Boscolo Budapest: magnificence and sophistication
It was late in the evening when we arrived at the impressive, magically lit building. As soon as you step through the door, you will enter an architectural work of art. In the middle of the by colonnades surrounded atrium, you can take a seat in velvet sofas. The perfect place to lay yourself down and gasp at the beautiful interior of the building. My gaze went up along the colonnades. That night I could see the stars through the high, glass ceiling.
The Boscolo Budapest oozes Italian charm. Even the elevator is truly a masterpiece. All three marble walls feature large mirrors that give you the feeling you are in a mirror palace. The hotel rooms look like the decor of a fairytale with all the marble, the crystal chandeliers, and silk covered walls. During daytime, the incoming sunbeams not only provide for beautiful natural light, but also for a unique and lovely ambiance.
New York Café
The Boscolo Budapest houses the world’s most beautiful café: the New York Café. (Do you think that I am wrong? Please let me know which even more beautiful café I must to add to my bucket list 🙂 ). The Boscolo Budapest was named New York Palace when it opened its doors in 1894 for employees of the American insurance company New York Life. When the Boscolo hotel group acquired the building in 2001, they changed the name of the hotel, but not that of the world-famous New York Café.
The New York Café is considered the birthplace of modern Hungarian literature: once the office of the legendary ‘Nyugat’ magazine and the place where Ferenc Molnár wrote his great work ‘Liliom’. Budapest’s literary society was drawn to the New York Café with its ceiling murals, ornate chandeliers, and Belle Époque interior. Writers, poets, and other intellectuals spend their days here, ruminating over their writings. Regulars were provided with pen and paper, unlimited coffee, and a special ‘writers dish’.
When you walk around in the café, you will understand why writers liked to spend their days here. The ornate interior features curly marbled columns, winding staircases, and ceiling frescoes of Mannheimer and Eisenhut. I cannot imagine a better place to get inspired. The New York Café is the ultimate place to enjoy a drink, listen to piano music, and gasp at European luxury and unrivaled craftmanship that has become a rarity nowadays.
It was my birthday when I stayed in the hotel, and the staff served me a surprise birthday-breakfast!
When you visit the Boscolo Budapest and the New York Café, you cannot suspect that 15 years ago, the hotel was a shadow of what it was once – and what it is right now. Bombardements during the Second World War severely damaged the building. The Boscolo hotel group restored the hotel to its original splendor. The renovation took five years.