The best design hotels in Budapest

Expect eclectic furnishings and peeling paint at the ultra-hip Brody House

An insider's guide to the best design hotels in Budapest, including the top places for historic architecture, modern interiors, swanky bars, artwork, rainforest showers, rolltop baths and rooms with views, near the Castle District, the Belváros, Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Hungarian Parliament Building and Hősök tere.

Casati Budapest Hotel, Hungary

Casati Budapest Hotel

Budapest, Hungary

8Telegraph expert rating

Artsy boutique hotels are all the rage in Budapest, a great many of them plasticky and bland. Casati Budapest is a cut above the rest. In places, the stripped brick of the late-18th-century building pokes through – most notably in the preserved well, the showpiece of the courtyard atrium. Bright primary colours characterise the breakfast area. This is also a 'green hotel', using recycled loo-roll, LED lighting and eco-friendly detergents. All rooms are sizeable and airy, with a piece of artwork above the bed and a cartoony pop-art painting on the outside of the room door. All rooms are sizeable and airy, with a piece of artwork above the bed and a cartoony pop-art painting on the outside of the room door. Read expert review From £48per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Brody House

Budapest, Hungary

7Telegraph expert rating

This hip boutique opposite the Hungrian National Museum occupies three floors of a fadingly elegant Neoclassical apartment. Inside, the ceilings are high, there’s solid herringbone flooring and the flavour is steadfastly bohemian. Paint is allowed to peel from the walls of the comfortable communal areas, which suck in light from huge bay windows and contain an eclectic collection of comfortable sofas and reading chairs, a chunky glazed stove, and regularly changing works of art. Each room is unique, with upcycled furnishings. Some have freestanding tubs. Overall, it blends the feel of a family home and a private club (perhaps unsurprisingly given that this used to be used for the arts club until it outgrew the space). Read expert review From £106per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Aria Hotel, Budapest, Hungary

Aria Hotel Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

8Telegraph expert rating

The curtain is up on a music-themed hotel in the shadow of St Stephen’s Basilica, whose rooftop bar could become the coolest place in Budapest for a cocktail. Other highlights include the soaring garden courtyard, complete with kitsch sofas, and a seductive underground spa and swimming pool. Music is the motif here. Think a long black-and-white keyboard carpet unfurling through the entrance and a space-age piano designed by the Hungarian musician Gergely Bogányi. Colourful rooms feature plenty of marble and a few striking ornaments. The subterranean spa - dimly-lit and with a sauna and steam room - is a more seductive alternative to the city's famous public baths. Read expert review From £225per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Baltazár Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

7Telegraph expert rating

This small hotel of just 11 rooms at the northwestern end of the Castle District is owned by the Zsidai family, who have been leading restaurateurs in the city for more than 30 years. It is probably best characterised as boho-chic – funky, even quirky in places, but elegant too. All bedrooms are different. One has a feature wall showing Vermeer’s 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', another an unusual open bathroom with a shower cubicle overlooking the bedroom. As you’d expect from family owners who specialise in restaurants – they own seven around the city – the food and drink are superb. I can certainly vouch for the duck-breast ravioli in the restaurant. Read expert review From £78per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotel Moments Budapest

Hotel Moments Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

8Telegraph expert rating

This hotel sitting at the lower end of the boutique-lined Andrássy út marries contemporary design with the original spirit of its 19th-century building. Real pride has been taken in the hotel's renovation – look up to the frescoes in the glass-topped atrium lobby, which are faithful to the style of the period. However, there are also contemporary design features – including some pleasing quirks like downlights made from chests of drawers in the breakfast area. The 99 rooms – all set around the atrium – are medium-sized and contemporary classic in style, most with black and beige carpets and walls of light chocolate and plum shades. Bathrooms have frosted glass doors etched with a scene from antiquity. Bistro Fine is a real corker. Read expert review From £68per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Lánchíd 19, Budapest, Hungary

Lánchíd 19

Budapest, Hungary

7Telegraph expert rating

A hotel that, while design-led, never feels forced or pretentious, and the position on the Buda river bank makes it convenient for both the Castle District and the Belváros. The décor is clean lined and contemporary, and each guestroom is given an individual stamp with artwork provided by a different arts student from a Budapest university. The establishment's river-facing exterior is covered with moving panels that can change colour; when fully closed, they come together to show a water-themed scene. Panorama Suites are very slick, with large whirlpool bathtubs from which you can look over the city. Read expert review From £92per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Pest-Buda Hotel and Bistro, Budapest

Pest-Buda

Budapest, Hungary

8Telegraph expert rating

A boutique hotel of just 10 rooms on a quiet cobbled street in the Castle District, jammed full of personality. There is history here, for the building housed an inn as early as 1696 (you can still see original brickwork and marble seating around the central stairway). Today’s hotel incorporates classic craftsmanship in the limestone bathrooms and wood panelling with industrial touches like bare-bulb lighting and colourful works by Hungarian graphic artists. It’s not only characterful, but warm and welcoming. The restaurant has a French café feel to it, and there’s live accordion music in the evening. Read expert review From £60per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com