Hotel Gellért

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Danubius Hotel Gellért
Budapest Gellért R01.jpg
Danubius Hotel Gellért
General information
LocationBudapest, Hungary
AddressSzent Gellért tér 2
Opening1918
ManagementDanubius Hotels
Design and construction
ArchitectArmin Hegedűs, Arthur Sebestyén and Isidor Sterk
Other information
Number of rooms234
Website
Official website

The Danubius Hotel Gellért is an Art Nouveau hotel on the right river of Danube in Budapest, Hungary.

History[edit]

Construction on the Hotel Saint Gellért started in 1912. The hotel was named for Saint Gellért (St. Gerard Sagredo) the first bishop of Hungary in the 11th Century. The 176-room hotel was designed by Hungarian architects Ármin Hegedűs, Artúr Sebestyén and Izidor Sterk.[1] Work on the hotel slowed due to World War I, and it did not open until September 1918, just as the war was ending and the Austro-Hungarian Empire was descending into chaos. The hotel was commandeered for the national government's use in 1919, after the downfall of Hungarian Soviet Republic. Once Hungary was established as an independent country, the hotel in its early years were so successful that it was expanded in 1927 with 60 more rooms and a wave pool.[2] Noted Hungarian restaurateur Károly Gundel took over management of the hotel's restaurants in 1927 as well.[3] In 1934, the hotel added a jacuzzi pool.

The hotel was severely damaged in World War II. Post-war Communist authorities removed the "St." from the hotel's name and it became the Hotel Gellért. Restoration of the Gellért Hill wing began in 1946, while work on the main Danube River wing began in 1957.[4] Restoration work was completed in 1962. The hotel was again renovated in 1973.[5] Danubius Hotels assumed management of the hotel in 1981. After the company was privatized in 1992, it purchased the hotel outright in June 1996.[6] The adjoining spa is owned and operated by the City of Budapest.

Gellért Baths[edit]

Hotel Gellért is famous for its thermal baths. The Gellért Spa which is connected to the hotel, is a very special attraction with its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, wave bath, sunbathing terrace and thermal spa. The jacuzzi, with its glass roof, and the wave bath are favorites among guests. Even though Gellért Spa is independently owned, guests of the hotel can use the facilities for a discount. [7]

Design[edit]

The hotel was built in the Secessionist style with some biomorphic elements. The cone-shaped towers of the hotel that frame the hotel make it distinctive from long distances. The interiors of the hotel was built in Art Nouveau style with high glass cupola and wrought iron decoration.The ornamentation of the stairs originating from the hotel reception is a bespoke glass window whose design represents the Chase of the Miraculous Deer from ancient Hungarian mythology. In the spa, the original Art Nouveau ornamentation has artistic mosaics, colorful windows and statues.

During and after World War II the hotel and the thermal baths suffered a great amount of damage. By the end of the 1950’s the reconstruction and renovation of the hotel and its spa was started.

Location[edit]

From Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport the hotel is 21 km away and can be reached by taxi, minibus, or public transport. The principal streets of the city center and the Great Market Hall are just a short ride by public transport or a ten minute walk across the Liberty Bridge.

The closest train station, Kelenföld railway station is just 3 km away and is accessible directly by Line 4 of the Budapest Metro as well as trams and buses that stop in front of the hotel. Budapest Keleti railway station is also easily reached using the Line 4 metro.

Gellért Hill is next to the hotel and the Cave Church and Citadella are reachable on foot for those that can manage going up somewhat steep paths.

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Coordinates: 47°29′1.63″N 19°3′8.37″E / 47.4837861°N 19.0523250°E / 47.4837861; 19.0523250