Matild Palace in Budapest Opens Its Doors to Guests

By Kurt Stolz on 28 June 2021
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Budapest’s Parliament building across the Danube River

Marriott International announced the opening of the Matild Palace, a new property in Budapest that is part of the chain’s Luxury Collection group.

Located on the storied váci utca, or Váci Street, the Matild Palace building is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.  It was built by Princess Marie Adelheid Amalie Clotildeof Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, or in German, Marie Adelheid Amalie Clotilde, Prinzessin von Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Herzogin zu Sachsen, in 1902 to serve as a social hub for the upper class.

The opening followed a five-year conversion into a 130-key hotel led by architects Péter Dajka and Puhl Antal and interior designer Maria Vafiadis.

Guest rooms feature a cream-and-tan décor with blue accents. The bathrooms feature Italian cast iron bathtubs with a turquoise glass tile mosaic that is intended to recall the bath culture in Budapest.  Some rooms feature views of the Duna or Danube River, while other have views of the Erzsébet híd, the Elisabeth Bridge.

Other amenities include a fully equipped fitness center as well as the Swan Spa, which offers Hungarian-influenced treatments including traditional thermal therapy and a salt-and-steam room.

The hotel offers guests multiple dining options including the Matild Café and Cabaret, which the hotel says is the recreation of a café that had originally opened in the city in 1901; the Duchess, a rooftop bar with a secret “liquor library;” and Spago, an offshoot of the Beverly Hills restaurant of the same name under the helm of Wolfgang Puck.

For events, Matild Palace has five meeting spaces with a total of 4,230 square feet (393 square meters). The largest can accommodate 100 guests.

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