Imbibing Buda’s historic wonder with a little of Pest’s bohemian spirit, Baltazár Budapest is a remarkable boutique hotel and bistro…
For first-time visitors, Budapest will astound. It defines grand. All old-European splendour with its humbling monuments kept impeccably pristine. Bisected by the River Danube, Buda and Pest retain distinct essence—Pest its modern heart with the famously eclectic Jewish Quarter and its ‘ruin pubs’; Buda to the west, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Hungary with its staggering historical landmarks.
Situated here on the west bank of the Danube—close to the neo-Romanesque Fisherman’s Bastion, the unforgettable Buda Castle and the Citadella atop Gellért Hill—is Baltazár; a contemporary boutique hotel with style to match its surrounds. A family-owned property with 11 rooms and suites, each with a feel of Buda’s grandeur coupled with a hint of Pest’s bohemian spirit.
Decorated with a mix of vintage and contemporary pieces, artwork throughout the hotel is inspired by pop culture icons such as Vivienne Westwood; Keith Haring; Andy Warhol; and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bathrooms feature handcrafted local limestone, L’Occitane amenities and Hans Grohe rain showers, making for a fine sanctuary after a day treading the cobbled stones of the encircling historical area and its wealth of landmarks.
Guests enter through a small reception area with a red banquette running the length of one wall, a bar along the other and a discreet check-in desk. Baltazár is a project that the term ’boutique’ was coined for; a place for guests to relax and disconnect, to truly feel at home. Be that in the bedroom, its charming public area over a coffee or glass of wine, or at the adjoining Baltazár Grill, where Josper-grilled meat and fish is served in a warm, friendly and understated space where that fusion of classic and contemporary styles spills over from the bedrooms.