Mellow Mood Hotels: your downtown hotel chain in Budapest
Luxury facilities, premium services, and a unique experience – we offer all this to our guests! With over 20 years of experience in the Hungarian hotel industry, we have grown steadily, constantly evolving, as we work toward the unforgettable and perfect hotel experience.
Mellow Mood Hotels has grown from a joint venture of two friends. Our group of companies was founded in 1997 by Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad for the purpose of operating hostels to serve young foreign tourists visiting Budapest. Over the years, our portfolio has been expanded to the operation of higher and higher level of hotels.
In 2018 we are the proud owner of 12 hotels in Hungary, so we currently provide jobs for about 600 people. In our different classes of hotels, we have a common point that our guests will come first. Their comfort, feelings, experiences, and desires guide us, and this is how we have shaped our hotels’ offers as well. We create real and unique worlds in our hotels, from the experience of the Far East to the backpacker’s hostel, so everyone can find the perfect fit.
Mellow Mood Hotels can now be considered a major player in Hungarian tourism. In 2000, we started the first three-star hotel and in 2007, the first four-star hotel. We currently operate, under five brand names (Luxury Hotels, Fashion Hotels, Congress Hotels, City Hotels and Top Hostels), twelve hotels and four restaurants.
The history of Mellow Mood
The company was inaugurated in 2000 with our first self-developed hotel, the Baross City Hotel in the neighborhood of the Keleti Railway Station. The design of our three-star hotel evokes the atmosphere of real Budapest flats. In 2002 we opened the Marco Polo Top Ho(s)tel, a few minutes from the Blaha Lujza Square, which has become a popular hotel for backpackers in recent years. Two years later, we built the Atlas City Hotel in the heart of the capital, which has a great advantage as a downtown hotel with an inner yard where our guests can park their cars. In the same year, Star City Hotel opened in close proximity to the East Railway Station in a really quiet and peaceful neighborhood.
We continued to grow in the years to come: in 2005 the Délibáb City Hotel and in 2006, the Domino Top Ho(s)tel and Europa Hotels & Congress Center were added to the portfolio.
In 2007, our group opened its first self-developed four-star hotel, Best of Budapest award-winning Atrium Fashion Hotel. Classical architecture, combined with contemporary design, gives the hotel a unique atmosphere, creating a premium quality and impressive hotel for our guests.
A year later, our two newest hotels, the Promenade City Hotel and the Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, debuted with the “Hotel Room of the Year” award. The elegant Promenade City Hotel is located on Vaci Street, from which you can easily get to anywhere in Budapest. The special attraction of the Buda Castle Fashion Hotel is that it is located between the ancient walls of the Buda Castle, so you can take a light evening walk through the Castle District. We are proud that the Buda Castle Fashion Hotel won the “Hotel of the Year” award in 2016.
In 2009, a new Mellow Mood Hotels member, the four-star Expo Congress Hotel won the “Hotel Room of the Year” award. Near the Hungexpo, this 50-meter high hotel offers our guests a spectacular panoramic view of the capital.
In 2010, we added two four-star hotels: Cosmo City Hotel and Alta Moda Fashion Hotel. The Cosmo City Hotel is located just a few meters from the Central Market Hall and the Danube, providing a true downtown experience full of the neighborhood’s hustle and bustle.
The new hotel of the year 2011 was the 4-star La Prima Fashion Hotel, located in the immediate vicinity of Vaci Street. The hotel has the harmony of inner-city feeling and maximum elegance.
In the next year, our hotel group added the Estilo Fashion Hotel and the Mirage Fashion Hotel, two four-star hotels. At the Estilo Fashion Hotel on Vaci Street, the duality of youthful colors and modern luxury creates a special atmosphere.
In the same year, two major milestones were reached: we opened our first five-star hotel, the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest and our first foreign hotel, the La Prima Fashion Hotel Vienna. The Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest offers guests a real Far-East experience in the capital, crossing the threshold to reach a completely new world.
In 2014, Mellow Mood Hotels won the management rights of a hotel based in the Parisian Court. The five-star luxury hotel will open in 2019 after the full restoration of the building’s former splendor, under “The Unbound Collection by Hyatt” brand.
Get to know our hotels even more thoroughly on each hotel’s page! At any time of the year, we welcome you and your friends in our hotels!
Prizes and Awards
2009 – Promenade City Hotel, Expo Congress Hotel, and Buda Castle Fashion Hotel receive the “Hotel Year of the Year” award
2009 – Hungarian Tourism Quality Award is awarded to Buda Castle Fashion Hotel and Promenade City Hotel
2009 – Best of Budapest award for Atrium Fashion Hotel, Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Expo Congress Hotel and Promenade City Hotel
2010 – Cosmo City Hotel won the “Hotel Year of the Year” award
2010 – Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad were elected as “Tourist Investors of the Year”
2010 – Best of Budapest Award for Atrium Fashion Hotel, Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Promenade City Hotel and Expo Congress Hotel
2011 – Buda Castle Fashion Hotel included among the 500 best hotels in the Expedia Insiders’ Select List
2012 – Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad were awarded the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary for their contribution to the Hungarian hotel industry
2012 – Expo Congress Hotel and La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest received the Best of Budapest award
2012 – La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest and Atrium Fashion Hotel won the Hungarian Tourism Quality Award
2012 – Alta Moda Fashion Hotel selected as the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Europe’s 14th and World’s 24th Best Hotel
2012 – Judit Blandl, the general manager of the company, was selected as the “Hotelier of the Year”
2012 – Award “Most Successful Hotel Chain – Budapest 2012” by Hotelbeds
2013 – TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2013 was awarded to Atrium Fashion Hotel, Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Promenade City Hotel and La Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest, which also won the title of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Winner
2014 – The Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace was awarded the Best International Hotel Interior 2013-2014 and the “The Most Successful New Hotel” award
2016 – the Buda Castle Fashion Hotel won the “Hotel of the Year 2016” award
2017 – Best of Budapest prizes for Prima Fashion Hotel Budapest, Atrium Fashion Hotel, Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace, Buddha-Bar Restaurant, Baalbek Lebanese Restaurant
2017 – TripAdvisor Excellence Awards: Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace, Cosmo City Hotel, Estilo Fashion Hotel, La Prima Fashion Hotel, Promenade City Hotel
2017 – TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards: Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace
2013-2018 – Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad have been selected as the 50 most influential people in Hungary for 5 consecutive years.
2018 – Hotels.com “Loved by Guests’ Award: Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace, Buda Castle Fashion Hotel, Estilo Fashion Hotel, Promenade City Hotel, Cosmo City Hotel