HOTEL REVIEW: Aria Hotel Budapest
Aria Hotel Budapest offers the perfect luxury experience in Budapest. Its design and top of the range facilities made my experience unforgettable.
Aria Hotel is more than just another luxury hotel; it offers a unique experience especially for music lovers. It’s interior is inspired by different musical genres with each area having a unique feel and vibe. The hotel has definitely set a strong precedent for future upmarket hotels, especially due to the complimentary services it offers and its interior design.
About the hotel:
The Hotel opened only last year in March 2016, and it is already ranked as the 1# hotel in Budapest on TripAdvisor. The hotel is also recognized as one of Europe’s Top Ten European City Hotels by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
The music-themed décor was designed by a Hungarian designer named Zoltan Varro. Furthermore, every aspect of the hotel’s design is inspired by music and therefore it is a paradise for music lovers. Each wing has guests’ bedrooms which are dedicated to different music genre: classical, opera, contemporary and jazz.
The reception is located at the Music Garden Courtyard which features piano keys across the floor and a comfortable seating.
Aria Hotel Budapest is a member of the Library Hotel Collection which includes Aria Hotel Prague, Hotel X Toronto, and Library Hotel in New York all of which offer different experiences.
The hotel location is very convenient and is next door to the St. Stephens’s Basilica and only a short distance from other Budapest’s attractions. Chain Bridge, the House of Parliament and the Shoes on the Danube Bank are also within a walking distance, while the Castle District and Fisherman’s Bastion are easily accessible by bus or taxi, or about 25 minutes walking distance.
Each of the 49 bedrooms and suites offers a unique music experience to its guests. The rooms feature a caricature of music legends made by the famous artist Joseph Blechato compliment the music genre each room is inspired by, which was really fun and quirky.
The beds are extremely comfortable and the rooms are spacious and lit. Some rooms offer a private balcony to the Music Garden Courtyard and some have windows that are overlooking the streets of Budapest.
I stayed in the Classical Wing in the Aria Singnature Luxury Room with a city view. When I walked into the room I was greeted by lovely music coming out of the flat screen TV that is positioned within a marble fireplace. My room was furnished with a marble table, writing table, chairs and a sofa. The bathroom was equipped with both showers and baths for a maximum luxurious experience. However, the best part of the bathroom, in my opinion, was the Molton Brown London shower amenities.
All rooms include free Wi-Fi and equipped with an iPad, intelligent Multi-Media system, Nespresso machine and complimentary drinks and chocolates.
I was impressed with the service provided by the staff. They were attentive, friendly and helpful with every question or request I’ve had.
One service provided by the hotel that really stood out for me was the complimentary wine and cheese at the Music Garden (reception hall) which is held every afternoon between 4pm to 6pm, accompanied by a performance from a pianist.
Harmony Spa offers a variety of treatments such as massages, facials and nail treatments in a relaxing atmosphere. It offers indoor pool, comfortable lounges, fitness center, saunas a Jacuzzi. Basically it has everything you would need and expect from a luxury hotel spa.
The breakfast offers a selection of farm fresh products, including eggs of your choice.
Stradivari is the hotel’s main restaurant that offers modern Hungarian dining.
Satchmo’s Bar & Library Lounge are cool spots to meet up with friends, have a romantic evening or mingle. Their décor is innovative and fun and therefore are the perfect places for recreation after a busy day of sightseeing.
The rooftop bar:
The hotel’s rooftop bar, High Note SkyBar, is indeed the crème de la crème of the hotel’s facilities. The rooftop has one of the best panorama views in town, overlooking St. Stephen’s Basilica.
You could also indulge on drinks, cocktails, food and desserts while soaking in the weather.
Before my stay, I was curious to see why Aria Hotel is so loveable by its guests, since every single review I’ve read have rewarded it with 5 out of 5 stars. The minute I walked in to the hotel, stepping on the beautiful piano floor, I understood why.
The hotel has been one of the best hotel experiences I’ve ever had. I truly felt like a princess while staying at my luxury room and listening to my favorite music.
Staying there has provided me with the perfect home base to explore Budapest and what it has to offer. I particularly loved its rooftop bar, sipping on a cocktail and eating a delicious cheesecake while overlooking the breathtaking views of Budapest.
The hotel also impressed me with its emphasis on social media engagement with their guests, as they’re proudly showcasing their guests’ social media pictures in the elevator.
Aria Hotel truly stands out of other luxury hotels with its music-inspired design, complimentary services and facilities. Without a doubt, Aria Budapest Hotel has set a precedent for how I view luxury hotels which will be hard to beat.
Photo gallery I took during my stay:
*As always, all opinions are my own.