In the wake of Budapest’s recent boom of new hotel openings, an ornate city passage is currently being transformed into a palatial lodging. The historic courtyard in the city center will be the site of Párisi Udvar Hotel, a new Hyatt property in The Unbound Collection of this renowned global brand. The first room is now ready and it has just been unveiled. This new deluxe destination in the heart of the Hungarian capital is set to start welcoming visitors from autumn 2018.
In recent years, many new hotels have popped up in the Hungarian capital, including a number of upscale facilities to welcome stylish travelers. Soon, visitors to Budapest will have even more alternatives to choose from when they browse accommodations in the city.
As announced by the management of Mellow Mood Hotels group earlier – the business that operates the adjacent Buddha-Bar Budapest hotel in one of the historic Klotild Palaces – Párisi Udvar (Paris Courtyard) on focal Ferenciek tere will be reconstructed to house a Hyatt branch. This new Budapest hotel will be part of the American chain’s select The Unbound Collection that primarily occupy notable locations in the USA and in the heart of Paris.
Once sheltering fashionable shops and cafés in its ornate interior, the Paris Courtyard of fin-de-siècle vintage was left is severe disrepair after both world wars and decades of Soviet rule. Featuring a fusion of Arabic, Moorish and Gothic styles, the property is currently receiving a top-to-bottom renovation for it to once again become a prestigious address. The facility is set to be completed later in 2018.
Párisi Udvar Hotel will provide 110 guest rooms, 18 suites and two presidential suites, conference rooms, a spa, restaurants and a bar. During a recent visit to the construction site, Tamás Fazekas, General Manager of the new hotel, outlined Hyatt’s high standards that the newly opening Budapest branch will have to maintain.
An important requirement is the Bedding Concept that involves the best-quality feather-down comforters and pillows, eliminating synthetic substances. Materials used for the furniture and fittings are also regulated. All bathrooms have to be equipped with marble countertops, while carpets should be made of wool. Paris Courtyard is registered as a heritage property, demanding room design to meet certain specifications. Meanwhile, the floor space, the position and size of the windows, define the construction limits. Most guest rooms will span 33 square meters, occupying a larger expanse than in an ordinary hotel.
The interior design presents a fusion of architectural styles featuring the characteristic Moorish elements of Paris Courtyard, even inside the rooms, including in the construction of the ceiling. The lobby area on the first floor will be enhanced with green-colored fittings to match the Zsolnay tiles used as decoration inside the original courtyard, where the foyer will be set.
The local Kroki Stúdió is responsible for the interior design, while London-based Blues Sky Hospitality Ltd is in charge of the design concept for the F&B area. Implementation of the works is being carried out by the Hungarian Market Építő Zrt.
Hotel operations are connected to Hyatt’s central system in terms of booking and the use of loyalty cards, while the group is also responsible for quality assurance. Targeting mainly business travelers, the hotel will be complete with shops, a lobby and restaurants placed in the passage. After its planned opening this autumn, Párisi Udvar Hotel will no doubt welcome those who just want to peek inside the building to admire its splendid settings.