The Four Seasons Budapest
Széchenyi István Tér 5-6, Inner City
Housed in a striking Art Nouveau palace a stone's throw from the Chain Bridge, this meticulously renovated hotel is hands down the grandest home base from which to explore what is considered by many to be the Heart of Europe. Lavish throwbacks to the palace’s rich heritage are scattered throughout: stained-glass windows, intricate ironwork, and a fairytale marble staircase—in addition to updates like an infinity pool and world-class spa, where many treatments call for products made using the city’s famous thermal waters. On the flip side, the guestrooms, though fittingly sprawling, are done in soothing neutrals with occasional pops of jewel tones. Living up to the Four Seasons’ aim-to-please reputation, the concierge team here is more than ready to pull out all the stops in honor of a wow-moment. Case in point: the option to rent out the Hungarian State Opera House in its entirety for a private onstage dinner accompanied by a live orchestra.