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Click to read our expert guides to the best areas to stay in Budapest, our insider’s guide to Budapest’s 5th District (home to the Four Seasons Gresham Palace), and our overview of the Best Luxury Hotels in Budapest.
Otherwise, keep reading this article to learn more about the 5-star Four Seasons Gresham Palace hotel.
Four Seasons Gresham Palace: 5-Star Luxury in an Art Nouveau Palace
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About the Gresham Palace
Calling the Gresham Palace spectacular is like saying the French are good at making wine. In other words: an understatement.
Built in 1906 as the HQ for an insurance company, Gresham Palace leads a much more interesting life these days. Four Seasons renovated the Palace in 2004 into what it is today. The vibe is elegant art nouveau meets contemporary luxury.
Throughout the property, you’ll find delightful details. Gravity-defying glass ceilings that bathe you in Budapest’s gorgeous natural light. Intricately designed ironwork gates and railings. Beautiful stained glass and mosaics. And light fixtures with a flair for the dramatic.
It’s rare that a hotel nails it on setting, service, amenities, and décor. At the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, they all combine to create a stay that’s truly special!
Who Will Love the Four Seasons Budapest?
Four Seasons Gresham Palace is aimed at luxury travelers. The hotel is suitable whether you’re in Budapest for a solo trip, a couples trip, family or multi-generational travel, or business travel.
For families, the Four Seasons is prepared to welcome any littles you’ve got in tow. This includes supplying children’s menus, toiletries, and bathrobes. The hotel provides limited activities and games to keep your kids busy. It also has babysitting services available.
Four Seasons Gresham Palace is also perfect for a city break, or if you have limited time in Budapest. With a super central location, you won’t waste your limited time in taxis or on the tram/metro. It really is in one of the best locations in Budapest!
What to Love
✓ 5-Star ✓ Much Loved by Past Guests ✓ Fantastic Danube-Side Location in Budapest’s Inner City (District V) ✓ Close to Chain Bridge, Danube Promenade, Hungarian Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica ✓ On-Site Dining ✓ Spa, Pool, Fitness Center
Past Guest Ratings
Overall Score: 9.3 /10 Location Score: 9.8 /10 Staff Score: 9.3 / 10 Facilities Score: 9.2 / 10
Location & Getting There
You’ll find the Four Seasons Gresham Palace at Széchenyi István tér (square) 5-6 in Budapest’s 5th District (Inner City).
In case you’re wondering if that’s a good location or not, you can rest easy. It’s an outstanding spot at the foot of the world-famous Chain Bridge, and on the eastern bank of the Danube.
Getting from the airport to the Budapest Four Seasons by taxi or Taxify (the local Uber-like option) costs around 25 EUR. It will take 30 to 50 minutes, depending on traffic.
It is also possible to arrange a private transfer.
In the Area
Four Seasons Gresham Palace has one of the best locations in Budapest.
Main sights are within a walking distance. Step outside the hotel, and you’ll be at the Chain Bridge and Danube promenade. Liberty Square and the Hungarian Parliament building are roughly a 10- minute walk. St. Stephen’s Basilica is a 6-minute walk.
Across the Danube lies Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Sandor Palace, and Matthias Church. Catch bus #16 from near the hotel, and you’ll arrive in Budapest’s Castle District in 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk across the Chain Bridge and take the funicular up Castle Hill, or walk the who way (about 20 minutes).
While the hotel is quiet inside, expect the area outside to be lively, especially during the day. The Chain Bridge is an important traffic bridge, and visitors are always hanging around here to get photos and enjoy the view.
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest has 179 guest rooms – 179 rooms, plus 19 suites.
All rooms and suites include some baseline luxury amenities for your comfort. These include air conditioning, plush bathrobes, slippers, turndown service, and down duvets and pillows. Hypoallergenic pillows are available upon request.
Entertainment includes complimentary Wifi throughout the hotel and in-room iPod docks, satellite TV, and DVD players. Newspapers are also provided to guests.
Rooms also come with a private bar fridge, Nespresso machine, and safe. Staff provide complimentary mineral water at turndown. It’s worth noting, however, that tap water is excellent in Budapest.
The 3 Different Room Styles
Danube River-View Room
These 33- to 42-square-meter (355 to 452 sq. feet) rooms face the Danube, offering spectacular views throughout your stay. Rooms come with either one king or two twin beds, and marble bathrooms. Some rooms come with a small, step-out balcony. Occupancy is 2 adults.
These 38- to 47-square-meter (409 to 506 sq. feet) rooms look over the hotel courtyard or neighboring streets. Rooms come with either one king or two twin beds, and can accommodate a crib or rollaway bed, as well. The marble bathroom has a deep-soak tub – perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing. Occupancy is 3 adults, or 2 adults and one child.
These 33- to 37-square-meter (355 to 398 sq. feet) rooms overlook the hotel’s inner courtyard or neighboring streets. Rooms come with either one king or two twin beds, and a marble bathroom. These rooms are also furnished with a small desk – great if you have some work to do. Occupancy is 2 adults.
The 7 Different Suite Styles
This 65-square-meter (700 sq. feet) suite is open plan, zoned into a bedroom area with a king bed, a dining area with a small table, and a lounge area with a sofa and chairs. There is also a full marble bathroom. The suite overlooks the small green park in front of the hotel. As is, the suite accommodates 3 adults, or one adult and one child. However, it is possible to connect the suites with other rooms to accommodate a larger family.
River-view Park Suite
The Park suites vary in size from 65-square-meters (700 sq. feet) for rooms with a king bed, to 85-square-meters (915 sq. feet) for rooms with two queen beds. They can also accommodate a rollaway and crib, accommodating up to 3 adults (or 2 adults and a child). The suite has an open plan, zoned into a sleeping, dining, and lounging area, along with a full marble bathroom. These suites face the Danube, overlooking Buda. It’s possible to connect some of the suites with other rooms to accommodate larger families.
These one-bedroom, 64-square-meter (689 sq. feet) suites sit in the hotel’s towers! Facing the Danube, you’re sure to get lovely views of the city from here. In these suites, the bedroom and living area are separated. Bedrooms have king-size beds. These suites can accommodate 2 adults.
Chain Bridge Suite
The 85-square-meter (915 sq. feet) Chain Bridge Suite has a separate bedroom with king bed, and a living room with a small dining area. There is one full bath, along with a guest powder room. The Suite is also equipped with a writing table. Accommodates 3 adults, or 2 adults and one child.
The Four Seasons Budapest has 2 Presidential Suites, each 130-square-meters (1400 sq. feet) in size. Both suites are elegant, offering a separated master bedroom with king bed, living room with desk, and dining room. Both have a full bathroom, as well as a powder room. These suites also have a pantry. In addition to a king bed, these suites can have a rollaway or crib, accommodating 3 adults or 2 adults plus one child.
This stylish 136-square-meter (1464 sq. feet) suite includes a separate master bedroom with king bed, a spacious living room, a dining room with pantry, a full marble bathroom, and a guest powder room. The balcony overlooks the Danube and Buda Castle District, offering spectacular views. This suite comes with a round-the-clock personal attendant.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The Four Seasons Gresham Palace offers a daily buffet breakfast for €35 per day. Kollázs Brasserie & Bar serves contemporary European cuisine. The lobby bar and lounge offers a selection of drinks. The hotel also serves afternoon tea in the lobby, daily from 15:00 to 18:00.
Guests can enjoy the on-site spa and wellness facilities. They include a sauna, steam rooms, treatment rooms and an indoor pool. There is also a fitness center with personal trainers available.
The hotel’s business facilities include meeting halls and a business center.
For those traveling with children, it is possible to arrange an extra bed or crib. Not all rooms are arranged to accommodate an extra bed, so get in touch with the hotel in advance. Larger families or groups can request connecting suites and rooms.
The Four Seasons Budapest has elevators. Some rooms are also equipped for guests with mobility issues.
The Four Seasons Gresham Palace is a non-smoking hotel.
Rates & Booking
Rooms range between €350 and €3700 per night. Price varies according to room type and dates of stay.
Rental Cars & Parking
Four Seasons Gresham Palace provides guests with private parking for €35 per day.
Generally speaking, you don’t need a car in Budapest if you plan to explore the city. If you plan to venture outside Budapest for wine tastings or to see other towns, you can either rent a car to DIY, or arrange the experience in advance through an aggregator like Get Your Guide
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Save Money in Budapest
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Book Your Flight to Budapest
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Book Your Budapest Hotel in Advance
We use Booking.com when making hotel reservations in Europe. In our experience, it has the best inventory/selection of hotels and holiday apartments, and we’ve had good experiences with their customer service team when things go wrong (which has been a rarity for us, thank goodness!). TripAdvisor is also trying to get into the hotel booking game, and may be worth checking out.
Skip the Line in Budapest
Budapest is getting busier by the year, meaning you should expect to wait in line at the most popular attractions, especially in high season. If you only have a short vacation, consider getting a Skip-the-Line ticket for the most popular attractions: The Great Synagogue, Széchenyi Thermal Baths, and the Parliament. If you want to visit the interior of the Parliament, you have to pre-book. You can either use an international tour aggregator like Get Your Guide or use the Hungarian website Jegymester.hu.
Book Your Budapest Tour
Why use an aggregator instead of going direct? Personally, we like to compare the different tours available for each attraction, as well as read reviews. Both Get Your Guide and Viator let us see multiple, similar tours, and compare prices and past reviews before making a booking.
Getting from Budapest Airport to the City Center
Budapest’s public transportation system is generally excellent, and this extends to the airport. For a detailed post about getting from Budapest Airport to the City Center via public transit, shared shuttle, or airport taxi, read our guide here.
If you’re arriving late at night, coming in on a long-haul and expect to be exhausted, or would rather have the peace of mind of a private transfer, you can book one here.
Buy Travel Insurance (Just in Case)
We can’t actually recommend a travel insurance provider. Apparently it’s against the law.
However, we can say this: we know several people who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses during separate, life-or-death situations while traveling. They were both insured by Allianz, they both received life-saving care, and they both made a successful claim.
No one wants to need travel insurance, but you’ll certainly be glad you have it if something goes wrong. And if something does go wrong in Budapest, we personally go to FirstMed for our healthcare. Staff and doctors speak English.
Make Restaurant Reservations in Advance
If you visit Budapest in winter, you’ll probably be okay if you don’t make restaurant reservations, although we’d still recommend you reserve in advance Thursday to Saturday evenings where possible.
In summer, things fill up pretty quickly, although capacity at many restaurants increases when the city’s terraces open, usually sometime in May. It’s worth noting Budapest’s restaurants are all non-smoking inside, but get quite smoky on the terraces.
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