Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary

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A $125
million restoration brought this 1906 gem by Art Nouveau architect Zsigmond
Quittner back to life. Originally built as a status symbol for the Gresham Life
Assurance Company of London, it was battered by WWII and abused by the
Communists. Now it’s a Four Seasons Hotel, and a reconstruction of the
dazzling, glass-covered shopping arcade—once a destination for Budapest’s
elite—serves as the hotel lobby.

Serious
Pastry:
The
Gresham has a new restaurant modeled on the café where the local intelligentsia
used to argue over coffee and pastry.

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Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary

A $125
million restoration brought this 1906 gem by Art Nouveau architect Zsigmond
Quittner back to life. Originally built as a status symbol for the Gresham Life
Assurance Company of London, it was battered by WWII and abused by the
Communists. Now it’s a Four Seasons Hotel, and a reconstruction of the
dazzling, glass-covered shopping arcade—once a destination for Budapest’s
elite—serves as the hotel lobby.

Serious
Pastry:
The
Gresham has a new restaurant modeled on the café where the local intelligentsia
used to argue over coffee and pastry.

Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

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