In a city renowned for its architectural splendor, the Boscolo Budapest has achieved landmark status for its spectacular fusion of art nouveau, Baroque, and Renaissance characteristics. From the rows of columns and turrets lining the façade to the prancing cherubs adorning the ceiling frescoes, opulent design abounds.
The momentous edifice was built in the 1890s by leading architects Alajos Hauszmann, Floris Korb, and Kalman Giergl to serve as the offices of the New York Life Insurance Company, and its New York Café quickly became a fashionable meeting place for Budapest’s literary and artistic titans. Lingering over a cup of coffee was commonplace, and waiters would indulge them by supplying sheets of paper, pens, and ink. It is said that at the café’s opening in 1894, the writer Ferenc Molnár grabbed the keys, marched down to the Danube, and threw them in the river, declaring that the establishment must never close.
Old World Luxury With A Dash of the Contemporary
Today, the hotel and its famed café remain a temple of Old World luxury – with an added dash of the contemporary. Italian Renaissance influences can be seen in the gilded ceilings, ornate frescoes, marble staircases, Venetian chandeliers, and gleaming mirrors, while the modern spa offers first-class relaxation with a rainbow-hued grotto of indoor pools, baths, showers, and heated rooms.
The 185 guest rooms, which include a selection of luxury suites, are swathed in warm, muted tones of plum and ocher, offset by quirky furnishings such as vibrantly colored Murano chandeliers and maroon padded headboards.
Blending historic grandeur with upscale 21st-century amenities, the Boscolo Budapest is the ultimate hotel for immersing oneself in the unique and heady atmosphere of Budapest – both old and new.