Inside a 120-year-old luxury hotel in Budapest


Marriott Luxury Collection

There are very few times when you can get the chance to stay within the confines of a royal palace. With the first opening of Matild Palace this week in Budapest, you may finally have the opportunity to do so. The 120-year-old palace is now part of Marriott’s luxury collection, having undergone five years of extensive renovations to transform into a luxury hotel with 130 rooms. MKV Design’s chief designer Maria Vafiadis ensured that Hungarian culture was preserved through her selection of standout decors, while local architects Puhl Antal and Péter Dajka were responsible for the hotel’s structural reconstruction. The palace was built by the Austro-Hungarian Duchess Cotilde of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1901 to serve as a social center for the city of Budapest.

“We are delighted to celebrate this milestone in the growth of The Luxury Collection brand with the opening of Matild Palace, a hotel that will define the destination of Budapest,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader at Collection, in a statement. “The property allows our guests to fulfill the fantasy of living in a royal palace, complete with modern amenities and impeccable service, and we look forward to welcoming them as they discover this timeless and inspiring city.”

To add to the luxury factor, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will take the helm of catering operations at the Matild Palce. Each of the bedrooms has high ceilings, handcrafted headboards, spa-style bathrooms, and fishbone floors. Guests can choose from a selection of four general styles of rooms in the palace, all inspired by the lavish lifestyle of the Austrian Duchess.

If royal-inspired rooms aren’t your thing, it’s also possible to stay in one of the hotel’s 11 suites. One of the largest of these, the Crown Suite, is spread over four floors, has a 48-meter tower and includes a spacious master bedroom and bathroom, a study and a living room. Elegant chandeliers and handmade glass mosaics are found throughout the suite’s interiors.

The starting price for one of the guest rooms is € 450 or approximately $ 533, which excludes breakfast. Your royal quarters await!

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