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Modern design has brightened up this classic hotel, which is located at Blaha Lujza tér, a busy transportation hub, and just steps from the city's coolest neighborhoods. Built in 1896 during Budapest's architectural golden age, and restored in 2012, the building retains a host of beautiful architectural details, including a colorful stained glass ceiling covering the restaurant; stately doors, windows, and woodwork; and a grand staircase in the rear of the building. The Carrara marble, wrought-iron railings, vaulted ceilings, columns, and fancy stucco motifs make walking down this staircase feel like a part of a staged photo shoot. The hotel is not a relic, however, and preservation of the building's history has been nicely balanced with the modern. The lobby displays local contemporary art, and guest rooms have all the up-to-date comforts you'd expect from a freshly renovated hotel. Rooms aren't superluxurious, however—if you're looking for fabulous views and an old-world atmosphere, this hotel isn't for you. It is on a busy thoroughfare and most rooms only have views to the inner courtyard. However, the Nemzeti is a good choice for those who want to experience a classic (and comfortable) grand European hotel and not spend a fortune.