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Four Seasons Hotel, Gresham Palace

Few hotels offer a more magnificent prospect than that of Gresham Palace, Four Seasons’ Art Nouveau landmark on the banks of the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. The grand sweep of the Chain Bridge leads your eye from the Pest side of the city toward the hills of Buda, where the Royal Palace, spires of the 13th-century Matthias Church, and towers of a medieval village anchor your panorama of Hungary’s capital. Inside the Gresham, dramatic architectural elements—a soaring indoor winter garden, a glass-domed lobby, regal staircases that link the sitting areas and bedrooms in tower suites—abound. The lounge’s purple velvet sofas provide a fine setting for a glass of Tokaji before dinner at the adjacent restaurant, Páva (the Hungarian word for peacock). The wide avenues and luxury shopping districts of Pest are just outside the hotel, while Buda, with its historic buildings and spas on every street corner, is a short walk across the bridge. Accommodations All 17 suites and several of the 162 guest rooms enjoy views of the Danube and of the hills and historic buildings of Buda across the river. Facilities In a city famous for its spas and bathhouses, the Gresham’s top-floor spa stands out for its infinity pool and full range of services. The hotel offers five rooms for meetings and events. Dining Páva features contemporary Italian cuisine, though dishes with foie gras, a Hungarian Specialty, add local flavor to the menu. The hotel’s riverfront café, once the meeting place of the Gresham Circle artists’ group, serves coffee and Hungarian cakes. Concierge Recommends Cross the Chain Bridge to Buda and explore the Memorial House of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, whose works are performed at the memorial’s 80-seat concert hall. Rates Superior rooms begin at $450, the Royal Suite at $6,825.

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