We had the pleasure of staying at the Ritz Carlton which has 171 guest rooms, 29 suites and is a short walk from St. Stephen's Basilica, Erzsébet Square and the River Danube. The hotel presents modern luxury with a tint of tradition and we enjoyed dinner at the Ritz’s fantastic restaurant DSK Wine & Grill Restaurant.
If you want incredible views across the Danube your best choice would be Budapest Marriott Hotel and the Hilton Budapest in the Buda Castle.
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, is an exceptional property within very close walking distance of the heart of the city.
Other hotels to consider for your events are as follows: New York Palace and Corinthia located 700 metres from each other, or the InterContinental and the neighbouring Sofitel, which are ideal for large groups that have to be split. If it’s a 4 star you require there are several Novotel and Mercure or the Continental 4 star superior (with over 200 rooms) could be ideal for bigger groups of 100+ rooms. Additionally, the Prestige or the newly opened Barcelo Budapest could be ideal for smaller groups.
Our DMC, AIM Group International can help with your event from arranging a nostalgic train, champagne tram ride along the Danube, a Trabant rally for up to 200 pax or Tuks Tuks are another fun way of seeing the city.
We travelled by Tuk Tuks to Buda Castle, which is where Katie Perry recorded the video Fireworks a beautiful Castle which reminds me of Disney. Here we did a team building programme which involved iPads and VR technology for learning the history in a fun way, unfortunately my team lost.
In the city, the Market Hall is an excellent place to host an event; it fits 1000 pax (privatised) in the summer and AIM Group International can arrange for the shops to be kept open. Groups could do this as part of tour or even a cooking experience where they can then taste Hungarian specialties in the upstairs restaurant that seats up to 50 people.
Budapest holds the title "City of Spas" since the year 1934, as it has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world. There are 118 springs in Budapest, providing over 70 million litres of thermal water a day. Spa parties (also known as sparties) can be organised; and Rudas can be privatised for special groups. The Szechenyi Baths is one of the largest thermal spa baths and they have a new private room purely for groups to enjoy lunch or to use a relaxing area away from the hustle and bustle of the locals.
For large meetings or conferences, the Whale building would be perfect. It’s actually shaped like a whale and fits 450 pax in its main room, plus there is another level and small terrace. Did you know that the film ‘The Martian’ used this as a film set? This all adds to its quirkiness! Also, the new congress centre of Hungexpo Budapest is another great option.
If you looking for a private dinner venue with a party atmosphere? Have you considered being right on the Danube? ‘Spoon’ is a floating restaurant that has varying capacities throughout its rooms and event spaces; and its own private dock for the added glamour!
Nightlife is great in Budapest and a great option is the Ruin Bars, we enjoyed an evening at Dobaz Bar with a private area reserved for our group. Ruin bars are in Budapest's old District VII neighbourhood (the old Jewish quarter) in the ruins of abandoned buildings.
Budapest offers great value for money and is very popular for the UK market, airlines flying to Budapest include British Airways, EasyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair and Wizz Air.
This visit was brought to you by our Hungarian DMC, AIM Group International DMC