After staying one night in a room overlooking an atrium we felt dehydrated from the air conditioning. On the second night we turned it off but woke many times in the night with a dry throat.
Luckily we had bought bottled water with us. A bottle of hotel water that sits on the table in the room costs £7. The next morning we felt tired from lack of proper sleep so I explained that it was our 25th wedding anniversery that day and as I wanted everything to be nice so could we change to a room with fresh air. One of the managers said he was upgrading us to executive.
The executive room was two feet wider, had a radio and feather pillows. It lacked the sofa of the original room so was not that much better, the bathroom is exactly the same. We were allowed into the executive lounge and being vegatarian we only had tea and toast for breakfast. The bread we cut ourselves and put into a very slow toaster.The executive lounge manager came to our table to announce that we were only upgraded for our room and it did not include breakfast. When we left 3 days later we were charged £30 for having breakfast in the executive lounge. If you want value for money go to the coffee shop next door where you can have 2 excellent coffees, croissants and strudles for £6.
There is quite a static charge in the hotel whenever you touch the lift buttons and hand rails. If you like early nights take note, the atrium piano can be heard in your room until midnight especially if you turn the aircon off. I don't think we'll be going back for our 30th.
- 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