After spending a chilly winters morning wandering the streets of Budapest, trying to absorb all of its beauty and charm, we grabbed a coffee and decided to go find our hotel and check in. Located on a street just by Saint Stephen’s Basilica (its 50 meters away, so get your taxi to drop you there, you wont miss it!) an ideal location for sightseeing, we did most of our sightseeing by foot from here, but you can easily call a taxi or catch a nearby tram for further distances. Here’s a list of a few key sights and the distances from the hotel:
- Hungarian State Opera: 5 minute walk
- Chain Bridge: 7 minute walk
- Parliament Building: 15 minute walk
- Grand Market Hall: 8 minute taxi
- Gellert Baths: 10 minute taxi
- Buda Castle: 10 minute taxi
The hotel is roughly a 30 minute drive from the airport, depending on traffic (of course!). Once you arrive at the hotel you will be greeted by friendly faces at the door, who will guide you to the reception area to get you checked-in. We were so excited to be staying at the Aria hotel, after an excellent stay at their sister hotel in New York, The Library Hotel. We had high expectations, hoping they were going to be just as good as the New York hotel, and we were definitely not disappointed! The staff were so welcoming and genuine, it made us feel very relaxed and we knew we wouldn’t want to leave!
The wow factor at this hotel, for me, has definitely got to be the piano key floor tiles that sweep through the whole hotel, it’s amazing!
There are 4 wings to the hotel, each with different musical themes, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and the one we stayed in, Opera. Our Opera styled room was very elegant, with tufted velvet headboards and a matching sofa! We had our own Ipad for the room and an extensive playlist to suit any taste (I love that you could play the music in the bathroom and control the volume in there too). The television remote was touch-screen! Sorry, but I’ve never seen a touch-screen tv remote before! We had a large bed, which was incredibly comfortable and a lovely bathroom, with both shower and a separate bath tub. The balcony was a little chilly to sit out on while we were there, but would have been lovely on a warmer day, with a coffee from the rooms espresso machine.
We enjoyed a complimentary wine and cheese reception in the lobby, which is available every evening. We sampled many delicious Hungarian delights and the sound of the grand piano playing in the background was an extra treat and really set the scene.
The Spa is wonderful, there is a jacuzzi, a heated pool, sauna and a steam room for complimentary use when staying at the hotel. Towels, slippers and robes are also provided for you to use. There is a treatment room where you can book a relaxing massage or facial. The treatments are not complimentary.
In the morning, after a great sleep in the huge, luxurious bed, you can make your way down to the main lobby (where the wine and cheese reception is) to have breakfast. There is a great spread of Hungarian hams, fruit, cereals, bread and more. The staff will serve you with drinks and take your order, if you would like a cooked breakfast.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Aria hotel Budapest, and would recommend to everyone that a stay there would complete any trip to the magical city of Budapest.
Only one problem… You might not see much of the city as the hotel is far too good to leave!
By Poppy Glendening.