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Spend Sultry Nights at the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace

Jan. 17th, 2018

Jetsetters know where to find the next hip scene, and for 18 years the Buddha-Bar has been such a place. Whether it’s their entrancing, electro-ethnic lounge music or their uber-cool restaurants around the world, Buddha-Bar always creates an erogenous vibe that is half dining and half lounge party. Well, that same level of sexy is now in their chain of hotels that are springing up in international hot spots such as the recently launched Buddha-Bar Budapest Klotild Palace.

Budapest Klotild Palace

Budapest is arguably one of the most exciting cities in Europe. Once called the Paris of Eastern Europe, it’s now a hot destination especially in the spring and summer. It was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and vestiges of that grand design and haute lifestyle remain in the Baroque architecture and ornate facades of the buildings around the city.  

The Buddha-Bar Budapest Klotild Palace is in the middle of the main tourist area in Budapest. Many of the major landmarks are nearby and the Danube River and promenade are a stone’s throw away.  Hotel guests are front row on the most popular tourist destination and walking street, Váci Street, so expect to take a few hours to visit the shops and funky boutiques nearby. Or enjoy a coffee and an hour or two of watching the sites as you walk by

Budapest Klotild Palace

The Buddha-Bar Budapest Klotild Palace is a wonderful contradiction of opposites with the opposing forces of Far East and Europe as well as the contrast of the vintage with the avant guard. The Klotild Palace is one of two imposing palaces that face the Budapest side of the Danube River and the Elisabeth bridge which is a few blocks away. It was built at the turn of the last century by Archduchess Klothilde Maria Amalie, daughter-in-law of Austria Emperor and Hungarian King Franz Joseph. The Neo-Baroque architecture of ornamental statues and sculptures incorporated in the design adorns the building. Indoors there are alabaster marble staircases with dramatic arches and ceilings. In 2012, this iconic treasure was brought back to life and merged with a sleek Asian-colonial design and decor. Indoor decor is exotic and sultry, with scarlet red and black marble as the dominant surface. Today, large Buddha’s and oriental art creates a mysterious Zen-like atmosphere with Buddha-Bar music adding to the ambiance.

Budapest Klotild Palace

The guest accommodations are like a dragon’s lair, with lipstick red walls and furnishings contrasting with monochrome grays, blacks and whites. The rich Asian-inspired decor is bold and sexy as intended. As this was originally a Victorian-era building, expect 20-foot ceilings and the accompanying floor-to-ceiling windows which let in copious amounts of natural light during the day.  Many of the rooms also have Baroque-era balconies that run the length of the accommodations and overlook the bustling shopping and pedestrian streets below.

Budapest Klotild Palace

There are 75 rooms and 27 suites which vary in size, decor, features and amenities. The Junior Suite is spacious at 500 square feet, and the vaulted ceilings add to the roominess. The ubiquitous red dragon is located throughout, but nowhere more prominent than the 20-foot motif emblazoned on a glass wall separating the bath from the main space.The technology is top notch as well, with the latest in electronics and a sound system perfect for playing the Buddha-Bar music collection. Beyond the red glass wall, the black marble bathrooms are made for lovers with an enormous, square, black and white bath with rain shower head for two.

Budapest Klotild Palace

The Buddha-Bar restaurant, like its many other outposts around the world, is the place to dine like a rock star. It’s not just the fantastic Asian fusion cuisine, but it’s the whole dining-entertainment package, from the electric vibe, music and the uber sexy decor. Once inside, the scarlet red walls and dragon catch your eye, until you see the 20-foot gilded Buddha dominating the interior space of the room. The cuisine is an eclectic mix of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian with a few French influences as well. Romantic couples dine over scrumptious sushi as well as other signature dishes such as the black cod. The music tempo escalates as evening turns to night and the DJ spins pumping lounge music.

Budapest Klotild Palace

The Buddha-Bar Budapest Klotild Palace is a destination for the evening, as guests will come for dinner, while others will head directly upstairs on the red carpet and white alabaster staircase to the lounge for cocktails, conversation and Buddha-Bar beats.  

The hotel also has an outdoor bistro in the heart of the Váci Utca, Budapest’s main pedestrian walk, as well as a Lebanese restaurant, Baalbek.

The hotel is perfectly located to take in all the city has to offer, yet offers a refuge away from the hustle and bustle. For a deeper level of restoration, the hotel has an intimate Buddhattitude Spa with a Japanese plunge pool, a Finnish sauna, an Infra-Sauna and a steam room as well as a range of Asian treatments. There is also a 24-hour gym facility with state-of-the-art equipment.

Budapest Klotild Palace

Many will know Buddha-Bar for different reasons. Some love their style of electro-ethnic music while others will know them for nights of pulsating dinner and entertainment at their restaurants around the world. Yet others will know them for their Asian and French-inspired hospitality at their hotels such as the Buddha-Bar Budapest Klotild Palace. However one knows them, Buddha-Bar is a lifestyle of enjoying a fusion of good vibes; cherry picking the best of what the east and west has to offer and exclusively sharing it with their fortunate guests.

Glenn Harris

Glenn Harris is an accomplished journalist focusing on international travel, fine dining, and luxury lifestyle events. His wanderlust has taken him to over 95 countries where he is constantly straying off the beaten path uncovering new and often exotic finds. He particularly enjoys seeking out lesser known travel gems and places to stay, dine, or experiences to capture. ...(Read More)