13 enchanting historic hotels in Hungary

Hungary is well-known for it's magnificent architecture and also for it's rich history – so why not discover both of them and look for one of the many great historic hotels as an accomodation during your stay?

From Art Nouveau to Classicist-style buildings, here is a great list of the most beautiful hotels with old-world charm of Hungary!

CÍvis Grand Hotel Aranybika, Debrecen
A 100 years old hotel, originally designed by an olympic champion? Well, Hotel Aranybika (the name meaning 'Golden Bull' in Hungarian) was designed by no other then Alfréd Hajós, first olympic champion (in swimming) of Hungary, who has become a renovned architect. The Hotel, located in downtown Debrecen, was built in 1915, in secessionist style. Several famous artists and politicians from the 20th century were reoccurring guests here. Even today a tablet keeps the memory of the favourite rooms of writers Zsigmond Móricz and Magda Szabó.

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Grand Hotel Glorius Makó is a unique design hotel, evoking the atmosphere of the 1920's. Inspired by Art Deco, the four-star hotel is located right next to the Hagymatikum Thermal Bath (designed by Imre Makovecz), offering gastronomical specialities and excellent wellness facilities. Architects and designers, who worked on the rebirth of this grandiose and historical building were inspired by Art Deco, the style symbolizing the modern cosmopolitan luxury of the 20's and 30's. As a result, this grand architectural excellence now embraces worthy spirituality and services.
 
 
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However, Hotel Glorius is not just about dwelling in the past: the nostalgically re-designed interior spaces were combined with modern minimalism and outstanding services.
 
 
Enjoy fin-de-siécle atmosphere in this beautiful building, facing the main square of Pécs in the Southern part of Hungary! Stylish restaurant, grand ballroom and imposing entrance hall of the hotel are all Art-Nouveau masterpieces. The hotel has always been the favourite of many famous guests. It's wellness facility is offering sauna, massage and steam room, while the restaurant is serving international and Hungarian cuisine.
 
 
 
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Originally built in 1911, Hotel Dorottya is awaiting it's guests in one of the most historical buildings of Kaposvár, a lovely town in South-West Hungary, not far from Lake Balaton. The secessionist art relic was thoroughly restored and renovated, and currently is offering 31 rooms, junior suites and suites, all of 4* standard comfort and services.
 
 
 
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The building also includes an events centre with different halls and many functions, which offers it's infrastructure and services to external guests too; just as the Lobby bar and the Beauty saloon on the ground floor. Located in the heart of the city, right by the pedestrian area, the hotel attracts with easy accessibility to all the major entertainment and shopping spots and touristic sites.
 
This almost 250 years old hotel is the oldest running hotel of Hungary! The historic building offers absolutely 21st century services, including a wine bar and relaxation & medical center. The hotel played an important role even in Hungarian history, as during the 1848/49 revolution, Artúr Görgey stayed here before starting the siege of Buda.
 
 
 
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Many other important personalities of the Hungarian history also enjoyed the hospitality of the hotel, so you can feel the spirit of the past centuries in every corner of the building.
 
The four-star Hotel Magyar Király, name of which means 'Hungarian King', is located in the heart of Székesfehérvár, in the renewed historic area of the city, right next to the theatre and at the beginning of the pedestrian street. The classical-style palace, also called as Zichy Palace was built at the beginning of the 1820s with the cooperation of architect Mihály Pollack. 
 
 
 
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During the long years, the hotel has gone under several reconstructions and renovations, lately in 2010. It was important to consider during the reconstructions that the building had to preserve its original features while meeting every needs of guests of the 21st century. The modern glass and wood extensions form a perfect harmony with the thick walls and sturdy arches.
 
This elegant hotel in downtown Szeged received it's name after Prime Minister Kálmán Tisza. It's concert hall has become the favourite music venue of the town, even famous Hugnarian composer Béla Bartók was performing here. The hotel has become famous and highly popular in the city for it's pleasant location and special atmosphere recalling the ambiance of the turn of the century. 
 
 
 
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For international conferences, business meeting or an important high profile event, Hotel Tisza offers the unique and representative conference rooms  Concert and Mirror Halls, meeting 6-500 delegates – and thus provides perfect premises for various programs. Elegance and tradition combined with modern technology are offered to make any event unique and unforgettable.
 
For more than 120 years, this graceful hotel has always been one of the focal points of social life of the city. Built according to the plans of Ignác Alpár in 1895, the building, located besides the main square of the town, in the pedestrian area, is now a precious part of the architectural heritage. 
 
 
 
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With 35 rooms, restaurant, pub and event venues this hotel is an ideal base if you wish to explore this exciting region of Northwestern Hungary.
 
Gödöllő, once the favourite town of Queen Elisabeth (aka Sisi), wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, is not far from Budapest. The Erzsébet Királyné (Queen Elizabeth) Hotel was opened in March 2008, in the beautifully reconstructed Secessionist-style former town hall. The hotel is located in the heart of Gödöllő, Hungary, a town that was a very important and much beloved place in Queen Sisi's life, on the main square of Gödöllő, just a few steps from the Royal Palace and only 25 minutes from downtown Budapest. 
 
 
 
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The Hotel's fine milieu makes it perfect for family reunions, business lunches or dinners, and many other sorts of events. The carefully selected menu represents the word-famous Hungarian cuisine as well as international courses. 
 
This magnificent hotel is situated in Lillafüred, a settlement 10 kilometres from Miskolc. The castle built in Eclectic style between 1927 and 1930 is surrounded by a hanging garden and a large park. The view to Szinva Stream and Hámori Lake is made even more magnificent by the murmur of the Szinva Stream waterfall in the immediate neighbourhood of the hotel.
 
 
 
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Count András Bethlen, minister of agriculture, is said to have been the denominator of the place, which he discovered while hunting, in 1892. In honor of the daughter of a wealthy noble, Lilla Vay, he gave the name Lillafüred to this place of spectacular beauty. The Palota was opened on the 7th June 1930, and the hotel became the favorite residence of high society guests. It acquired reputation as a climatic recreation and health resort. 
 
Nowadays, by opening the sports and fitness centre, excellent opportunities for active recreation are provided. The hotel today is looking forward to the arrival of the guests completed with many new recreation services since then.
 

Hotel Klastrom, Győr
The building of Hotel Klastrom, former Carmelite cloister, has been a determining building in Győr townscape for ages. The cloister and church were built in 1714-1721 and are cherishing the characteristics of the Baroque time. The three-star hotel, where even Pope John Paul II resided, is the island of peace in the heart of the bustling city, where the guests are welcome to enjoy the spirit of old times together with all the modern facilities offered by the hotel.

 
 
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Baroque Hotel Promenád Győr, also situated in the town is another gem of historic architecture. Situated in a heritage building, in a lovely baroque palace from the 17th century, it has 11 eleganty furnished rooms.
 
The Pannonia Hotel is the oldest hotel in Sopron. Already in 1500 the building was operated as an inn, and was shaped to the present form at the end of the 19th century. In 1992 the Hotel became a family business and the current owners have expanded and upgraded it ever since. The last upgrade was carried out in 2013.
 
 
 
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The rooms have different styles and basically there are no two rooms which are the same. Some of the rooms have real antique furniture, while others are equiped with modern hotel furniture.
 
Arany Strucc Hotel, Kőszeg
Arany Strucc ('Golden Ostrich') Hotel has been hosting guests since 1579. The baroque-style building where the hotel is situated is one of the oldest structures on the Fő (Main) Square, and also one of the main tourist destinations, is known for its excellent restaurant and confectionery.
 
 
 
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The first owner of the Arany Strucc Hotel was Christoph Herpius, but it was named after the innkeeper Strauss (Strucc). The hotel provides single and double rooms (for 35 guests in total). The restaurant serves buffet breakfast and both Hungarian and international meals. The neatly furnished confectionery shop provides a wide selection of cakes and pastries including the famous so-called Kőszeg Szelet (Kőszeg Slice).
 
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