Courtesy of InterContinental Budapest
In 2009, all 402 of the rooms in this squat glass tower close to the Chain Bridge were completely overhauled. The renovation? A modern, open, and airy take on Biedermeier style that makes this hotel the top property in the capital city. Certainly the prime location doesn’t hurt: the hotel is right in the center of town on the Pest side, overlooking the Danube River to the massive Royal Palace on the southern side of Castle Hill, which is brilliantly illuminated at night. There is a hotel spa (par for the course in baths-obsessed Budapest) and an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy a drink or a meal at Corso restaurant with that incomparable Danube view.