Prague, Czech Republic
A hot-pink confection of Bohemian Neo-Renaissance style, the Hotel Opera stands in the less touristy Nové Město, or “New Town,” quarter of storied Prague.
As a central place in Budapest’s arts and cultural scene, the Hotel Nemzeti itself can be considered a work of art. Built in 1896 and located near the city’s famed National Theater, the Nemzeti has hosted both travelers and influential cultural figures throughout the last 100 years.
When the Nemzeti first opened, it was one of the most modern and sophisticated hotels of its time. Debuting the first elevator in Budapest, the Hotel also had electricity, a bathroom, and running water in every room. Its proximity to the National Theater brought together tourists, artists, and scholars within the city’s burgeoning arts scene.
Now an impressive example of modern design blended with historic preservation, the Nemzeti’s current aesthetic embraces Budapest’s present and past. Among its original 19th century design is the hotel’s original staircase and its restaurant’s ceiling adorned with lead-glass and Venetian mirrors. Modern interior elements include contemporary paintings and decorative motifs.
In addition to its distinctive design, the Nemzeti is also known for a particular pastry that’s both delicious and inspired by a love affair. The delicacy in question? The hotel’s take on a chocolate cake called the Rigo Jansci. The dessert derives its name from the legendary Hungarian violinist who famously seduced and ran away with Clara Ward, the Princess of Caraman-Chimay.
Now an MGallery Hotel, the Nemzeti is among the exclusive hotels in Budapest that stand out for both their architectural heritage and historic background. As a central location with Budapest’s arts scene, the Hotel aims to revitalize the Artistic Spirit of Budapest.
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