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Matild Palace Luxury Collection Budapest Hungary [Master Thread]

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Matild Palace Luxury Collection Budapest Hungary [Master Thread]

Old Jul 12, 2022, 11:08 am
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This property doesn't appear to be part of the STARS program - I thought all Luxury Collection were part of STARS, anyone know why this is excluded?
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Old Jul 19, 2022, 8:06 pm
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Stayed recently as well. Definitely a good option for Marriott although I also had a chance to stay for one night across the street at Hyatt's Parisi Udvar and liked it better - nicer building design and their one step upgraded room felt way more spacious than Matild's suite. Ultimately my choice of Marriott was driven by the certs and SNAs I had to use. SNAs cleared into the corner suite. Free minibar is very nice. For the last night we needed to move into a normal room (separate non-Titanium reservation) and I gotta say I liked it no less than the suite, except alcohol from mini bar was not included. Breakfast is good - better than average but I would not call it excellent - choices are pretty limited both at the self-serve and a la carte. Personnel extremely nice and courteous but cleaning people certainly need more training - constantly forgetting small items.
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 7:09 am
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Guys, if anyone is there or going soon, could you please tell me the brand of their sinks/faucets in the bathrooms? I thought I took a picture but I didn't. Looking for something similar for my house. Thank you!
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Old Jul 29, 2022, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by Yoksel
Guys, if anyone is there or going soon, could you please tell me the brand of their sinks/faucets in the bathrooms? I thought I took a picture but I didn't. Looking for something similar for my house. Thank you!
Here now. At least in our suite, they are all Dornbracht.
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Old Jul 30, 2022, 5:40 pm
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Thank you, vivrant!
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Old Aug 1, 2022, 10:34 pm
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July 2022 - 5 nights

I will just go ahead and start by saying this is one of the top hotels (actually a palace) Ive had the privilege of staying in. Words cannot do it proper justice but its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site does provide the right start.

Opening its doors once again in 2021, the restoration is said to have taken a pain staking five years with an interior design that combines eye catching golds and greens which emulate the citys rooftops with traditional metalwork art and a reverence for the Palaces heritage as a 20th century hub for Budapests artists and academics.

We arrived at 4p for a five night stay. The official airport taxi (24) pulls up front to a waiting bell man who escorts us to an intimate check in area just off of the opulent lobby to the right and are offered a choice of welcome drinks including champagne. Walking into this hotel, one can not help but just be immediately transported to another dimension of awe and marvel. It almost felt like we were floated from the taxi to our room with the care being showered upon us.

As a Titanium elite, we were pre-upgraded to an Elisabeth Bridge Suite on the first floor (which is actually the third floor), no SNA needed! Room rates during our stay were quite high because of all of the Formula 1 race fans in town but looking at other dates in August, this suite frequently goes for $950/nt. Base rooms on random dates seem to range from $300-$500/nt. The room itself is gorgeous with soaring ceilings, huge bathroom with Dornbracht finishes and a Grohe toilet/bidet and surprisingly a full stocked complimentary mini bar. With only 130 rooms in total, this hotel is large but feels very boutique.

Multiple touch points with the concierge and others at the property to arrange event tickets, dinner and cruise reservations, and having our room setup to celebrate our one year anniversary.

Breakfast was provided as complimentary and included a very nice buffet spread and made to order eggs including an a la carte menu. Specialty coffee was also included. The staff at breakfast are all top notch including the matre d Peter.

The housekeeping team here is great and very sweet to bring my girlfriend different small spa items each day - lip balm, face mask and foot cream.

The concierge team Aron, Szilvia and Daneil deftly handled our multiple inquires.

Make sure to patronize the on-site facilities including Wolfgang Pucks Spago (he happened to be in town for the F1 and stopped by our table to say hello). The rooftop bar Duchess has views to die for. Downstairs is the Matild Cafe offering live music and cafe style dining.

Budapest is a phenomenal city with beautiful architecture, a colorful history and great dining options. Easily one of the most romantic of European cities.
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Old Jan 2, 2023, 11:28 am
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My fiance and I stayed here in late October of 2022. It's a phenomenal hotel in every single way. The architecture is stunning. We don't have status with Marriott so we booked a room that included breakfast. The food itself was wonderful and the restaurant where's served is very art deco old time beautiful. The bathrooms, while not all that spacious, are just so pretty! IMO, this hotel is every bit as beautiful as the PH Vienna (and that is one of my favorites). The staff proactively reached out to me before our stay and were incredibly accommodating. We were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday and then our engagement (my boyfriend proposed a few hours before in Amsterdam), and the staff seemed so genuinely happy for us. We dined at Spago one night because we were too lazy to leave the hotel. It was good. Truly, it was but it was not a memorable meal for me. I'd still go again.

Our time in Budapest was too short. We, most unfortunately, visited during All Saints Day. Everything was closed. Literally everything other than hotels and the baths. I booked the trip not knowing about the holiday but we made the best of us. We walked and walked and walked and admired the city. The second day, we took a full day walking tour about the Jewish history of Budapest. Other than the hotel, it was the highlight of the trip. If anyone is interested, this was our guide: https://budapestjewishwalk.hu/about-me/

If you're looking for a special occasion hotel, BOOK THIS! Or if you're like me and just will visit random cities to stay at luxury hotels, book this hotel. And Budapest is really cool too.
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Old Jan 3, 2023, 4:26 am
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Originally Posted by Andrea Waters
My fiance and I stayed here in late October of 2022. It's a phenomenal hotel in every single way. The architecture is stunning. We don't have status with Marriott so we booked a room that included breakfast. The food itself was wonderful and the restaurant where's served is very art deco old time beautiful. The bathrooms, while not all that spacious, are just so pretty! IMO, this hotel is every bit as beautiful as the PH Vienna (and that is one of my favorites). The staff proactively reached out to me before our stay and were incredibly accommodating. We were celebrating my boyfriend's birthday and then our engagement (my boyfriend proposed a few hours before in Amsterdam), and the staff seemed so genuinely happy for us. We dined at Spago one night because we were too lazy to leave the hotel. It was good. Truly, it was but it was not a memorable meal for me. I'd still go again.

Our time in Budapest was too short. We, most unfortunately, visited during All Saints Day. Everything was closed. Literally everything other than hotels and the baths. I booked the trip not knowing about the holiday but we made the best of us. We walked and walked and walked and admired the city. The second day, we took a full day walking tour about the Jewish history of Budapest. Other than the hotel, it was the highlight of the trip. If anyone is interested, this was our guide: https://budapestjewishwalk.hu/about-me/

If you're looking for a special occasion hotel, BOOK THIS! Or if you're like me and just will visit random cities to stay at luxury hotels, book this hotel. And Budapest is really cool too.
Thank you for the review. Truly one of the best hotels in the entire portfolio.

Spago is a fun restaurant - we even had the pleasure of having Wolfgang himself join us at our table as he was in town, just like us, for the formula one race. Best five nights of our seven week Europe/Middle East trip.

Just wish we had spent more time on the Buda side.
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Old Mar 20, 2023, 4:33 pm
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We just finished a three-night stay at this hotel and cannot recommend it highly enough. We are platinum and were upgraded to the incredible 5th-floor loft suite with stunning views of the bridge. Breakfast quality and service were far superior to that of the Hyatt Parisi across the street.
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Old Jul 11, 2023, 3:35 am
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1 night stay - Jul 2023 / Quick comparison vs. Parisi Udvar

Just completed a 1-night stay at the Matild Palace, booked with points. I normally stay at the Marriott Budapest, must say this was a significantly better experience overall. For reference, I have lifetime Titanium status.

Highlights:
- I arrived at 11:30am from the US, and wanted to check-in early. They had upgraded me to a suite, but didn't have my upgraded suite ready for check-in. Since I was only there for a night, I asked if they had any room available. They gave me a really nice loft room on the 5th floor, which is probably the best/coolest non-suite room I've ever stayed in (sorry, I didn't take photos of the room). They gave me 4pm late check-out the following day without any issues.
- Free breakfast was pretty good by European standards. Buffet breakfast, with eggs on an a la carte menu.
- Location is great. Steps from Ferenciek tere Metro station, Vaci Utca, Erzsebet bridge, etc.
- I didn't eat at Spago, or visit the rooftop bar (it's closed on Sundays) - but reviews are positive
- What I liked best was the history of the building, all the work to restore/preserve original elements of the castle, old photos in the foyer next to the lobby, etc. - made it one of the coolest hotels I can remember staying in.

I then stayed a night at the Parisi Udvar (World of Hyatt) across the street, which is also in a historical building. I found the common areas of the Parisi Udvar much cooler (for example, the Parisi Passage restaurant where breakfast/lunch/dinner are served is beautiful), while I preferred the service, and the room at the Matild Palace (I was upgraded to a Junior Suite at the Parisi Udvar, but while larger than the 5th floor loft room at the Matild Palace, I found the suite at the Parisi Udvar much more "sterile"/plain).

Overall, Parisi Udvar was a cool experience too. Tour groups tour both hotels! I don't believe they tour the Budapest Marriott!


Matild Palace

Parisi Udvar

Parisi Passage (Parisi Udvar)

Matild Palace (back, left), Parisi Udvar (front, right), Erszebet Bridge (way back, center)
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Old Sep 8, 2023, 11:41 am
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Had a stay here last week, and honestly was underwhelmed. SNA cleared to a 1br suite (had selected both the Elisabeth and 1br). Upon check-in, I was offered a choice between an Elisabeth on the M floor, or a 1br on the 2nd floor, and the associate actually took me up to tour both rooms. Took the 1br as that particular Elisabeth didn't have any balconies or opening windows. Probably didn't need an SNA for this particular night...

Service was quite good - after I selected the 1br, I was told that they would send up the keys, and they appeared within minutes. They also sent up a welcome amenity consisting of 4 chocolates and a bottle of wine/alcohol that I declined. Sidenote, the minibar is no longer included/free.

Honestly I found the suite to be rather sterile and boring with the except for the bathroom design and layout. Just an outstanding bathroom and wet area. Pretty cool that there was a balcony accessible only through the wet area. High quality materials throughout.

Breakfast was decent with made to order items but nothing special either.

Within the same class of hotel, the Imperial in Vienna was much more memorable for me. In fact, I had a much more memorable experience at the Budapest Marriott just down the road. The suites and rooms there have unmatched views. I'd stay at the Marriott over the Matild Palace if I'm ever in Budapest again.
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 12:51 pm
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I'm quite impressed with how this hotel has managed to create conversational, friendly, thorough, yet informal service. "Would you like a cold beverage to cool off? Milk preferences? Would you like to sit in the lobby or go to the cafe to enjoy live music? Here's your room key - would you like to set the AC remotely before you head up?" All done with laughter and smiles.

Of course, the bed with 6 pillows and the welcome gift of chocolate cake and ooey gooey caramel filled chocolates don't hurt either ;-)
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 7:20 pm
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Nagyon rlk hogy megismerkedjnk!

Beaucoup BONVY!
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Old Sep 9, 2023, 11:47 pm
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Originally Posted by GoSh4rks
I had a much more memorable experience at the Budapest Marriott just down the road. The suites and rooms there have unmatched views. I'd stay at the Marriott over the Matild Palace if I'm ever in Budapest again.
Whereas the views from the Marriott are just unbeatable (except from the IC ) overall the Matild wins hands down, IMO. Service, milieu, hard product...

PS - I just hate how hotel prices have more than doubled since pre-covid in Budapest. The Marriott used to be 130-170/night, now I rarely see it below 300 if ever.
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Old Sep 10, 2023, 8:47 am
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Originally Posted by WilcoRoger

PS - I just hate how hotel prices have more than doubled since pre-covid in Budapest. The Marriott used to be 130-170/night, now I rarely see it below 300 if ever.
I think Marriott hotels anywhere in Europe have doubled or tripled their rates from 2019
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