We stayed at the very grand looking Corinthia for four nights in an Executive King Room. The hotel was very pleasant and the staff were all helpful. As part of the Executive club package you have access to complimentary drinks (including beer, wine and spirits) and snacks all day in the Executive lounge which was a really nice touch but meant we didn't want to go out for Dinner- so be warned, if you are planning on going out, keep away from the Exec Lounge!
The room was a good size but was very hot, and noisy because we were overlooking the road. It is probably worth requesting a room overlooking the atrium.
Breakfast in the main restaurant offered a much larger selection than in the lounge but was obviously busier so if you want peace go to the lounge, if you want choice go to the restaurant.
The spa was also very nice with a decent sized pool, 2 jacuzzis, 2 saunas and a steam room as well as a fitness room.
We didn't eat in the restaurants but one of them, the Bock Bistro is recommended as one of the top restaurants in Budapest. The hotel is well located, about 15 mins walk from the Belvaros region of the city and the same to the City Park, but only 5 mins from a selection of bars and restaurants. There is a tram stop right outside and easy access to buses and other tram lines 5 mins away.
I would agree with the reviewer that said this hotel lacked some of the things that you would expect from a 5* and would probably put it more as a 4* + but would recommend it all the same.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- First opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal; a hub for the elite of nineteenth century society, and painstakingly restored to its original glory some hundred years later, the Corinthia Budapest – located in the heart of the city - brings together classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury of modern times. While the gracious frontage, marble floors, sweeping staircase and breathtaking, six-story Atrium preserved from the original building offer glorious hints of a bygone age, the levels of comfort and convenience are all reassuringly up to date.A particular feature is the hotel’s original Royal Spa centre, with 15-metre pool, now extensively refurbished by the current owners to reflect the very best in 21st-century spa luxury while retaining the grandeur of the past. Without doubt the finest hotel in Budapest. Built in classic French Renaissance style, the Grand Royal became a beacon of luxury in the days of Emperor Franz Joseph 1. Designed as a centrepiece of Hungary’s celebrations to mark its first thousand years, the hotel’s grand-style architecture and unrivaled guest facilities were seen as state-of the art for the times. Much of the building was destroyed in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and despite re-opening in more modest form in the 1960’s, the Grand Royal remained a shadow of its former self until the 1990’s; when new owners Corinthia Hotels gave the green light for an extensive restoration project that would retain the best of the old, while sensitively adding the new. Once restored to its original splendour, the newly named Corinthia Hotel Budapest re-opened its doors, as a five-star luxury property, in 2003. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Corinthia Grand Budapest
- Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest