The Prestige Hotel

The Prestige Hotel in Budapest, Hungary is reviewed for us by beauty expert extraordinaire Eileen Lee-Connor! Check out her fantastic blog Eileen Edit.

Once again I was lucky to come across an affordable boutique treasure in the heart of historic Budapest with the Prestige Hotel. It doesn’t look very modern from the street – just your average pretty 19th century classic all-white town house.

The moment you step into the expansive atrium converted from a courtyard, you realize how truly special this place is.

The Welcome

Lobbies can say a lot about how the designers intend for a visitor’s mood to be set so the quirkiness struck me right away with oversized tassels hanging off the arms of couches, glittery silver mosaic tiles weaving patterns through the otherwise all-black marble expanse of floor and the contemporary sleek horn-themed wall lights.

The most striking hotel feature is most of the bedrooms look into this dramatic atrium instead of outwards onto the street so you immediately feel part of the Prestige Hotel’s unique glittery world.

I am all about location when traveling and this hotel is just a stone’s throw from the Danube, the Chain Bridge, Parliament and St Stephen’s Basilica, making it the perfect base for exploring this stunning city on foot.

Sweet Suite

Rooms are elegantly furnished with shades white, cream and silver handmade stenciled wallpaper and oversized mirrors. I love tons of pillows so the Pillow Menu with Hungarian goose down and horsehair options was a nice touch.


The newly opened Michelin-starred Costes Downtown restaurant next to the lobby (and accessible from the street) served spectacular breakfasts.

Chefs were on-hand to cater to my dietary limitations in creative and tasty ways so I had almond flour savory pancakes mixed with veggies, gluten-free pastries and unusual fresh juices daily.

With such great morning meals, we had to come back for dinner despite the myriad of fine local other restaurants. If you are a foodie, this is a great restaurant (and city) to explore!



Service was faultless, the city was easy to navigate and the cultural surprises kept coming throughout our stay in this glorious historical European city!



Get sartorial inspiration for a city break to Budapest from the beautiful Eileen with this ensemble!


City walk



Chloé pink blouse
11,795 AED –

Green jacket
110 AED –

Skinny jeans
185 AED –

Giuseppe Zanotti knee boots
4,840 AED –

Maison Margiela tote purse
5,150 AED –

Marni ring
790 AED –

Nars cosmetic
88 AED –

Nars cosmetic
92 AED –


Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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