Matild Palace - Budapest
Updated: Mar 30
Matild Palace welcomes guests with a distinctive ambiance representative of its Hungarian heritage, which runs beautifully through its core and is unmistakable from the moment you step in through the front doors.Built during the Belle Epoque era, in 1902, the palace 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 Budapest. She dreamed of the twin palaces at the very heart of Budapest to greet those who enter the Elisabeth bridge as a graceful lady. Today this transformed UNESCO world heritage site offers global explorers regal luxury through its 111 tastefully furnished rooms with many overlooking the Danube river, 19 suites including the signature Crown Tower Suite and Maria Klotild Royal Suite, a remarkable history, and a new era of gastronomy by Wolfgang Puck.Combining luxurious surroundings with authentic experiences, Matild Palace serves as the most spectacular gateway to exploring the magic of Budapest
What we liked most
The soaring ceilings and jewel-toned velvets in the 130 rooms should come as no surprise after the grand Art-Nouveau-meets-Baroque public spaces. MKV Design, the team behind several of the planet’s smartest properties, including the hotels at Costa Navarino in Greece, have kept things simple. Arty touches nod to the Palace’s bohemian former life – Art Deco panelling behind squishy beds, ginormous mirrors and marble coffee tables are in most rooms. The views across the river threaten to be the star of the show – we recommend opening the drapes from bed for a smug early morning view of Pest waking up – until you spot the bathroom. Inspired by Hungary’s well-documented spa culture and Zsolnay tiles, they’re bigger than most London flats, with a bath huge enough to submerge in separated by glass doors. Heaven.
Food and Drink
Crowd-pleasing. The ground floor restaurant Spago is a Beverly Hills to Budapest transport from Wolfgang Puck. The slick dining room is at street level, spilling onto the patio outside in warmer months, and perfect for people gawping. Menus are fairly typical of the master chef, but foie gras pizza and huge steaks are joined by traditional Hungarian dishes such as goulash and steak tartare for a local feel. Breakfast is also served in Spago and is a notably more casual affair than supper. Rooftop bar The Duchess is dark and sexy, although it’s worth noting that the outside areas with the best views aren’t open in winter. Most excitingly, as of spring 2022, the building’s original café will reopen as the reimagined Matild Cafe and Cabaret. It’s a gorgeous two-level, panelled space with live performances on the original stage – unearthed when a local gentleman alerted workers to its existence beneath the concrete during construction.
Services and facilities
Plenty of people come to Budapest primarily for a hit of spa culture and the Palace taps into that. The Swan Spa is a classic bath experience – with a Hammam, thermal therapy, steam rooms and saunas. Afterwards, you can wander in a dream-like state back to the cocoon of your room without having to trek across the city.
Budapest is easily one of Europe’s prettiest cities – all romantic architecture, much of it thoughtfully restored and rebuilt, spread across the hills and river. The foodie Jewish Quarter is within walking distance of the hotel and our top tip for seeking out lunch or supper.
Light-hearted and smooth – staff are well-practised at navigating guests’ requests, however demanding, while remaining warm and congenial. A sommelier is on-hand in the restaurant to talk you through the lengthy wine list, and mixologists will happily mix you an off-menu cocktail or swap your table for one with a better view.
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Location: Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest, Váci u 36, 1056 Hungary
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Phone number: +36 1 550 5000