Beware, first of all, of the room price. Does the "headline" price include VAT (18%, I think) and city tax (4%, I think) ? If it doesn't then you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you come to pay the bill. Also beware of extras - breakfast, drinks, laundry, extras on the TV, etc - they can be very expensive. So far as the hotel goes, just take the room, nothing else.
And beware of the 'Grand', 'Royal', 'Executive' trip. The place is huge and grandiose, true. It dates from a time when that sort of thing was in fashion. (Budapest's full of hotels of the same type.) But the taste's Hollywood rather than the Dorchester, and you're unlikely to meet a Grand Duchess coming down the stairs. The other people staying there are likely to be couples from Tampa, Florida, tour-groups and businessmen - quite decent, probably, but nothing to write home about.
Apart from that, it's comfortable, the staff speak English, and the position on a busy main street in Pest near the Octagon isn't bad for banks, shops, cafes and public transport.
- 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