This is a great looking hotel and the public areas are stunning, luxurious and representative of the best bits of the city. There is a real old school look and feel about the place, which is why my wife & picked the hotel from a choice of the Boscolo, Le Meridien & Intercontinental. The big problem is that the rooms aren`t 5 star. We booked an Executive Boulevard Queen room, which was big (ish) and comfortable, but there was no “wow” to be had from the room. The toiletries weren`t of the standard I would expect from a 5 star, nor was the old style TV, but these are minor quibbles. The pillows were fresh air, with no pillow options listed, but this was resolved when firmer pillows were requested from the Reception in the Executive Lounge. On the subject of the Executive Lounge, this is a No-Brainer if you are thinking of an upgrade. Breakfast was good (the hot options not so good), the lunch and canapés on offer were also good. If you like a tipple this upgrade more than pays for itself, with 2-3 different wines on offer, 3 types of(Hungarian) Champagne, local Beers and Cocktails in the evening. A discreet tip to the staff in the lounge meant that drinks never ran dry and my wife’s preferred cocktail was never any trouble. The hotel is a good 25 minute walk from the river, with the Sofitel and Intercontinental being right on the quayside, but both are very ugly hotels by comparison. Would I stay here again, probably not. Le Meridien is that much closer to downtown, looks very pretty and the price is comparable. If the guest rooms were updated in The Corinthian it could be a true 5 star.
- 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