Three of us ( a couple and a solo) were attending a major wine fair Vince held in the Corinthia Hotel and decided to stay there as it was very good value. Rooms just over €100 a night plus 18% VAT and 4% local tax ( for room and not per person) . But what lovely rooms, large, beautifully furnished, impeccable spacious marble bathrooms, and although the most economic on the list were superb. I can't imagine what the suites must be like! Most rooms look over the many Atriums. This is indeed a very "Grand Hotel" but with all modern amenities and fresh and delightfully furnished. Decor very much in the Grand Hotel sytle with fabulous ballroom. It also has a multiplicity of restaurant choices. Breakfast offered was expensive at €28 per person although reduced to €19 if booked on arrival. However, we had found a gorgeous coffee shop right next door and connected to the hotel which had a delicious pastry/cake counter, served omelettes etc. and super orange juice and coffees for a fraction of the price and really delightful staff. We got mixed up in the number of noughts in the currency and offered a note which she came back immediately and said "This is too big, way, way too big!" We dined in the Rickshaw within the hotel on the first night which had superb Asian dishes and very reasonable. Excellent wine list too. For lunch next day, we ate next door on the other side of the entrance from the coffee shop at Bock. We chose a few tapas and a salad and even though our charming waiter said we were being far too healthy it was hugely satisfying and the flavours were gorgeous. At the equivalent of €16 each including some wine it was a triumph. We tried to return for dinner and next day for lunch but it was booked up completely. Subsequently, the questionnaire from the hotel included this restaurant so it is obviously a part of the whole complex. We also ate in the Brasserie in the Hotel and also in the other adjoining self-service grill. Both were excellent but not quite as memorable as Rickshaw and Bock. Staff lovely all round.
Just one word of warning. Taxi drivers in Budapest are " Dick Turpins". Never, ever take a taxi on arrival when approached. Always go to the official Taxi Rank. Same applies on the street. They "rook" you. Use hotel or restaurant to call a taxi and ask the local to agree the price before getting in. A trip from the aiport should cost about 75,000 HUF ( forints ) to city centre. i.e €21 or if booked by hotel, €26 as they get commission which is a lot better than being taken for a ride, literally. This also applies at the station where in another visit my exit from the train was blocked by a giant who grabbed my bags and started walking. Not quite as greedy as the airport one but at least he carried my bags a long way on a hot day so I forgave him.
Otherwise, Budapest is a super place to spend a few day, summer or winter. Fabulous buildings, lovely riverside, great restaurants and very friendly people. As for the cakes!!!!! And the wines are pretty good too.
- 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