Travelers bound for Eastern Europe next summer may want to check in to this opulent five-star property.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is adding a fourth outpost in its European portfolio and a first in Hungary. Located on the Erzsébet Körút boulevard in the heart of the country’s capital, the Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel occupies an 1894-built commercial structure, by prominent Hungarian architect Alajos Hauszmann, that incorporates elements of the Italian Renaissance, baroque, gothic, and art nouveau styles. The soon-to-open hotel will have 185 guest rooms and suites adorned with centuries-old artwork and antiques.
According to the Bangkok-based five-star brand, a full suite of Anantara hallmarks will be introduced during the first half of 2022. The property is now undergoing a soft renovation due for completion next spring, when a new lobby, updated rooms, and the White Salon — a new all-day dining restaurant serving quintessential Hungarian cuisine — will be unveiled.
But the star of the show is the New York Café, which has long been a gathering place for Hungarian intellectuals since the end of the 19th century. Here, guests can enjoy gourmet fare with live classical music beneath frescoed ceilings and Venetian chandeliers. The Poet Bar offers an intimate setting for after-dinner drinks, while the Deep Water Room, a second all-day dining venue, will serve signature Anantara breakfasts. Rounding out the hotel’s culinary offerings is the Atrium, where cocktails and light refreshments can be had under an impressive glass roof.
Scheduled for completion later in 2022, the new Anantara Spa will feature four treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, and a 15-metre heated relaxation pool. Wellness offerings here will combine the healing philosophies of Anantara’s Thai roots with elements inspired by Budapest’s tradition of thermal bathing.
Finally, Anantara Gurus will be on hand so guests can make the most of their stay. Immersive experiences will include excursions beyond the city limits to take a closer look at northern Hungary’s distinctive Matyó culture, or a visit to the Agárdi Distillery — a country manor a 50-minute drive southwest from Budapest — to produce their own traditional fruit brandy called palinka.
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