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Your Key To Budapest Hungary – 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee

The capital of Hungary, Budapest got its current name in 1873 with the unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. Thanks to its central location rich history and cultural diversity the rapidly growing city quickly became one of the most popular tourist destination of Europe.

Its history traces back to the 1st century AD making part of several Empires and Kingdoms, inheriting a lot from thier culture and habits. Not to mention the world famous bath culture. Rudas Bath is probably the most popular medieval Turkish bath in Budapest. It stands out from the rest because of its 16th-century core and the fact that the bath offeres very late night opening hours Fridays and Saturdays. Rudas is the only thermal bath in Budapest, which has men only and women only days on weekdays, when aprons are worn by many guests instead of traditional swimwear.

Budapest features three UNESCO World Heritage sites. The fascinating views of the Buda side Danube-bank can be easily discovered by Thetis cruises on a beautifully renovated German oldtimer yacht with a stunning Honduran mahogony interior. There is nothing better then pampering yourself with a gourmet dinner enjoying the sunset onboard of this luxurious yacht.

The Castle ditrict is the most historical part of Budapest giving place to the Royal Palace built in gothic style in the 14th century. Once you are in the area make sure to visit Mathias Church as well as Fisherman’s Bastion to shoot your most breathtaking photos of Budapest. From here it is only a 5 minutes stroll to UMO restaurant to experience a gastro journey inpired by multiculturalism delivered to you by its professional team.

The deservedly famous promenade, Andrássy Avenue with its splended architecture gives home to many restaurants, bars and top-shelf brand stores like Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Rolex. Underneath the full lenght of the avenue you may go for a ride on the first metro line of Continental Europe. The underground was built in 1896, therefore it is also referred to as the Millenium Underground marking the 1000th birthday of Hungary.

We can not talk about Budapest and Hungary without mentioning gastronomy. Goulash soup, langosh, lecsó, stuffed cabbage or túró rudi (cottage cheese bar covered with chocolate) are all unique and will defenitely make you addicted to Hungary’s extraordinary gastronomy. Taking part of a culinary tour is one of the most popular way among guests to discover this lovely and vibrant city. During the experience participants are escorted through the hidden gems of the city by a professional tour guide while stopping by at a few places mainly known by locals only to taste the very best of Hugarian cusine.

Should your time allow you are more then welcome on the slopes of Etyek, the closest wine region to Budapest. Discovering family run wine cellars will surely provide you with an unforgettable memory of Hungarian hospitality and friendliness.

Aron is a candidate for the 2023 Les Clefs d’Or Award. This article has been published in its original form.

Meet the Author
Aron Bokros

I strated my career at Sofitel Budapest as a receptionist trainee in 2012. Having a cross training at the Concierge desk got me thinking that this might be the right path. After graduating at Budapest Business School I was offered a bell boy position at Hotel Nemzeti Budapest then promoted to receptionist at the same place. In 2015 I got an opportunity in the former Boscolo Budapest as a receptionist then from 2016 I mainly took care of Concierge duties. Currently I am senior concierge at the recently opened Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest. Being part of the opening team is a great honor. Together with my colleagues I feel joy in building up something new from scratch that enriches other people’s life. I was born in Budapest, grew up in Budapest and I beleive that the most authentic Concierge comes from its very own town.

Matild Palace

Built during the Belle Epoque era, in 1902, the palace was developed under the patronage of Her Imperial and Royal Highness Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to serve as the social hub of Budapest. She dreamed of the twin palaces at the very heart of Budapest to greet those who enter the city across Elisabeth bridge as two graceful ladies. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Matild Palace has undergone a meticulous five-year transformation led by award-winning interior designer Maria Vafiadis and acclaimed local architects Péter Dajka and Antal Puhl to become a luxury hotel. It offers an exceptional choice of 111 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 19 suites, with many providing spectacular views of the city or the Danube River. Each bedroom is over four metres in height and celebrates Hungarian culture throughout with delicately handcrafted headboards, traditional fishbone parquet floors and lavish spa-style bathrooms inspired by the iconic thermal baths of Hungary. Crowning the palace with its fifth-floor location, The Crown Tower Suite is split across three floors and is the first suite in Hungary to come with a 48-metre-high dedicated tower boasting 360-degree views of the city. Wolfgang Puck oversees all dining operations at Matild Palace bringing a new era of gastronomy and entertainment to the city. His renowned restaurant Spago by Wolfgang Puck marks the debut of the Beverly Hills dining phenomenon in Hungary. The menu offers traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist through recipes inspired by the produce of the region. Spago and Matild Café & Cabaret both offer year round outdoor dining on the charming streets of Budapest, marking the first ‘gastro street’ in the city. The Duchess rooftop bar, a secret liquor library, is a dramatic re-imagination of the most popular address for the high society of the Belle Époque era. Swan Spa at Matild Palace features a Hungarian-influenced wellness experience with traditional thermal therapy and Hammam rituals designed to awaken guests’ senses. Complete with a salt and steam room the spa exclusively offers ESPA products for all spa treatments.


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