by Patricia Lightfoot

Budapest looks a little down on its luck after Vienna, but again features some wonderful Art Nouveau buildings, in various states of repair. One fine example is the Gellert Hotel, featuring a massive Art Nouveau stained-glass window on the staircase, which appears to show the hunting of a stag in a sunlit, luxuriant forest. In the foyer, anachronistic room keys with large, round fobs hang behind the hotel reception desk, which should have been tended to by M. Gustave, if that “most liberally perfumed man” was not overseeing the staff and guests at the Gresham Palace or our “own” beautiful Hotel Palazzo Zichy. Continue reading “Budapest”