The original name of this magnificent hotel was Grand Royal when it was opened in the Hungarian capital in 1896. Europe was then ruled by kings and emperors – also Kaisers and Czars – and whatever was built in those days usually looked opulent. The Corinthia wasn’t any exception.
This splendid hotel is built in French Renaissance style in the heart of the city along the Grand Boulevard, which is the city’s hip ring road. Corinthia, however, barely managed to survive during the half-a-century of Soviet imposed Communist regime. After undergoing massive restoration work in the 1990s it regained its lost glory and was opened in 2003 as the Corinthia Hotel.
The Corinthian Grandeur
In Biblical times the Roman city of Corinth was famous for its opulence and prosperity. In modern times, a few years before the last millennium ended, this splendid hotel was painstakingly restored and found a place amongst Europe’s finest hotels. It’s an excellent example of classic opulence that blended superbly with the 5-star luxury of the 21st century.
Elegance of old-world charms
The Corinthia has retained its elegant original façade, marble floorings, baroque-style decorated ceilings and impressive staircase. What stuns you most as you enter the foyer is the soaring six-storey high spectacular atrium.
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Beyond the veneer of all these old-world charms is the hotel’s reassuring adaptability to incorporate state-of-the-art facilities for pampering its guests with overwhelming comforts.
The Spirit of Corinthia
You will get a whiff of the hotel’s pampering operation soon after you enter the lobby. You will be whisked away to the Executive Club Mezzanine for checking-in over a glass of complimentary champagne. The hotel is determined to pamper guests to the hilt.
Corinthia’s present owners have nine other properties in different parts of the world. Being in the hotel business for so long, they have acquired the expertise to deliver high quality caring service to their guests. The Corinthia has indeed set a new standard in luxury hotels. It has shown respectful discretion while restoring its century-old regal interiors.
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The public and common areas of the hotel are spacious and attractive. It offers a wide range of wining, dining, entertainment and healthcare opportunities. The spirit of Corinthia is to do everything possible for pampering its guests. This wonderful hotel has won many accolades such as Hungary’s Best five-star hotel for 2003 and Best Hotels Architecture in Europe.
The Royal Spa
Budapest has long been known as the City of Healing Waters. The Romans had developed over a hundred natural thermal springs for producing warm and therapeutic water that had made bathing in spring water a national pastime.
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Corinthia’s classical Royal Spa is a great place to unwind where you can participate in this national pastime in utter luxury. It’s designed to give guests ample relaxing and refreshing amenities such as beauty treatments, saunas, Jacuzzis, tropical rain showers, Niagara bathtubs, mud baths, seaweed baths and a variety of massage treatments.
The Spa’s another popular feature is its 15-meter indoor swimming pool. No wonder this spa is considered to be one of the top pampering spots in Europe.
Wining and dining
The hotel’s wining and dining options are available for all hours and tastes. Take the Brasserie Royale & Atrium Restaurants for an example. Situated next to the main lobby with indoor and atrium seating, these are excellent places for having buffet breakfast and a la carte Hungarian and international dishes for lunch and dinner. The baked mangalica low-cholesterol pork tenderloin in strudel dough is a dish that is worth ordering if it isn’t a taboo.
The elegant Le Bar in the central lobby serves drinks and light snacks throughout the day until one o’clock in the morning. The nightly light piano music in the background creates a pleasant ambience.
The Far Eastern Rickshaw Restaurant with a sushi bar is a great joint for lovers of Japanese, Chinese and Thai delicacies for dinner.
The Rock Bistro serves more than 500 varieties of wine from Hungary’s leading wineries. The Bistro is also famous for its gourmet sandwiches, seafood and rotisseries.
Next to the Bistro is the Szamos Marcipan Confectionary and Café which serves breakfast and afternoon treats like cakes and sandwiches. Those with sweet tooth would love this place.
Choice of guestrooms and suites
The Corinthia has 414 luxurious air-conditioned rooms and suites of various types with tariff varying between €208 and 3000 plus taxes for two per night. All these have stylish mahogany furniture and are provided with a mini-bar, desk, and high-speed internet ports.
All guestrooms and suites have en-suite marble bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and sleepers.
Depending on availability, the hotel often accommodates guests in upgraded rooms. Also depending on the pressure on reservations, published rates are reduced considerably. You may even get a suite for less than a hundred euros if it isn’t booked during your visit
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Junior Suites overlook the Harsfa Street also have separate living area and en-suite marble bathrooms. The rate is €208.
Deluxe Suites offer absorbing views of the hip Boulevard. These come with a separate living room and cost €249.
Also overlooking the Boulevard are the two Ambassador Suites which may seem to be a bit expensive at €1500.
But these are indeed luxurious with Queen-size beds, separate living and dining rooms and kitchens.
The solitary Royal Suite on the fifth floor is designed to pamper guests so much that they would feel like royals. It has two bedrooms with Queen-size beds, separate living and dining rooms and a kitchen fitted with modern gadgets. From its seven bay windows guests get captivating views of the Boulevard. Worth staying here if you are willing to shell out €3000 per night.
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The Corinthia also offers 26 well-furnished apartments with a range of services and facilities suitable for guests who intend to stay in the city for longer period. The rates should be negotiated.
A visual delight
The Corinthia is a great place to stay. The owners have shown enormous passion and ambition to make it such a distinguished hotel. Their obsessive attention to details has turned this landmark hotel into a visual delight.
Budapest is a great place to visit. Plan your next holiday in this city and have a good time. The memory of visiting this enchanting city and staying in this splendid hotel will linger forever.