Grand hotels with bellboys and chandeliers seem like something from another epoch. However, Wes Anderson’s Oscar-winning The Grand Budapest Hotel has inspired a new appreciation for these luxurious lodgings … and one big question: Where is the real Grand Budapest Hotel? Sadly, nobody knows. Perhaps only in Anderson’s imagination. But real or not, there are a plethora of Old World hotel jewels waiting to be discovered. Here’s a list of the most Grand Budapest-est of them all.
1. Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria. 2. The Grandhotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. 3. Buddha-Bar Hotel Klotild Palace, Budapest, Hungary. 4. Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte, Via dei Villini, Italy. 5. Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland. 6. Grand Hotel Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden. 7. Hotel Imperial, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. 8. The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. 9. Danubius Hotel Gellért, Budapest, Hungary. 10. Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Budapest, Hungary.
Elina Eronen Piper is a creative freelance writer, a curious soul and an imaginative wordsmith with a love for unique travel experiences, Scandinavian design and salty liquorice. She has written for the likes of Expedia Finland, REVS, Costume and ELLE Finland.