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The Four Seasons had this 1906 Art Nouveau landmark restored into one of its grandest properties. As a result, the lobby features stained-glass windows, a soaring glass cupola, and a custom-designed chandelier made of hundreds of hand-shaped crystal leaves. Of the 179 rooms, book one facing the Danube River or, for true solace, request a room in the inner courtyard. Visit during summer to check out the nearby Festival of Folk Arts at Buda Castle, with handcrafted works from all over Hungary.