Art nouveau splendours for Budapest newest five-star hotel

Present for the first time at ITB Asia, Budapest Parisi Udvar Hotel is a spectacular five-star property which helped revitalise one of the most impressive Art Nouveau buildings in the heart of the Hungarian capital.

Parisi Udvar is a majestic building standing on the Pest side of the city which was achieved in 1871 by the Hungarian architect Mihaly Pollack for Baron Jozsef Brudern. One of Budapest’s first passages with shops, the building was reconstructed in the years 1909-1912 in the new eclectic style of the time, Art Nouveau (locally known as Jugendstil).

Abandoned for many years, Parisi Udvar has been fully restored and transformed into a luxury hotel, which is now part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt and is managed by Mellow Mood Hotels.

The magnificent property blends Arabic, Moorish and Gothic architectural details, a testament to Hungary’s rich history. The original façade, staircases and decorative tiles have been carefully preserved. Inside the hotel, the lobby is located where shops used to be, giving a feeling of grandeur to the structure. Visitors are likely to be puzzled by the majestic glass ceiling dome and the veuve.

The hotel’s 110 guestrooms have been elegantly designed by Hungarian contemporary artists and designers, inspired by Gothic, Moorish and Oriental styles with tailor-made Hungarian-crafted furnishings. There are 18 luxurious suites and two Royal Residencies.

The hotel offers two dining options, each with their own style and space. The hotel’s main restaurant, the Párisi Passage Cafe & Brasserie, serves international cuisine but also local and international wines in a cosmopolitan dining area. It is made complete with an open kitchen, allowing guests to interact with the chefs in a relaxing yet lively atmosphere. The Patisserie & Café, best known for its signature Parisi kocka dark chocolate dessert, serves fresh juices, artisan coffee and traditional Hungarian pastries. The hotel also has a spa, a fitness centre and 300 sq m of meeting facilities.

Photo: The renovated Parisi Udvar hotel in Budapest