We came here for out honeymoon in February 2011.
My husband picked the hotel, and he did a great job! From the outside, the Corinthia is a striking building architecturally, and is illuminated at night, while there are always doormen to open to door for you. It is situated on a pleasant wide road, a little bit outside the main streets, bit close to everywhere if you are up for a pleasant walk. We put on our walking boots everyday and walked everywhere...although there are trams and metro services on the doorstep too.
The inside of the hotel is just as striking, although it has been thoroughly modernised, with no period features, save for the ballroom. If you like historical buildings than do make sure to take a peek at this room, located towards the back of the hotel - it is beautiful, but easy to miss unless you go looking for it. I would have loved an excuse to hang out in there!
We were upgraded to an executive room, which was very nice although not overly fancy - the great thing about having an executive room was that we got access to an executive lounge area were complimentary breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks were served at various times throughout the day -lots of lovely cakes and things! The bedroom itself was a bit dark for my taste, but was clean and modern and very nice.
The cafes in budapest are fabulous, and the one in the Corinthia hotel serves the same beautiful cakes and tasty treats as the others in a lovely setting. We had dinner in the hotel once, there were several dining options to choose from; we chose the Thai restaurant. The food and service were great, although you can get better value for your money if you eat outside of a hotel. The hotel lobby, restaurants and bar areas were quiet enough in the evenings we were there, (although we were there during the week and in an off peak time of the year), so we often headed elsewhere for dinner or a drink to get some more atmosphere - however I'm sure during busy periods this would be a great place in the evenings. There is a nightclub in the basement, with it's own separate entrance but we didn't venture down there!
The spa is very spacious with a lovely pool. There are two jacuzzi's - I would have liked them to be hotter but this is just my personal taste! We didn't have any treatments, deciding instead to have massages in the public baths for a much cheaper price. However the staff seemed very professional, and I imagine the treatments would have been lovely.
When we checked out we asked the hotel to call us a taxi as we had previously been warned not to flag down a cab on the street as they can seriously rip you off. When we got in the texi the hotel had called, we told the driver the name of the train station we wanted to go to, and even pointed it to him on the map. When we got to the station we paid him and gave a tip. However on going into the station we realise too late that he had driven us to the other train station in Budapest on the other side of the city! In a rush to make our train, we had to hop in a taxi outside the station and when we finally arrived at the correct station he charged us an absolute fortune! While this was upsetting, we do not blame the hotel in any way but will try to be more cautious in future.
We liked this hotel so much that we will be coming back here in the new year to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary! I am hoping they will give us a free room upgrade so fingers crossed!
- 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