We went for our short 3 night honeymoon break, we had booked a superior queen room. We had pre-booked a taxi from the airport 23euros. On arrival we were met by 2 staff who advised that we were "guests of the day" and we were upgraded to a junior suite. Large queen bed overlooking the main street, with separate lounge, wardrobe area and two bathrooms. The room was 5* quality. There was fruit and a bottle of champagne waiting for us. Robes and slippers were also ready. Although we had use of the Executive Lounge, we didnt have a chance to use it.
The location of the hotel, is on a noisy thoroughfare with the trams stopping outside the hotel, great for communications, but not so good if you want to sleep before midnight and after 6.30am. But the metro is only 5 mins walk from the hotel at Octagon, and with the tram outside, the city transport system is brilliant, buy a travelcard for your stay. We used it at night, and felt perfectly safe, we didnt need to use a taxi once.
First night we ate in Rickshaw restaurant as Bock was fully booked for 4 days. Dont....it was only ok, quiet, no atmosphere at all, the food was good oriental but not great and at 23000 huf wasnt cheap. The main bar is nice for a late night drink, 5* prices, great service. The last night we were there, 2 pairs of hookers were in looking for business, so obvious to us, yet the management seemed to tolerate them, strangely comical!
The spa is fanatastic, 2 jacuzzis, pool, sauna, steam room and in a lovely relaxing environment, we used it daily.
In a 5* hotel one expects 5* service at all times. Although the food at the breakfast buffet is very good with a wide variety of choice, the serving staff were consistently rude, surly and unhelpful, not even 3*. I will not have breakfast there if I return. It is the one thing that let down the hotel, take the serving staff to Onyx and show them how to do it.
In summary an excellent hotel, with very attentive front of house staff, in beautiful surroundings. Good value for 5*, will definitely 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