Mystery Hotel-secrets, mysteries and luxury in the former center of the Freemasons in Budapest
Did you know that in Budapest we walk past the secret center of the Freemasons built in the 19th century every day? And that today we can also drink a cocktail in the center of the former Hungarian Symbolic Grand Lodge?
There are special places waiting to be discovered in Budapest, of which the most interesting for me is the eclectic palace in the heart of the city that houses the Mystery Hotel.
A fairy-tale location, fairy-tale stories - everything is given to spend a memorable night here!
The building was originally built by the freemasons and handed over in 1896. At that time was the golden age of freemasonry in our country, which lasted until 1919. The members' list included names like Endre Ady, Géza Kresz, Elek Benedek, András Mechwart and Dezső Kosztolányi,just to mention only a few famous and influential people , because during this period there were more than eleven thousand freemasons in our country.
The renovation was also inspired by the mysterious life of the Freemasons: in addition to legends and secrets, motifs from books and films with mystical themes also appear (it is not difficult to guess that I am thinking here, for example, of The Da Vinci Code), here and there in a fun or special concept.
My personal favorite is the 21st century version of the portrait of Mona Liza with sunglasses on her head and a festival ticket on her wrist.
By the way, "She" was hanging right on the wall of our room, but you can find several creative art works in the hotel, such as the painting inspired by the Girl with pearl earrings, the female figure of which is holding a mobile phone - but you have to look for by yourself!
The design of the room also mixes the art of the past and the present, and is determined by the Ionic style. At the same time, the room itself is a glass cube, the windows of which overlook the inner courtyard, where the hotel's spa department is located.
The name "Secret Garden" hides a fairytale spa, where you can relax under the palm trees, next to small fountains, in the baroque-style interior garden.
I personally could spend an entire afternoon here, and I think I'm not alone with this opinion.
Of course, my favorite was the glass-walled jacuzzi, where you can relax in the pleasant warm water, but there is also a steam bath and a sauna.
Undoubtedly, the most exciting part of the Mystery Hotel is the "Great Hall", i.e. the former secret meeting place of the Freemasons built in Egyptian style, which today functions as a restaurant and bar. The iron stairs leading up to the lodge, the huge chandelier, the heavy curtains, and the furnishings all contribute to the magical atmosphere of the room. It is exciting to think about what kind of meetings took place here and who visited these roomwhile you are waiting for your delicious dinner or cocktail.
If you want a memorable, mystical and extraordinary experience in the heart of Budapest, this is your place!
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