Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Budapest, Hungary

The Soul of the City

Matild Palace has been a Budapest landmark since Princess Clotilde of Saxe-Coburg created this neo-baroque apartment building with a grand café that soon became the rendezvous for European artists. In finding new life for Matild, we were very conscious of old meanings, in the building itself and in the centuries-old culture of the city.

The historical significance of the building means that changes at the street level are superficial. The café will benefit from light-touch refurbishment and an all-day Hungarian brasserie is being introduced. This will be zoned with a shop, bar and a series of kitchen stations, decorated in the famous Zsolnay porcelain tiles, which like the popular market stalls of Budapest will serve different local foods. The internal plan has been re-configured from first floor upwards to create jewel-like bedrooms with bathrooms designed as private spas; the presidential suite could be the apartment of Princess Clotilde herself. The spa celebrates Hungary’s long tradition of thermal bathing but with many modern comforts, and there will be a sky bar – a tiny, “secret” glass room with an outdoor terrace.

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Client
Melis Investment Kft
Type
Historic Conversion
Size
130 guestrooms, 2 restaurants, Spa
Status
On-site