Budapest’s historic New York Palace and Café is set to enjoy the latest phase of its renaissance this year when its new wing opens in June. The extension adds luxury shopping malls and parking, as well as 76 guest rooms, bringing the total number of rooms in the New York Palace to 188.
A further 145 apartments have been established on the top floor, with four executive suites offering extensive views across Budapest. A specially constructed sunroof covers two piazzas, one of which will convert into an ice rink in winter and a lakeside terrace in summer.
The hotel, a Budapest landmark, opened in October 1894 and was designed with Italian renaissance and baroque influence to the force, featuring marbled interiors, silk and velvet, and ceiling paintings by famed artists of the period.
A fountain was the central feature at the New York’s entrance, and Venetian glass chandeliers shone throughout the interior
Extensive refurbishment followed 2001’s acquisition of the hotel by the Italian Boscolo Group, restoring the property in partnership with the Hungarian State Monument Reconstruction and Restoration Centre. During the work, several pieces of architectural significance, unrecorded in historical plans and descriptions, were uncovered.
While the eclectic essence of the original building has been retained and when necessary, restored, contemporary design has sympathetically added to its fin de siècle appeal.