We had decided for a while to choose the Corinthian for our trip to Budapest. What sold us was the breakfast and grandeur of the hotel.
Our stay was mostly good.
The staff were very professional and the breakfast lived up to expectations. By far it was the best breakfast we had at a European hotel. What a great start to the day.
The room was modern but as people have talked about before, there's not enough lighting. Strange that that's the case.
No one comes to Budapest to watch TV, but for a five star, the channels were lacking. Just the bog standard news channels. Also, we asked for a quiet room and while the room itself was OK, we were woken up on our first night by rattling boiler pipes. It was really loud.
We didn't say anything and on our next two nights it was OK, but on our last night it happened again. There was a funny, musty smell in our room throughout. We called housekeeping and the nice lady sprayed some stuff in there but she also acknowledged the smell wasn't right. We didn't bother asking to change rooms.
The locations, for us, was really good. It was about a 10-15 minute walk to the Chain Bridge and we walked everywhere, including to the parliament buildings and across the bridge. Budapest is a gorgeous city and the people were super friendly.
We'd definitely go back and if so, would stay at the Corinthian with some minor tweaks.
- 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