A walkway of oversized marbled piano keys leads the way through Budapest’s Aria hotel, and it’s precisely this playful flair that makes it so appealing. Hungary’s capital celebrates both time-honoured and contemporary music throughout the year in concerts and festivals – and so too does this imaginative boutique establishment.
Modern, design-led rooms are spread across four wings dedicated to different genres: classical, opera, jazz or contemporary, with interior flourishes that express something of each style. Jazz is embodied in exposed brick ceilings and art nouveau furniture; opera in Murano glass chandeliers. A fantastic rooftop terrace and bar offers views of St. Stephen’s Basilica in every season; downstairs, updates to Hungarian classics are served at a farm-to-table restaurant with walls lined by violins, and the atrium is crowned by a sculptural grand piano for live performances. Yes, it may be themed, but the Aria’s tone is pitch perfect.
Families with older children
Things to do at the property:
Have breakfast in the music garden courtyard
Taste Hungarian wine and cheese over live music
Relax in the steam room and Finnish sauna
Sip drinks on the rooftop terrace
Things to do nearby:
Take a boat along the River Danube
Wander cobbled streets and wonder at rich Gothic architecture
Enjoy a concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica
Explore the huge medieval and Baroque Buda Castle
Visit the home of 19th-century composer Franz Liszt
Step inside magnificent churches Unwind at natural spring thermal baths
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.