Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in.
Brownie points for the fruit jars and macaroons upon arrival.
Standing in front of the gorgeous Christmas display in the lobby.
Branded bathrobes and marble everything, the bathroom was just beautiful.
The most comfortable bed that I’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. I sank into the depths of the mattress and enjoyed the best few nights of sleep I’ve had all year.
With Cat; my close friend, part-time photographer and willing travel companion.
The hotel had its own Christmas market!
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace proudly sits directly opposite the Chain Bridge. It looks breathtakingly beautiful lit up at night.
Sweet treats delivered promptly on our return from walking and exploring, a much-needed sugar boost.
What I wore to dinner at KOLLÁZS, the hotel’s own European bar and brasserie.
The marble bathroom of dreams just across from the lobby. We couldn’t resist a few photos – albeit slightly posey ones …
A beautifully presented mixed salad was my starter, complete with a delicious citrus dressing.
And Cat’s starter: creamy butternut squash soup served in a cup and saucer.
We both chose this delicious dish for our main. A smoky and slightly spicy paprika risotto with mixed vegetables and charcoal crisps. It was incredible.
And to finish: a dairy and gluten free chocolate cake (woop woop!) with fresh berries, crumbled pistachio and a fruit glaze.
A cocktail in a teacup served with a macaroon? Yes please.
Our fancy in-room coffee machine (which I attempted to use and failed desperately – shh).
Sipping coffee on the balcony overlooking the bridge. Such a beautiful view to wake up to.
A healthy room service breakfast and the hotel’s own complimentary newspaper.
Making full use of the beautiful natural light on the balcony …
The changing rooms in the wellness centre, stocked with essential toiletries for you to use at your leisure.
The spa was flooded with natural light, as a beautiful wall of floor-to-ceiling windows lined the pool area.
Bikini Top*: Triangl
Taking 5 in the relaxation area with Vogue and a hot coffee.
Wood-panelled walls, a row of rubber plants and marble floors; the decor was just perfect.
After a dreamy post-breakfast dip in the pool.
At the beginning of December, I spent two incredible nights at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest; two nights that passed all too quickly in one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in. It’s hard to put into words just how stunning the building is, or how impressive the facilities are, or how much I enjoyed the time I spent there – but I promise to do my very best.
The hotel itself is housed inside Gresham Palace, a striking and lavishly-decorated building offering panoramic views of the River Danube and sitting adjacent to the Chain Bridge. From the moment we stepped out of our taxi, we were in awe of its beauty and its central location, the perfect base from which to explore Budapest on foot. In the lobby, we were greeted by high ceilings and marble floors, with grand snow-capped Christmas trees standing by the entrance. I have to admit, I think we were very lucky to visit during the festive period, as the decorations and the Christmas markets made the whole experience seem even more magical.
After checking in, we were shown to our room on the 6th floor. It was stylish and spacious with a beautiful marble bathroom and a balcony overlooking the river. Oh, and a whole wall of wardrobes! It had an enormous bed – which to this day I still dream about because it was so comfortable – a lovely and very convenient desk space, an armchair to lounge in and a huge flatscreen TV which if we’d had an extra day or two, we’d probably have made full use of in the evenings. But we had far too much to pack in and found ourselves almost passed out with exhaustion both nights. But a feature that really sealed the deal for me? Our very own Nespresso coffee machine. You all know how much I love coffee.
After hours of walking the city on the first day, we were too tired to have a formal dinner and instead opted for a “light bite” (which turned out to be not so light at all due to very generous portion sizes) in the lobby lounge, enjoying a cocktail or two with our selection of several dishes from the expansive menu. With candles burning and jazz music playing, it was a lovely cosy environment in which to unwind and reflect on a busy and exciting day. However, the following evening we were treated to a 3-course meal at KOLLÁSZ, the hotel’s own brasserie and bar. Though we could hardly move by the time we’d polished off dessert and a few cocktails, we didn’t regret a single bite. The food was incredible. So flavoursome, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Due to my allergies, the chef created a unique menu just for me and I enjoyed 3 courses that had been tailor-made especially. I was blown away. Some (but not all) restaurants are happy to modify dishes in order to make them suitable but to create new recipes entirely? Outstanding. The service was impeccable and both Cat and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to our waiter about our mutual love for Budapest as a city.
The following morning, after a healthy room service breakfast and a flick through the hotel’s own newspaper, we headed straight for the spa for an afternoon of poolside rest and relaxation. From the spacious changing rooms offering complimentary toiletries to the glass wall of windows overlooking the courtyard, the spa was the epitome of luxury. Wood panelling and rubber plants lined the wall behind the loungers. A minibar with a selection of tea, coffee and snacks catered for your every craving. A jacuzzi just above pool level fronted a walkway of saunas, steam and treatment rooms. It was simply beautiful. The perfect place to indulge your senses and take time for yourself. I read for a while, I napped and I dipped on occasion – it was just heavenly.
I could shout from the rooftops about how fantastic my stay was at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace and I suppose my blog is my outlet to do so. I can’t even begin to explain how grateful, fortunate and overwhelmed I feel that I was given such an incredible opportunity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Four Seasons for hosting us and for making our stay so wonderful. And thank you, every one of you reading this, for making this experience possible. I wouldn’t be able to do this without you.
Love, Beth xo.
This post is in collaboration with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.