We stayed at the Corinithia for four nights. The property is lovely, and while if looking at a map, you may think you are too far from the sights of Buda (castle, fortifications etc...) you would be wrong. My advice would be to get (provided your stay is long enough) the three days public transport pass, and take the time to figure out how to utilize it properly. We went all over the city while we were there at a very low cost, plus it is a much better taste of Budapest life to get around that way (only exceeded by walking).
The hotel is lovely and while I am not sure this is standard (we stayed over Easter weekend) there was a lovely quartet playing in the hotel bar every night and they were above average musicians. This warranted a slowly sipped nightcap each evening. Wonderful!
My dislikes? Being charged roughly 5£ for a bucket of ice (which I got around by buying ice and bringing in). In addition, we never tried the hotels dining facilities outside of breakfast, which was lovely, because the pricing was plain silly compared to all but the most highly reviewed restaurants.
Don't mistake the review! I'd go back in a heartbeat. But management should consider the vast array of alternatives which avail themselves to Budapest tourists. The room was worth the money, the drinks were worth it only due to the quality of the musicians, dinner wasn't on the cards at all.
To end on a positive note, the spa area is also very nice, and not, heavily utilized. If you enjoy a morning sauna, steam, or workout, you'll be quite pleased. In addition, the pool area is simply beautiful.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Jet2Holidays , Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), Southall Travel, Prestigia, Priceline, Odigeo, Ebookers, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick, Traveltool, S.L.U., Hotel.de, HotelQuickly, getaroom.com and Cancelon so you can book your Corinthia Hotel Budapest reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Corinthia Grand Budapest
- Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest