The Eclectic Building that Inspired “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

The iconic Gellért Hotel opened in 1918. It was one of Hungary’s most luxurious hotels due to its stunning Art-nouveau architecture, its symmetrical glass and mirror entrance and panorama restaurant terrace, which overlooks the World Heritage Danube Panorama featuring the beautiful Szabadság bridge. The extraordinary Gellért Bath is also part of the building, which’s thermal water has been used since the Middle Ages. The Hotel has charming terraces and balconies overlooking the Danube, the baths and the green hill next door. The interior of the Hotel is a unique mixture of Art-nouveau and the Sixties, Soviet-era design. For example, while there are charming, a hundred years old wrought iron elevator decorations there is also a variety of quirky, sixties wood paneling and wall decorations. According to one of his interviews, Wes Anderson was greatly inspired by experiencing this layering of history. It was under this influence that he finalised his ideas for creating The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Symmetry is a characteristic of both Hotel Gellért’s interior and exterior
The interior of the Hotel is a unique mixture of Art-nouveau and the Sixties, Soviet-era design
The extraordinary Gellért Bath is also part of the building
Wes Anderson was greatly inspired by experiencing the layering of history in Hotel Gellért
This ornate wrought iron work is a good example of the building’s stunning Art-nouveau style
The hotel became a home to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton who spent a spring here
Hotel Gellért

This location is highly popular among filmmakers, either for staying at or for shooting as well.  For example, the Hotel became a home to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton who spent a spring here, while filming in Budapest. Scenes from the movie I Spy (2002) were shot here, as well as parts of Mephisto (1981), the first film directed by a Hungarian to win an Oscar. Progressive Productions has also shot here, when working on our Neffos commercial.

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