The CheckOut: Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest

By @ 05/21/14 in CheckOut, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel



THE CHECKOUT: Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest

Top/Bottom Line:

The city’s most stylish hotel, with striking modern design and the most convenient central location. Ironically, the only thing missing is the vibe: the lounge and restaurant just haven’t found a following in this city.


Standard rooms start at €102/night, but spend the extra €35 or so to upgrade at least to an Executive Room, with 430 sq. feet of space (vs. 270 in the Standard). Move up to a suite (approx. €220-320) for even more space, views and oversized soaking tubs.


Built in a century-old palace just a few blocks from the Danube River and Elisabeth Bridge on Váci Street, one of the city’s main pedestrian shopping thoroughfares. It is about as central to the city’s variety of attractions as you can possibly be.


Stylish, dark and sexy in brooding tones of red, gold and dark woods, the Asian-inspired decor features red-lacquered walls that discretely hide the storage closets and mini-bar, gold-mesh lighting fixtures and the most modern of electronics. In a city of crumbling Art Nouveau grandeur, the rooms here transport you to a timeless era of intrigue and romance.


Marble baths feature rainforest walk-in showers and plush terry towels, some of which we had to use to mop-up the overflow. No worries — plenty more where they came from. Ample space for storing and primping, and Japanese-style remote-control toilets with heated seats and built-in bidets. Dual his-and-his sinks are always appreciated.


Free WiFi, Nespresso machines and full high-tech outfitting: LED flat-screen, integrated media hub, electronic lighting controls and plenty of outlets — even in the in-room safe. Premium bedding and designer bath products befitting a luxury hotel. The hotel has an onsite spa, sauna, steam room and 24-hour gym, but in this city of historic baths, it’s hard to recommend spending time in the former, and the gym is too small for a serious workout.

Gay Factor:

In this still fairly-closeted city, we don’t expect much in the way of gay-specific appeal or visibility. But the staff was friendly, professional and welcoming, making us feel totally comfortable throughout our stay. The central location is as convenient to gay nightlife as it is everything else, and no hotel in town is more stylish in a modern way.

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