Aria Hotel, Budapest

A rather well known playwright once said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” And since music is the theme behind one of Budapest’s newest 5-star accommodations, the Aria Hotel, I say play on and on and on.

Each one of the Aria Hotel‘s 44 rooms is inspired by a different musical artist, from four clearly defined genres – jazz, classical, opera and contemporary. We stayed in the Frank Sinatra room which included a caricature portrait and entrance music to ‘Strangers in the Night’ – a lovely, personalised touch. I believe you can even request a particular artist, should you have one in mind. The rooms themselves are lavishly decorated in glisteningly vibrant shades; the jazz wing coloured in mossy green, limes and polished amber. Surprisingly vast for such a central location (a far cry from London hotels), the rooms also come with built in music system, pod coffee machines and, what every international jet setter needs, a bathtub in the middle of the room! The rooms themselves are well attended with maid service twice a day (full service, followed by turndown service in the evening), all taken care of by the extremely attentive and knowledgable members of staff. We had some issues with our music system, and an employee was up in no time to talk us through it face-to-face.

Another fine touch of the service is the daily afternoon drinks reception that is held in the main foyer every afternoon. Complimentary for all guests, a buffet service is on offer including local cheeses, wines and crudités, which we certainly got our fill at. Also worth a visit is the hotel spa. Dimly lit and warmly inviting, the pool area is an underground sanctuary of relaxation. We were fortunate enough to go on a quiet day and so had the luxury of the space to ourselves.

The absolute must-see part of the hotel though however is the roof terrace. Situated right in the centre of the town, and practically in the shadow of the famous St Stephen’s Basilica, the terrace has views that stretch right across the rooftops of the city. The space is dotted with loungers and chairs which, on a sunny day, makes for a spectacular spot to enjoy the afternoon sun. At night too, we watched the sun go down, which is a simply unmissable evening treat.

It really is an indication of the where the city is headed that a site like this has sprung up. Whilst more and more tourists seek a relatively more obscure (and naturally cheaper) destination like Budapest, 5 star luxury is readily available – and affordable.

Aria Hotel Budapest
Hercegprímás utca 5
Budapest H-1051

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