In the charming Budapest it is possible to find any type of accomodation, but when I travel I like some comforts and as well the location is important to go directly to the main attractions. Especially visitng cities for work reasons means to have a small amount of time to be a tourists. To be cared for by a professional staff for any need, starting from the transfers and the assistance for reservations. The time saved becomes in this way useful to go around and see buildings, monuments, museums and so on.
One of the most visited places is the Chain Bridge, it is the most famous connection between Buda and Pest, across the river Danube. Opened in 1849, the bridge represent a symbol for the city and also it was considered in past centuries as an example of innovation. I see it as nice architecture, but of course the bridge, the river and the view of the castle in one side and of the Parliament in the other side is simply marvellous. A perfect panorama.
I decided to stay in Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, one of the best accomodations in town. It is true it is part of an important and international chain, but starting from the building and arriving to the typical grandeur of Budapest there are many elements related to the local culture. The architecture and the interiors are connected with the ancient style of the Hungarian kings.
In my suite I found elegance and modern equipment. The Art Deco furnishings are united with contemporary objects to give all comforts with a pleasant aesthetics to each room. They are spacious and full of natural light that comes from the big windows. The staff is kind and professional as usual in this type of hotels and there is a good offer of bars and restaurants.
The meal at Kollazs Brasserie and Bar is superb, prepared by the chef with ability and good quality ingredients. There is a good choice between fish and meet dishes, but some recipes are very interesting like the ones with a mix of fruits and foie gras. The restaurant gives a modern culinary experience with a different menu according to the meal. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but the snacks are available all day long.
Four Seasons is a luxury brand in hospitality and in Budapest it confirms a great service, without forget the connection with the city and the country. This is what I like, to have also an international comfort and some elements of the local culture. As a guest of the hotel I feel like an Hungarian king, living as the country rulers of the past.