"New York Palace Hotel" Budapest Favorite Tip by budapest8

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  View of the New York Palace from Erszebet Korut
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  • View of the New York Palace from Erszebet Korut - Budapest
      View of the New York Palace from Erszebet Korut
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  • Devil in the detail...New York Palace Hotel - Budapest
      Devil in the detail...New York Palace Hotel
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  • Statues adorning New York Palace Hotel - Budapest
      Statues adorning New York Palace Hotel
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Favorite thing:
Formerly the Cafe New York this wonderful building
on Erszebet Korut just off Blaha Ter on the red metro line.
Budapest is a city that gives you a mixed impression.
You can see and feel the history, the sadness of years of communism,
but also the onetime grandeur. You understand why Budapest is also
known as the Paris of Eastern Europe.

Previously shrouded under scaffolding and a dirty black exterior,
visitors 'not in the know' would simply pass by the New York K?v?h?z
without discovering the wonderfully lavish neo-Baroque interior of this
late 19th-century building. Unfortunately, the caf?, which was once the
haunt of Budapest's most famous poets and playwrights, was rammed
unceremoniously by a Russian tank during the 1956 uprising
(it also suffered significant bomb damage during WWII).
Until now the resultant structural damage was deemed too costly to repair.

All that is set to change, however, following the acquisition of the New York Palace
(in which the caf? is housed) by Italian hotel group Boscolo.
Promising to spend 8 Billion HUF on restoration work alone, they are currently
transforming the building into a luxury 235 room, five star hotel.
It should be open again by late spring 2006!!

Erzsebet korut 9-11.


Fondest memory:
Been here 10 years so I have many memories!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 26, 2006
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