Honeymoon in Budapest Part 1
When planning your honeymoon, Budapest is not the first and most obvious honeymoon destination that comes to mind. But thanks to its abundance of activities, thermal baths, the Buda Castle, the fairy-tale like Fisherman’s Bastion, charming outdoor venues and excellent fine dining spots, the exciting nightlife, plenty of cultural programs and its stunning 19th century architecture, Budapest is a city that can be a gorgeous location for your first adventures as a newly-wed couple.
When is the best time for a honeymoon in Budapest?
While Budapest is a lively and romantic city throughout the whole year, the best time to visit Budapest for a honeymoon is between May and September. During these months the weather is warm and sunny, making it ideal for you and your partner to head out and explore the city. This period is also more touristy, so accommodation prices tend to be a little higher which is still pretty low compared to Paris standards. If you are looking for pleasant weather combined with lower accommodation rates and less people, plan your honeymoon in Budapest during the months of October or April. For a romantic Christmas themed honeymoon, choose mid-December when Budapest awakens the Christmas spirit with traditional Christmas markets offering mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and plenty of handcrafted goods. If you are lucky, you might even get to see Budapest blanketed in snow.
What’s the ideal duration for your honeymoon in Budapest?
While the duration of your Budapest honeymoon depends on for how long you want your romantic holiday to be, the ideal time to discover Budapest is about 4 days to a week.
Where to stay during your honeymoon in Budapest?
Here are our picks for the best places to sleep during your honeymoon in Budapest.
The Best 5-star Accommodations in Budapest
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Budapest
With its magnificent Art-Nouveau exterior at the foot of Budapest’s landmark bridge, this hotel sets the benchmark for luxury hotels in Budapest. The beautifully restored palace could be perfect for your honeymoon in Budapest as it’s famous for its interior design and impeccable Four Seasons hospitality, while the hotel’s amazing spa offers high-quality relaxation. The rooms offer a stunning view of the Danube riverbank and Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage sights. With double rooms starting at a price of around 400 EUR per night, this accommodation is probably the most expensive in the city.
Aria Hotel Budapest
If you are a fan of music, this hotel could be ideal for your honeymoon in Budapest. Located next to St. Stephen’s Basilica, this 5-star boutique hotel &spa has been named the world’s best hotel by guest reviewers of TripAdvisor in 2017. The hotel has large, fabulously equipped rooms broken up into four wings, each playing homage to a different genre of music: classical, jazz, opera & contemporary, a garden courtyard with a piano, an amazing underground spa and a rooftop bar offering panoramic views over the city.An added bonus that in December the Christmas market at St. Stephen’s Square is located right at the hotel’s doorstep. Double rooms are available from around 250 EUR per night.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Formerly known as the Royal Hotel Budapest, Corinthia is a bastion of luxury in the heart of Budapest. With its grand lobby, various lounges and wide corridors, simple but elegant design, impeccable service and wonderful Royal Spa, Corinthia offers one of the finest 5-star accommodations in the Hungarian capital making it an ideal place for your Budapest honeymoon. Double rooms are available from around 140 EUR per night.
Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace
Located on the Pest side of Elizabeth bridge, halfway along Budapest’s shopping street and only a short walk from Budapest’s most prominent sights, this five-star hotel sits in a renovated 19th century palace and has an elegant Asian-colonial interior design. The hotel combines guest rooms, two restaurants and a high-quality spa under one roof and gives home to exclusive events as well. Double rooms are available from around 160 EUR per night.
The Best 4-Star Accommodations in Budapest
Hotel Palazzo Zichy
The four-star Hotel Palazzo Zichy is perfect for those seeking refined accommodation at a more affordable price. Occupying an elegant, 19th century palace, the hotel is situated in the Palace District surrounded by restaurants, bars, cafes and little shops and is within walking distance from the Hungarian National Museum, the Great Synagogue, the Great Market Hall and the Holocaust Memorial Center. Double rooms are available from 100 EUR per night.
Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments
Located just a few blocks away from the Opera House and AndrássyAvenueand only 100 meters from the lively Nagymező Street with a number of theatres, bars, restaurants and cafés, Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments combines the exclusive services of a four-star hotel and the relaxed atmosphere of an apartment hotel. While the hotel has no restaurant, it has a breakfast room, a pleasant roof terrace where you can relax on lounge beds, a soothing wellness area with Finnish and infra-red saunas anda small fitness room. The service is attentive and professional. Double rooms are available from 150 EUR per night.
Located on the Buda side of the riverbank and overlooking the river Danube, the four-star Art’otel Budapest provides contemporary rooms and suites near the best attractions in Budapest. Each accommodation is bursting with colour, thanks to the contemporary paintings ofthe famous artist Donald Sultan. The hotel which is divided between the main, seven-storey modern building and a lovely Baroque wing that’s attached via a covered walkway has a restaurant, a bistro-bar, a well-equipped gym and a refreshing sauna. Double rooms are available from 100 EUR per night.
The Best 3-Star Plus Accommodations in Budapest:
Casati Budapest Hotel
Located in a two hundred-year-old building in a street parallel to Andrássy Avenue and in walking distance from the St. Stephen’s Basilica as well as the restaurants of Liszt Ferenc Square, this artsy boutique hotel was the winner of the 2015 Hotel of The Year award. It offers spacious rooms, wellness facilities, a generous buffet breakfast, and has a much classier design than one would expect from a 3-star place. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but its excellent lounge bar sells finger foods, as well as a good range of wine, pálinka and imaginative, Asian-themed cocktails. Double rooms are available from 110 EUR per night.
Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux
The Gerlóczy café & brasserie is a well-known and beloved café among locals in the historical downtown of Budapest, only a few steps away from Budapest’s shopping street, Váci utca. Above the café, spacious, individually designed boutique rooms are available for accommodation. The three-star Gerlóczy provides guests with a free minibar, refreshed daily and stocked with goodies including sparkling wine, soft drinks and homemade cookies. The service is welcoming and helpful. Double rooms are available from 80 EUR per night.
On River Hotels Grand Jules
Grand Jules is a perfectly romantic honeymoon accommodation in Budapest. It’s a newly renovated 3-star boat hotel situated on the Buda side next to the Margaret Bridge, offering a magnificent view over the river Danube. The boat has 36 double rooms equipped with shower, TV, telephone, heating/air-conditioning and free WIFI. Despite being in the heart of the city, the boat offers a unique experience on the water in a calm and peaceful environment. A generous buffet breakfast at the boat’s modern, stylish breakfast room is another plus. Double rooms are available from 45 EUR per night.
Learn more about the best things to do during your Budapest honeymoon with Pt. 2 of our series, The Best Places to Eat During your Honeymoon in Budapest!