An incredibly grand hotel that has been beautifully restored. The staircase at the entrance is worth a visit by itself! There's also a notice board showing all the famous people that have stayed there. I was overjoyed to be staying somewhere that both Josephine Baker and Motörhead had been. The stories those rooms could tell!
Rooms are very nice and the breakfast is well catered. Make time for the pool that is a modern replica of some of the more famous, fading outdoor ones across the city. It's areal joy to swim and admire the ornate architecture around you.
There are restaurants in the Corinthia, however the scale of the place means that it's hard to get a 'personal touch'. I found it hard to ensure Gluten Free both at the hotel and many parts of the city, despite having a translation card outlining dietary requirements. That said, this is the best city hotel that I have ever stayed in and we got a great deal, so check the prices.
- 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