Are you planning a trip to Budapest?

The extraordinary location highlights quaint old-country villages, dreamy fortresses and castles, historic churches and museums, along with a lot of hearty local treats to relish.

But it’s the Danube River that provides one of the best views if you know where to stay.

We’ve done some research and uncovered best Budapest hotels that capture the picturesque beauty.

Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend or a fun family holiday, there’ll be a suitable hotel with stunning views of Danube River.

1. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Boasting a tasteful Art Nouveau architecture, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace has an imposing stately look with a wonderful layout.

The hotel overlooks a lush park along the Danube River, and is a short walk from Budavari Palota palace and Szechenyi Lanchid Bridge.

Comfortable rooms have all the basic amenities and posh marble bathrooms, while some add spacious balconies with breathtaking views of the river.

Upgrades suites and studios have a grand setting with fireplaces, dining areas and butler service to enjoy with the views.

The day spa is a perfect oasis of comfort with an indoor pool and a variety of soothing treatments.

If you’re staying with your partner, enjoy a few drinks in the lobby bar, or swoon to live jazz at a tasteful brasserie.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 5-6., Hungary

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2. Hotel Clark Budapest

Occupying one side of the imposing Chain Bridge that has a marvellous structure and nighttime illumination, Hotel Clark Budapest captures the striking beauty of the Budapest River perfectly.

Enjoy the picturesque waterfront Vizivaros neighborhood that sits close to the palatial Buda Castle.

Luxurious guest rooms have posh rainfall showers, well-stocked minibars and all the basic amenities.

If you want to enjoy serene views of the bridge and river from luxe floor-to-ceiling windows, go for the upgraded units that come with lovely private balconies.

The glamorous rooftop bar is the best place to hang out, with panoramic views that are profound and one-of-a-kind.

Other amenities include a relaxing sauna and a unique fitness center offering scenic views of the Chain Bridge.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1013 Budapest, Clark Ádám tér 1., Hungary

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3. Boutique Hotel Victoria Budapest

Before you set out to explore Budapest, take some time to soak in the exquisite sunrise from the river view rooms of Boutique Hotel Victoria Budapest.

The hotel flaunts a modern look along with a traditional setting, and is a short walk from the stately Buda Castle.

With warm, super-comfortable rooms that are equipped with all the high-end amenities and breathtaking views, the hotel promises a truly intimate and romantic trip.

One of the highlights of the hotel is its free afternoon tea service in the Jeno Hubay Music Hall boasting a dreamy setting for couples.

Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet every morning, or enjoy your favourite drinks at the swanky on-site bar.

Other amenities include an unwinding sauna to melt away the tiredness of exploring the whole day.

  • Guest Rating: 9.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1011 Budapest, Bem rakpart 11., Hungary

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4. Hilton Budapest

Overlooking the entire city due to its high-rising architecture, Hilton Budapest offers the most sublime views of Budapest and Danube River.

The hotel is close to the Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and the Castle Hill Funicular.

With a romantic setting within a 1200s church flaunting a historic architecture, the hotel offers the very best services to its guests.

Soak in the marvelous architecture of the celebrated local attractions such as the grandiose Matthias Church from the comforts of your room.

All the rooms and posh suites offer panoramic views through their large and imposing windows, along with all the basic amenities.

Head to the hotel’s classy café & bar to admire these striking views while your sip on your favourite drinks.

  • Guest Rating: 9.0
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 1014 Budapest, Hess Andras ter 1-3, Hungary

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5. InterContinental Budapest

With an idyllic location across the Buda Castle and the tranquil River Danube, InterContinental Budapest has an elegant setting and a remarkable architecture.

It is only a short walk from the Chain Bridge and the Hungarian State Opera House.

Warm and welcoming rooms feature high-end amenities, while upgraded rooms have wonderful views of the castle, bridge or river.

Enjoy access to an exclusive lounge by staying at one of the club-level rooms with elevated views that are truly one-of-a-kind.

The seasonal terrace hosts guests over a refined restaurant with bar, where you can relish delicious cuisines and take in more striking river views.

There’s also an unwinding indoor heated pool, a spa, sauna and steam room.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 1052 Budapest, Apaczai Csere Janos utca 12-14., Hungary

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6. Vogue Boat Apartments

With a delightful setting on a ship, the elegant Vogue Boat Apartments offers an unparalleled holiday experience for couples and families.

Anchored to the serene Danube River, the hotel is a short distance from the Margaret Island’s Hajos Alfred Swimming Pool and the lively Dagaly Swimming Complex.

All the airy units of the hotel come with a terrace to soak in the best views of the river and the whimsical castles.

The tasteful on-site restaurant serves a variety of international and Hungarian cuisines with a dreamy terrace setting and panoramic views.

There’s also a swanky bar on property that serves a variety of drinks to pair with striking sunset views.

Equipped with high-end amenities and firmly anchored to the Danube River, guests can enjoy a beautiful setting similar to cruises without the swaying seas.

  • Guest Rating: 8.9
  • Star Rating: 3 stars
  • Address: 1137 Budapest, Carl Lutz rakpart 1., Hungary

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7. Budapest Marriott Hotel

Ideal for couples, spend your holidays pampered in luxuries and entertainment at the Budapest Marriott Hotel.

The lovely hotel overlooks the awe-inspiring Danube River, and is a short walk from the Buda Castle and Chain Bridge.

Charming guest rooms are well furnished and equipped with comfy furnishing and amenities, while some also add beautiful river views.

Enjoy the airy setting of the upgraded suites with access to an exclusive lounge serving complimentary breakfast and snacks.

The on-site Mediterranean restaurant serves exotic cuisines with wonderful views, and there’s also a lobby bar and cocktail lounge.

Other amenities include a soothing sauna and hot tub.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 1052 Budapest, Apaczai Csere Janos u. 4, Hungary

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8. Art’otel budapest, by park plaza

The upscale, modern architecture of Art’otel Budapest offers a distinctive holiday experience with views of the timeless Danube River.

It is close to some of the most prominent Budapest attractions such as the wonderful Buda Castle.

All guest rooms feature spacious and tastefully furnished balconies with the most striking views of the river or castle.

Enjoy a little more space with the comfy layout of upgraded rooms to enjoy the views with the finest amenities.

At night, the on-site restaurant and bar promises an elegant affair with tasteful local artwork and beautiful views.

There’s also a soothing spa area with sauna and fitness room.

  • Guest Rating: 8.8
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1011 Budapest, Bem rakpart 16-19, Hungary

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9. Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

Ideal for summer vacations with a lovely summer terrace, Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge is a beautiful hotel showcasing the best views of Danube river.

The hotel is just a short walk from the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle.

Tastefully decorated rooms have elegant marble bathrooms and comfy layout, while some also add majestic views of the river.

Upgraded suites come with an airy setting for a little extra space and separate living room, as well as access to the hotel’s exclusive lounge.

Enjoy your favourite cuisines at the refined on-site restaurant, or unwind at the heated indoor pool and spa with sauna.

For more views of the river, hangout at the hotel is its laidback terrace café or posh late-night bar.

  • Guest Rating: 8.7
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Address: 1051 Budapest, Szechenyi István tér 2., Hungary

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10. Lanchid 19 Design Hotel

With a tranquil setting across the Danube River, the glass-fronted architecture of Lanchid 19 Design Hotel offers amazing views.

The hotel is just an 8 minute walk from the Buda Castle and 5 minutes from Szechenyi Chain Bridge.

Guest rooms offer an intimate setting to enjoy the warm layout and well-stocked minibars with views of the city, river or castle.

With upgraded suites, couples can enjoy these romantic views through spacious and airy balconies along with soothing whirlpool tubs.

There’s an elegant on-site restaurant that serves hearty breakfast in buffet style at a fee.

At night, enjoy the best views of Budapest and Danube River from the hotel terrace while sipping on your favourite cocktails.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1013 Budapest, Lánchíd utca 19, Hungary

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11. OnRiver Hotels – MS Cézanne

Danube River has never looked better than through the sun terrace of OnRiver Hotels – MS Cézanne.

With an exciting setting on a ship anchored over the lovely Danube, the hotel is a short distance from some of the best Budapest attractions.

Lovely guest rooms are equipped with all the basic amenities and a comfortable layout.

We highly recommend staying at the upgraded rooms for river views with Budapest in the backdrop.

In the evening, the intimate hotel lounge is a great place to unwind and enjoy the river ambiance.

With a beautiful sundeck showcasing the best views, you’ll have a perfect fairytale vacation with your loved ones.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1027 Budapest, Angelo Rotta rakpart, Hungary

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12. Grand Jules – Boat Hotel

Set on a beautiful boat along the Danube riverbank, Grand Jules – Boat Hotel offers a whimsical vacation experience.

It enjoys a picturesque location on the Buda side of Budapest, and is close to Margaret Bridge with Pest side views.

The warmly decorated cabins have all the basic amenities with separate showers, and majestic views of the Parliament building.

Twin cabins and family rooms on boat offer marvelous views of the river.

A variety of tasteful cafés and restaurants surround the hotel.

You can easily access a number of tram lines and suburban railway to explore the city and enjoy all the breathtaking views.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 3 stars
  • Address: 1027 Budapest, Angelo Rotta rakpart, Hungary

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13. Danubius Hotel Helia

Set across the Margaret Island right on the banks of the evergreen Danube, Danubius Hotel Helia boasts a modern layout with fine amenities.

It opens up the lively 13th district that’s worth exploring, and is 4 km from the Margaret Island.

With a refreshing, warm setting, the guest rooms have all the basic amenities along with beautifully furnished balconies opening up to breathtaking river views.

Blow off some steam with your favourite drinks at the casual bar and bistro, or dance to the tunes of tasteful live music at the on-site restaurant.

The hotel is famous for its wellness services, including steam rooms, saunas, unwinding thermal baths and a hot tub.

There’s also an indoor pool and a unique salt cave, and guests can enjoy a variety of soothing massage treatments.

  • Guest Rating: 8.4
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1133 Budapest, Kárpát u. 62-64., Hungary

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14. Novotel Budapest Danube

With a picturesque location across the Danube River, Novotel Budapest Danube is an upscale hotel with wonderful views.

The hotel is a short walk from Buda Castle and boasts majestic views showcasing its marvelous architecture.

Enjoy your stay at the comfy hotel rooms with minibars and coffee making facilities.

For a luxurious stay with tranquil views, opt for the upgraded rooms with the finest amenities.

There’s a casual on-site bar and a refined international restaurant that showcases idyllic river views to pair with your favorite cocktails.

Spa services include a variety of soothing treatments and a relaxing sauna.

  • Guest Rating: 8.1
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1027 Budapest, Bem rakpart 33-34., Hungary

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15. Aquamarina Hotel

The timeless Russian paddle steamer hosting the Aquamarina Hotel is anchored to the Romai Part bank of the Danube with a dreamy setting.

With just a short walk to the beach and the Marimurtra botanic gardens, the hotel enjoys a prime Budapest location.

Quaint rooms are beautified with wood fixtures and have airy terraces or balconies to enjoy the best views of the river.

If you pick an upgraded room, you can also enjoy views of the pool or sea, along with separate sitting areas.

With a variety of on-site dining options, you can feast on hearty breakfast buffets, a laidback pizzeria or a tasteful burger restaurant.

The hotel has 2 outdoor pools and an indoor pool along with a hot tub, a wonderful garden and cinema/game room for families.

  • Guest Rating: 8.0
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Address: 1031 Budapest, Rozgonyi Piroska utcai hajóállomás, Hungary

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Map of Budapest Hotels on Danube River

It would be injustice to the beauty of Budapest and Danube River to not stay at the hotels that capture it artistically in all its glory.

While all the hotels in the list offer a memorable stay, I love the ones with a boat setting.

They offer a unique experience, especially the Vogue Boat Apartments which provides a more luxurious stay compared to other boat hotels.

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Budapest Hotels on Danube RiverRatings
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest9.2
Hotel Clark Budapest9.2
Boutique Hotel Victoria Budapest9.2
Hilton Budapest9.0
InterContinental Budapest8.9
Vogue Boat Apartments8.9
Budapest Marriott Hotel8.8
Art’otel budapest, by park plaza8.8
Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge8.7
Lanchid 19 Design Hotel8.5
OnRiver Hotels – MS Cézanne8.5
Grand Jules – Boat Hotel8.5
Danubius Hotel Helia8.4
Novotel Budapest Danube8.1
Aquamarina Hotel8.0
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