History, Luxury, Central Location
Address: Erzsébet körút 43-49. district VII.
With several awards and excellent reviews the Corinthia Hotel, formerly called Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal, the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s Oscar-awarded movie, the Grand Hotel Budapest, is one of the best-value luxury hotels in Budapest.
Prices start from cc. 409 EUR (VAT and City Tax are not incl.)
Looking back to more than 100 years of history this magnificent 5-star hotel complex ensures a memorable hotel experience.
Situated along the Grand Boulevard (Nagykörút), a hip ring road in Budapest’s centre, Corinthia Hotel combines everything a fine hotel should.Check Rates & Read Reviews
Reasons to Stay at Corinthia Hotel Budapest
- Excellent location (Erzsébet körút 43-49., VII. district)- close to many sights and attractions, good transportation connections
- A beautiful historic building – received Europe’s Best Hotel Architecture Award – Corinthia has character unlike some other luxury lodgings that offer excellent service but lack style.
- Spacious, comfortable rooms furnished in understated elegance and with all the modern conveniences.
- Splendid Royal Spa – a place for utter relaxation
- Great restaurants each offering different tastes of the world’s cuisines
- Courteous, professional staff that pays attention to every detail ensuring that their guests feel at home in a foreign city. They are not in your face all the time being after for tips but they’re always there when you need assistance.
- Great value for your money- though it’s a pricey 5-star hotel but you get a high level of service.
It was selected Best Luxury World Hotel in 2006 in Travellers’ Choice Award set up by Tripadvisor the world’s largest hotel review site and since than the hotel achieved high ranking in other categories as well.
In 2009 Corinthia was voted Best Luxury Hotel in Budapest and it made it to the “Best Service Europe Top 20” and the “Best Hotels in the Top 25 World Cities” also by Tripadvisor.
These awards are based on thousands of travellers’ reviews published on www.tripadvisor.com, one of the largest online travel communities on the world.
“Extraordinary value” and “spectacular service” are the main criteria to reach top spots within the award.
The hotel is part of the Most Famous Hotels of the World too and is included in the Expedia Insiders’ Select list (top 1% of the cc. 80 000 hotels and resorts covered by Expedia).
The Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal was also awarded the “Best Conference Facilities Hotel in Budapest”.
History of Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The predecessor of today’s Corinthia was the Royal Hotel which was created during the massive reconstruction project of Budapest in the second half of the 19th century. Built in French renaissance style the Royal Hotel opened in 1896 for the Millennial celebrations.
Even at that time it was a large hotel with 232 rooms, 20 suites and all the modern conveniences of the era. It had two restaurants, a cafe, a Gerbeaud confectionery, a cellar with a bar. The Ball Room became a regular host to exhibitions and concerts.
During the II. World War the Royal functioned as an office building. In the 1956 revolution much of the building was destroyed. It reopened in 1961 with 367 guest rooms but it didn’t manage to restore its old fame. Finally the hotel closed down in 1991.
Today the Malta-based International Hotel Investments (IHI) company owns the Corinthia Hotel in Budapest (Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal was the previous name) which restored the splendid building to its original splendour and reopened the hotel in 2003.
The reconstruction’s aim was to keep and restore the old architectural elements of the original building.
This aim is represented best by the façade and elegant and spacious lobby with its sweeping staircase -parts of which are original- marble floors, and artful lighting.
The glass roof-covered atrium soars six stories high creating and airy feeling.
The comfortable sitting areas are perfect for daily meetings or just to take a rest and delight in the magnificent interior.
Another amazing part of the hotel is the baroque Grand Ballroom
Rooms in Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Today the hotel offers five-star luxurious accommodation in 414 rooms including 98 lavish suites (deluxe, junior, ambassador, and royal) on 6 floors.
The rooms, and the whole hotel, exudes harmonious combination of old-world charm and 21st century comfort.
Rooms are decorated with top-quality materials and include modern conveniences you expect from a modern upscale hotel. The spacious marble bathrooms boast large bathtubs and standalone showers.
All rooms have free Wi-Fi and high-speed cable internet access. There are special rooms for guests with wheelchair.
When you book an Executive room you get access to the Executive Club floor with snacks all day round, and complimentary drinks before or after dinner. The place has muted elegance and the comfy armchairs and sofas are perfect for relaxed conversations or informal business meetings.
Luxury Apartments in Corinthia Hotel Budapest
As part of the 100 million-Euro investment 26 uniquely designed first-class apartments were constructed in the nice inner garden for guests visiting Budapest for a longer period of time.
The apartment complex, called the Royal Residence, can be accessed through a separate entrance or from the hotel itself through a covered walkway.
The Lounge provides the following complimentary services:
- buffet breakfast – easily the most abundant and sumptuous in the city with a wide choice of both cold and hot offerings
- afternoon tea or coffee with pastries,
- snacks and refreshments throughout the day,
- evening cocktails,
- comfortable canapes, where you can leaf through major international and national newspapers and magazines,
- TV set with VCR.
The lounge & bar on the ground floor is an island for relaxation but is also a place where you can conduct business activities in peace.
Early Bird Breakfast
For early risers there’s breakfast served between 5.00-7.00 in the Royal Hársfa room (included in the room price).
- Royal Germaine Beauty Parlour including hairdresser, beautician, pedicure & manicure, massages
- Business Center with photo copy, printers, fax, CD, DVD writing, internet.
- Garage: The hotel has its own large garage for 250 cars and 7 buses. It also offers a car wash service.
- Pets are allowed in the hotel for extra charge.
- Free shuttle bus to the spa in the sister hotel, Corinthia Aquincum Royal.
Restaurants in Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The hotel has a wide choice of restaurants and cafes all lead by professional staff where you can taste both local and international dishes.
Le Brasserie Royal & Atrium Restaurant
Open: Tue-Sun: 7.00-23.00
The Le Brasserie is located next to the main lobby and offers a la carte international and Hungarian dishes.
You can enjoy your meal outdoor in the atrium.
It also hosts the best Sunday family brunch in Budapest (Very Important Kids, every Sunday at: 12.00-15.00)
Le Bar and Lobby Lounge
Open: daily 10.00-01.00
The casually elegant bar in the central lobby serves drinks and light snacks throughout the evening.
The live piano music in the background ensures pleasant atmosphere.
Rickshaw Oriental Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Open: Tue-Sun: 18.00-24.00
The Rickshaw Restaurant specializes in Southeast Asian dishes and it also has a sushi bar.
Open: Mon-Sat: 11.00-23.00
Attached to the hotel building, Bock Bistro offers a taste of the best Hungarian wines and traditional local dishes.
One of the best places to savour Hungarian flavours!
Read more on where to go for wine tasting in Budapest.TIP: Next to the Bisztro the Szamos Confectionery and Cafe is highly recommended for those with sweet tooth.
Spa & Wellness – Luxurious Pampering
The exquisite Royal Spa of the hotel sprawls on 1000 sq. metres providing plenty of opportunity for revitalizing and relaxation.
The original spa opened in 1886 and the present owners of the hotel, the Corinthia Group, invested large amount of money to refurbish the spa centre restoring it to its original glory.
The complex has a 15-m long swimming pool along with
- steam baths,
- tropical rain showers,
- Niagara bathtub,
- seaweed bath
- fitness rooms, and
- a range of classic and modern massage therapies.
Conferences & Meetings in Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The hotel deserved the “Best Conference Facilities Hotel in Budapest” award because it truly caters for the needs of conferences meetings and workshops.
The conference and meeting facilities are on the ground floor of the hotel:
- The Grand Ballroom is the largest event room where 450 people can be seated. The adjoining smaller rooms are designed for breaks during a conference or to host smaller meetings.
- The Valette Conference Centre can be divided into 12 smaller rooms.
- The huge Valette Exhibition Centre is connected to the main hotel building with a covered bridge. The 740 sq. meters room is perfect for displays or large-scale events.
Top-notch technical equipment are provided.
There’s a whole staff in Corinthia responsible for organizing and managing events to ensure that everything is arranged to the customer’s request.
The Corinthia Event Assistant can be contacted by mobile phone 24 hours a day to help you organize your event.
Room prices in Corinthia Hotel Budapest are between cc. 140-500 EUR depending on room type and the season.
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Attractions NearbySights and attractions abound in the neighbourhood of the hotel and the central location allows you to explore them on foot.
- Lovers of fine architecture should take a walk along Andrássy Avenue where the Hungarian Opera House stands. The chic avenue is lined with exclusive shops and some great restaurants and cafes.
- The former Jewish Quarter of Budapest including the beautiful Central Synagogue in Dohány Street is just a few blocks from Corinthia Hotel, just hop on tram 4 or 6 and get off at Blaha Lujza Square and you’ll be at Dohány utca.
- The stunning New York Palace and Coffee House also stands on Erzsébet körút on the opposite side.