Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, opens
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, announced the opening of Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest.
Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Matild Palace has undergone a meticulous five-year transformation led by award-winning interior designer Maria Vafiadis and acclaimed local architects Péter Dajka and Antal Puhl to become a 130-guestroom luxury hotel.
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, just a stone's throw from the Danube. The design celebrates the building's past as a thriving social destination in the city, while creating a modern elegant ambience.
"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," said Candice D'Cruz, vice president – Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. "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."
Metehan Özyer (representative of the owner, Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest), Emre Pasli (general manager, Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest), Satya Anand (president EMEA, Marriott International), Leire Leoz (vice president, franchise owner support EMEA, Marriott International).
Matild Palace was built 120 years ago during the Belle Époque era and was developed under the patronage of Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to serve as the social hub of the city. Matild 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 Elizabeth Bridge.
Wolfgang Puck overseeing dining operations
Austrian-American star chef Wolfgang Puck will oversee all dining operations at Matild Palace. His restaurant Spago by Wolfgang Puck, which opened on June 28, marks the debut of the Beverly Hills dining phenomenon in Hungary. The menu offers traditional Hungarian cuisine with a modern twist through recipes inspired by the produce of the region.
The chef will also oversee culinary offerings at The Duchess rooftop bar opening next month, a secret liquor library, as well as Matild Café & Cabaret, opening in September, which is a re-imagination of the most popular address for the high society of the Belle Époque era.
Matild Palace offers a choice of 111 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 19 suites, with many providing special views of the city or the Danube River. Each bedroom is over four metres in height and celebrates Hungarian culture throughout with handcrafted headboards, traditional fishbone parquet floors and lavish spa-style bathrooms inspired by the thermal baths of Hungary. A color palette of teal, green, gold, and copper decorates the rooms, reflecting the hues of the Budapest roofscape. The hotel also offers many connecting family rooms for multi-generational city breaks.
The Loft Guestrooms, located at the rooftop of the property, provide endless views either across the city or the Danube River through large, sloping windows. The 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 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, features a spacious master bedroom, bathroom, living room, and separate study, decorated with elegant chandeliers and handmade glass mosaics.
Swan Spa at Matild 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 gym.
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