Mandarin Oriental to expand into Budapest with luxury wellness property

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is expanding further throughout Europe with a new hotel in Budapest set to open in 2027. 

The brand is set to redevelop the city's former Gellert Hotel into a "reimagined Art Nouveau architectural gem with a focus on wellness". The property is located in Buda, a short walk from Liberty Bridge, which connects Buda with Pest over the River Danube.

Mandarin Oriental said the rebuilding of Budapest’s “most iconic building” would restore its “former glory” and become an ode to the city’s historic thermal bathing culture.

The property will reopen as Mandarin Oriental Gellert with 143 transformed guest rooms and suites, as well as a spa, fitness and movement studio, indoor pool, sauna and cold plunge pool. 

At The Spa, guests can enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s signature Asian wellness therapies as well as Eastern European spa and beauty treatments before heading to the rooftop bar, which offers panoramic views of the city. 

The property will also feature an indoor-outdoor restaurant, a patisserie and cafe open to both guests and locals.

“We are excited to be bringing Mandarin Oriental to Hungary for the first time, and to witness this true legend of European hospitality rise again,” said Laurent Kleitman, group chief executive of Mandarin Oriental.

He added that the Budapest opening would “honour and respect local artisanal craftsmanship” while incorporating the “finest luxury, contemporary comfort and sustainability standards for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned".

Mandarin Oriental also recently opened Mandarin Oriental Savoy in Zurich, the group’s third opening in Switzerland alongside hotels in Lucerne and Geneva. 

The brand will open its second hotel in London in spring 2024. 

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