Saturday, April 7, 2012

Budapest Hotels on Easter


A unique art nouveau landmark, the recently transformed Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest combines historical elegance with ultra-modern comforts (in their web site's words). This custom Preciosa chandelier, with hand-shaped crystal leaves, is illuminated by 76 hidden bulbs.

Wherever I go I visit the fine hotels. I think it was my mother who taught me that hotels are a must sight to see in any town even if you don't have to use the bathrooms. Built in 1906, Gresham Palace has been reborn, thanks to Miklós Szenkirályi and his team of wrought-iron specialists, silversmiths, stained-glass makers, ceramists, mosaicists and craftspeople. While it's solidly contemporary you still know you're in Budapest.

The bar looks just right for an early evening drink.

And this is the Boscolo Hotel. The eclectic building was constructed between 1892 and 1894 by the architects Alajos Hauszmann, Flòris Korb and Kàlmàn Giergl, for the Hungarian offices of the New York Life Insurance Company, by transposing the old styles of Greek, Latin, Renaissance and Baroque together in prodigiously-creative Art Nouveau.

I prefer it as a hotel, I must say. In all its Easter finery!


Lisa said...

This morning while enjoying breakfast on the patio I've also been quite the worldly traveler!
If I were traveling to Budapest I must tell you that your photographs and commentary of fine hotels would be greatly appreciated!
Enjoy and Happy Easter.

The Devoted Classicist said...

Thanks for the close-up of the floral display in the last image. It is a good example of an arrangement that could be reduced in scale as needed yet still produce a grand effect. Also, faded blooms could easily be replaced. Best wishes.

Rosemary said...

What an exquisite restoration has been carried out on the Gresham Palace which appears to be a wonderful example of Art Nouveau/Secessionist architecture and design.
The Easter display in the Boscolo Hotel is stunning, the pink tulips in the tall cylindrical vases in particular catch my eye.

Paisley Curtain said...

What a magnificent hotel it is. It is good to know some of the old buildings are being preserved around the world. Thanks for taking us along for the visit.

Best wishes and Happy Easter

Céline said...

As someone says, we travel while looking at your pictures !
It reminds me of some buildings in Prague, superb, the kind of places you can admire for a long time.
It's something that I would like to do, visit fine hotels but I am always concern that the employes will stop me at the entrance, if I am not staying there !
Are some cities more open about that ?
Thank you for sharing,

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Céline, Walk right in to any hotel you like, anywhere, they need you, they want you to spread the word, they want you to stop and have a drink or lunch or dinner. Look at the menus, ask to see the dining room, ask for a brochure. (It helps if you're dressed a bit.)

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

PS, I've enjoyed your blog and am delighted to have discovered it, and also, thanks for looking in!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Budapest is fascinating for its architecture, some of it restored or conserved and quite a lot of it falling to pieces. These hotels are a wonderful example of new life given to fine old buildings. I'm enjoying your blog, by the way!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

I'm glad you appreciate the floral display, I thought it very handsome indeed, a little masterpiece by some anonymous talent somewhere out there in the great city of Budapest.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Lisa, I'm delighted to see you here and thank you for looking in, all best for the Easter season!

Céline said...

Merci, thank you for the information, that's a very a good idea.
Hoping to see more pictures of the " Cafés around the world '.

Concrete Jungle said...

More eye candy for sure....I do hope it was a most marvelous Easter weekend for you!

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

During our time in Budapest we have seen all these buildings restored to the splendour which you capture here so wonderfully well in your glorious photographs. Indeed, the Soviet tank driven in to the blackened shell of the New York Café was certainly a sight to behold. But, how well it looks now in its Easter 'bonnet' and what a perfect lunch we had with you there!!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Always so nice to see you, CJ, and happy Easter to you as well!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Thank you for bringing up such an important moment in the café's history, something one could so easily forget about seeing the place as it is today. Any lunch anywhere with the two of you would be unforgettable, but I'm so pleased that it was there and then.

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