Lánchíd 19 is a design hotel named for the famous nearby Chain Bridge, a Budapest icon. It is located directly on the Buda side of the Danube river, with the castle just behind, while the museums, bars, clubs and cafés of Pest are a short stroll across the bridge. The rooms have their own design quirks, such as a magnetic chessboard on the wall, or a choice of coverings for a chair. The Panorama Suites facing the river have huge terraces and spectacular views. While the overall look is hip and modern, the hotel also puts history to good use: the Lánchíd 19 was built on the remains of a medieval water-tower that once supplied the royal castle, and the tower's basement is now a party room. There is a restaurant serving Hungarian and international specialties, and a cafe with a terrace in the garden. Member Design Hotels
• 48 rooms, including 3 suites
• Hotel opened: August 2007
• Unique: The façade that ripples in harmony with the river. It is made of strips of glass, each covered in tiny paintings of water-themed subjects such as fish or river snails. The glass sheets are linked to a weather sensor so that they move as the wind changes. Illuminated at night, the hotel turns into an urban lighthouse.