Since it’s very opening in late 19th century, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, then known as the Grand Hotel Royal, was and still is the symbol of everlasting luxury and glamour in this part of Europe, combining strong french influence with impeccable Eastern-European charm. This magnificent hotel features not just a facade strikingly similar to the movie’s fictional Grand Budapest Hotel, but also a comparable history of Grand Dame Hotel glory days, and its very own Gustav H – Tibor Meskal, who has worked in the hotel since the 1960’s.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest facade
The Grand Hotel Royal was originally opened for visitors of the Millennium Exhibition in 1896, and since then it has a very special place among luxury hotels of the Hungarian capital, although much of the original building was destroyed during the Hungarian revolution in 1956. The hotel was, in more modest form, re-opened in 1960, but it remained a shadow of it’s former self until 1990’s, when new owners Corinthia Group gave green light for an extensive restoration project that would retain the best of old, while adding something fresh and new.
Completely renovated and re-opened in 2003, and finally with competent management, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest continues to amaze with it’s distinctive design and enormous capacity (with total of 440 rooms and suits, including 26 completely equipped apartment units with it’s own garden, named Royal Residences).
While you’re in the hotel, the best way for relaxation is spending time in truly wonderful spa, which contains both Turkish bath and Finnish sauna, along with 15 meter long swimming pool, longest among all luxury hotels in Budapest and fantastic jacuzzi hot tubs with water temperature between 36 and 38 degrees.
Swimming pool and Spa area
Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a perfect place for organizing various events. The state of the art Grand Ballroom is restored to it’s original beauty with rich, baroque-style decorated ceilings and walls, thus offering the ideal venue for a truly unforgettable event. The Corinthia Hotel Budapest played an interesting role in the origins of European cinema back in 1896 when the Lumière brothers, who invented motion pictures, held their first film screening outside of Paris in the hotel. Linked to the Grand Ballroom by a glass bridge, the Valletta Exhibition Centre is a showpiece of 21st century architecture and technology offering over 29,000 sqft of superb event or display space. The Valletta Conference Centre can be partitioned to create up to 12 syndicate rooms, or opened to create large event spaces with break-out and refreshment areas. The two centers can easily be linked to support a more imaginative, large-scale event.
There are six cafes and restaurants in Corinthia Hotel Budapest, each one with it’s own flair and style. You can have a traditional breakfast in Brasserie & Atrium restaurant, or have a drink in hotel’s Le Bar. For the ones interested in Hungarian cuisine, there is a Bock Bistro, and for those more fond of specialties from Far East, there is a Rickshaw Restaurant, a place where you can taste most of the Japanese, Indian and Chinese food. Szamos Marzipan Royal Cafe, as it name says, serves various cakes (some of which are with marzipan, of course) and for entertainment, there is Orfeum Music Club, a place where you can enjoy various cocktails, while listening to live music performance or watching the cabaret show.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest was always a choice of distinguished guests, so it is not a surprise to see various Hollywood stars enjoying themselves while having a drink in one of the hotel’s bars. Of course, their privacy is well guarded behind Corinthia’s walls, which is one of the reasons why they keep choosing this fantastic place.
Placed in the very heart of the city, Corinthia Hotel Budapest remains rare pearl among a luxury hotels in Europe and no wonder that Wes Anderson found his inspiration in it for his Oscar winning movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel“.
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Vukota Brajovic for Fashionela