My son booked us into the Corinthia as a last minute deal and decided to upgrade us to Executive class. Best thing he ever did as our room was huge and we had access to the Executive club and Spa which made such a difference to our stay! From free breakfasts to lunch and tea time treats with unlimited glasses of their own "champagne" , fine wines, teas, coffee and cocktail hour! We couldn't fault it. The Spa area was beautiful with very warm large pool area, jacuzzi and steam rooms plus the extra treatments at a cost. And one good thing was children were only allowed between 11am and 3pm! Nice gym too. The hotel was spacious and opulent and when we did eat there it was first class. Breakfasts were varied dishes and the staff there were amazing, so ready to serve. The variety of restaurants too made it easy to stay in but Budapest beckoned with its culture and fantastic buildings which were everywhere you chanced to look! Value for money definitely when you ate out. We loved the Hop on hop off bus service which if you were lucky to choose the right one, gave you 3 options and a boat trip included in the cost. Excellent. We particularlt enjoyed the boat trip on the Danube by night taking in the sights ablaze with lights! The river looked romantic and the Royal palace and Castle district looked spectacular by night. Also the Parliament building and the Four Seasons hotel on the river front were a sight to behold. We walked all over the city and were glad we had 4 days to discover it. Please take time to look for the Shoes on the Danube which was located about 7 minutes walk from the Four Seasons hotel as it was a moving memorial to the Jews who had been shot and thrown into the river. The shoes were immortalised in metal to preserve the sight. Also the Paris cafe in the Alexander book shop was a total surprise. Wonderful ceiling and frescoes with a superb goulash soup! It's on Andrassy avenue. Then the New York cafe is a must. It's incredible. Also with amazing frescoes! Can't get enough of the ceilings. All in all we loved Budapest even with grey skies and will go home with fond memories of the warmth of the people and the history of the place.
- 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