Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
A Treasure of the Era in Budapest
When the doorman pushed open the thick carved iron gate of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, my heart voiced an exclamation. The petalshaped glass ceiling shone with the elegance of the East, and the natural light evenly spread out in the rich lobby space, with a very light blue appearing in every corner. A bunch of brightly colored glass chandeliers hung like a marten that has taken the essence of nature, ready to fly into the sky, leaving much wonder behind.
The Gresham palace, invested by Gresham Life Assurance in the early 20th century, is considered the pearl of Art Nouveau in Hungary, and most of the details from the last century are fully preserved. The floor of the lobby is handpaved with fine mosaics that shines like a good oil paper. The backlit light shows
the unevenness of the handmade imperfections, but it reflects its superior identity. The combination of a circular line can be imagined as a rotating windmill, or simply an octopus with claws. The other part of the marble floor actually has a heart shape that is also handengraved. It is like an anticounterfeiting watermark, which you need to look carefully to see, so when you see young men and women looking at the ground searching for something, don‘t be surprised.
The friendly autumn sun was also exploring the palace carefully. The shadow cast on the white wall was the shadow of the iron gate I passed through, carrying the bloodline of the Chinese shadow puppet show. The characteristics of the European Art Nouveau movement that reached its peak in the 1910s are shown in full at this hotel, with vivid curves of flowers and plants, insects and beasts, with the craftsmanship and aesthetics of oriental art . When you get on the elevator, you must remember to stay at least for a few seconds. The square clocklike floor display is simply an amazing antique.
The narrow corridor is lined with brown treeshaped carpets that echo the white floral decorations on the ceiling. A circular glass dome can be seen in the courtyard outside the window. The iron structure is divided into squares of different sizes, surrounded by plain white walls and silver iron railings. So the glass dome seems to be like a ring that is gently placed in a small and neat jewelry box.
A good hotel room naturally requires a good view. Once inside the room, I can‘t wait to open the thick curtains to
look at the setting sun through the chain bridge across the Danube river, reaching the 1.5kilometer long castle on the majestic Buda hillside. Budapest is made up of two originally independent cities. Buda is the cultural center and Pest is the economic center. This is similar to the reputation of the left and right banks of Paris. In 1987, UNESCO awarded the title of the world cultural heritage to the whole Budapest city, the only one in the world. Therefore, I have to repeat the words on most guide books, that you must book the Gresham Palace Hotel‘s room facing the Danube river and tell the hotel that your priority location is in the midline of the chain bridge.
Take the elevator to the spa on the top floor of the hotel. The infinity pool is like a mirror, and the sloping roof structure is completely absorbed. There are three sets of green plants on the side of the floortoceiling windows, without any redundant decoration.
Then, step on the soft carpet and step down from the top floor along the copper carved iron railings. All the railings are made of metal carved in the pattern of the playful birds in the flower branches, which is similar to the carvings of the traditional Chinese foyer. The metal doesn‘t seem heavy at all, but as light as papercutting; the golden armrests seem expensive. Each floor has stained glass that is comparable to the costly cathedral. The colours and details are exquisite and each theme is different. When you go down to the bottom of the building, remember to look at the ceiling, the stained glass with blue light is most amazing. The whole journey is like crossing an art corridor.
The dinner time at the KOLLÁZS restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is undoubtedly the most beautiful event. Even in autumn with cold wind blowing outside the window, many people still choose to sit outside for a meal. Find a seat against the side of the floortoceiling glass wall, and enjoy the restaurant that won the 2016 European Hotel Design Award. Have a hot cup of green tea and watch people come and go. As the night falls, the lights of the chain bridge get brighter, and the day ends with a wonderful night.