We picked this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews. This was a two-night stay before hopping on an Avalon River Cruise. We received what we considered a great rate via Booking.com. Check-in was a breeze and we were escorted up to our room with a bellman (Rudolf) who showed us the room and amenities.
The room was very nice but we found it to be a bit warmer than we probably would have ideally liked. In all fairness, we never asked them to check it out so can't really complain.
The lobby and public areas are absolutely beautiful. This is what I really would expect a European luxury hotel to be like.
Everyone was very friendly and helpful and most knew English well - a big plus for us. The location was great, in our opinion. Not in the middle of the action, but easy to get to it walking (only 20 minutes to the river) or by public transportation.
We would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay there again if we return to Budapest.
- 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