The Luxury Collection Debuts in Hungary in Former Palace

Marriott International has announced the opening of Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matild Palace has undergone a five-year renovation led by interior designer Maria Vafiadis and local architects Péter Dajka and Puhl Antal to become a 130-guestroom luxury hotel.

Matild Palace was built 120 years ago during the Belle Époque era and was developed under the patronage of Her Imperial and Royal Highness Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to serve as the social hub of the city. Matild Palace was part of her vision to create two baroque palaces, acting as a gateway to those entering the “Pest” side of the city from Elisabeth Bridge.

Dining by Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck will oversee all dining operations at Matild Palace. His renowned restaurant Spago by Wolfgang Puck marks the debut of the Beverly Hills concept in Hungary; the menu will offer traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist through recipes inspired by the produce of the region.

The chef will also oversee culinary offerings at The Duchess rooftop bar opening next month, a secret liquor library and the Matild Café and Cabaret, opening in September. Spago and Matild Café & Cabaret will both offer year-round outdoor dining on the streets of Budapest.

Guestrooms and Suites

Matild Palace offers a choice of 111 guestrooms and 19 suites, with many providing views of the city or the Danube River. The four guestroom categories each take inspiration from The Duchess’s lifestyle and early 20th-century Budapest. Each bedroom is over 13 feet in height and includes handcrafted headboards, traditional fishbone parquet floors and spa-style bathrooms inspired by the thermal baths of Hungary. The color palette of teal, green, gold, and copper is meant to reflect the hues of Budapest’s roofscape. Good to know: The hotel offers many connecting family rooms for multi-generational groups.

The Loft Guestrooms, located at the rooftop of the property, provide views either across the city or the Danube River through large, sloping windows. Guests can expect an eclectic mix of contemporary design with vintage furnishings and art. Pretty cool: The Crown Tower Suite, split across three floors, has its own 157-foot-high tower boasting 360-degree views of the city. Then there’s the Maria Klotid Royal Suite, designed as a modern interpretation of the Duchess’s private suite, inclusive of a spacious master bedroom, bathroom, living room and separate study, decorated with elegant chandeliers and handmade glass mosaics.

Wellness and Relaxation

Swan Spa at Matild Palace offers a Hungarian-influenced wellness experience with traditional thermal therapy and Hammam rituals. Complete with a salt and steam room, the spa will exclusively offer ESPA products for all spa treatments. For those looking to keep active, there is also a fully equipped gym.

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