one of the main reasons we wanted to stay at this hotel was because of the photos of the pool, which make the pool look very large. the pool is not particularly large. it is also somewhat cold so it's nice for a dip after a long day but we didn't linger long. the spa facilities are very good. my husband and i both got massages, which were excellent. they were expensive considering we were in budapest but reasonable by american standards. schedule in advance if you want a particular time,
we never got room service during our stay because even by american standards it was very expensive. just not worth spending $22 for a chicken dish when you can go next door and pay a third the price. we never upgraded to the executive room because we didn't spend much of the day in the hotel and our tour came with a lot of meals and left early so we couldn't do a breakfast buffet. we never ate in any of the hotel restaurants as there are so many places nearby, we'd usually go out to explore.
the hotel is not in the center of the city center, which is fine. it's easy to walk to and the main area and i felt safe at night as there were lots of people around enjoying the bars and restaurants in the area. i liked the location and there were several good restaurants nearby. i really recommend checking out the cakes at the attached coffee shop -- too many to try. the cake i tried was incredible and my friends raved about the chocolates we brought home.
this is a lovely hotel. our room was beautiful and i have no complaints about the staff. they have a car service that you can book at the front desk. it's likely to be cheaper than one you'd book on your own. request your car in advance and you won't have to wait. they also provide guides through the concierge, though we found our guide through tripadvisor.
- 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