With pre-extension in Budapest before embarking on a Viking Danube River Cruise, we stayed at the Corinthia for 2 nights. What a welcome venue after a VERY long day of travel (Los Angeles, through Heathrow, then to Budapest). We(my sisters, brothers-in-law and I) were "delivered" to the hotel, finding doormen in full regalia. Our bags were waiting in the hall by our rooms.
We entered the lobby which was stunning and grand with dazzling chandeliers and grand staircase. There were smaller nooks off the main hall for sitting, having drinks, and one night even listening to a live quartet.
The room elegant, the bed very comfy, and the bathroom was spacious and modern.
A generous buffet breakfast (hot stations, cold cheeses and meats, bread and rolls, yogurt, juice and coffee, etc.) was included with the room, and we took advantage, starting the day with a hearty meal as we would be on foot wandering around Budapest.
Hotel staff helped us select restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.
- 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