5 Things We Loved About the Aria Hotel Budapest in Hungary

If you are looking for a luxury hotel in Hungary, I highly recommend the Aria Hotel Budapest!

We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights to extend our stay in Budapest following our Emerald River Cruise on the Danube River.

I’m sharing more about why it’s our favorite new hotel. After you stay at the Aria Hotel Budapest, you’ll understand why too.

Music Garden Courtyard Aria Hotel Budapest

I was a guest of Aria Hotel Budapest. All opinions are my own.

1. It’s a Luxury Boutique Hotel Design Inspired By Music

The Aria Hotel Budapest is a music-themed hotel with a playful nod to music in both the public spaces and guest rooms.

The literal meaning of “aria” is a long accompanied song for a solo voice, typically one in an opera house or oratorio.

This luxury boutique hotel does a wonderful job of continuing the musical concept in each space that you enter in unique and surprising ways with exquisite design.

As soon as you walk in the Aria Hotel Budapest your eyes are immediately drawn to the giant piano key floor tiles winding the lobby floor.

music themed hotel room

Master designer Zoltan Varro’s vision was to experience a lavish atmosphere of a historic Hungarian palace with the warmth and comfort of a private residence simultaneously.

The Aria Hotel Budapest is also a member of the Library Hotel Collection with properties that are located in New York, Prague and Toronto by the mastermind of Henry Kallan.

What are the core characteristics of a Library Hotel Collection property?

  • Unique Concepts and Beautiful Designs
  • Exceptional Locations
  • Kind, Unpretentious Hospitality
  • A Wealth of Amenities
  • Refreshments in their Club Lounges
music themed hotel room

Musical Concept Wings of the Aria Hotel Budapest

There are four themed wings of the hotel.

  • Contemporary Wing
  • Opera Wing
  • Jazz Wing
  • Classical Wing

Each of the 49 rooms at the Aria Hotel Budapest pay tribute the world’s greatest musical legends with caricatures by international artist Joseph Blecha.

Michael Jackson themed room

During our visit, a member of their customer service team gave us a tour of some other rooms in the hotel so that we could see how the rooms varied.

Here is a sample of some of the music legends inspiring the great style in the individual rooms.

  • Mozart
  • Maria Callas
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Count Basie
  • Whitney Houston
  • Bob Dylan
  • James Brown
  • Franz Liszt (one of the world’s greatest classical pianists)
room at Aria Hotel Budapest

Types of Rooms and Suites at the Aria Hotel Budapest

Guest can choose from a variety of luxury rooms and suites.

If you are staying with multiple family members you can customize your room type according to your needs.

inside of the Terrace Room

Tour of the Terrace Room at the Aria Hotel Budapest

We stayed in The Terrace Room pictured above, which is located in the Classical Music Wing of the hotel.

carpet with piano design inside of the Terrace Room

The theme of the room was dedicated to Niccolo Paganini, an Italian composer and violinist.

I loved all of the details of the music-inspired decor throughout the room including the carpet.

 room with terrace balcony at Aria Hotel

We also enjoyed having access to the private terrace from our room.

bathroom in room at Aria Hotel Budapest

Our bathroom had a beautiful chandelier light fixture, large shower, and bath tub.

bathroom in room at Aria Hotel Budapest

The bathrooms in the hotel also have heated towel racks and a bidet toilet.

suite in the Aria Hotel Budapest

Room Amenities at the Aria Hotel Budapest

This hotel comes with a long list of perks.

The following amenities are available for guests during their stay.

  • Nespresso Machines for Complimentary Coffee and Tea
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Bottled Spring Water
  • Docking Station for iPhone and Android
  • An Interactive Multimedia Entertainment System & Blue-ray players
  • In-room iPad
  • Complimentary In-Room Laptop Safe
  • Individual Temperature Control
  • Signature Bathrobe and Slippers
  • Handheld hair dryer & makeup mirror
  • Molton Brown Products
  • Complimentary International Newspapers
  • Access to Digital Music Library
  • Turndown Service with Fine Sweets
chocolates for turndown service  Aria Hotel Budapest

It’s Easy to Sleep Well

It’s very easy to enjoy a great night’s sleep at the Aria Hotel because all of their beds can be customized to your comfort preferences.

If you prefer a firmer bed, the pillow top can be removed or you can request an additional foam mattress topper if you prefer a softer sleep experience.

We had no problems falling asleep quickly with the mattress just as it was, the perfect blend of soft and firm.

As a bonus, fine chocolates are left on the speciality pillows during turndown service.

room at Aria Hotel Budapest

Complimentary Sleep Enhancements Available During Your Stay

Guests also have access to these complimentary sleep enhancements to ensure good sleep during their stay:

  • Ear Plugs & Satin Eye Masks
  • Night Lights
  • Sleep Phones
  • Hypoallergenic blankets/ duvet
  • Summer blanket
  • Pillow options (Hypoallergenic, Memory Foam, Ergonomic, Neck, Organic, Maternity, Child)
heated indoor pool at Harmony Spa's Wellness Center

Relax at Harmony Spa Wellness Center

From 7am – 10 pm, hotel guests have daily complimentary access to the following amenities at Harmony Spa Wellness Center:

  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Aqua Bicycles
  • Jacuzzi hot tub
  • Exercise Room with cardio machines
  • Aromatic Steam Room
  • Infrared Sauna
  • Finnish Sauna
  • Free Weights
lounge seating area at Harmony Spa Wellness Center

There is plenty of comfortable seating by the indoor pool to enjoy in-between dips in the pool or jacuzzi.

infrared sauna Harmony Spa Wellness Center

The underground spa has an assortment of treatments available for an additional fee. During warmer weather you can also book a Private Harmony Rooftop Yoga Session.

View from High Note Skybar in Budapest Hungary

2. Breathtaking Views of Budapest from High Note Skybar

The High Note Skybar at the Aria Hotel Budapest has made multiple lists as one of top rooftop bars.

High Note Skybar at Aria Hotel Budapest

In fact, Conde Naste Traveler voted the High Note Skybar as one of the best rooftops bars in the world!

It’s easy to see why with its stunning year-round rooftop with 360 degree city views.

views of the High Note Skybar

I would highly recommend an advanced reservation to get your preferred day and time.

views of the High Note Skybar

Hotel guests are given some priority but you still need to plan ahead.

You can book your reservation online or via phone ahead of time. 

This is very popular rooftop bar for obvious reasons. The views of Budapest from the rooftop are absolutely incredible!

couple at High Note Skybar Budapest

If you make your reservation time around sunset you’ll get the best of both worlds with both daylight and nighttime views.

 High Note Skybar at Aria Hotel Budapest

Sunset times can vary, so I would suggest double checking the local weather app for the sunset time and plan accordingly.

High Note Skybar at night

The High Note Skybar is open from 4pm-12 am on weekdays and 2pm -12am Friday-Sunday.

High Note Skybar Budapest at night

If you have a late night, the beautiful part is that your room is only an elevator ride away at the end of the evening.

seating area High Note Skybar

Views From the Panorama Tower Areas

If the Panorama Tower areas are open I also recommend enjoying the vantage points of the city from there for another perspective.

couple at High Note Skybar Budapest at night

Those areas can be reserved with a minimum hourly consumption fee. The sections have seating areas that are perfect for a group.

view of Budapest from High Note Skybar at night
seating area High Note Skybar at night
cocktails at High Note Skybar

Drinks and Desserts at High Note Skybar

We opted for drinks and dessert during our time at the rooftop bar because we had diner prior to our arrival. There are plenty of options on the menu if you choose to eat a meal during your reservation.

drinks at High Note Skybar at night

My husband enjoyed trying different types of Hungarian gin and I tried a few cocktails.

desserts at the High Note Skybar

One of our friends from the states joined us for drinks that night so we had an excuse to share three desserts.

dessert at the High Note Skybar
Carrot cake

We ordered the carrot cake, Citrus, and Rákóczi cottage cheese. The carrot cake was our favorite of the three.

wine and cheese in Music Garden Courtyard

3. Complimentary Breakfast Each Morning AND Complimentary Afternoon Wine & Cheese

Free wine and cheese??!! YES, please!

Yes, hotel guests get complimentary daily breakfast AND afternoon wine and cheese in the Music Garden during your stay.

Music Garden Courtyard Aria Hotel Budapest

This beautiful space is filled with lots of comfortable seating and natural light thanks to the large glass roof above.

What made the experience even better was that we enjoyed the afternoon wine and cheese reception while listening to live music. There is live musical entertainment at the hotel daily.

live music at Music Garden Courtyard

In the morning, the complimentary buffet breakfast includes pastries, fresh fruit, eggs made-to-order  and specialty coffees and tea.

breakfast at Aria Hotel

The Aria Hotel also has a room service menu that you can order from during your stay.

Nedra McDaniel on balcony of Music Garden Courtyard Aria Hotel Budapest

4. Beautiful Private Terraces and Inner Balcony Views

Our specific room had the best of both worlds with a private terrace AND access to an inner balcony view of the Music Garden Courtyard across the hall.

 outside balcony of the Terrace Room

Our private terrace had two chairs and a round outdoor sofa perfect for lounging on.

terrace balcony for room at Aria Hotel

We could hear sounds of the city once we stepped outside without hearing the city once we stepped back inside our room.

terrace balcony at Aria Hotel Budapest

Either balcony option is a wonderful choice if you want coffee with a view.

 balcony of Music Garden Courtyard Aria Hotel Budapest

The Inner Balcony views reminded me of the architecture in New Orleans. Guests can enjoy plenty of sunlight from the open-air balcony surrounded by multi levels of greenery.

balcony view of Music Garden Courtyard Aria Hotel Budapest

You can also appreciate the design of the large piano keyboard in the Music Garden Courtyard below when you gaze downward.

St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest Hungary

5. Great Location Next to St. Stephen’s Basilica

The Aria Hotel Budapest is located in the historic city center next to St. Stephen’s Basilica. This is a very popular area of Budapest both day and night with lots of shops, restaurants and bars nearby.

It’s also only a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the Chain Bridge.

The central location of the Aria Hotel Budapest makes it a great base for exploring the city. It also reduces your need for shopping for car rentals while in Budapest.

View the top of the incline from the Buda side

We really fell in love with Budapest even more after wandering the streets, eating the local foods and absorbing the culture. If you are visiting Central Europe, don’t miss spending a few days here!

rose petal ice cream from Gelarto Rosa in Budapest

As an added bonus you are across the street from Gelarto Rosa known for their rose petal ice cream.

escalator to subway in Budapest

We also took advantage of public transportation during our visit and used the bus and subway system as stations were located just a short walk from the hotel.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest

I also recommend checking out one of the thermal baths in Budapest, which also happens to be the “Thermal Bath Capital of the World.

The thermal baths are sourced from natural thermal springs with various temperatures ranging from warm to hot.

We enjoyed visiting Széchenyi Thermal Bath for a few hours one afternoon during our stay.

entrance to the Aria Hotel Budapest

Where is the Aria Hotel Budapest Located?

The Aria Hotel Budapest is located at Hercegprímás Street 5, Budapest H-1051.

Aria Hotel Budapest at night

Spaces for Private Events at Aria Hotel Budapest

If you are planning a wedding, birthday or special event there are several spaces available to rent for private gatherings.

  • High Note Sky Bar
  • Teatro Aria
  • Pavillion
  • Panorama Terraces
  • Library
  • Mirror Room

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5 Things We Loved About the Aria Hotel Budapest in Hungary

2 thoughts on “5 Things We Loved About the Aria Hotel Budapest in Hungary”

  1. What a great trip down memory lane. I enjoyed a stay at the Aria Hotel with my family two years ago. After backpacking in Hungary for 10 days staying at very cheap hotels and AIRbnb’s we needed some luxury. Could only squeeze one night into the budget but no regrets. Such a lovely hotel. Need to go back some day 🙂

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