Historical Matild Palace opens in Budapest

Marriott International’s Luxury Collection Hotels and Resorts debuted Monday in Hungary with the opening of Matild Palace in Budapest.

Matild Palace, owned by Ozyer Group, is a Unesco World Heritage site that was built 120 years ago. It opens following a five-year renovation spearheaded by interior designer Maria Vafiadis and local architects Peter Dajka and Puhl Antal.

The property has 130 guestrooms, comprising 111 guestrooms and 19 suites, many with views of the Danube River. Bedrooms feature high ceilings, fishbone parquet floors and a teal, green, gold and copper color palette. There are a number of connecting family rooms throughout the property.

The Crown Tower Suite caps the property on its fifth floor, though the suite is split across three floors with a 157-foot tower that offers 360-degree views of the city. The Maria Klotid Royal Suite, named after the property’s initial developer, is designed as an interpretation of her private suite. (Klotid had developed Matild Palace to serve as the social hub of the city.)

Dining operations will be overseen by Wolfgang Puck. His Spago restaurant opens for the first time in Hungary, featuring traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist. He will also oversee the Duchess rooftop bar, opening next month, and Matild Cafe and Cabaret, opening in September. Both will offer year-round, outdoor dining. There will also be a “secret liquor library” overseen by Puck, Marriott said.

Matild Palace houses Swan Spa, which offers guests a Hungarian-influenced experience. That includes thermal therapy and hammam rituals. The spa uses Espa products. The property also has a gym and meetings and event space.

Rates start at 450 Euro per night, including breakfast.

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