 for the grand suites, the rooms at the Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest are among the most spacious in the city.
- Speakers throughout the living, sleeping, and bathroom areas of your hotel room are a nice unique touch and you can listen to Buddha Bar’s own signature playlist which combines ethnic music from around the globe.
- There are plenty of amenities within your room to ensure that your stay is a comfortable one – from the plentiful supplies within the minibar, to the nespresso machines and complimentary refreshments.
- Eat your lunch with the big fella at the Buddha Bar Lounge and Restaurant as you tuck into exquisite exotic delicacies beneath the giant golden Buddha statue. The restaurant menu is Asian fusion and it offers a blend of cuisines from China, Japan, Thailand, and India.
- Serving Lebanese food, Arabic teas and shisha in a setting fit for an Arabian Prince, Baalbek lebanese restaurant is the perfect lunch or dinner choice for those with an adventurous palette.
- The Buddha Bar hotel Budapest offers room service at all hours throughout the day and incorporates a blend of dishes from the on-site restaurants into its menu offering. Whether you desire Western, Asian, or Lebanese food, there will certainly be something for you.
On the corner of Vaci Street, if you stay at this luxury Budapest hotel, you truly are within the heart of the city. This area is the most popular shopping district within Budapest – home to both luxury clothing stores, quirky boutiques, and a vast array of bars and coffee shops. From here, you are also within a short walking distance from the majority of the city’s major attractions.
The Buddha Bar Brand defines the luxury experiences it provides across the globe as “a lifestyle” as opposed to simply just a vacation experience. I love this brand, and I’ve now had the pleasure of experiencing the Buddha Bar in both Paris and Budapest. Have you visited any Buddha bar hotels, restaurants or spas around the globe? What did you think?
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Prices: Superior rooms (twin/double) from £200 per night, Suites from £300 per night, and Grand Two-Floor Suites from £400 per night.
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As always, High Heels & a Backpack believes in full transparency when it comes to reviewing properties and services during her travels. Though I received perks at The Buddha Bar Hotel as a Travel Writer on site, all opinions expressed throughout this article are my own, and I truly love this brand and hotel.