World's Most Beautiful Buildings
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Gresham Palace, Budapest, Hungary
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.
Gresham has a new restaurant modeled on the café where the local intelligentsia
used to argue over coffee and pastry.