American Hospitality giant Marriott’s The Luxury Collection Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Matild Palace has undergone a meticulous 5-year transformation led by award-winning interior designer Maria Vafiadis and acclaimed local architects Péter Dajka and Puhl Antal to become a luxury hotel.
Matild Palace is steeped in history. The palace was built 120 years ago during the Belle Époque era and was developed under the patronage of Her Imperial and Royal Highness Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to serve as the social hub of the city. The palace was part of her vision to create two baroque palaces, acting as a gateway to those entering the ‘Pest’ side of the city from Elisabeth Bridge.
Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection, said:
We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone moment in the growth of The Luxury Collection brand with the opening of Matild Palace, a hotel that will define the destination of Budapest. The property allows our guests to realize the fantasy of living within in a royal palace, elevated with modern amenities and impeccable service, and we look forward to welcoming them as they discover this timeless and inspiring city.
Owned by Özyer Group, this iconic opening marks The Luxury Collection’s debut in Hungary. At the helm of the interiors, Maria Vafiadis, Founder of MKV Design, ensured the next chapter of the building honored its Hungarian heritage through stunning décor that reflects the hotel’s remarkable location in the heart of Budapest.
The beautiful design of the hotel celebrates the building’s famed past as a thriving social destination in the city, while creating a modern elegant ambience for discerning locals and global explorers alike.
Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, consists of 111 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 19 suites, with many providing spectacular views of the city or the Danube River. The 4 guest room categories each take inspiration from The Duchess’s exuberant lifestyle and early 20th century Budapest.
Every bedroom’s height is over 4 metres and celebrates Hungarian culture throughout with delicately handcrafted headboards, traditional fishbone parquet floors and lavish spa-style bathrooms inspired by the iconic thermal baths of Hungary. A thoughtful color palette of teal, green, gold, and copper decorates the rooms, reflecting the hues of the iconic Budapest roofscape. Additionally, the hotel offers many connecting family rooms for multi-generational city breaks.
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The Loft guest rooms, located at the rooftop of the property, provide endless views either across the city or the Danube River through large, sloping windows. The eclectic mix of contemporary design with colorful vintage furnishings and art captures the eye of creatives and is a nod to The Duchess’s artisan friends who used to frequent the palace.
The Crown Tower Suite, which is the located on the hotel’s fifth floor, is split across three floors and is the first suite in Hungary to come with a 48-meter-high dedicated tower boasting 360-degree views of the city.
The Maria Klotid Royal Suite, designed as a modern interpretation of the Duchess’s private suite, featuring a spacious master bedroom, bathroom, living room and separate study, decorated with elegant chandeliers and handmade glass mosaics.
Wolfgang Puck will oversee all dining operations at Matild Palace bringing a new era of gastronomy and entertainment to the city.
Spago by Wolfgang Puck marks the debut of the Beverly Hills dining phenomenon in Hungary. The menu will offer traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist through recipes inspired by the produce of the region.
The Duchess rooftop bar, which will open next month, is a secret liquor library. Matild Café and Cabaret are a dramatic re-imagination of a historical cafe originally opened in 1901, and re opened as the first cafe in Budapest after World War 2, drawing on the nostalgia and heritage of Budapest.
Spago and Matild Café & Cabaret will both offer year round outdoor dining on the charming streets of Budapest, marking the first ‘gastro street’ in the city.
Swan Spa Palace features a Hungarian-influenced wellness experience with traditional thermal therapy and Hammam rituals designed to awaken guests’ senses. Complete with a salt and steam room, the spa will exclusively offer ESPA products for all spa treatments. For those looking to keep active, there is also a fully equipped state-of-the-art gym.
Matild Palace also has dedicated planning experts for meetings and events.
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