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From the attentive staff to the Zsolnay tiles and Miksa Roth glass work, this is arguably Budapest's finest hotel. It sits directly opposite the Chain Bridge on the Pest side, and more than a quarter of the 179 rooms overlook the Danube, making for a fairytale view of Buda Castle across the river. The art-nouveau building, built in 1906, was nearly destroyed during World War II, and during Communist times it was partitioned into apartments. It finally became a hotel in 2004 after an extensive (and expensive) restoration. Rooms feature lush beds and bedding, art deco furniture and fixtures, warm color schemes, and photos of old Budapest; the best have river views. The attic-level spa has an infinity lap pool and offers treatments using products created with mineral-rich thermal water from Omorovicza, a local company. The lobby bar makes excellent cocktails, and the attached Gresham Café has a menu combining modern Hungarian with Italian. The lobby is topped with a glass cupola, letting in plenty of natural light, enhancing the spectacular mosaic tile floor. The lobby is full of plush couches and chairs, and the piano bar next to the reception area is a wonderful place to sit with a cocktail while admiring the peacock motifs that are on the wrought-iron gates on either side of the building.