Aria Budapest Hotel Profile: 5-Star Luxury in District 5
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A boutique property in the heart of Budapest’s 5th District, it is part of the Library Collection of luxury hotels.
When it comes to accolades, Aria is a bit of an over-achiever. It’s list of awards runs long, and includes TripAdvisor’s #1 Hotel in the World 2017, Top 25 in 2018, and #1 luxury hotel in Hungary in 2019. Add to that, it’s been named Conde Naste Reader’s Choice #1 hotel in Central Europe.
Even the Aria rooftop bar can’t escape the positive attention, named as a top ten rooftop bar in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.
To be fair, it’s a pretty awesome bar.
Awards aside, Aria delivers a lot of bang for the not-insignificant buck they’re charging. For one, it’s location is unbeatable, just steps from St. Stephen’s Basilica. This is pretty much the best overall area to stay in Budapest for tourists.
Add to that, it’s housed in a gorgeous neoclassical building.
The overall vibe is lux historical palace, re-done to feel like an upscale home.
Its interior is contemporary and inspired by music (as the name would suggest). The hotel has 4 wings, with each wing’s decor dedicated to a different musical genre: Classical, Opera, Contemporary, and Jazz.
Rooms in the jazz wing, for example, aim to recreate the feel of 1920s jazz club, with art nouveau furniture, exposed brick and polished chrome.
Rooms in the contemporary wing are colorful and bold, drawing on 1970s pop art.
Influences throughout the hotel are diverse and eclectic. Artist Joseph Blecha has created caricatures in each room. Expect to run into anyone from Maria Callas to Bob Dylan to (Hungarian composer) Franz Liszt, depending on which room you get!
Who Will Love the Aria Budapest?
Aria Hotel is an obvious choice for couples looking for a luxury hotel in Budapest. It’s in a great spot for a city holiday filled with food and drink, culture, sightseeing, and shopping. And there’s a lot to love about the hotel itself.
However, Aria also makes a strong case for family travelers. Many of their rooms can been connected to create larger suites, great if you have kids that need their own space, or are taking a multi-generational trip with grandparents.
Aria is also well set-up for business travelers.
What to Love
✓ 5-Star ✓ Award-Winning and Consistently Loved by Past Guests ✓ Quiet Yet Lively City Centre Location in District V ✓ Close to St. Stephen’s Basilica, Danube Promenade, Hungarian Parliament, Chain Bridge, Budapest Castle ✓ Spa, Pool, Fitness Centre ✓ Complimentary Afternoon Wine and Cheese and Music ✓ Complimentary Breakfast ✓ On-Site Restaurant ✓ Gorgeous Rooftop Bar
Past Guest Ratings
Overall Score: 9.6 /10 Location Score: 9.9 /10 Staff Score: 9.7 / 10 Facilities Score: 9.6 / 10
Location & Getting There
Aria Hotel is centrally located in Budapest District V, right next to St. Stephen’s Basilica. You’ll find it at Hercegprímás street 5, which is a 1-minute walk from the Basilica.
A taxi from Budapest International Airport to Aria Hotel will take between 30 to 50 minutes depending on traffic. Expect it to cost around 25 EUR.
If you are arriving in Budapest by train, you’ll most likely arrive at Keleti Pályaudvar. Keleti is about 10 minutes from Aria Hotel by taxi, and should cost EUR 10 to 15.
If you plan on using a taxi in Budapest, only use the official taxi providers. We recommend Főtaxi, but prefer to use Taxify, which is the local solution to Uber, when possible.
Whether you use Főtaxi or Taxify, all cars are yellow, and should have the company logo displayed somewhere on the car.
Getting around Budapest from Aria Hotel is very easy. It’s located within walking distance of most of the city’s major sights.
In the Area
Aria Hotel is in downtown Budapest in the 5th district (Belváros). Despite being next to one of Budapest’s most popular tourist attractions, the Aria sits on a fairly tranquil street. It will be busy during the day, but shouldn’t be too loud at night, allowing for a good night’s sleep.
If you’re interested in enjoying Budapest’s nightlife, the Aria is well-located. Beyond the hotel’s excellent rooftop bar (High Note), the chic and popular Divino Wine Bar is a 1-minute walk away (Szent István tér 3). St. Andrea Wine and Skybar is another popular choice – a mere 8 minutes away on foot (Deák Ferenc utca 5).
From late November until New Year’s, one Budapest’s best Christmas markets is hosted here. It sprawls out in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica. Lovely!
Aria is also within walking distance of the Chain Bridge – one of the most popular things to do in Budapest.
Room Styles & Amenities
Aria Budapest welcomes guests with elegant contemporary design. Every room unique, and each includes a nod to a different musician and genre!
Aria offers 11 room types. All offer an in-room iPad, a music library, an entertainment system and flat-screen TV, a safe for valuables, a Nespresso machine, Molton Brown toiletries, air conditioning, a bidet toilet, and bathrobe and slippers. Beyond that, the different rooms have different features.
Of course, availability and prices for each room style will depend on your travel dates. Click here for prices and availability.
Luxury Room (1 King Bed)
These 30- to 33-square-meter rooms have a king bed, writing table, marble bistro table and small love seat. Bathrooms have either a separate or connected shower and bathtub. Some of the rooms feature a private balcony with courtyard view.
Aria Signature Room (1 King Bed)
The Signature rooms range between 37.5 and 39 square-meters and have one king bed. Your choice of Music Garden View or City View, each of which is slightly different.
Music Garden View:
These rooms feature a private balcony overlooking the Music Garden (the hotel’s inner courtyard). Rooms have a writing table and marble bistro table with chairs. Bathrooms have a separate shower and bath, and some rooms feature a standalone tub.
This room is a great choice for families, as they have both a king bed and a sofa bed that can accommodate two kids (under 12) or 1 adult. Rooms feature a writing table and marble bistro table with chairs. Bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower.
Grand Luxury Room with 2 Full Beds – City View:
This 36-square-meter room is located in the hotel’s Classical wing. It’s furnished with two double beds, a bistro table with chairs, and a French writing table. The bathroom has a separate shower and bathtub. What is great about this room is it can be connected with neighbouring rooms, turning them into a Duet or a Trio Suite.
Opera Suite with 1 King Bed and a Sofa Bed – City View:
The Aria has two of these suites, decorated in either Madame Butterfly or Carmen-inspired design. They are 66-square-meters, offering a bedroom with a king size bed and a separate parlour. The bedroom includes a writing table, bistro table with chairs and a chaise lounge. The parlour has a sofa bed, a wet bar, and a table with chairs. The bathroom features a shower – no tub.
Romeo & Juliet Opera Balcony Suite:
This 66-square-meter suite offers a bedroom with king bed, a parlour, and a semi-private balcony with street view. The bedroom has a writing table, bistro table with chairs, and chaise. The parlour has a sofa bed, a wet bar, and a table with chairs. The bathroom has a shower, but no tub. This suite can be connected to other rooms to create larger suites if you need more space.
La Traviata Terrace Suite:
This suite is spacious, offering 74-square-meters of indoor space, plus a 21-square-meter terrace. It has two bedrooms with king size beds, and a parlor with dining table and a sofa bed. There are two bathrooms in this suite, one offering a shower with the other offering both a shower and bathtub. The terrace has love seats, chairs and side tables – perfect for relaxing! It offers a lovely street view.
This 29-square-meter room has a large street-view balcony, ranging from 6- to 7.5-square-meters. It’s equipped with a king size bed, and is located in the hotel’s Opera or Classical wing. Rooms have either a shower and a bathtub, or a lux shower stall.
The Liszt Studio:
This 45-square-meter room offers a spacious bedroom with king bed, a marble bistro table with chairs, a writing table and a sofa. Inspired by the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, the room is bright, with a sun wall in the bedroom.
SunRooms range from 25.5- to 30-square-meters, designed in either an opera or classical music scheme. Although smaller in area, the rooms’ top floor location spoil guests with stunning views over the city. The SunRoom is full of light as it features a sun wall and ceiling, both in the room and the bathroom. Bedrooms are furnished with a king bed, a writing table and a marble table with a club chair.
Welcoming guests since 2015, Aria Budapest offers exceptional design, service, and amenities.
There is free high speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. The hotel offers an included buffet breakfast each morning, and a wine and cheese tasting each evening. Further, there’s live music in the hotel courtyard’s Music Garden daily.
Onsite dining can be had at Stradivari Restaurant, offering contemporary Hungarian cuisine. Guests can enjoy a refreshing drink or lunch with a panoramic view at High Note Skybar. Satchmo’s Bar and Library Lounge is another great place to unwind.
Guests can also relax at the Harmony Spa. There’s a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and heated indoor swimming pool. The hotel also has a fitness center.
If you’re travelling with a baby or toddler, the hotel can provide a crib upon request.
Aria is a non-smoking hotel.
Rates & Booking
Expect to spend in the range of 260 EUR to 550 EUR per night. Price varies based on your dates and room type.
Rental Cars & Parking
Aria does not have its own parking. However, there is nearby public parking which costs 35 EUR per day