Matild Palace, Budapest’s first Luxury Collection hotel: Travel Weekly
Marriott International’s Luxury Collection hotels and resorts debuted in Hungary on Monday with the opening of the Matild Palace in Budapest.
The Matild Palace, owned by the Ozyer Group, is a Unesco World Heritage Site that was built 120 years ago. It opens after a five-year renovation led by interior designer Maria Vafiadis and local architects Peter Dajka and Puhl Antal.
The property has 130 rooms, including 111 rooms and 19 suites, most with Danube views. Rooms have high ceilings, herringbone hardwood floors, and a teal, green, gold, and copper color scheme. There are a number of interconnecting family rooms throughout the property.
The Crown Tower Suite crowns the property on its fifth floor, though the suite is spread over 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 original developer, is intended as an interpretation of his private suite. (Klotid had developed Matild Palace to serve as the city’s social hub.)
Restoration operations will be overseen by Wolfgang Puck. Its restaurant Spago opens for the first time in Hungary, offering traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist. He will also oversee the Duchess rooftop bar, which will open next month, and the Matild Cafe and Cabaret, which will open in September. Both will offer outdoor dining throughout the year. There will also be a “secret liquor library” overseen by Puck, Marriott said.
The Matild Palace is home to the Swan Spa, which offers guests a Hungarian-influenced experience. This includes thermal therapy and hammam rituals. The spa uses Espa products. The property also has a gym and meeting and event space.
Prices start at 450 euros per night, including breakfast.