Pearl of the danube

Hong Kong Tatler - - | Life Travel -

When hilly, res­i­den­tial Buda and his­toric Óbuda on the west­ern bank of the Danube merged with flat, in­dus­trial Pest on the eastern side to form the mod­ern city of Bu­dapest in 1873, a beau­ti­ful and vi­brant hub was formed. If you haven’t yet wan­dered the me­an­der­ing cob­bled streets of the World-her­itage listed Buda Cas­tle dis­trict, had a dip in one of the city’s many ther­mal springs, or feasted on goulash and strudel, there’s a big shiny new rea­son to go. Housed in a pro­tected his­toric build­ing near the river, Bu­dapest’s first Ritz-carl­ton sits a stones throw from the Four Sea­sons and the Danube River. Its 170 lux­u­ri­ous rooms and 30 suites have pic­turesque views of the mag­nif­i­cent St Stephen’s Basil­ica, and the spa, due to open in De­cem­ber, will have a large swim­ming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and three beauty treat­ment rooms—a true Oasis in the heart of the old town. Did I men­tion there’s strudel? ritz­carl­ton.com

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