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A Stay At The Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Recently we have been disappointed by a number of grand or trendy boutique hotels not living up to expectations. They promised so much but the actual delivery fell far short of what were looking forward to. So it was with a little trepidation when we booked the Corinthia Hotel, Budapest.

The reports were good, the hotel looked impressive and we had been to the Corinthia in London which was excellent so how would the Budapest hotel compare, especially as it was a fraction of the price of it’s London counterpart.

Arrival And First Impressions
The Lobby

The lobby in the Corinthia, Budapest

Our taxi arrived on a dark, wet evening after a longer than expected journey due to a flight delay. So we were glad to be greeted by friendly door staff who promptly took our bags and led us into the impressive creamy marble lobby. With its centrepiece staircase, high ceilings and turn of the century glamour, the first impressions were promising.

Grand Hotel Royal Budapest

Originally the Grand Hotel Royal, opened 1896

The Guest Rooms

The check-in was quick and easy and we were soon on our way to the room. Although clean and well maintained the floors with the rooms on were not as impressive as the lobby and the other public areas, in fact they were quite bland in comparison.

The room itself was slightly small and again, although it was clean, it was slightly anonymous and did not reflect the initial grandeur of the hotel.

OK, we sound like we are being fussy and a bit of a TripAdvisor weirdo. Just to clarify that the standard rooms were fine, just not as impressive and elegant as the build up suggested.

Although we did not see the executive rooms, we have heard good reports of these. These rooms also give you access to an exclusive  lounge and bar on the mezzanine level away from us, the proletariat.

The Corinthia Bedroom

The standard room in the Corinthia

The Pool And Spa
Pool and spa - Corinthia

The pool and spa

One of the highlights of the hotel was the Spa Royale with its ornate stained-glasss ceiling. It was a relaxing space with saunas, whirlpool tubs, a steam room and enough space for a little privacy. Mr W found it a bit too relaxing and added a touch of snoring to the background ambiance.

The Restaurants and Bar
Dining Room - Corinthia

The atrium dining room

There were a few hotel restaurants to choose from – The Brasserie and Atrium, The Rickshaw and Bock Bistro. To get our spice fix we went to The Rickshaw which served a mix of Far Eastern cuisines, all washed down with some excellent (strong) cocktails.

We continued the evening in the hotel’s bar “Le Bar” where the barman made some excellent Old Fashioned Whiskey cocktails. It is too easy to get comfortable and forget how much you are drinking although 5 star hotel bar prices are always a sobering reminder.

The Bar - Corinthia

The atrium and bar – Corinthia Hotel, Budapest

We stayed for 3 nights and could have easily stayed longer, the hotel delivered a bit of old time style and elegance in the very heart of Budapest. We would definitely return to the Corinthia but next time we would consider paying extra for a superior room.

What’s the most historic or glamorous hotel you’ve stayed in, please share your experience below.

A stay at the Corinthia Hotel in Budapest, Hungary

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  • Gessell
    November 7, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Wow. Just wow. That hotel looks amazing. I see what you’re saying about the difference in atmosphere between the room and the hotel. Still looks like an incredible place to stay.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 8, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Yes it was a very elegant hotel also the price is a fraction of the Corinthia in London.

  • Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    November 12, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    The hotel does look quite grand! That lobby would be quite a welcome. Where is this hotel situated in Budapest? That for me is always the selling point…location location location! 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 12, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      It’s on the Elizabeth Boulevard (Erzsebet krt), in the City Centre. About 20 mins walk to the Danube.

  • Chrysoula
    November 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    The Corinthia looks super luxury. Perfect for a weekend in Budapest. I love the indoor swimming pool. I think I can relax there for hours. Definitely my hotel when I go back in Budapest.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      The pool and spa were excellent.

  • Christina
    November 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Wow, this looks like a grand hotel. I’ll be bookmarking it for my next trip to Budapest. Is it within walking distance of the city’s main sights?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 13, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      It’s in the centre of the city, the walk to the Danube is about 20 mins but there are lots of other sights and areas in between. Such as the Jewish quarter and St Stephens.

  • Jimmy and Tina
    November 13, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    The Corinthia Hotel in Budapest looks very luxurious! I love the the clean fresh look of it and wouldn’t mind checking it out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Marlene Marques
    November 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    This hotel is beautiful! And it sounds like you have reestablish your faith in grand hotels. 😉 The most incredible hotel I’ve been in is the Grand Hyatt Melbourne and it was quite an experience.

  • Arnav @ Eat, Travel, Live and REPEAT
    November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    The hotel looks absolutely stunning right from the entrance lobby to the rooms.The spa looks like the perfect place to unwind and relax on a holiday.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      The spa was really nice, spent a lot of time in water! With the hotel spa and the famous Hungarian thermal spas.

  • Kate
    November 13, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    The hotel looks lovely, particularly the spa!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      The spa was very relaxing.

  • Sarah (Mum x3x)
    November 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Oh wow!! What a stunning hotel. Budapest is one of the places I’d most like to visit and I’d certainly love to stay in that hotel. The Spa looks fantastic and the restaurant and bar look fab, too! The old fashioned whiskey cocktails sounds yummy! xx

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 15, 2016 at 8:54 am

      It really was a lovely hotel, and such a great price too, as a stay is from 99 Euros a night.

  • Indrani
    November 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    The room spa all looks fine. Nothing seemed lacking.
    So ideally locate in the heart of the city of Budapest. I would love to experience this.

  • Brianna
    November 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Even though the rooms were kind of standard the pool definitely makes up for it!

  • Wandering Carol
    November 14, 2016 at 1:07 am

    I’ve seen that pool! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? This sounds like a great place to stay in Budapest, and the price point doesn’t sound bad. I find Budapest has some really amazing hotels. (And lucky you to have stayed at the Corinthia in London. Jealous!)

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

      The pool is really gorgeous and we have been to the Corinthia in London for afternoon tea so unfortunately didn’t stay there although we would have loved to have!

  • Christopher
    November 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous place. Budapest is an incredible beautiful yet underrated city. I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about it. Great post.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 17, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks Christopher, much appreciated.

  • Jemma
    November 15, 2016 at 7:24 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Budapest! This hotel looks incredible.

  • Natalie
    November 15, 2016 at 8:15 am

    The lobby definitely looks a lot grander than the standard room. It almost seems like a bit of a disappointment in comparison but it sounds like you had a good stay anyway.

  • Fashion and Style Police
    November 15, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Wow I love the interior especially the first picture. Looks so beautiful.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      November 17, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      It is a stunning hotel that’s for sure.