Review Of Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
Just returned from a wonderful 5 days at this hotel booked through Fleetway travel in the UK who undercut every company in the UK on the deal. Their price included breakfast which is currently 29 Euros per person – only down side of this trip was having to fly with Ryan Air – herded around - people running to get to the front of the queue and then sitting on aisle seats and window seats so families could not sit together – absolutely ludicrous ! Surly crew and dreadful customer care. Having said that the rest of the holiday was lovely!
We booked direct by email with http://www.airporttransfersbudapest.com/faq.en.php for our taxi transfers and we could not fault them. You pay 23 euros transfer from the airport to the hotel but if you book a return taxi when you book, the return journey only costs 19 euros and they were exactly to time. Considering the transfer time is 30 minutes thats a great deal !
The hotel was undergoing refurbishment in the main dining room and foyer area but this didnt really spoil our stay other than at breakfast where the temporary dining area became quite busy and you had to wait to be seated.
The breakfasts were good- not excellent – choice of hot cooked english streaky bacon, continental sausages, beans, scrambled eggs, tomatoes etc with an egg menu that order direct from the waiter. Cold buffet of smoked salmon, all types of ham, salamis and cheeses, salad etc: Beautiful breads, cakes, jams, honey etc and divine french butter, fruit juices and champagne freely available.
The reason I would not rate the breakfast as excellent is because we found the hot food was luke warm , the service for coffee very slow, you were given half a cup and literally waited and waited for a refill- we had to ask almost every morning for extra drinks. They do not leave coffee pots on the table or sufficient milk. Other than this we were happy with the food and staff.
We ate in their temporary dining area from their a la carte menu which appears at first glance expensive but the food we received was superb. I ordered the goose liver with black cherry starter and it was amazing . We were given complimentary hors d’oeuvres walnut bread, butter, dips and a duck liver and coleslaw starter – sounds strange but again was beautiful. Threee of our family chose the Tenderloin beef 6900 hufs around £20 and included a choice of potatoes and side order - no one could find fault with their meals . I tried the Wiener Schnitzel and it also very good 2 massive pieces of veal and a large potato salad with mayonnaise and rocket . We chose one of the cheapest Hungarian red wines and it was beautiful – 7200 hufs.The dry sparkling wine (Pinot) was approx £32 and of good quality.
We booked a normal suite which was huge and extremely warm ! We turned the heating off and opened the window and were still very warm at all times !
We had a desk , chairs, free wi fi , computer terminal. Mini bar, Flat screen TV, Slippers bathrobes amazingly soft sheets /duvet which were changed without fail every day and soft pillows . Plenty of storage space ( drawers and wardrobe space) and stunning bathroom with full bath, shower etc and loads of complimentary toiletries. Even the toilet tissue was the thickest softest I have ever seen ! Biggest criticism – other than news channels no UK programmes or films without payment!
The mini bar was packed with loads of treats but so tempting but expensive compared to local bars etc. If you go outside the hotel through the entrance by the nObu restuarnt there is a small shop/bar where you can buy Hungarian Wine good quality for £4 (BB Sparkling Dry was lovely) ! Beer soft drinks etc and amazing ground coffee for good prices. Cigarettes there were also cheaper than the UK by a considersble amount eg Marlborough Gold £2.80 a pack ! Local tabacco was even cheaper !
Our daughter and son in law tried the Spa area but were told they had to strip off to use the Sauna etc so they declined that ! The pool area is lovely but was a little cool and in December needed to be heated to a lot higher temperature !
Out and about !
This hotel was perfectly situated to reach most places in Buda/ Pest so long as you are able bodied !
Walked miles, took the tram and underground and did all the sights’- walked across the Chain Bridge which took about 15 minutes then took the funicular up to the Bastion . Sadly that day it was -7C and we were frozen so didnt stay long at the top ! Fabulous views ! No toilets !
Took tram to the market hall from outside the hotel – just three stops and get out and directly into market which is massive !
Go upstairs to try Langos £3 which are like a dough base crispy and oily then toppped with either sweet toppings or savoury we had sour cream salami tomatoe and grated cheese – to die for ! Millions of calories especially the nutella chocolate spread with sugar ! Loads of different foods burgers etc and very cheap !
Tablecloth and linen section – large tablecloths were 120 eu Not so cheap !
Ground floor was fruit veg and salamis and butchery counters / Palinka stores etc Really vibrant !
Eating – we went to Hard Rock 2 minutes walk away – absolutely excellent food- ignore what is read on tripadvisor it was excellent as always – prcies on a par with London – Burgers £10 Wines £9 Hungarian, Hoegaarden £4 and same for lagers etc . Steaks were around the £12 mark. Immaculately clean toilets and restaurant ! Staff excellent - very warm – advise layering your clothes in December we were boiled inside !
Found a traditional British pub behind the ?? meridian hotel serving British Beers and Ciders – Shepherd s Pie and traditional decor ! A little taste of home !
Tried a Hungarian stews on the markets pork and potatoes – gorgeous ! Beautiful hot apple strudel mulled wine – unbleievable and about £2 for a large cup.
The sweet stalls looked amazing but at 18 eu for 8 felt this was a bit OTT for a market stall !
Went to the Andrassy street and visited the designer shops and then on to the Museum of Terror. Worth a visit but a little was lost in translation but still an eerie experience and very sad,
The airport is lovely and modern with loads of food outlets on the upper floor and huge duty free but sadly Ryan Air lived up to their reputation and were not only late but we had to wait for an hour in a ‘tent’ which had no toilet facilities – very strict on the one piece of hand luggage including your handbag and on size – what ever you do make sure your weight allowance is not exceed or the baggage size !
To sum up I would strongly recommend staying at the Kempinski – the service and attention to detail was excellent (except for coffee at breakfast !)located in an excellent position for visiting everything ! Rooms superb turn down service included.
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- Experience Budapest whilst enjoying generously spacious and luxuriously outfitted rooms or suites in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, right at the city center. Savour Budapest's best of international cuisines at the hotel's top restaurants inclusive ES Bisztro, a brasserie featuring Hungarian and Austrian dishes with modern twist, NOBU Budapest, first in Central Europe... Find relief from urban stress while pampering your senses at Kempinski the Spa... Or meet & greet , network, entertain... On business, a break or an adventure, our comprehensive services and state-of-the-art facilities are on call for you 24/7. ... more less
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