Home And Away Guide: Ritz Carlton Budapest

People from all over the world visit Budapest to experience rich history, natural sites and unique cuisine. Made up of two cities, Buda and Pest are divided by the majestic River Danube. There are so many amazing things to do that a weekend isn’t enough time to see it all. The Chain Bridge is one of the most famous images of Budapest. This suspension bridge offers spectacular views of the banks of the Danube. This castle is a permanent presence for those walking along the banks of the river.

Towering high on a hill, the buildings and charming monuments make this impressive palace complex one of the most beautiful spots in the city. The Fisherman's Bastion built between 1895 and 1902 is a neo-Gothic terrace that looks like a structure taken straight out of a fairytale. St Stephen's Basilica is at a stone’s throw from Deák Tér, to the north. If you love shopping, check out Fashion Street where you find many famous fashion brands including Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Hungária Koncert offer classical music and folk-dance performances and concerts. They also show guests the most beautiful sights of the capital’s cultural heritage on a Danube river cruise either by day or over a two hour candlelit buffet dinner with live music at night. www.budapestrivercruises.com Ritz Carlton on Elizabeth Square offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations and is just minutes away from exquisite shopping, the lively business district, the Danube River, the Castle district, and Old Town.

Originally constructed in 1914 as the headquarters for an Italian insurance company many of the building’s architectural details have been retained, including elegant statues on the exterior walls. The interior design sensibly blends contemporary luxury with art deco, with many elements inspired by the blue whirling waters of Danube River. Using these existing classical elements with contemporary highlights, the new Ritz-Carlton, Budapest can be described as ‘tradition with a modern twist. All guestrooms and suites offer the highest degree of comfort and convenience and capture the essence of the city perfectly. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level on the 8th and 9th floors allows guests an elevated experience and an additional sanctuary, with dedicated concierge, complimentary food and beverage.

The newly opened ESPA and Fitness Centre is flooded with natural light on the top of the building, and creates an unrivalled haven for guests to unwind or recharge. Ritz-Carlton’s Deak Street Kitchen and al fresco terrace set in a warm expansive space is stylish and laid-back with antique mirrored walls, rose gold trim, walnut tables, leather sofas, patterned wallpaper and Hungarian timber floors. Here, the seasonal menu is authentic Hungarian with an emphasis on grilled meats and fish, paired with local wines and beers. The lobby also houses the contemporary Kupola bar which serves cocktails in a cosmopolitan and sophisticated ambiance next to a top of the range Mercedes Benz!

 The Ritz Carlton Budapest “ Discover With You “ package offers a Chocolate Sommelier experience with signature hot chocolate, overnight accommodation, daily full breakfast buffet for up to two people and 40 Euro hotel credit per stay from € 405 per night. Easter and early spring packages are also on offer at www.ritzcarlton.com.

Aer Lingus fly daily from Dublin to Budapest departing an early flight allowing a full day of activities in this beautiful city.  For best fares visit here.

Robert Walshe is a travel broadcaster with Q Radio in Northern Ireland and Travel Editor for River Media newspaper titles across the island of Ireland. 

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