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18 Sep 2017

How To Travel in Style and Comfort Wherever You Go // Ritz Carlton, Budapest

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest

The weekend after my birthday, we jetted off to Budapest for a 3 day break. After having just recently visited Prague for the first time before, I was looking forward to seeing how this Hungarian city compared (having often heard people speak about the two as though they were quite similar). 
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RITZ CARLTON BUDAPEST
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We entered our room to the sight of white rose petals scattered everywhere (these images were taken the next day as we originally arrived at night and it was too dark to take photos) and a tray of gorgeous chocolates laid out at the foot of the bed. "...Do they think it's our honeymoon again?" I asked Jarv (it's happened to us before in the Maldives 😂). Then I remembered my birthday had just passed; he had obviously mentioned it to the hotel beforehand. He's too good to me!

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest

No, I didn't gobble them all up (the giftbox was far too large...I ended up leaving most of it).

Before I continue, let's quickly delve into the title of this post: how to always travel in style and comfort wherever you go. I've had a number of people comment asking how I always seem to be 'put together' when I travel and how they always wind up in leggings and a hoodie. Truthfully, it doesn't take much effort in my opinion to travel in style - just a few key ingredients.

Obviously, staying at the Ritz is a privilege and if anything embodies 'travelling in style', surely the Ritz does. However, there's one way to ensure that no matter where you stay and however you're getting there, you're travelling in both style and comfort. I've said it many times before and I'll say it again: the two don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Unsurprisingly, it's about you and what you choose to wear/carry. A loose-fitting dress for example is both comfortable and stylish (simply add a belt for nipped in shape and remove the belt when you're settled in your plane/train/car seat). Or casual trousers that taper in at the ankle, paired with a simple fitted t-shirt and loafers or espadrilles (depending on where you're going). 

Being stylish doesn't have to mean wearing a full face of makeup, either - keep your skin thoroughly moisturised, keep the eye makeup and foundation to a minimum and if you really don't like your eyes without makeup, a pair of sunglasses is a timeless trick that adds instant glam whilst hiding any unforgiving shadows/bags.

Most importantly - consider your luggage and travel accessories. Whether this means a stylish backpack, four wheeler or holdall like this classic Moshi Vacanza weekend bag, having gorgeous yet practical luggage is essential to my own travel style.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest, Moshi Vacanza bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest, Moshi vacanza bag
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest, Moshi Vacanza bag

Right, back to the Ritz: the room was beautiful. So were the public spaces, especially the breakfast room. The only minor issue during our stay was at breakfast, with the scrambled eggs. I'm not sure if it was something different perhaps in their milk or the powder they use but they smelled very unappealing. Jarv and I both couldn't eat them and when we mentioned it in passing to a waiter to ask him to maybe check with the kitchen if that was normal or not, he just nodded without seeming to understand. 

Still, there was plenty of buffet food to sate our hunger and the rest of the staff were excellent throughout our stay (as was the rest of the food). I loved that they had options such as chia pudding with fresh fruit on the breakfast menu - it can be difficult to eat healthily and still feel full when dining out, but this isn't an issue at the Ritz.

The location of the hotel is also fantastic - we walked literally everywhere, never once hopping into an Uber or on any public transport to get around. All the restaurants, bars, attractions and neighbourhoods we visited were within a 15 - 30 minute walk away, and the weather in July was perfectly comfortable.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Ritz Carlton Budapest

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EXPLORING BUDAPEST
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I have to say, this was the first city trip I'd taken in quite a while where I felt completely and utterly relaxed. Often, we're taking long flights to far-flung destinations with packed itineraries in short amounts of time. Here, we didn't really bother researching too much ahead of time, opting instead to simply show up, walk around and use Foursquare or Google Maps to offer up suggestions on where to dine, grab coffee and visit.

It worked out wonderfully.

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Euriental | luxury travel & style | Budapest
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Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Costes Downtown Budapest

To Jarv's delight, our Budapest visit coincided with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race (a happy accident we weren't even aware of until our arrival), so a good portion of one afternoon was spent amongst the crowds gathered by the banks of the Danube, watching the jets speed by, performing impressive loops and patterns in the sky.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Red Bull Air Show Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Red Bull Air Show Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Red Bull Air Show Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Moshi Mythro Air in Budapest
In this photo: Moshi mythro air. My new favourite headphones for listening to music on the go without the hassle of long, tangled wires.

Euriental | luxury travel & style | Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Budapest
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Euriental | luxury travel & style | Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Red Bull Air Show Budapest
Euriental | luxury travel & style | Moshi Ionbank 3K, Budapest
In this photo: Moshi Ionbank 3K - a necessity for when you're out all day and need to keep your phone charged.


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EAT


An utter treat, Costes Downtown is one of only a handful of restaurants in Budapest with a Michelin star. Months after visiting we still fondly refer to this as one of the most fun restaurant meals we'd had in a while - the food was fantastic, as were the cocktails and wines, and the atmosphere was buzzing yet simultaneously relaxing. We opted for the 6 course menu (Jarv's with a wine pairing, mine without) and were treated over the next couple of hours to a myriad of flavours that delighted our tastebuds - grilled quail with sorrel and red currant, pan fried John Dory with endives and grapefruit, honey glazed duck with radish and black sesame... oh, and a divine dessert called "Chocolate", with a description of "chocolate, chocolate, chocolate". Need I say more?


Rezkakas Bistro was our first dinner in Budapest - we opted to try something a little more traditional and sample some local dishes. We had - and recommend - the foie gras with sponge cake (a generous portion of foie), duck leg with carrot strudel and whole roasted pork tenderloin Bakony style with dumplings. Expect live music, too.

We stopped at Zona for a quick bite on our last afternoon, looking for somewhere convenient and casual. It's in the Michelin Guide and the food was indeed delicious - I had a fantastic cold cherry soup for a starter and a pork belly main for an absolute steal.


DRINK
Dark, moody and speakeasy style with extremely reasonably priced cocktails that taste good. Boutiq'Bar is small and intimate, great for an after dinner drink.


We swung by Espresso Embassy multiple times during our trip. Excellent coffee and the interiors are pretty cool, too, with beautiful vaulted, brick ceilings.



A lovely courtyard hideaway, Fekete serves all the usual forms of caffeine you'd expect from a modern coffee shop, including the unusual and interesting 'cascara', a slightly fizzy (in this instance, though not always) coffee cherry tea made from the dried skins of berries of the coffee plant. A drink that's about to become a real trend in coffee, perhaps? I enjoyed it.



Sit outside and enjoy people-watching or sit indoors and watch the expert barmen at work. I enjoyed one of the best aviations I've ever had at the Four Seasons, made with a decent amount of creme de Violette.

More great coffee at My Little Melbourne - they serve a decent bottled cold brew.



There was something uniquely charming about Budapest - I loved walking around both sides of the river, different as they were. There are so many great places to discover, from hole in the wall bars to Michelin starred cuisine to trendy coffee shops, I instantly felt comfortable there. It felt somewhat familiar yet also completely new... somehow like home but also an adventure.


Thanks to Moshi for the gorgeous travel accessories & bag - this post was not sponsored.

12 comments :

  1. Take me there . . .with that weekend bag too! I have not been to Budapest in ages and now would love to go back!

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    1. Haha I would if I could! Hope you get a chance to go back soon.

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  2. I love that grey bag!
    I'm more into discovering and experiencing new things, rather than glamour while travelling.

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    1. Isn't it lovely?

      I don't see why you can't do both - experience new things during the day and rest your head in glamorous surroundings at night ;)

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  3. Budapest is definitely on my bucket list!!!

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    1. It definitely deserves a place on it!

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  4. You really can't go wrong with Ritz Carlton, no matter what part of the world you happen to be visiting!

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  5. The food looks divine!!! Will definitely dine there if I get a chance to visit Budapest again :)

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    1. It was one of the best meals I've had in recent months - highly recommended!

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  6. Budapest is such a beautiful place to visit! Absolutely loved it.

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