Wes Anderson's newest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, follows the story of a 1930s concierge of a glorious, pink hotel with Budapest, Hungary as its namesake -- a European city that is more than deserving of the attention the film affords it (think top-notch Euro luxury at unbelievable prices). Although it's impossible to stay at the hotel in the movie, because it does not, in fact, exist, hotel search trivago brings you the next best thing -- a glimpse into the six grandest hotels of Budapest -- properties that may or may not have influenced Wes Anderson's artistic choices. You be the judge.
Here are the six at the top...
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While Wes Anderson hasn't confirmed that the historic Corinthia Hotel Budapest inspired the fictional Grand Budapest Hotel in his film, the similarities between the two are striking. The façade of the Corinthia, which opened in Hungary's capital city in 1896 as "The Grand Hotel Royal" (see historic advertisement above), bears an uncanny resemblance to the hotel in the movie. After a major restoration project in which the property was painstakingly restored to its former glory, it reopened as the five-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest in 2002. For a limited time, movie buffs can enjoy an exclusive three-night "Behind the Scenes" stay at the Corinthian, where they will learn about the history of the Hungarian film industry (which has its roots in the Corinthia Hotel's Grand Ballroom) and about the Hollywood heavyweights who have checked in over the past century.
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An Art Nouveau landmark just steps away from the Danube River, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest combines old world architecture with elegant design and ultra-modern amenities. Thanks to a five-year, $110 million restoration, guests of the Four Seasons will enjoy plenty of one-of-a-kind features, including a two million-piece mosaic tile floor, a grand sweeping staircase, and a wrought iron elevator, all of which that have been carefully restored or recreated in the historic hotel.
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This regal structure of Budapest was once called the New York Café, known historically as one of the most vibrant and elegant cafés in the world at the time of its opening in 1894. The Boscolo Budapest has been restored to all its former glory, putting its guests instantly in awe of its extravagant frescos of bronze, brocade and marble -- as they enjoy the finest Hungarian pastries or a celebrated froi gras in the café. The Boscolo's 185 luxury rooms are decorated warmly with ornate, timeless extravagance and vibrant, avant-garde touches. Get lost in the property's unmissable spa, designed by Italian architect Simone Micheli -- inspired by natural elements and offering a mystic oasis as romantic as the city it belongs to.
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Asian design and historic European architecture merge flawlessly at the celebrated Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace in the heart of Budapest's shopping district. Actually located in a former palace, which was commissioned by an Archduchess of Hungary in 1899, the elegant hotel is a modern reinterpretation of a building that has housed everything from royalty to a post office. After an eight-year renovation, which was completed in 2012, Buddha-Bar hotel opened to great acclaim -- winning the Best International Hotel Interior award from the London-based International Hotel Awards.
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Located in the Palace quarter in the heart of downtown Budapest, Hotel Palazzo Zichy meets the expectations of its location's name. The property dates back to 1899 and was, in fact, the former palace of a famous Hungarian count. The elegant facade still shows the romance of the era with neo-baroque elements. Get lost in the halls of the ultra-hip, enchanting lobby and indulge in a grand buffet in the glass-roofed Breakfast Room.
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The Hilton Budapest has a special claim to fame -- it's literally nestled in a 13th Century Dominican Church (with a 16th century Baroque façade) -- giving guests the feeling as if they're sleeping in a fairy-tale castle. The hotel offers a perfect home base for your Budapest adventures -- lying in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site -- the Royal Castle District, and just a minute's walk away from the Fisherman's Bastion. Guests in the hotel's 350 rooms and suites may take advantage of the property's free Wi-Fi throughout, excellent accessibility features, free-of-charge pet-friendly policy, as well as fine dining at the upscale 250-seat restaurant, the Icon, where guests will find panoramic views of Budapest.