Le Méridien Budapest
Just a five-minute stroll from the Danube, this five-star boutique hotel occupying the 1918 Adria Palace is within shouting distance of Budapest's most iconic sights: the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, and Chain Bridge are all nearby. Tough to beat for ambiance, this hotel named one of the world's 500 best (Travel + Leisure) has an entrance hall and atrium befitting the former castle it occupies. Doric columns, marble flooring, and stained glass reign in Le Meridien's magnificent common areas housing a French restaurant and a ritzy bar. The 218 guest rooms meld Art Deco décor with five-star amenities.
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