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.
Forest wildlife and edible plants inspire the Aria Hotel Budapest’s High Note SkyBar. Come and visit the wilderness on the top of the world’s best hotel!
The Gruber family (Tamara, Glenn, and Hannah) are passionate travelers, whether it may be near there home in Rhode Island or anywhere in the world. Their latest adventure took them to Central Europe. Read further to learn how they chose to spend 48 hours in Budapest as a family.
Library Hotel Collection: Tell us about yourself, how did your passion for travel and hotels begin?
Tamara Gruber: Even as a kid I dreamed of traveling the world. As an adult, I try to visit as many new places each year as a I can. Once I had a family, I knew that not only would that not change, but I was even more inspired to show my child the world and raise her to be a global citizen.
LHC: How often do you travel and how long have you been an active travel influencer?
TG: I launched my blog four years ago and over time have become more and more involved in the travel community. Last year, I partnered with another family travel blogger to launch the only family travel podcast, Vacation Mavens, that focuses on destinations and family travel tips. Also, for the last couple of years I have been planning trips for other families as a Virtuoso Travel Advisor for Ciao Bambino, a luxury family travel agency.
LHC: Which of our hotels did you stay in?
TG: We stayed in the lovely Aria Hotel Budapest.
LHC: From your experience in our hotels, what makes the experience with us unique?
TG: The music theme and how well it is carried out is certainly unique. It is those touches, plus the inclusions like the breakfast and the wine and cheese reception that really set the property apart.
LHC: What will you remember most about your stay?
TG: It is hard to forget the piano keyboard running through the lobby walkway. I especially loved this view from above, looking down from the High Note Sky Bar. Of course, the panoramic terrace offered amazing views looking out as well!
LHC: Was there anything in our city that surprised you?
I was surprised by how many millennials are attracted to Budapest as a weekend getaway.
LHC: Did you experience any favorite restaurants during your stay?
TG: Yes! The concierge recommended Tama, which was a short walk away, very close to the cathedral. The service and food were outstanding. For each course, our waiter brought a selection of wines for us to try to pair with the course and he was spot on each time.
LHC: Was there anything you recommend as a nearby “must see” for our guests?
TG: Do I need to pick just one? I would say the thing that touched me most was the Shoe Memorial that we visited during our amazing Jewish History tour. Next I would say the Hungarian Parliament Building, especially if you get to see it from the water at night.
LHC: What’s next on your Travel Bucket List?
TG: Hmm. Another hard one. My daughter would say London, my husband either Japan or Chile, and I might choose Portugal.
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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!
Health, recreation and relaxation have always been major attractions of Hungary’s tourist industry. Budapest is one of the few capital cities with a surfeit of spa waters, and therapeutic soaking has been practiced here since Roman times. Reactivated under the Ottomans, Budapest’s bathing culture was developed in the early 20th century, when ornate bathhouses were built. Promoting the city as a spa destination, establishments such as the Gellért, the Széchenyi and, most recently, the Rudas, have all seen major modern renovations and now are essential stops on any visit to the city.
Photo Credit: Chiara Salvadori
Where to bath?
Gellért Baths: The most famous bath in town, the Gellért Thermal Bath designed by three architects between 1912 and 1918 as part of the glamorous, late Art Nouveau Gellért Hotel. Consisting of an outdoor pool, a wave bath and extensive sunbathing area, they retain their historic character inside, where the spa baths and saunas operated as single-sex attractions until relatively recently.
Photo Credit: Goold Photography
Széchenyi Thermal Baths: No trip to Budapest is complete without a visit to the Széchenyi. The city’s busiest and most tourist-friendly spa, the Széchenyi provides the backdrop for the iconic image of bathers playing chess in the waters. This is one of three outdoor pools, complemented by saunas, steam rooms, relaxation areas and more baths at varying temperatures inside. Of all the baths, this is the one where you can most easily spend the whole day.
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Rudas Baths: The most recent of Budapest’s baths to be renovated, the Rudas Baths near the Buda side of Elizabeth Bridge now feature a panoramic pool roof and restaurant, as well as tastefully restored spa areas. Despite this 21st-century makeover, the Rudas still echoes its distinct Ottoman rootf – it was the first built and developed in the 1550s and 1560s. In another recent development, the spa now allows men and women to bathe together at weekends, with all-night opening hours.
Photo Credit: Zoltán Balogh
at Aria Hotel Budapest, Harmony Spa offers a unique fusion of spa and state of the art wellness for an integrated experience to help you relax, revitalize, re-energize and rejuvenate in the heart of the city center.
Photo of the award-winning Harmony Spa
Favorite Treatment offer of Harmony Spa by Szilvia Sajtos, Spa Manager of Harmony Spa:
Power Vitamin C antioxidant facial 90 min
Wake up tired looking skin with this invigorating facial. It begins with a powerful pomegranate and lactic acid exfoliation to polish away impurities and clarify pores. Then, we apply an Aloe Vera balm to rehydrate and liven-up your skin. A Vitamin C derivative masque completes this treatment and aids in vitamins and anti-oxidant production to make your skin look brighter than before.
for skin that is: dry, tired, and in need of a pick me up
benefits: Intensive light effect treatment & relentless anti-oxidant activity
results: tight and vibrant skin
Hungarian Rhapsody Treatment 90 min
This treatment is designed to inspire complete relaxation and leave your body feeling rejuvenated and reinvigorated. It begins with a full-body exfoliation with Thermal Spring Salt, which prepares your skin to soak up the benefits of the special Hungarian mineral-rich body wrap. From there, you can enjoy the peaceful, insulating sensation as you are wrapped in the mud. Our licensed therapists will give an exceptional Hungarian facial massage and also a one-of-a-kind spa experience that is nowhere to find!
for those who: are looking for a relaxing, total-body experience
benefits: aids in relaxation
results: full body relaxation
Essential Flower Deluxe Pedicure 60 min
Our seasonal pedicure is a luxurious treatment that is also firmly focused on results. First, we use red flower bath to soften your toes. Then we apply Honey Salt Scrub to work off tough, dry skin, and follow it up with Warmed Marigold Balm to soften your heels. Lastly, we apply our apricot oil to leave your feet looking sleek and moisturized.
for those who: are looking for an ultimate pedicure for hydrating revitalizing
benefits: revive, renew, and refresh even the most dehydrated feet
results: leave your feet bright and moisturized