Mandarin Oriental Announces a New Project in Budapest, Hungary

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the renovation and rebranding of the former Gellért Hotel in Budapest. The renamed Mandarin Oriental Gellert, Budapest is expected to open in 2027 as a renovated Art Nouveau architecture with a focus on wellness.

The landmark property, which is owned by BDPST Group, first opened in 1918 as one of the Hungarian capital’s most iconic purpose-built grand hotels, located on the Buda side of the city and just a short walk to the Liberty Bridge, connecting Buda with Pest.

The all-encompassing restoration of the Gellért Hotel builds upon Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s successful track record of redeveloping landmark properties with historic significance, including Mandarin Oriental Ritz, Madrid, Mandarin Oriental Savoy, Zurich and Mandarin Oriental Palace, Lucerne. London-based interior design studio Alexander Waterworth will oversee the transformation of the 143 guestrooms and suites, wellness areas and public spaces. Among the studio’s most recent projects is Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino.

Mandarin Oriental Gellert, Budapest will have a focus on wellness, driven by the city’s well known thermal bathing culture, which dates back to Roman times. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Gellert, Budapest will have seven experiential areas offering contemporary wellness and aesthetic treatments. These include exclusive bathing experiences, which will mix the Group’s signature Asian therapies with Eastern European spa and beauty treatments that celebrate Hungary’s historic bathing and spa culture. The hotel will also offer a Fitness and Movement Studio as well as an indoor pool on the top floor, positioned under a retractable glass ceiling with a vitality tub, sauna, cold plunge pool and outdoor relaxation area. It adjoins a rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Pest side of the city and the famed Danube River.

Large open areas on the hotel’s ground and first floors are set to accommodate an indoor-outdoor specialty restaurant, again offering scenic city and Danube views. Building on Budapest’s famed baking heritage, a patisserie and café will serve as a gathering spot for both locals and visitors, while a spacious, fully restored Art Nouveau ballroom will be a venue for events.

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