Danubius Hotel Gellert was built in the same Art Nouveau building as the historical Gellert Spa Baths, one of the most popular baths of Budapest. Gellert Hotel and Spa is located at the foot of Gellert Hill on the Buda side.
History of Hotel Gellert
The bath complex and the hotel was named after Saint Gerard, the martyr who was thrown down Gellert hill in 1046. The 176-room hotel was designed by Hungarian architects (Armin Hegedus, Artur Sebestyen and Izidor Sterk), and the construction started in 1912 at the location of the medieval ‘Muddy Baths’. World War I has slowed down the building process, the complex has opened only in 1918.
The property was commandeered for the national government’s use after the downfall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. Once Hungary became an independent country, the Gellert Hotel and Gellert Spa Baths became so successful that it was expanded with 60 more guest rooms and a wave pool in 1927.
During World War II, the complex was heavily damaged and the Communist authorities have restored it by 1962. Since then more restoration took place to archive today’s chic look. Nowadays, Hotel Gellert and the bath is owned and operated by the City of Budapest.
Gellert Hotel and the Spa complex are still tempting guests from all around the world with an excellent location, natural hot spring thermal waters and panorama of the city centre of Budapest. The charming details of the elevator, the stained glasses and the traces of Art Nouveau design are lending a unique ambience to the modern complex.