Matild Palace reveals revamped interior


Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest, due to open in June, has undergone a five-year transformation aimed at reinventing the building as a luxury hotel, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

The interiors were designed by award-winning MKV Design, led by studio founder Maria Katsarou Vafiadis.

"Matild Palace represents the spirit of Budapest, as framed by the narrative of its storied history, culture, architecture and cuisine." said Candice D'Cruz, vice president – luxury brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International.  "The property's thoughtfully crafted design has seen the merging of tradition and modernity across all aspects of the hotel, culinary offerings and service.  Matild Palace is set to become a destination in the city once again and we look forward to welcoming guests to enjoy unparalleled luxury in this charming destination."

Completed in 1902, the palace is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of two buildings commissioned by Her Imperial and Royal Highness Maria Klotild of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Standing as a gateway to Elisabeth Bridge, the structure originally housed cafes, shops, and galleries along with residential apartments on the floors above.

"Leading the interior design for Matild Palace project was a perfect opportunity for MKV to bring our company values to life, as they are so aligned with The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts' brand values" said Maria Vafiadis. "The compelling design narrative, rooted in local culture, that we created for this historical palace is infused in every element of the project. Our design invites guests on a journey of discovery, which is an important element of a hotel experience."

The historical entrance passage has been  enhanced with pendant lights made up of individual porcelain pieces in homage to traditional Zsolnay Hungarian art. Throughout the property, a color palette of teal, gold, and copper reflects the hues of iconic Budapest buildings and their signature roofscapes.

The main lobby and reception feature intricate design and detailing across the windows shielding the view of the city's busy streets as guests check-in. In the lobby, guests may find a collection of historic photos, offering insight into Budapest's history and the original palace, displayed on a wall around a specially commissioned portrait of The Duchess. In the center of the space, an elegant chandelier plays tribute to a fine piece of jewelry once handed down to The Duchess through many generations of the Habsburg family.

The hotel will offer an exceptional choice of 111 guestrooms and 19 suites. The property has a choice of four guestroom categories, with each taking inspiration from The Duchess' interests and exuberant lifestyle and early 20th century Budapest, allowing the design and interiors to remain authentic to the building's history, the press release notes.

An exclusive selection of dining venues

Matild Palace will also offer an exclusive selection of gastronomic venues. Spago by Wolfgang Puck Budapest will offer a contemporary design complete with a unique lounge, and Matild Café & Cabaret - scheduled to open in September – will be the reimagination of one of the most historic European Coffee houses, the Belvárosi Kávéház, which has been a significant piece of Budapest's urban history, established in 1901.

Hidden amongst Budapest's roofscape, with a view towards the Elisabeth Bridge, Danube River, and Gellért Hill, The Duchess will be a secret liquor library.  Its design is inspired by the Archduchess Maria Klotild, who in 1884 commissioned the Matild Palace to include a clandestine rooftop section as a rendezvous for the Decadence Movement. The chic bar is accessed through a hidden entrance of private elevators.

The hotel will also offer guests an option to unwind in its spa. Swan Spa features a Hungarian-influenced spa experience with traditional thermal therapy and Hammam rituals.


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