Gresham Palace is one of the most photographed sights in Budapest, as it sits just by the foot of the oldest bridge in Budapest, the historical Chain Bridge, which is also a country icon, symbolizing the twin towns of Budapest and Hungary as a whole. Even if you do not choose Gresham Palace as the base of your Budapest visit (it is the most expensive hotel in Budapest), you can take a look around in the main hall, or enjoy the bar and restaurant of the hotel for a special treat. Is it worth a short cocktail break? Definitely!
Take a look at these beautiful photos of the Gresham Palace Budapest taken by day and by night.
Also, read the brief history of Gresham Palace Budapest
Quick Facts about Gresham
Built from 1904 to 1906
Style: Art Nouveau
Designer: Zsigmond Quittner
First Owner: British Gresham Company
Communist Regime: used as an apartment block
Hotel: 4 Seasons Hotel since 2004
Photo of the elegant lobby of Gresham Palace with the wrought iron Art Nouveau Peacock gate (please note that the peacock bird motif is a recurring folk motif in Hungarian folk despite the fact that peacock is not a native, indigenous bird breed in Hungary. Peacocks are heavily featured in 19th century Hungarian folk decorations on tablecloths, dresses, buildings, wood carvings of furniture, etc.):
Close up photo of the Peacock Gate in the Art Nouveau Gresham Palace, Budapest – you can see the Chain bridge (19th century) on the other side of the Szechenyi Istvan Square in the background. The former Nako Palace that was standing on the site of the present day Gresham Palace was built in the same style as the classicist Chain Bridge.
The facade of Gresham Palace features the works of Geza Maroti: the relief frieze on the front depicts scenes of “Busy & Carefree” – they are meant to convey the message intended by the original owner and builder of Gresham Palace, the British Gresham Life Assurance Company.
The Gresham Life Assurance Company was established in 1845, named after Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the London Royal Exchange (the English Stock Market). He is also depicted on a relief on the Gresham Palace in Budapest, which was thus indirectly named after the great financier of the 16th century. The relief made by Ede Telcs was most probably based on the portrait of Sir Thomas Gresham made by Anthonis Mor in 1554. The glass mosaics of the building were made by Miksa Roth:
Art Deco chandelier in the Art Nouveau lobby of Gresham Palace, Budapest.
Another Art Deco / Art Nouveau (aka Jugendstil) chandelier in the Gresham Palace Budapest (photo by Herr Hermer)
And another variation of the same style chandelier in the Art Nouveau Gresham Palace, Budapest