Introducing you to the Aria Hotel in Budapest, Hungary
The Aria Hotel Budapest is a luxurious, boutique hotel on a picturesque street next to the majestic Saint Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest‘s city centre.
Not only is it one of the best and most luxurious hotels in the Hungarian capital, but it’s also one of the most interesting in terms of its unique concept.
This luxury five star boutique hotel is housed in a meticulously restored 19th-century former bank in an elegant street just a hop and a skip away from the main shopping and dining areas.
Designer Zoltan Varro’s vision for the hotel was to simultaneously recreate the rich, lavish atmosphere of a historic Hungarian palace while also embracing visitors in the warmth and comfort of a private residence whilst complimenting the musical theme of the hotel.
The theme of music is front and centre throughout the Aria hotel. Not only are each of the dedicated four wings in the neoclassical building dedicated to a different musical genre which encompasses jazz, classical, opera and contemporary, each of the individual suites and rooms are named after individual artists and composers.
Illustrious age-old composers sit alongside esteemed contemporary songwriters like Bob Dylan and James Brown.
The theme of music is carried out throughout the public areas of the hotel. A black-and-white keyboard floor unfolds from the hotel lobby entrance through to the expansive and resplendent atrium where you will find a grand Bogányi piano that sits under the opulent atrium with an extravagant glass roof.
It is here every day, hotel guests and visitors can enjoy live music from a range of local artists. On our day of arrival, we saw a fantastic duo of Hajdu Klára and Milan Szakonyi who performed a standout and emotive set of reimagined covers.
Guests are also invited to partake in free wine and cheese whilst enjoying the musical performances which take place between 4-6pm which is a lovely touch.
The hotel also has a highly-knowledgeable music concierge/director too who is on hand with any musical questions you may have about the hotel or musical hot spots in Budapest. The attention to detail is carried out through the entire hotel staff who offer exquisite service.
With each of the hotels having four dedicated wings, we were excited to find out which one we were staying in and were thrilled with being allocated a room in the ‘classical’ tower.
Spacious, vibrant and playful adorned in hues of cream and blue, the decor is contemporary and elegant with neo-baroque furniture and Murano glass chandeliers. There’s also some thoughtful music touches which includes books and artwork pertaining to the genre in question.
Almost all rooms come with a balcony and have automatic window shutters which makes for a great night sleep. The bed is capacious and the room also has a handy area for working, a sofa and coffee table and ample storage space.
The marble bathrooms have a bath and a huge walk-in shower where you can indulge in the Molton Brown products which includes face wash as well as your standard toiletries. You can even choose to have music piped in from the main bedroom/living area into the bathroom.
One of the huge selling points of this stunning hotel is the subterranean award-winning Harmony spa which is a beautiful space that includes a fantastic swimming pool complete with four poster cabanas and loungers.
There’s also a spa pool/jacuzzi, steam room and sauna which are all much-needed after a busy day’s sightseeing. You can take your pick from all manners of spa treatments and return to your room relaxed and revitalised.
From the bottom to the top, and in this case – one of the hotel highlights is the spectacular High Note Skybar which affords the most stunning views from the roof terrace over the Basilica which is one of the best rooftop bars in the city.
Whilst we didn’t eat dinner in the hotel, we did partake in the breakfast which was held in the courtyard atrium – the Music Garden. All dietary requirements are catered for and you can enjoy either a cooked breakfast, cheeses and charcuterie, fresh fruit, pastries and more.
Those wanting to indulge further can also partake in a cheeky glass of prosecco if they so desire!
Without doubt, the Aria hotel is one of the best hotels in Budapest. Not only does it have a fantastic location, it’s also super-stylish with great amenities and is an ideal choice for any music lover!
The Aria hotel which is part of the Library Hotel Collection offers rooms starting from €408 per night, based on two adults sharing and including breakfast. For information and bookings visit: https://ariahotelbudapest.com/