In Hungary, ‘name days’ are opportunities for celebration. Take the given name ‘Maria’, for example. Maria ‘name days’ are, every year, on 15 August, on 8 and 12 September, and 8 December (hey, all Marias, choose the day, or days, you like). Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest, is a luxury hotel that makes the most of this. At your name day, ‘Nevnap’ , Kollazs Brasserie & Bar offers a complimentary artisanal cocktail or your dessert choice: you might, any day of the year, choose the two-course lunch special, say goulash or hungarian Pancakes. Alternatively, at dinner, there is a three-course menu suggestion, wine included. Kollazs Brasserie & Bar, which has a street entrance from Zrínyi Utca side street, has its summer terrace open 8 a.m. through to 10 p.m.
GM of the 179-room Four Seasons Gresham Palace, a conversion of the 1906-vintage Gresham Life Assurance Co headquarters, is Paris-born Yves Giacometti. He runs a unique hotel, designed by local archited Sigmund Quittner, with today has stunning interior arts to complement exterior views looking directly at the Chain Bridge, across the Danube. Girlahead last stayed in the 85 sq m Chain Bridge Suite #2013, up 60 stairs from the strategic lobby, and a further 118 stone steps on up from the suite takes you to fitness, and the indoor pool.
(It is worth repeating, by the way, that Four Seasons is increasingly becoming associated with the word ‘luxury’: Four Seasons Hampshire, in the beautiful English countryside, is host to the 2020 FT Business of Luxury Summit, 22-24 November 2020. Details www.ftbusinessofluxury.com)