Home of the world famous New York Cafe, Boscolo Budapest is a five-star hotel set within a stunning 19th century building in the 7th district of Budapest. This wasn’t somewhere I’d selected (the visit was a present for my 30th) but it was exactly the type of place I’ve always dreamed of staying.
As soon as you arrive at the building, you can’t fail to be impressed. From the outside, the facade is grand and imposing and as soon as you walk in it’s pure luxury – and extremely photogenic! Spacious and airy, the entrance hall has a concierge desk and we were led to the reception desk to check in by the first of many helpful and friendly staff we met during our stay.
The lobby is a stunning spot and really allows you to experience the beauty of the building’s design. There’s plenty of seating and, at most times of the day, a pianist providing background music. At one point, we heard him playing the theme from Beauty and the Beast in between the classical tunes which was very enjoyable (one of the hotel’s younger visitors loved it too as she started having a little dance).
We were allocated an Exclusive Room on the fifth floor which was great as it gave us an opportunity to see the lobby from above.
The room itself was made up of a large walk-in wardrobe area with plenty of storage space and a safe, the main bedroom area which was sumptuously decorated with warming colours, and a marble bathroom. There were also double doors leading to a balcony from the bedroom.
The room itself had everything we needed for our stay, plus more. One aspect I did like was that you could control the temperature of the room yourself as I find many hotels get too hot so I was able to turn the heating off if I wanted to. There was also a small sitting area, a TV (range of international news channels and a few Hungarian TV channels so not the best selection), mini-bar and fridge and a phone. There’s Wifi through the hotel – no log in required and the signal was good throughout the building.
The bathroom had a separate bath and shower (along with a bidet) with a good range of toiletries including bath salts, as well as robes and a hairdryer which wasn’t particularly powerful. Although we did have an issue with the shower flooding on the bathroom floor, we reported to the desk and it was resolved straight away.
Room service is also available at very reasonable rates – we each ordered a dessert on two nights of our stay and with the service charge, it came to about 40 euros for in total for both nights.
Our room rate also included breakfast which is served in a room next to the New York Cafe, which carries the restaurant’s theme to provide an opulent place to start the day. The staff are diligent and courteous, and will guide you to a free table before taking your hot drink order.
The breakfast buffet is very well stocked with everything from hot food such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and grilled vegetables to more Continental options including a range of cheese and cooked meats, bread, fruit and cereal. There’s also sparkling wine (white and rose) available if you fancy treating yourself early in the day! (I made myself a Buck’s Fizz on our last morning). Breakfast runs from 7am-11am which is a nice change from the usual early morning wake-up call required in most hotels.
The lower ground floor featured a spa, which hotel guests are able to use throughout the day. A range of treatments are available but these require pre-booking and I didn’t leave enough time so couldn’t take full advantage of the facilities, although I did use the pool and steam bath. You’re required to leave your room key to get a locker key, and towels are provided. There’s also a small gym on the fifth floor which we didn’t use (I can’t think of anything worse than going on a treadmill while I’m on holiday!)
After checking out (by 12noon, very civilised!), we were also able to leave our bags with the concierge before heading to airport.
Overall, it was exactly what you’d expect from a five-star hotel. From the excellent service to the stunning facilities, staying at Boscolo Budapest was a treat from start to finish. It was the little touches I enjoyed most – from the complimentary water bottles provided in the room to the warm welcome from the maître d’ at breakfast to the way that someone popped into the room when we went out for the evening to draw the curtains and put slippers next to the bed – and these really made the stay feel like something quite special.
Cost: €480 (about £410) for three nights in an Exclusive room with breakfast.
Score: 9.5/10 – just wonderful. Perfect place for a luxury break.
Erzsébet krt. 9, 1073Budapest – budapest.boscolohotels.com