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Aria Hotel Budapest – A Harmonious Stay

Aria Hotel Budapest – A Harmonious Stay

BOUTIQUE HOTELS, BUDAPEST, HOTELS, HUNGARY, LUXURY TRAVEL

The Aria Hotel Budapest is a luxury boutique hotel with an exquisite music-inspired design throughout.  Our first trip to Budapest was anchored by this incredible hotel, a welcome encore after our river cruise.

Front Entrance of the Aria Hotel Budapest
Front Entrance of the Aria Hotel Budapest

The Aria Hotel Budapest sits next to the majestic Saint Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest’s city center.  Specifically, it is in Pest (Did I mention that Budapest is really two cites, Buda and Pest, separated by river?).  It offers the ideal spot to explore Budapest on foot, by tram or bus. The location of this hotel is perfect; it’s surrounded by major sights, high-end restaurants, and diverse shops. This little hidden gem can be found on a side street that is mostly pedestrian and an easy walk to most attractions.

As we entered the Aria Hotel Budapest, we were mesmerized by the piano keys snaking across the lobby floor.   We made a beeline past the check-in desk which is immediately on the right, and directed our attention to the lobby area with its bright green furniture, grand skylight, and an otherworldly-looking piano. One of three in world, it’s the work of Hungarian pianist Gergely Boganyi. This centerpiece transformed the space into something far less pedestrian than a lobby.

Gergely Boganyi Piano located in The Music Garden Courtyard - Aria Hotel Budapest
Gergely Boganyi Piano located in The Music Garden Courtyard – Aria Hotel Budapest

Aria’s neoclassical building dates back to the 1880s and its original spiral staircase is intact, yet the decor throughout is bright and playfully postmodern.

Looking through the looking glass and up the stairwell to the skylight in the Aria Hotel Budapest
Looking through the looking glass and up the stairwell to the skylight – Aria Hotel Budapest

We relaxed in one of the cosy green chairs with some refreshments until our room was ready.  One could easily spent lots of time in this gorgeous lobby.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Staying at the boutique property is an exquisite experience, whether you’re a music fanatic like ourselves or simply a connoisseur of unique hotels. A member of the Library Hotel Collection, the rooms are dedicated to famous musicians and composers. There are  44 guest rooms plus 5 guest suites.

Each of Aria’s four wings represents a different musical genre—jazz, classical, contemporary, opera—and bedrooms are dedicated to different artists.  Our room was an Aria Signature King Room located in The Classical Music Wing, the Sergey Rachmaninov room. Flipping through the books propped up on my coffee table, we took a seat in the plush chairs and enjoyed the fresh fruit provided in our room.

Aria Signature King Room in The Classical Music Wing, the Sergey Rachmaninov room
Aria Signature King Room in The Classical Music Wing, the Sergey Rachmaninov room

The rooms are beautiful, comfortable, and stylishly decorated with lots of character.  I LOVE that the Aria included bottles of water and Nespresso coffee.  Our room had a wide set of windows that look onto the street.  All windows had automatic shades at the push of a button which darken the room so much that it made it hard to wake up in the morning.  In the evening the turn down service would leave us delicious chocolate treats which we devoured quickly.

The Aria Signature King Room in The Classical Music Wing
The Aria Signature King Room in The Classical Music Wing
The Aria Signature King Room Amenities
The Aria Signature King Room Amenities

OUR BATHROOM

The bathroom was equipped with a soaking tub, a glass shower enclosure and Molten Brown toiletries.

The Aria Signature King Room Bathroom
The Aria Signature King Room Bathroom

FOOD AND DRINKS

The hotel offers four dining options, three which are located on the ground level. Upon entering the hotel, you will find the Satchmo’s Bar & Library on either side.  Satchmo’s Bar is just the spot to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing, or sitting down for a casual meal.  The walls are covered in real-silk turquoise velvet, and surrounded by mirror and picture frames of Hollywood film and musical stars from the forties.

Satchmo's Bar at the Aria Hotel Budapest
Satchmo’s Bar at the Aria Hotel Budapest
Satchmo's Bar Autographs - Aria Hotel Budapest
Satchmo’s Bar Autographs – Aria Hotel Budapest

On one side of the mirror walls, you’ll find autographs of recent celebrities that have stayed at the hotel.

The Library is filled with comfortable armchairs – a wonderful place to relax with a cocktail,  browse through the book collection (guests of the hotel can enjoy free of charge), or just soak up the warmth of the fireplace on a cold day.  We decided to sit here and enjoy a drink before heading up to the High Note Skybar for dinner on our first night in the city.

Satchmo's Library - Aria Hotel Budapest
Satchmo’s Library – Aria Hotel Budapest

The Stradivari Restaurant is located off the main lobby of the hotel and offers an elegant setting with a menu showcasing classic Hungarian cuisine. The restaurant is intimate and makes a great venue for lunch meetings or a one-on-one rendezvous, purely due to its small and private setting.

Stradivari Restaurant - Aria Hotel Budapest
Stradivari Restaurant – Aria Hotel Budapest

The High Note SkyBar is rooftop bar/restaurant on the top floor where you can see a panorama view from the top of St. Stephens spires to St. Matthias and the Fishermens Bastion in Buda.  It’s surrounded with comfortable outdoor seating and even blankets for the colder seasons.

High Note SkyBar rooftop terrace with St. Stephens Basilica in the background
High Note SkyBar rooftop terrace with St. Stephens Basilica in the background

In the evening, they offer a tapas menu at the High Note SkyBar. The view of the Basilica is even more striking at night.  We came here for a drink and dinner in the evening and enjoyed the amazing panorama on both the Pest and Buda side.

High Note SkyBar in the evening with tapas and wine
High Note SkyBar in the evening with tapas and wine

In the morning, we headed down to The Music Garden Courtyard area, and enjoyed our complimentary breakfast. They offered a good selection with excellent made-to-order egg dishes, fresh fruit, meats, breads, yogurts, and endless coffee and juices.

The Music Garden Courtyard at the Aria Hotel Budapest
The Music Garden Courtyard at the Aria Hotel Budapest
Breakfast Selections at the The Music Garden Courtyard - Aria Hotel Budapest
Breakfast Selections at the The Music Garden Courtyard- Aria Hotel Budapest

One of the nice features about The Music Garden Courtyard is its glass enclosure which allows guest to look upwards towards the hotel rooms and sky.  You can also look down from your room balcony if you have one facing the inside of the hotel.

Glass Enclosure/Skylight at the Aria Hotel Budapest
Glass Enclosure/Skylight at the Aria Hotel Budapest

Another nice touch is the wine and cheese offered in the evenings from 4 -6 p.m in The Music Garden.  The selection contains international cheeses, fruits, nuts, and a choice of Hungarian red, white, or sparking wine.

Aria Hotel Budapest - Wine & Cheese Reception
Aria Hotel Budapest – Wine & Cheese Reception

The High Note SkyBar is a large roof terrace with 360 views of the city that is decorated like an outdoor garden with indoor and outside sitting.  It’s open year round for lunch, dinner and or simply cocktails.

The High Note SkyBar Dining Area
The High Note SkyBar Dining Area
HighNote SkyBar - Aria Hotel Budapest photos by Flytographer
HighNote SkyBar – Aria Hotel Budapest photos by Flytographer

Even on a cloudy day, the High Note Skybar is one of the best places for a fun photoshoot, and even have a rainbow in your backdrop.

High Note SkyBar at the Aria Hotel Budapest with St. Stephen's Basilica in the background
High Note SkyBar at the Aria Hotel Budapest with St. Stephen’s Basilica in the background
At the HighNote SkyBar - Aria Hotel Budapest photos by Flytographer
At the HighNote SkyBar – Aria Hotel Budapest photos by Flytographer

THE HARMONY SPA

The Harmony Spa is located in the basement and offers a large range of massages, detox, and anti-aging treatments.  It was one of the most beautiful hotel facilities I have ever encountered. We could have easily spent a whole day there, just relaxing and enjoying the pool and whirlpool.  We were both treated to a massage, which was very relaxing.  The only downside: The Spa level can only be accessed from one of the four hotel wings; from all other wings, it is necessary to cross the hotel lobby, which can be awkward in a bathrobe and slippers.

Pool Area of The Harmony Spa - Aria Hotel Budapest
Pool Area of The Harmony Spa – Aria Hotel Budapest
The Harmony Spa - Aria Hotel Budapest
The Harmony Spa – Aria Hotel Budapest

FITNESS CENTER / ROOFTOP YOGA

The fitness center is equipped with all the state of the art equipment. They also offer private and group yoga lessons on the High Note Skybar.  We did yoga right after breakfast one morning.  At the end of our hour-long session we drank one of the natural juices they provided us.

Yoga on the rooftop terrace of the High Note Skybar - Aria Hotel Budapest

Fitness Center - Aria Hotel Budapest
Fitness Center – Aria Hotel Budapest

It is easily one of the best hotels I have had the pleasure of staying in; the Aria Hotel Budapest is a true luxury hotel experience!

 

Disclaimer:  We were guest of the Aria Hotel Budapest and as you can tell we love it!

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

14 Comments

  1. Kerri
    November 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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    That is beautiful. How cool are the piano keys across the floor! This reminds me very much of a boutique hotel I stayed in, in Budapest too. Loved the spiral staircase just like this one and the colours and the decor here is just beautiful. Looks fantastic.

    • Carmen Edelson
      November 28, 2016 at 8:41 am

      The piano keys are striking when you first walk in the door. The entire hotel is decorated in bright colorful colors, and is very welcoming.

  2. Lara Dunning
    November 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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    I really like boutique hotels. They have such charm. This hotel is very elegant and I like how the musical theme is carried out throughout the hotel. I would definitely spend some time in the Skybar and enjoy the view.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 28, 2016 at 8:44 am

      I prefer staying in boutique hotels most of the time rather than big chain ones. You feel more at home, and the cater to your needs more. The HighNote Skybar was one of my favorite places. I’m sure in the summer is quite the spot to visit.

  3. Castaway with Crystal
    November 28, 2016 at 2:00 am
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    Wow what a totally luxurious looking hotel! I’d dream to stay in a place like that 🙂 Thanks for the post

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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 28, 2016 at 8:45 am

      It’s certainly top our expectations. I could of stayed here longer. We didn’t want to leave.

  4. Angela
    November 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    What an amazing and unique place to stay! The decor and the amenities sound like a dream. I would definitely be a fan of the wine and cheese party. I will have to mark this on my places to stay wishlist. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      The brand has hotels throughout NYC as well. I really enjoyed my stay and all the little extras they do for the guest.

  5. Jess
    November 30, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    What a beautiful hotel!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 30, 2016 at 9:03 am

      I really loved all of the decor and colors they used throughout. Each room is decorated differently and they are all unique.

  6. Bethanny Sudibyo
    November 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm
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    This is a really lux place to stay in. It’s a bit too lux for me, I can definitely can appreciate this. Love your photos!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      It looks like it’s very luxurious, but for the price you are getting a great deal.

  7. Ticker Eats The World
    December 3, 2016 at 7:16 am
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    Oh My! That is one classy hotel. Loved the architecture and the piano floor not to mention the rooms looks spectacular and so colorful and vibrant. The music theme obviously runs through the hotel and as you say it’s location is perfect for someone wanting to explore the city. The pool looks all trippy with the lights. Thanks for all the details.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

      It’s the perfect boutique hotel to stay in if you visit Budapest. I absolutely loved all the decor and the rooms were very spacious and comfortable.

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