The royal Matild Palace opens in Budapest

The latest Luxury Collection hotel was launched following a five-year transformation led by interior designer Maria Vafiadis of MKV Design and local architects Péter Dajka and Puhl Antal.

Bringing whole new life to a grandiose imperial palace, the Matild Palace combines royal luxury with local history and exciting food designed by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

The transformation of a palace

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, made their debut in Hungary with the introduction of Matild Palace, owned by the Özyer group. This one-of-a-kind property was built 120 years ago in the heyday and underwent a meticulous five-year transformation program before opening as a 130-key hotel.

The renovation was led by award-winning interior designer Maria Vafiadis, founder of MKV Design, and acclaimed local architects Péter Dajka and Puhl Antal. Vafiadis has ensured that the hotel honors the history of the building, which was developed under the patronage of Her Imperial and Royal Highness Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a social center, through decor that pays homage to the heritage and location of the property.

“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 The Luxury Collection. “The property enables 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.”

Locally inspired gastronomy

A notable attraction for the hotel is its impressive gastronomic offer. Puck oversees all hotel catering operations; Matild Palace will also be the setting for the Hungarian debut of its legendary Beverly Hills establishment, Spago by Wolfgang Puck.

The chef will also oversee the culinary concept of rooftop bar The Duchess, which will open next month; Matild Café & Cabaret, launched in September; and a secret liquor library. Spago and Matild Café & Cabaret will both have alfresco dining all year round, creating the city’s first ‘food street’.

These F&B outlets will be joined by 111 rooms and 19 suites, many with Danube and city views, with room categories drawing inspiration from both the Duchess’s lavish lifestyle and early Budapest. of the XXth century.

Handcrafted headboards and hardwood floors celebrate the Hungarian style, and a teal, green, gold, and copper color scheme alludes to the city skyline. Located on the roof of the property, the Loft rooms offer panoramic views.

The Crown Tower Suite is spread over three floors and includes a tower with 360-degree city views. The royal suite Maria Klotid then embodies royal elegance as a modern interpretation of the Duchess’s private suite.

Wellness facilities include the Hungarian-inspired Swan Spa, offering traditional thermal therapy and hammam rituals, as well as treatments using ESPA products, and the property includes a range of event spaces with the latest audiovisual equipment. and the culinary direction of Puck.

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