The Nemzeti Hotel in Budapest is the latest addition to the MGallery Collection’s 60 classy addresses. This handsome 19th century building is one of the mainstays in local cultural life and stands in an enviable downtown spot near the business district and tourist attractions. Period architecture
The 80 up-to-the-minute rooms in this hotel refurbished in 2012 counterbalance the bold interior design. The stately wrought-iron balustrade and magnificent staircase welcome guests as soon as they arrive.
The walls intertwine Art Nouveau, that eclectic movement that was also called Rococo Baroque, and outright modern décor.
The Nemzeti Hotel was already one of Budapest’s cultural hotspots in the early 20th century, as it was only a short walk from the National Theatre.
The Nemzeti was originally the Hotel Rémi, once owned by the Rémi family. It opened in 1896 which was the year that Hungary celebrated the 1,000th anniversary of the year the Magyars took over the country.
The Rémi was an up market hotel that Hungary’s high society enjoyed. It was sold and renamed Nemzeti in 1929, and its roots in Budapest’s cultural life deepened further.
Budapest in a nutshell
Budapest is Hungary’s historical capital. This cosmopolitan city is home to some 13 nationalities, ethnic groups and religious groups.
The Nemzeti, like Budapest, is brimming with cultural wealth. This city is packed with museums, art galleries, opera houses, movie theatres and concert halls. Széchényi National Library is nestled in Buda Castle, and its 7 million works, including 700 medieval manuscripts, encapsulate this country’s literary history.
Hungarians love the outdoors, explaining the countless brasseries, bars and open-air markets there.
Thermal baths – a vestige from Roman days – are also part of daily life in that country. Széchényi Spa is one of Europe’s largest bathing complexes in Europe. This city is overflowing with surprises, and culture and history weave together every step of the way.