Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

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No. 16 Four Seasons Hotel, Gresham Palace, Budapest

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A stay at this Art Nouveau landmark lends a cinematic grandeur to a romantic getaway. You’re whisked through towering peacock gates, past marble walls beneath an ornate glass cupola, and up to your Deco-inspired room. Throw open the French doors to survey the Royal Palace and the Danube from your step-out balcony, or recover from your travels with a lengthy soak in the green and gold marble bathroom. Guests and locals alike dress to impress at this palace, showing up for dinner at the restaurant, which was inspired by traditional Budapest coffeehouses. But there are also new-world amenities, namely a sprawling spa and indoor infinity pool.

World’s Most Romantic Hotels

No. 16 Four Seasons Hotel, Gresham Palace, Budapest

A stay at this Art Nouveau landmark lends a cinematic grandeur to a romantic getaway. You’re whisked through towering peacock gates, past marble walls beneath an ornate glass cupola, and up to your Deco-inspired room. Throw open the French doors to survey the Royal Palace and the Danube from your step-out balcony, or recover from your travels with a lengthy soak in the green and gold marble bathroom. Guests and locals alike dress to impress at this palace, showing up for dinner at the restaurant, which was inspired by traditional Budapest coffeehouses. But there are also new-world amenities, namely a sprawling spa and indoor infinity pool.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

World’s Most Romantic Hotels

A good hotel, much like a good relationship, has that perfect alchemy of comfort and excitement, intrigue and indulgence. The trick is in finding your match.

Fancy a heart-pounding hike followed by a hot mud bath? California’s Calistoga Ranch may be your hotel soul mate. If frozen margaritas in a beachfront hammock are more your thing, we’d like to set you up with the Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico. Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington, meanwhile, sets the mood nightly with its award-winning tasting menus and wine pairings.

These are a few of the top-ranking hotels for romance, as chosen by Travel + Leisure readers in our annual World’s Best Awards survey. No. 1 on the list: Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn, where rooms appear to float above the forest floor and alfresco hot pools seem to flow into the wild Pacific. Other hotels that seduced readers provide over-the-top pampering. At Tuscany’s Castello di Casole, for instance, couples get massages in a former wine cellar and cozy up for classic films beneath the stars at an on-site amphitheater.

Italy, not surprisingly, has a strong showing, as do Hawaii, California, and Mexico, with their irresistibly simple pleasures of sun, sand, and frozen drinks. Yet T+L readers also fell for hotels in some less-expected destinations like Tennessee—where the rambling Blackberry Farm delivers candlelit barn dinners and breakfast in bed—and Budapest, where you can channel Art Nouveau glamour at a gorgeously restored property on the Danube.

And there’s no need to commit to just one enchanting hotel, so go ahead and indulge your wanderlust this winter with your favorite travel companion. These hotels are heating things up.

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