Hilton Garden Inn Budapest City Center Opens
Hilton Hotels has opened the four-star, 214-room Hilton Garden Inn Budapest City Center in Lázár utca in the historic center in District VI. The complex is located 100 meters from the Hungarian State Opera and rooms offer views of the Basilica.
Hilton Gerden Inn Budapest Center opening.
The 13,000 sqm hotel complex contains rooms with an average size of 24 sqm and has , spread across eight floors, with an additional five levels of underground parking for 100 vehicles and three meeting rooms with the capacity for 100 people. It also has two courtyards, the Garden 79 restaurant and bar and a roof-top terrace.
The complex has been designed by the Romanian Carmen Tanase, who also worked on the Hilton Garden Inn Old Town Bucharest and the Cluj Hilton Double Tree. She describes the interior courtyards as based on the squares in the city, and in the same way the open lobby bar and restaurant both give direct access from the street-front.
The Hungarian Statistical Office traced an estimated Budapest hotel office stock of around 200 hotels with close to 20,000 rooms for 2018. As of the turn of the year, 23 hotels were at the planning stage or under construction. On the demand side, occupancy rates for Budapest for 2018 stood at 78%.
Hilton Garden Inn Budapest City Center is aimed at both tourists and business guests reflecting the popularity of the city for business travelers and short-stay vacationers.
The hotel brand has average occupancy rates of 75-80% in Europe and the latest addition to the family in Budapest is expected to reach this level after a 12-18 month ramp up period according to Alexandra Murray, vice-president of Hilton’s focused EMEA serviced operations.
Staff recruitment began in April based on radio and social media spots and talent acquisition, with a number of staff returning to Hungary from abroad to take-up positions. Construction work on the project initially began in 2015 with the demolition of the existing building at the site. Following a break in construction activity, development re-commenced in 2017, reflecting the difficulties of developing in the historic center in accordance with very strict building regulations.
The complex is owned by a group of investors and a 20-year plus management contract has been agreed with Hilton, which operates 65 Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Europe. The company is looking at the possibility of opening further hotels in Hungary, according to Murray.
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