Aria Hotel in Budapest, Hungary

Updated: October 29, 2019

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Review of Aria Hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Aria Hotel – 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 Hotel – Location

  • Address: Hercegprimás untca 5, Budapest.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 3-minute walk (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.
  • Handy To: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Hungarian State Opera House, Vigadó Concert Hall.

Aria Hotel – 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 protected]
  • Website: ariahotelbudapest.com

Aria Hotel – 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 Hotel – 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 Hotel – 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
  • 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 Hotel – 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 Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Borkonyha – Head to this Michelin-starred contemporary Hungarian gem for a special night out. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Duran – Very popular sandwich chain, great for a quick and cheap bite. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Kisharang – Old-style in the best sense, this Hungarian canteen serves hearty basics and is popular with students. 4-minute walk (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. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Belvarosi Disznotoros – Stand up at the counter with locals to partake in a Hungarian meat feast. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Tokio – Upscale contemporary Japanese restaurant with an excellent selection of sushi plus creative surprises. 6-minute walk (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. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Paris Budapest – Inside the Sofitel Hotel, the service here is as sublime as the French/Hungarian fare and impressive wine list. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • À Table – French bakery café with excellent cakes and pastries. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Baraka – Arguably the best fine dining in the city, treat yourself to a multi-course meal at this French-Asian spot. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Kárpátia – Be serenaded by gypsy music while dining on fine Hungarian cuisine in an authentic circa 1877 setting. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Kuglof – One of the best breakfast spots in the city with wonderful baked goods and sidewalk seating. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Kontakt – Locally roasted coffee and light meals in a modern décor on a lovely pedestrian lane. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Gerbeaud – Beautiful and classic circa 1860 coffee house worth a visit, but expect high prices. 9-minute walk (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. 13-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • St Stephen’s Basilica – This Neoclassical cathedral is the largest and holiest in Hungary. Climb to the top for awesome views. 1-minute walk (70m).
  • Szabadsag Ter (Liberty Square) – Largest square in the city with parks, a fountain, and lots of activities including occasional free music performances. 7-minute walk (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. 8-minute walk (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. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Váci Street – Budapest’s busy and chic pedestrian-only shopping street. 13-minute walk (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. 13-minute walk (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. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

Aria Hotel – The Hotel

Liszt Restaurant is located on the ground floor and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Liszt features a full bar.

The main bar is on the rooftop, but Liszt has a full bar as well.

The music library also has a concierge.

Head to the music library to check out some tunes, or get the music concierge to help you choose something.

The music garden features a rare Bogányi piano.

This Bogányi piano is one of only a few in the world, and you can hear its wonderful sounds nightly in the Music Garden.

Each music-themed room has a color scheme. The Opera Suite has this lovely pink-purple tone.

The spacious rooms have large sitting areas.

Rooms are spacious, with larger ones having ample sitting space, much like living rooms.

The spiral staircase is majestic.

There’s a lift but the central spiral staircase is great for ogling or a little extra exercise. The mirror at the bottom makes for an optical illusion.

Top floor rooms are very cozy.

Top floor rooms look out over rooftops and have a cozy yet bright attic feel.

The marble bathrooms feature bathtubs.

Freestanding tubs are wonderful to soak in especially surrounded by all that fine marble.

Every room has a musician's caricature.

Each room is graced with caricatures of the themed musician by painter Joseph Blecha.

Jazz rooms sport a green color.

Jazz themed rooms are a cool light green.

Unique features include brick ceilings.

Each room has unique details – check out the brick ceiling in this Jazz room.

The pool also features a music theme.

Even the pool feels like a music venue.

The gym is small.

The fitness room is small but well-equipped.

Framed records adorn the room walls.

The respective musical artists are represented by paraphernalia like framed records and books.

Interior-facing rooms have small balconies.

Rooms facing the interior have small balconies.

High Note SkyBar serves excellent cocktails.

The rooftop High Note SkyBar mixes excellent cocktails.

The rooftop features High Note SkyBar and yoga/event room.

Layout of the rooftop with High Note SkyBar interior area to the left and the event and yoga room to the right.

High Note SkyBar's outdoor patio is very popular.

The outdoor patio areas of High Note SkyBar are hard to beat on a warm evening.

Rooftop yoga on Sundays.

Sunday morning yoga in the shadow of St Stephen’s Basilica.

Elizabeth Square is close to the hotel.

Elizabeth Square with its giant Ferris wheel, shops, park, and the Akvarium Klub for live music, is only a 4-minute walk from the hotel.

Gerbeaud Café nearby is a famous coffee house.

A 9-minute stroll through Elizabeth Square and towards the Danube brings you to Gerbeaud Café, one of the city’s most famous coffee houses.

Shoes on the Danube Bank is an emotional monument.

Bring a hanky for the 13-minute stroll, mostly along the Danube River, to the incredibly moving Shoes on the Danube Bank monument.

Herend sells fine Hungarian ceramics.

Herend, a 6-minute walk from the hotel, is a great place for fine and suitably priced Hungarian ceramics.

Best Sellers Books is an excellent bookstore.

Need a good read or book on Hungary? This book store only 3 minutes from the hotel is your best bet anywhere in the city.

Duran sells hearty and affordable Hungarian sandwiches.

Line up at lunch with students for great deals on hearty Hungarian sandwiches – it’s only a 3-minute walk, so it’s easy to bring back to the hotel for a snack.

Kisharang is very popular among locals.

Kisharang serves cheap Hungarian meals at this classic little spot close by.

Liberty Square park nearby features a fountain.

The prettiest park in this neighborhood, Liberty Square, is a 7-minute walk away. Kids will love playing around this fountain on a hot day.

Belvarosi Disznotoros is popular for eating and meeting.

Six minutes walking into the busier part of town brings you to Belvarosi Disznotoros, a stand up and pig out place while meeting folks over heaping portions of Hungarian meat dishes.

Tokio serves fine Asian food.

Six minutes walking towards the river brings one to Tokio to find fine and creative Asian fare alongside delicious sushi.

Kispiac Bisztro is a hidden gem.

Take a beautiful 6-minute stroll through Liberty Square to get to the hidden, divine little Kispiac Bisztro with even better food.

The Hungarian Parliament building is magnificent.

The Hungarian Parliament Building is simply stunning from every angle, and it’s a 14-minute walk through Liberty Square, or a few minutes longer if you choose to walk along the Danube River.

St Stephen’s Basilica is close by.

Staying at the Aria puts you right next to St Stephen’s Basilica, one of the finest buildings in the city.

Artizan Bakery is near Liberty Square.

This delicious, busy, and charming Hungarian bakery is a 5-minute walk via Liberty Square.

The Great Synagogue features moving monuments outside.

Visiting the Great Synagogue, an 11-minute walk from the hotel, is a must, and don’t miss the moving monuments in the outdoor areas.

Kuglof cafe is very popular for breakfast and lunch.

If you’re not taking breakfast at the hotel, or want a second breakfast or lunch, you can’t beat this indoor and outdoor café only a 12-minute walk from the hotel.

À Table is a great French bakery nearby.

Need a croissant? It’s worth walking 7 minutes to get the buttery, delicious ones at this French bakery.

Central Café is a Budapest coffee institution.

Walk around 13 minutes to reach Central Café, a Budapest coffee house institution.

The historic Karpatia features live gypsy music.

If you’re not going to be able to visit the Hungarian countryside, walk the 12 minutes to dine in the historic, elaborately painted Kárpátia restaurant, and be serenaded by gypsies.

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