We have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Corinthia Hotel, Budapest. I booked an Executive room that gave access to the lounge. It was outstanding value for money as was the whole of Budapest.
Check in was quick and easy in the Executive Lounge but our executive bedoom was disappointing. We had asked for one with a balcony as previous reviewers had mentioned about the heat in the atrium facing rooms. Our room was standard 4 star, not luxurious but not a particular problem either other than it was a bit drab. The bathroom was nice and there was plenty of storage. Noise from the trams was a problem, they run right though the night and the soundproofing of the windows does little to remove their heavy trundling.
We came across some excellent staff but this wasn't consistent but everyone was very pleasant and generally helpful. Several times a week the senior duty manager takes a tour of the hotel that lasts about one and a half hours. This was a great insight into the working of this large and extremely well run enterprise. He was charming and passionate about the hotel, enquire at Concierge for the times of the tours.
Breakfasts were included in our rate and we ate in the main restaurant every morning - one of the best hotel breakfasts we have experienced. There was hot, including an omelette station, a range of cold fish and meats, a great selection of bread, salads, fruit, yoghurts and smoothies and a selection of sparkling wine - there wasn't really much more they could have added.
The Executive Lounge was worth every penny and was a great oasis to stop off and rest or take a pre dinner drink. It was never very busy and had plenty of comfortable seating. Breakfast is also served in the lounge and alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks are available throughout the day with the addition of some spirits in the evening. It is open from 6.30am in the morning until 10.30pm at night. There was a selection of evening nibbles such as canapes, crisps, salads and soup. Enough to keep you going if you really can't be bothered venturing out.
The downstairs piano bar is very relaxing late evening and good quality wine is again very reasonably priced in the bar. We were going to eat at Bock Bistro but the lighting was too bright and whereas people say the food is good, it didn't really make us want to go there due to the lack of atmosphere so I cancelled the reservation.
The hotel is in a great location as the Number 4 and Number 6 trams are located just outside. We bought a 72 hour travel pass and it proved to be excellent value as we could simply hop on a tram, the metro or bus when we were tired of walking so we got to know the city quite well. People say you can walk it but in truth, it is quite sprawling and unless you want to spend a lot of time walking from place to place, the public transport system is essential, very frequent and punctual. The Number 2 runs the length of the Danube on the Pest side and the Number 19 on the Buda side. Both are great at night when all the buildings are lit up. The tram system generally interconnects so it is easy to get from the hotel to another line depending on where you want to go.
By the end of three full days in the city we felt we knew it well and had seen all the main sights there were to see, probably not in great depth but certainly to get the flavour.
The Corinthia definitely helped make our Budapest experience very enjoyable and whereas we wouldn't necessarily return to Budapest, I would research other hotels in the Corinthia chain if they are all of this quality. Highly recommended and overall, the experience it gave us was excellent!
- 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