Fodor's Expert Review Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Széchenyi István tér 5–6, Budapest, Budapest, 1051, Hungary Fodor's Choice

It doesn't get much better than this: a centrally located, super-deluxe hotel in a museum-quality landmark with the prettiest views in town. No detail has been spared in restoring this stunning 1906 art nouveau palace to its original majesty: delicate wrought-iron vents in the hallways, exquisite gold mosaic tiles on the facade, stained-glass windows, and cupolas. Three magnificent stairwells are so grand that you may not want to use the elevators. Rooms, some with balconies and vaulted ceilings, are similarly large and plush. Spanish-marble bathrooms—unlike any in Budapest—have both showers and deep soaking tubs. The lobby café is modeled after the building's original. You don't have to stay here to enjoy the setting over a drink at their new cocktail bar, Musza, or partake in Herend Afternoon Tea on weekends between 3 and 6 pm where you can indulge in tea and cakes served on the famous Herend Porcelain hand-painted china while live piano, cymbal, or harp music plays.


  • Four-Seasons luxury
  • lots of amenities
  • large, marble-filled bathrooms


  • no real deals to be had here
  • some rooms have restricted views
  • guests report some inconsistent service


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Phones: 1-268–6000 | 800-819–5053-toll-free in U.S.


179 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted