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The Lobby and Reception of The Ritz-Carlton Budapest. The hotel has 170 guestrooms and 30 luxury suites.

The Lobby and Reception of The Ritz-Carlton Budapest. The hotel has 170 guestrooms and 30 luxury suites.

When we heard The Ritz-Carlton Budapest had just opened, we wanted to get the insider scoop, since we know the luxury hotel will be popular with those planning river cruises and customized vacations to Europe this summer.

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What we know: The Ritz-Carlton Suite, the largest in the hotel, has an awesome balcony with views of Elizabeth Park (think plenty of green space and the famed Danubius Fountain) and Buda Hills, which divides the city into Buda and Pest. The suite, which has a separate living room and dining, is styled with sleek grays and blues and is 1,240 square feet in size. (Did we mention the master marble bath with the heated floors and rain shower? Sweet!).

The Superior Room comes with contemporary interior décor and views of the Fashion Street.

The Superior Room comes with contemporary interior décor and views of the
Fashion Street.

We hear that the top city views at the hotel are from the Club Level rooms; they’re on the eighth and ninth floor. Looking for some fun in Budapest? The concierge is adept at planning tours of local wineries (yes, please) and Budapest’s thermal spas for those who want to “take to the waters.” Fancy a day out in nature? The hotel can also organize picnics in the Buda Hills. If dining inside is more your speed, we hear the hotel’s Deak Street Kitchen has one of the best selections of Hungarian wines in the city. What we love: Deak Street is using local, seasonal ingredients and it has a terrace that overlooks Fashion Street, which, true to its name, has designer stores and a lovely local market. Did someone say “people watching?”

Hotel management is embracing its environment and is working with a local art foundation that supports local artists, all of which means there will be rotating art installations in the hotel atrium. Note: The spa has yet to open but it will have plenty of natural light, an indoor pool and three treatment rooms.

Travel advisors planning a VIP stay can contact Farah Willey ([email protected]) for special attention.

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