Inspired by music, Aria Hotel Budapest is designed to give you that same feeling of getting lost and wrapped up in music. Just as music can provide an escape, as you step through the hotel doors, the same feeling of calm washes over you. A rich and lavish atmosphere, with a warmth that is so comforting, like listening to your favourite song.
At just over two hours’ flight, and with an extremely favourable climate, Budapest is a gorgeous, historic destination for a wedding abroad, and for music lovers, it just has to be Aria Hotel Budapest. The striking piano keys are the first thing I noticed as I walked through the lobby, set into the floor and leading to a piano – one of only 20 of its kind in the world.
The light courtyard it sits in has a glass roof and looking up through it, you’ll see the rooms set around the edge, stretching up to the beautiful roof terrace. With only 49 rooms, the staff know each guest’s name, and with a lovely welcome, I was shown to my room.
The hotel focuses on four genres of music: classical, opera, jazz and contemporary, and each of the four lifts features music from one of those genres.
The rooms are themed to musical icons and legends, and mine was The Beatles. Strains of the band’s music from a record player greeted me, along with a view over the Music Garden courtyard, across my sweet balcony. Quiet and peaceful, it was so lovely to open up my doors and let the fresh air in and relax on soft yellow cushions, whilst having a peek at all that was going on down below.
The room was beautifully designed, with a striking black and white zigzagged feature wall adorned by a Beatle’s record as well as a headboard panel with the band’s faces on. A standalone bath was tucked away for a little luxury, along with a beautiful marble bathroom with Molton Brown products. A cosy fire flickered on the tv, and luxurious velvet cushions just begged to be sunk into. An amazing room in a beautiful building. Harmony SpaA trip to the spa was on the cards, so I headed down to the exquisite Harmony Spa, honoured as the best wellness spa in Europe by the World Boutique Hotel Awards.
The spa treatments are inspired by the four musical genres in an elegant, calming and relaxing environment. The spa has a lounge space with private cabanas, a pool and jacuzzi, a sauna and steam bath as well as a gym. I was treated to the Hungarian Rhapsody Ritual; a two-hour treatment combining a facial, back massage and scrub – bliss from head to toe. Using Eminence organic skincare, the products are 100% natural. The pool was spotless, and the cabanas so relaxing – this would be perfect for a hen retreat. Even in the spa, there are reminders of the musical influence, with musicians making up the tiling by the pool and a bronze figure playing the violin.
Along with a complimentary breakfast each morning, Aria Hotel Budapest offers complimentary wine and cheese each afternoon. Such a welcome and unexpected treat, it’s an opportunity to sample some delicious local cheeses and enjoy live music in The Music Garden courtyard. Dining at Aria Hotel Budapest panoramic terrace of the High Note SkyBar looks out to neighbouring St Stephens’s Basilica, and it was here that I enjoyed dinner.
Perfect for a proposal or a wedding, the rooftop terrace has stunning views. I enjoyed a duck salad to start, followed by chicken Kyiv with smoked potato puree and finished with a delicious cake. Breakfast was served in The Music Garden, and sampled smoked salmon, an omelette, fruit and coffee. All delicious and impeccably served.
Weddings at Aria Hotel Budapest lovely Kitty showed me everything the hotel had to offer couples wanting a destination wedding or elopement. Breath-taking views from the rooftop terrace could act as your backdrop, with incredible photo opportunities and a delicious meal at the High Note SkyBar.
The terrace can be kept under cover, or open to the sky in glorious weather and they have a range of menu options including traditional Hungarian dishes. They also offer help with sourcing and providing suppliers, so you don’t have to worry about finding the best from a distance. Aria Hotel Budapest is the perfect wedding destination for music lovers and those after a little luxury for their small but exclusive destination wedding.
Our 5 Star highlights: Perfect for music lovers, there are melodies around every corner, woven into the fabric of the hotel. The rooftop is spectacular, with stunning views across historic Budapest, ideal for a wedding. The spa is indulgent, calming and the utmost luxury. Treatments are simply bliss.