We had booked the superior room, not knowing there were other options. Reception asked if we'd like to upgrade to Executive or another one, which gives you access to the executive lounge (free food, drink and internet all day).
We had a look at all 3 different types of room and decided we'd go for the executive.
The room was at the front of the hotel, with windows on two sides. Bed was devine and pillows were large but not filled very much so you could scrunch them up which I found very comfortable. The bathroom could have been a little bigger but it was adequate.
I spent a lot of time in the executive lounge, which was fantastic. The pool area is beautiful, with saunas, jacuzzis and louging area.
It was a bit of a hike down to the river, but it was such a beautiful hotel I didn't care. I could have just spent the whole time there.
- 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