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Experience luxury for less in Hungary

Those looking to enjoy a luxurious break without the price tag should look no further than Hungary, a destination which offers visitors the chance to holiday in the lap of luxury at a fraction of the cost of other European capitals. With several deluxe properties in and around the vibrant capital Budapest, visitors can choose from trendy design-led hotels to historic city dwellings as a luxurious base from which to explore the city and its surroundings. Whether it’s exploring the bustling Christmas markets in Winter, enjoying a deluxe spa break in Spring or experiencing the city’s gastronomic highlights in summer, Budapest offers an abundance of unique cultural experiences as well as outstanding value for the luxury market. Lánchíd 19 Hotel 4* Design By The Danube Named after Budapest’s famed “Chain Bridge” which spans the Danube, the Lánchíd 19 is a contemporary highlight in a neighbourhood of predominantly 19th century architecture, highlighting the modern and traditional contrasts which characterise much of Budapest. Situated at the feet of the Buda Royal Castle, the hotel is ideally located for exploring the city on foot. The hotel itself offers stunning vistas from all its rooms, though little can match the majestic views across Margaret Island and the Danube from Panorama Suite, which comes at a fraction of the price of similar suites in other European capitals. Even the standard rooms offer stunning river views from one side of the hotel, or look out on to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Buda Royal Castle on the other. Rooms at the Lánchíd 19 cost from €89 per night, based on two people sharing and including breakfast. The Panorama Suite costs from €316 per night, including breakfast. Danubius Grand Hotel, Margitsziget 4* Traditional Spa Luxury on Margaret Island The Danubius Grand Hotel lies literally in the heart of the Danube, on Margaret Island, and is the island’s original spa hotel. Retaining its turn-of-the-century ambience, style and elegance, the Danubius Grand is the perfect location from which to explore the nearby historical sights and city-centre shops, or just to relax and enjoy the luxurious spa facilities. Two nights at the Danubius Grand Hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis, costs from €200 before 16th January 2011. After 16th Jan 2011, two nights B&B are available from €182, with three nights from €264. Prices are based on two people sharing. Continental Hotel Zara 4* City Centre Luxury in Budapest This new hotel is located in Budapest’s downtown, with 272 rooms from standard to suites, offering guests a luxurious and relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Built on the site of the legendary Hungária Spa, the hotel is near to the city’s Jewish quarter, which will enthrall and excite visitors with its atmospheric streets, and unique blend of fantastic restaurants and retro bars. A superior room with breakfast at the Continental Hotel Zara costs from €75 per night, based on two people sharing. The New York Palace 5* Opulent Italian Meets Contemporary Design The New York Palace brings visitors luxury and culture in the heart of Budapest. This stunning five star property is decorated lavishly and furnished in true Italian style; the building’s original Italian Renaissance design is complemented with stunning contemporary interiors. The New York Palace houses its own deluxe spa and wellness centre, where guests can melt away into another world whilst enjoying a purifying sauna or a regenerating Turkish bath. A superior room at The New York Palace (seasonal rate not including breakfast) costs from €110 per night, based on two people sharing.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. My nanna is from hungary originally and I have always wanted to go. Being on a budget, these recommendations will be great to keep in mind.

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