We stayed for 4 nights at Corinthia Budapest and loved it every second.
The building is really beautiful. Every time when we walked into the lobby we enjoyed the view of this big space. With the gingerbread house and Christmas tree it looked very joyful and even cosy. The room (executive) was spacious and clean, with soft beds and a practical bathroom with shower and bath. Our room looked over the atrium, nice and quiet.
Everything looks very luxurious and we really loved the executive format. All day long you can drink and snack in the lounge. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, wine or other alcoholic drinks, all to take. Even soup, what was really nice in wintertime.
The 'royal spa' is also very beautiful. With the elevator from your floor to the entrance, very convenient. The spa is spacious and it wasn't crowded at all in the evening.
We enjoyed breakfast a lot. In the executive lounge you have plenty of choice and downstairs even more! Fresh products, some of them bio, what we can appreciate. We also had dinner at the Ricksaw restaurant with asian fusion food. Nice flavours and dishes, slightly oversalted for our taste. But very tasty.
The neighborhood is not the prettiest in Budapest, but tram stops in front of the hotel and metro is just a few minutes walking. The walking time to the tourist center is about 15 minutes. In the neighborhood you can find many good restaurants.
One night we went to a 20's show at the adjacent hotels club Orpheum with live show and a great ambiance.
The only negative note for us was the temperature in the hotel, and in our room. It was very warm everywhere. They can put the heating on or the cooling on. It was not very comfortable at night, but luckily we slept well. The (always friendly) staff are aware of the problem but it is not very easy to solve apparently.
We can only recommend this wonderful 5 stars hotel. It is very big, but we never had the expression is was crowded or noisy. The professional staff tried to make our stay perfect. From the check-in not until the check-out, but even until we left the hotel. When we come back in Budapest, it will definitely be here again.
- 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