CHEVY CHASE, MD – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC revealed its first hotel in Hungary today, with the much-anticipated opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest. Located in the heart of the cultural and shopping district, the property is literally on the doorstep of Budapest’s heralded historic sites and minutes away from the glittering Danube River.
“It is an absolute privilege to open the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hungary,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “The Ritz-Carlton service standards are globally recognized and we’re delighted to bring them to a new market. Budapest is an extraordinary city and perfectly placed to welcome the newest property in our portfolio.”
There are few cities in the World that can rival Budapest’s setting, history and culture. As separate towns of Buda and Pest until 1873, each side of Hungary’s capital still retains a unique atmosphere and identity. Whether guests choose to wander the meandering cobbled streets of the World-Heritage listed Buda Castle district, take to the rejuvenating water from one of the city’s many thermal springs, or simply enjoy tasting the renowned Hungarian cuisine and wines, Budapest maintains its hold as one of Europe’s most alluring cities.
The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, is housed within a protected historic building, located on Elizabeth Square, with views over St Stephens Basilica. Constructed in 1914 as the headquarters for an Italian insurance company, the building has seen many incarnations, but today it opens as a luxury hotel. Whilst many of the building’s original architectural details have been retained, including elegant statues on the exterior walls, the interiors offer guests a spacious and relaxed contemporary environment, inspired by the cool colors and swirling water of the Danube River.
“The ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest is perfectly located as the European gateway to travelers whether coming for business or leisure,” continued Herve Humler. “But not only are we looking forward to welcoming our guests and sharing our vision and service standards; we are also excited to become an integral part of the thriving, vibrant city itself.”