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Updated: May 31, 2022
• Location: Hercegprimás, around the corner from St. Stephen’s Basilica.
• Hotel website: ariahotelbudapest.com
• Hotel phone: +36 1 445 4055
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Aria – Budapest’s hotel equivalent of a platinum record.
Follow the piano key road to the atrium-cum-music-garden lobby of this music-themed hotel. From a dedicated music concierge and the rare, space-age looking Bogányi piano in the lounge to the jazz, classical, opera, or contemporary themed rooms, and the outrageous High Note SkyBar with views of St Stephen’s Basilica, every detail of this place is refined to melodious perfection. The basement holds a dark, jazz lounge-esque indoor pool and spa area that is the perfect antidote to busy city days. The rooftop bar has one of the best views in the city, and the service is professional and attentive.
Aria – Location
- Address: Hercegprimás untca 5.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út (0.2 mile).
- Area: Prime location in a chic, bustling area of the city, only a minute’s walk (70m) to St Stephen’s Basilica, 10 minutes (0.5 mile) to the Széchny Chain Bridge to cross to the Buda side of the city, and surrounded by restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. The nearest Metro station is a 3-minute walk, but a handful of other stations on different Metro lines are only a few minutes further away.
- How to Get There: Affordable door-to-door airport shuttles run about every 20 minutes, and take around 45 minutes (13 miles). Alternately, taxis are widely available, and the hotel can arrange pick-up and drop-off.
- Private Transfer: We use and recommend Welcome Pickups car service. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more than a taxi – about €30 from the airport – but can be worth it to avoid the long taxi queue and for the convenience of paying ahead.
- Handy to: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hungarian State Opera House, Vigadó Concert Hall.
Aria – The Basics
- Ages: Guests include couples on a romantic getaway, business travelers, and families. Children are welcome and well-catered for with boxes of toys, special programming on Apple TV, and local treats.
- View: Rooms look out over a courtyard or the city.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: There are no private pools or jacuzzis.
- Parking: In a nearby garage.
- Extras: Extras abound at the Aria. The music concierge will help stock your room with music you love or want to discover, there’s a live piano concert with wine and cheese in the music garden every day from 4-6 pm and Sunday morning yoga is offered on the rooftop.
- When to Book: Reserve at least a few months in advance for the July-end through the early-August period when the Formula 1 race happens, and during the Christmas holidays. A month or two in advance is usually good for April through October, and you’ll have no trouble finding a last-minute room from January through March.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +36 1 445 4055
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: ariahotelbudapest.com
Aria – Amenities
- Pool: Beautiful subterranean indoor pool with spa tubs, and an adjacent sauna and steam room.
- Spa: The Harmony Spa offers a bevy of luxurious treatments and uses biodynamic, Hungarian-made Eminence products.
- Fitness Center: Small but well-equipped.
- For Disabled Guests: There are 2 rooms designed for disabled guests, and the large elevators and corridors make it easy to get around in a wheelchair.
- For Families: Kids are allowed in the pool area, and the hotel really goes out of their way to provide entertainment from toys to TV.
- Activities: Movie screenings, daily piano concerts with wine and cheese in the music garden, Sunday yoga.
- Other Facilities: Music concierge.
Aria – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Liszt is located on the hotel’s ground floor, and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inspired, modern Hungarian cuisine, with an emphasis on house-baked bread and local ingredients. The decor is modern and the music theme is continued down to the tuning fork napkin holders. Wine pairing options and exceptional desserts (try the bread and apricot for a tasty treat). The Easy Meals menu has some OK options for kids. Open daily 12 am to 11 pm. $$$.
- Lounge/Bar: High Note SkyBar has exceptional, close-up views of St Stephen’s Basilica. The food and drinks menu changes seasonally along a theme and includes beautifully prepared small plates that can be combined to make a meal, as well as elaborate cocktails, beer, and wine. There’s live music on Sunday evenings in the summer and at other times year-round. Popular with locals as well as travelers, it can get crowded on weekend nights. Open 24 hours, but food is served from noon to 11 pm. $$-$$$.
- Breakfast: Complimentary. Buffet or a la carte. Served 7-11am in the music garden and Liszt Restaurant.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours.
Aria – Rooms
- Room Types: Luxury Room King • Aria Signature Room • Grand Luxury Room • Two Bedroom Family Duet • Opera Suite • Romeo & Juliette Opera Suite • La Traviata Terrace Suites • Terrace Room • The Liszt Studio • Sunroom • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: The Aria Hotel Budapest is 100% smoke-free.
- Best Room: The 485-square-feet Liszt Studio on the 6th floor features blue and grey décor and views over the city’s rooftops from a wall of windows. The blue granite bathroom is also filled with natural light and has a freestanding tub as well as a shower. It feels more like a posh apartment than a hotel room.
- For Families: The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 765-square-feet Family Duet is actually 2 connecting King rooms and sleeps 4 very comfortably. It includes balconies that overlook the music garden.
Aria – Local Transport
- Walking: It’s easy to walk almost anywhere from here. Restaurants, bars, and shops are steps away, and most sights on the Buda side of the city are within a 20-minute walk. The sights of Pest are mostly around a 30-minute walk.
- Subway and Bus: There are a handful of Metro stations serving lines 1 and 3. It’s also a short walk to a few tram and bus stations.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber and Lyft do not operate in Budapest, but taxis are plentiful and generally reliable.
Aria – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Jewish Heritage Tours – Tour the main synagogues and the Jewish Quarter with a knowledgeable guide. Hotel pick-up.
- Tuk Tuk Taxi – Tour the city’s sights uniquely, in a tuk tuk. Start Location: 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Budapest Underguide – Themed or bespoke city tours around niche topics like fashion, architecture, or family travel. Start location: 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Silverline Cruises – Luxury 3-hour dinner cruises on the Danube with music and Hungarian dancers. Start location: 15-minute walk (0.8 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Borkonyha – Head to this Michelin-starred contemporary Hungarian gem for a special night out. (0.1 mile).
- Duran – Very popular sandwich chain, great for a quick and cheap bite. (0.2 mile).
- Kisharang – Old-style in the best sense, this Hungarian canteen serves hearty basics and is popular with students. (0.2 mile).
- Artizan – An outstanding bakery and breakfast and lunch spot. Eat in the laid-back café or take away. There’s often a queue. (0.3 mile).
- Belvarosi Disznotoros – Stand up at the counter with locals to partake in a Hungarian meat feast. (0.3 mile).
- Tokio – Upscale contemporary Japanese restaurant with an excellent selection of sushi plus creative surprises. (0.3 mile).
- Kispiac Bisztro – So good. Some of the best Hungarian food you’ll find, plus it’s reasonably priced and in a friendly bistro setting with some outdoor tables. (0.3 mile).
- Paris Budapest – Inside the Sofitel Hotel, the service here is as sublime as the French/Hungarian fare and impressive wine list. (0.3 mile).
- À Table – French bakery café with excellent cakes and pastries. (0.3 mile).
- Baraka – Arguably the best fine dining in the city, treat yourself to a multi-course meal at this French-Asian spot. (0.4 mile).
- Kárpátia – Be serenaded by gypsy music while dining on fine Hungarian cuisine in an authentic circa 1877 setting. (0.6 mile).
- Kuglof – One of the best breakfast spots in the city with wonderful baked goods and sidewalk seating. (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
- Kontakt – Locally roasted coffee and light meals in a modern décor on a lovely pedestrian lane. (0.4 mile).
- Gerbeaud – Beautiful and classic circa 1860 coffee house worth a visit, but expect high prices. (0.4 mile).
- Central Café – Another old world gem, once frequented by the city’s literature set, the surrounds are a dreamy spot for coffee, cake, or even a meal. (0.6 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- DiVino Wine Bar – Very popular wine bar in a beautiful location smack next to St Stephen’s Basilica. (20m).
- Akvárium Club – Central, happening spot in the park for live music. (0.2 mile).
- Captain Cook Pub – Central, lively, nautical-themed spot with lots of outdoor space in warm weather. (0.2 mile).
- Ötkert – A fun drinking spot during the week and a happening club on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. (0.3 mile).
- Terv Presszó – Retro-style bar with lots of historical paraphernalia. (0.3 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Memories of Hungary – Large place right opposite the hotel selling some good quality, genuine souvenirs and gifts. (5m).
- Bestsellers Books – Best English bookseller in town. (0.2 mile).
- Herend – Renowned, fine Hungarian ceramics. (0.3 mile).
- Nanushka – Hungarian women’s fashion designer selling chic, streamlined staples. (0.3 mile).
- Bomo Art – Beautiful paper goods, notebooks, and more. (0.4 mile).
- Vass Shoes – Hand-made, covetable men’s footwear made ready to wear or by custom order. (0.6 mile).
- St Stephen’s Basilica – This Neoclassical cathedral is the largest and holiest in Hungary. Climb to the top for awesome views. (70m).
- Szabadsag Ter (Liberty Square) – Largest square in the city with parks, a fountain, and lots of activities including occasional free music performances. (0.4 mile).
- Hungarian State Opera House – This neo-Renaissance building is one of the loveliest in the city and holds not-to-miss opera performances if you’re a fan. (0.4 mile).
- Great Synagogue – The largest Jewish place of worship outside of New York. Take a tour, and don’t miss the gardens with its moving memorials and sculptures. (0.5 mile).
- Váci Street – Budapest’s busy and chic pedestrian-only shopping street. (0.6 mile).
- Shoes on the Danube – Incredibly moving memorial to commemorate the spot where some 3,500 people – 800 of them Jews – were told in 1944 to take off their shoes before they were shot and their bodies fell in the river. (0.7 mile).
- Hungarian Parliament Building – This building (Hungary’s largest) mixes architectural styles for an awe-inspiring look on the banks of the Danube. You can also tour the sumptuous interior. (0.7 mile).
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- City SPAR – Small but well-stocked grocery store. (0.4 mile).
Aria – The Hotel
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