A new hotel brand is making its debut in the capital in the newly opened Dorothea Hotel


The new hotel, which came to life in a block of three buildings of different ages and styles in Budapest’s 5th district, was named after Archduchess Mária Dorottya of Württemberg, wife of Palatine József Habsburg, an influential public figure of the 1800s.

Autograph Collection Hotels is part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio, which includes more than 30 extraordinary hotel brands – it was announced at the grand opening of the Dorothea Hotel, an investment of the BDPST Group, this morning, where it was also revealed that the first guests had already arrived at the hotel. With the director of the luxury hotel, Cameron McNeillyWe did an interview with him a month ago, which you can read here.

After the ceremonial ribbon cutting: Pankaj Birla (Vice President of Market Operations EMEA, Marriott International), Cameron McNeillie (CEO of Dorothea Hotel), Gonzalo Aguilar (Marriott International Chief Operations Officer for Europe) and István Tiborcz (owner of BDPST Group)

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“We are very pleased that with the opening of the Dorothea Hotel, Budapest, Autograph Collection hotel, we can expand our unique Autograph Collection hotel portfolio with a unit in Hungary,” he said. Sandra Schulze-PotgieterMarriott International’s vice president of premium and select brands for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The entrance to the hotel opens from Vörösmarty Square

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“Each hotel tells a unique story, a shining example of this is the Dorothea Hotel, which evokes the rich history of the city in a sophisticated and modern approach. From the renovated historic building, to the fabulous guest rooms, to the dining experience that stimulates all our senses and to the hidden wellness area, the hotel is so unique offers an experience package through which guests can not only immerse themselves in the unique world of Dorothea, but also become part of it,” he added.

The renowned Italian architect and designer, Piero Lissoni Dorothea Hotel, designed by


The Dorothea was born from the union of three buildings built in different ages and styles

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The three buildings were created in different eras: the Weber house (1873) was the former headquarters of the Pesti Hazai Első Takarékpénztár with neo-Renaissance style features; the Mahart headquarters (1913), built as the former art nouveau headquarters of the Hungarian River and Sea Shipping Company; while the Münnich House (1937), which combines modernist and art deco elements, initially served as the headquarters of Futura Rt.During the development, in cooperation with local heritage protection specialists, the historical elements of each building were preserved and renovated, including the remarkable historic staircase.

Upon entering the hotel, guests are greeted by an impressive colonnade with a richly decorated ceiling, as well as Zoltán Tombor, with walls decorated with painterly portraits of Hungarian art and fashion photographers. The female figures seen in the artistic photos in the hall wear traditional clothing, seasoned with a surprising modern twist. Exclusive works created for the hotel can also be found in the guest rooms.


The lobby has an impressive colonnade

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Upon entering the reception in the spacious inner courtyard, guests are greeted by a spectacular, long drop-shaped glass chandelier, and looking to the right, they can see the fully restored historic staircase hidden behind the blue Zsolnay tile wall. Dorothea Hotel’s 216 guest rooms and suites are divided into two different design categories, contemporary and heritage, all of which are equipped with modern amenities. The contemporary guest rooms are decorated in soft beiges and oranges that contrast beautifully with the dark wood floors and peacock blue curtains. In addition to the works of Zoltán Tombor, the walls of the rooms also feature photographs depicting urban developments initiated by Palatine József, through which guests can gain an insight into the historical past of Budapest.


Hungarian motifs also appear in the decoration of the rooms

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The doors of the heritage guest rooms in the Weber House, the oldest of the three buildings, are decorated with details of female portrait paintings from the 1800s from the Hungarian National Gallery. Inside, the rooms feature ornate stucco around the large Neo-Renaissance style windows and fine furniture upholstered in textiles inspired by local folk motifs. Elegant, light gray-toned traditional guest rooms feature four-poster four-poster beds, green velvet sofas, and black-and-white carpeting, offset by dark wood herringbone floors.

The crown jewel of the hotel is the presidential suite on the top floor, with a timeless decoration, consisting of a master bedroom, built-in wardrobe, private bathroom, infrared sauna, living room and dining room with a fully equipped kitchen.


Suite on the top floor

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The suite features 270-degree floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious wrap-around terrace with breathtaking views of the city skyline. On the terrace, a jacuzzi and comfortable seating complete the unique experience.


From one of the suites on the 7th floor, we can admire the Vörösmarty Square

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Located in the heart of the hotel, the inner courtyard with the atmosphere of a verdant oasis is home to the Pavilon Restaurant & Bar, where guests can enjoy spending time in the embrace of nature and the grandiose surroundings. THE Carmine di Luggo A chef-led restaurant rethinks the experience of eating in the city with gourmet dishes based on local ingredients and following the “farm to table” concept.

Each Autograph Collection hotel offers a unique experience specific to the hotel, this is “The Mark”. In the case of the Dorothea Hotel, this unique feature is based on the theme of medicinal plants, paying tribute to Palatine József, who was fond of botany. In the Pavilion, guests can thus see a sprawling wall of herbs and spices, the plants of which are echoed in the cocktails and dishes in the hotel’s restaurants.


The inner courtyard is a green oasis in the heart of the city

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Anton’s Bar & Deli, located on the ground floor, offers an artisan coffee experience, light bites and freshly baked pastries during the day, while at night it transforms into a dynamic bar and social space with a bubbly atmosphere and innovative cocktails.

Two more restaurants will open in the hotel in 2024, which will be managed by the chef with three Michelin stars, Dani Garcia leads: rooftop BiBo, an Andalusian brasserie with stunning panoramic views of Buda, and Alelí, an authentic Italian osteria on the street front.


There are several restaurants and bars in the house

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Wellness-loving guests can relax in the 650 square meter spa equipped with a swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness room. Holistic body treatments using Babor cosmetics can be enjoyed in three treatment rooms, including a double room.


The wellness area also has a swimming pool

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About the Autograph Collection hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels stands for originality and promotes the uniqueness of each of its more than 290 independent hotels located in the most sought-after destinations in 50 countries and territories. Each hotel is a product of passion, inspired by a clear vision, soul and story that makes it unique and special: “Exactly like nothing else”, reads the published statement.

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