Overall, a really good hotel - especially when there are discounts and offers (there is usually a January 50% sale). Our room on the top floor overlooked one of the central courtyards and was very quiet. We would have appreciated complementary water as opposed to the astronomical sum charged for bottled water. But then again, they did have free wifi. The only drawback of our room was that it smelled of smoke. Nothing serious enough to insist on changing rooms (although some would), but I wouldn't expect rooms at a hotel of this class to smell bad.
The spa/pool area was really very good: brilliant range of facilities in clean, relaxing, and attractive surroundings.... well worth a visit or two, or three.
We were able to arrange a Hungarian language lesson from Fungarian on our first day, which I have to recommend. We invited the tutor to our hotel for this, and used the lobby which was quiet and spacious. Unfortunately, we felt pressured by staff to buy drinks when sitting in the lobby (it was empty, so we weren't taking up space) - even though we weren't thirsty. This was very strange and made us feel unwelcome - you would expect free use of lobby areas when you are a resident at a hotel. Apart from this, we enjoyed our stay at the hotel and would certainly return.
- 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