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    hotel lounge with eclectic lighting and natural finishes
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    Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts opens its first hotel in Hungary

    Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Budapest. Located in the heart of the Hungarian capital, the hotel is in a prime position for both locals, and those travelling to Budapest for business, leisure or a combination of the two…

    hotel lounge with eclectic lighting and natural finishes

    Designed to meet the needs of the modern business traveller, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts intrinsically understands the work/life balance, and this is brought to life across the brand, through a modern, distinct and purposeful design, featuring multi-functional zones, great food and drinks, and a warm and engaging approach to guest service. Crowne Plaza Budapest continues this tradition through both its design and its location.

    Historically two separate cities, Buda and Pest, that joined in the 19th century, there are two unique characteristics that can been seen when exploring the city. Whether it’s the historic architecture and rolling hills of the west (Buda) or the business hub and trendy bars of the east (Pest) – there is something for everyone. Crowne Plaza Budapest is situated in the Pest (east) side of the city, alongside the iconic Nyugati train station, known for its design and construction by the renowned Eiffel Company. As the main travel hub for much of the international train travel coming in and out of the Hungarian capital, the building itself has recently undergone an extensive restoration project to return the late-19th Century structure to its former glory.  Adjacent to the hotel is the newly built Westend shopping centre, accessible directly through the hotel. Guests can visit the shopping centre’s three-hectares of roof garden on the top of the building, as well as all the stores and services available within.

    contemporary hotel lobby design at crowne plaza budapest

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    All 230 guestrooms and suites at the hotel have a distinctive modern design and layout to help encourage productivity, restoration, and to inspire guests. Guests will enjoy a noticeable sense of space with a layout that includes a desk area for work, a sofa for relaxation and a comfortable bed with high-quality bedding to promote a good night’s sleep – keeping that work/life balance high on the agenda.

    hotel bedroom design with work space and desk

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    Guests can also take full advantage of the hotel’s Plaza Workspace, a flexible space offering visitors and guests the opportunity to collaborate, meet colleagues, or work solo. The combination of flexible working and relaxation spaces, with food and drink options, enable guests to move seamlessly between work and downtime. Crowne Plaza Budapest also has an additional 13 meeting rooms and event spaces available to hire, and a Club Lounge with exclusive views from the private terrace overlooking the skyline of both Buda and Pest.

    Roof terrace overlooking the Budapest skyline

    Image credit: Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

    The onsite restaurant focusses on locally sourced, sustainable and healthy produce, helping guests refuel during their stay. Whether it’s the speciality coffee sourced from Hungarian-born coffee connoisseur Laszlo Banyai living in Costa Rica, or something sweet prepared by the award-winning Hungarian chain of confectionaries, Hiszteria, everything about the Axis Café and Lounge is aimed at introducing both international visitors and locals to the growing success of Hungarian gastronomy. In early 2022, the hotel will open a new rooftop restaurant called Cult, with a large terrace and panoramic views of the city.

    “During 2020, we had time to reflect on the things that we take for granted and what has been missed through the lack of travel: the importance of human connection,” says Maurice Janssen, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Budapest. “There has been a distinctive shift in people’s mindset when it comes to business travel. No longer do hotel guests need to feel isolated in their rooms or confined to a business centre to feel productive, and no longer do locals need to be hesitant to walk into a hotel lobby to have a coffee and do some emails for fear of being asked for their room number – the spaces within our hotel are open to all, and we are very much looking forward to hosting our future guests and locals alike.”

    Also in Europe, the brand recently opened its Crowne Plaza Nice – Grand Arenas, located on the stunning French Riviera as it continues to grow around the world with 409 Crowne Plaza hotels now open and a further 101 in the pipeline.

    > Since you are here, why not read more about what’s happening in Budapest?

    Main image credit: Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts

    Pauline Brettell / 11.11.2021

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