Because it’s December, we went in search of things that make it “the most wonderful time of the year”. It’s usually a month full of Christmas, year-end sprints at work, parties, delays, and lots of snow. But what exactly are Aria Hotel Budapest’s guests, staff and fans sharing on Instagram? Here’s a selection.
Sample local delights in the Castle District, stroll through the historic city center and admire the finest examples of Neo-Renaissance architecture: Budapest offers the perfect combination of a city trip and a culinary holiday. Have a lovely time in Budapest!
“ You will always find high quality, fascinating, valuable programs designed for all ages”
Art, culture and culinary delights drenched in a delicious Hungarian flavor: Budapest has it all. Whenever your travels take you to Budapest, you will always find high quality, fascinating, and valuable programs designed for all ages at the city’s many arts festivals. A few favorites are the Budapest Spring Festival, the Budapest Summer Festival, the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival held in the autumn and the Winter Festival.
See Budapest Festivals for details.
Celts first town and Roman open-air theaters
Celtics, Romans, Magyars and Ottomans: over the centuries Budapest has been populated by many different cultures and civilizations. The city’s rich history dates back to first century BC. From Celts first town to a Roman open-air theaters, Budapest is a melting pot of architectural styles. Climb up the Gellért Hill, and visit the Citadella. This former fortress provides a perfect panorama of the city below.
City of Art
Budapest is the cultural heart of Hungary. The so-called ‘Pearl of the Danube’ features several buildings and museums. Dominating the junction of the Nagykörút and Üllői út, the Museum of Applied Arts is one of the finest examples of Secessionist architecture in Budapest.
Address: 1091 Budapest, Üllői str. 33-37.
Open hours: Monday – closed; Tuesday-Sunday – 10:00-18:00
Visit http://www.imm.hu/en/ for more information.
Hung like a pearl necklace over this most picturesque stretch of the Danube, the Chain Bridge was the first permanent crossing between Buda and Pest.
Address: 1091 Budapest, Üllői str. 33-37.
Coronations, weddings and ceremonies, some of the most momentous events in Hungarian history have taken place at Matthias Church in the Castle District.
Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság square 2.
Named after St. Stephen, the Basilica is not only the most important church building in Budapest but in Hungary itself. Created by several architects over the course of more than 50 years, the Basilica was finally unveiled in 1905.
Address: 1051 Budapest, Szent István square 1.
One of the largest of its kind in the world, the Great Synagogue is both a working place of worship and a major tourist attraction.
Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány str. 2.
Visit http://www.greatsynagogue.hu/ for information.
There hasn’t been a better time to be a gastronome in Budapest. Michelin has recently bestowed stars and recommendations onto the city’s leading restaurants. The city is undergoing a culinary revolution with new places appearing on the city’s gastro scene every year.
If you are visiting Budapest, there is no shortage of fun and exciting activities to keep you entertained. The Aria Hotel Budapest Concierge team would love to help you plan your upcoming stay with us so please contact us with any questions. We hope to welcome you in the near future!
For today’s #TravelTuesday, we are excited to share the reasons Malena Permentier fell in love with the Library Hotel Collection. Malena along with her FashionContainer blog partner, Tatiane, was able to experience the unique concepts, rooms, and location of four of the Library Hotel Collection hotels. Aria Hotel Budapest was thrilled to host them on their first Fashion Container official trip and on their first trip to the Big Apple, they stayed at Hotel Giraffe. Photographer Tatiane Kozijn was able to capture great moments of the stay which they shared on their blog:
Library Hotel Collection: Tell us about yourself, how did your passion for travel and hotels begin?
Malena Permentier: I’ve loved traveling for as long as I remember! The more often and the further from home, the better. I actually got my first real taste for unique design hotels at the Aria Hotel in Budapest. That was two years ago.
LHC: How often do you travel and how long have you been an active travel influencer?
MP: Our blog, FashionContainer, has been around for almost five years, but we’ve only gotten deeply involved in travel collaborations over the past two years.
LHC: Which of our hotels did you stay in?
MP: We stayed (when I say ‘we’, I mean myself and Tatiane, the other half of the FashionContainer team) at the Aria Hotel Budapest, Aria Hotel Prague, Hotel Giraffe and Hotel Elysee.
LHC: How did you hear about our hotels and why did you choose to stay with us?
MP: We read about the Aria Hotel opening in Budapest. The interior looked spectacular so we wanted to go!
LHC: From your experience in our hotels, what makes the experience with us unique?
MP: The hospitality and feeling of ‘home’.
LHC: What will you remember most about your stay?
MP: Watching the sunset on the High Note Skybar of the Aria Hotel Budapest with a glass of wine in my hand!
LHC: Was there anything in our city that surprised you?
MP: When we stayed at Hotel Giraffe, it was our very first time in New York so we were surprised by everything! It was amazing!
LHC: What was your favorite local dish?
MP: We loved Dos Caminos, a really cool Mexican place, just around the corner of Hotel Giraffe.
LHC: Why did you choose to visit our city?
MP: Because my travel bucket-list is never ending!
LHC: What was your favorite nearby attraction?
MP: In New York, that would be the Flatiron district.
LHC: Was there anything you recommend as a nearby “must see” for our guests?
MP: Any rooftop bar to watch the sunset!
LHC: What would you recommend someone do to prepare for a trip to our city?
MP: I always like to research which cool places are at a walking distance from the hotel.
LHC: What would you recommend to travelers that they must pack for a trip to our city?
MP: To New York: comfy shoes that help to walk around all day!
LHC: Did you collect any souvenirs from your travels?
MP: No, I don’t really believe in souvenirs. I prefer pictures!
LHC: What’s next on your Travel Bucket List?
MP: See more of Croatia! Which is happening this summer. Exciting.
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Photo Credits: FashionContainer | Photographer: Tatiane Kozijn
Elisabetta Bertolini Visits the Library Hotel Collection
Founder of the Italian lifestyle and travel blog Moda Fashion, Elisabetta Bertolini, stayed at the Casablanca Hotel in Times Square, the Hotel Elysee, and the beautiful Aria Hotel Budapest. We were so excited to have Elisabetta who is a spectacular photographer stay in three of our beloved hotels and leave us with such beautiful images of her experience. Join us in learning more about Elisabetta and hearing about her recent trips from her favorite bites in Budapest to her love of the glamorous New York City skies. #TravelTuesday #TipsforTravelers
LHC: Tell us about yourself, how did your passion for travel and hotels begin?
EB: I’ve always been a free spirit and curious to discover new places. Since I was a child, my favorite books and movies spoke about new worlds and places. Diego, who studied Tourism, is my life and travel partner and this passion towards travel grew up with us. I hope we can transmit this love for travel to our children.
The Christmas season in Budapest is truly the most beautiful and a delightful sensory experience of the year: full of colours, festive sounds, and enticing smells. From mid-November through December, the city comes to life as outdoor holiday markets pop-up throughout the town selling arts and crafts, unique locally-produced souvenirs, clothing and so much more. Even if you don’t plan to do much shopping, the atmosphere is fun and many markets offer fantastic seasonal foods and warm drinks. Here is our list of the best Christmas Fairs and Markets in Budapest:Continue Reading