Library Hotel Collection founder Henry Kallan will open Aria Hotel Budapest in March 2015, bringing to the magical city of Budapest his signature ability to develop and operate beautiful, indie hotels that focus on service and guest satisfaction.
Like every Kallan-developed hotel, such as the Library Hotel and Casablanca Hotel in New York and the Aria Hotel Prague, the Aria Budapest will have a distinctive concept: in this case the universal love of music. The 1870s building, which has been beautifully reimagined by young Budapest master interior designer Zoltán Varro, captures a breathtaking blend of classical and contemporary styles.
Each of the 49 guestrooms and four parlors will feature a jazz, contemporary, opera or classical music theme through décor and sound. Guests will access the music library via iPads and flat screen televisions elegantly presented within a marble fireplace-style mantelpiece. Options for one or two bedroom suites are available, but the favorite choice is the extraordinary studio suite dedicated to Hungarian composer and virtuoso Franz Liszt.
Located in the historic city center on the Pest side of the Danube River, Aria is situated beside famous St. Stephen’s Basilica. The hotel is steps from a charming pedestrian plaza featuring shops, restaurants, cafes and musical entertainment, and within a five minutes’ walk to the renowned Chain Bridge, the elegant tree-lined Andrássy Avenue and Budapest’s Opera House.
Aria Hotel Budapest will consist of four wings, each with its own elevator bank, which will allow for the ultimate in privacy with only two to four guestrooms per landing. Many rooms will offer a private terrace with a view overlooking the streets leading to the pedestrian plaza. Most accommodations will offer an open-air balcony overlooking the stunning glass-enclosed Music Garden courtyard.
The High Note Skybar – the only year-round rooftop garden terrace in Budapest – will offer unparalleled views of the city. The two love nests, which are upper level perches offering 360-degree views, are perfect for couples or small groups of up to 20 people. Other dining options for guests and locals will include the street-level Stradivari, a bistro style restaurant, and Satchmo’s Bar and Lounge.
Adjacent to the Music Garden Courtyard is Teatro Aria, a beautiful space featuring nightly entertainment curated by Aria’s Musical Director. Guests may enhance their stay by stimulating the senses with great video performances including ballets, concerts, operas and musicals. The space may also be transformed for intimate, memorable private events from private dining and screenings, to fashion shows and recitals.
The Harmony Spa will offer three treatment rooms, one specifically for couples, along with an indoor pool, private pool cabanas, an advanced fitness center, a Swedish sauna, a Turkish steam room, and a Jacuzzi. Signature treatments will be set to music playlists customized to each guest’s preferences.
Following the Library Hotel Collection’s philosophy, Aria offers its guests a wealth of complimentary amenities including high-speed WiFi, a breakfast buffet, tea and coffee service as well as afternoon wine and cheese receptions. Guestrooms start at €325, or approximately $410 USD. Reservations are currently being accepted for stays commencing March 15, 2015. For reservations and additional information, please visit www.ariahotelbudapest.com.
About Library Hotel Collection
Hotelier Henry Kallan’s Library Hotel Collection is composed of seven luxury hotels. Members of the collection include six small luxury hotels including the soon-to-open Aria Hotel Budapest and a 403-room urban resort, Hotel X Toronto set to open in spring 2016. Each of its small European-style boutique hotels in Manhattan and abroad has its own distinctive personality and charm. What they share is a commitment to providing timeless beauty, exceptional value and an outstanding travel experience. Kallan, one of New York’s leading “indie” boutique hoteliers, created the book lovers paradise, the Library Hotel, the country French style Hotel Elysée, home of the renowned Monkey Bar, the jewel-like Moroccan motif Casablanca Hotel, the chic retro glamorous Hotel Giraffe and the musically themed Aria Hotel Prague. The four New York City hotels have achieved the distinction of maintaining top 10 placements among over 450 hotels in New York City on TripAdvisor for more than eight years, at one time having all four New York hotels ranked in the number one to four spots for NYC. Condé Nast Traveler readers selected The Library Hotel as one of the Top 25 Best Hotels in New York City in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Aria Hotel Prague was recognized in this year’s Travelers Choice Awards from TripAdvisor as the #1 hotel in the Czech Republic once again. Currently, the Casablanca Hotel, reigns as the #2 ranked hotel in New York and has won three Travelers Choice Awards including Best Service USA and twice for Top 25 Hotels in the USA. http://libraryhotelcollection.com/