World's Best Hotels
Courtesy of Four Seasons
With its gold mosaic towers, 19th-century stained-glass portraits, and stylized wrought iron entryways, this 1907 palace at the base of the Chain Bridge is an Art Nouveau masterpiece. The main floor’s glass-ceilinged atrium and blinding white halls give way to 171 rooms with purple accents, peacock motifs and green- and gold marble- bathrooms. Even the spa—which recently revamped its menu—incorporates the Art Deco theme with treatments like the Pava or “Peacock” facial, a mineral and mud mask. The Gresham restaurant, now with a popular outdoor terrace, breeds a buzzing cafe culture with its strong brews and heaven-in-a-bite patisseries, like the Dobos torte (a five layer sponge cake with chocolate buttercream).
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