If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in the atmosphere of the Belle Epoque, which you find all over Budapest, Anantara New York palace hotel is an excellent choice!
The outside building is very impressive and opened in 1894 as a local office of the New York Life Insurance Company. The famous New York Café, located on the ground floor, has been longtime a center for Hungarian literature and poetry. Only in 2001 the building was sold by the Hungarian government to become a hotel. More recently in 2021 it became part of the Anantara hotels, a luxury hotel chain based in Thailand since 2001. It’s also a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’.
We had a very pleasant stay in this hotel. The location in the historical downtown of Budapest and very close to all kinds of public transport made it easy for us to reach the hotel from the airport.
We stayed in a Deluxe Room with all possible comfort. The interior of the hotel is beautiful and so are the rooms. The rooms are very stylish and spacious with excellent beds. The bathrooms are luxurious designed in marble, and all have a bathtub.
Dining options are available too. We had dinner in the famous New York Café and couldn’t get enough of this amazing interior. No wonder this is called ‘The most beautiful café in the world.’ Menu highlights are:
the emperor experience (Hungarian sausages, strudel, tea, coffee or hot chocolate)
24-carat-gold cappuccino: with Valrhona chocolate and raspberry cake
Every morning we had breakfast in the deep water breakfast room, besides a delicious buffet, you could also order from the menu. We loved the fresh juices, pastries, and the still-warm baked bread. The service was excellent too.
There are also possibilities to celebrate a special occasion in private. Like a wedding anniversary dinner for two in the Presidential Suite or a gathering of family & friends in a private part of the New York Café. You can enjoy the services of a personal chef and butler as well as an exclusive selection of Hungarian wines and Champagnes.
Besides the beautiful lounge area of the hotel, you can also relax and have a cocktail at the Poet bar.
The spa is to be found downstairs where you can enjoy the sauna, steam bath or get some signature treatments. Unfortunately, the swimming pool was closed for renovation during our stay.
If you have any questions about this hotel, please do send them in the comments, I will answer asap.