The 5* Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel is situated on the elegant Erzsébet Körút boulevard. It provides a welcome retreat near the theatres, restaurants and bars on the Pest side of the Danube, close to visitor attractions and transport links. A short walk from tourist attractions, such as the Madach Theatre and Hungarian State Opera House home of the famed New York Café, known as “the most beautiful café in the world” close to Blaha Lujza underground station.
The hotel’s seven stories and 185 rooms are designed in classic yet contemporary style, offering a range of accommodation from comfortable rooms to spacious suites &rooms with views across the city available, a coffee or Nespresso machine, tea-making facilities, a large flat-screen TV, minibar, digital safe and complimentary Wi-Fi come as standard, connecting rooms and accessible rooms available on request.
Erzsébet körút 9-11 Budapest 1073 Hungary
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The main draw of the New York Palace is the New York Cafe inside. It's worth coming in to sit, drink/eat, and admire the amazing decor on the ceilings. Apparently, it was overlooked during communist times and even covered up, but has been returned to its original state to be seen and appreciated since 1991. Definitely evokes a feeling of being in the Paris of the East.
We stayed three nights at this lovely hotel before our river cruise, and staying here may have been the highlight of the entire trip. Without doubt, this is a stunningly beautiful building, especially the breakfast and cafe area. The exterior is also magnificent. Our room was spacious and the bed extremely comfortable. Rooms in the historic old building appear similar to those in the new, but have higher ceilings. Breakfasts were superb (make sure you book breakfast included), with a wide-ranging buffet plus cooked to order. I highly recommend their version of eggs benny. But the best part of all may be how the staff made us feel. I can't say enough about the large serving staff of mostly young people. Genuinely friendly, ever-present without being obtrusive, they certainly made my wife and I feel like very special guests. If I were to be a character written into a novel, who ends living for an extended time in a grand hotel (A Gentleman in Budapest?), this is where I would want to be. It was a joy to stay here.
I’ve already left a review for the Anantara New York Palace Hotel that now presently occupies this building (please see separately), so now I’ll focus on the building/property itself. I’ve left an average rating (matching my rating for the hotel on the other listing), not because the building itself is average…in fact, far from it. But I didn’t want people to confuss by review of the building (which is clearly 5 star) with my review of the hotel (clearly is 3 star)…or worse, have the hotel think that a positive review here offsets less favorable feedback elsewhere. Definitely, this building is worth a pop-in visit. It is over the top in its opulence and, to their credit, Anantara has done an amazing job with maintaining/restoring the hotel while modernizing it across all areas.