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The general hotel ratings of Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest, just like almost all of the luxury five-star hotels in Budapest Hungary, tend to be between 4.5 and 4.7 out of 5: Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal is towards the upper end of these ratings. The luxurious five-star hotel has an excellent reputation, and has gained several prestigious local and international awards: most recently (in March 2007) the Five Star Diamond Award presented by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. A year earlier, in 2006, the luxury hotel was chosen as Best Luxury World Hotel by TripAdvisor in its 2006 Travellers' Choice awards. Besides the best Hungarian travel industry awards, the hotel was voted as the Leading Hotel of Hungary in November 2005 at the 12th edition of the World Travel Awards held at London's Royal Opera House, which is considered to be one of the highest accolades for hotels globally. In 2004, the Corinthia Grand Royal Hotel received Europe's "Best Hotel Architecture Award." And if it should not be enough, Corinthia Grand Royal Hotel (and formerly, Hotel Royal) has exerted its gravitational force on numerous world-famous & Hungarian celebrities. This was the place where Josephine Baker stayed during her visit to Budapest in 1928, while Bela Bartok conducted several concerts in the ballroom a decade later or so. More recently, Maestro Luciano Pavarotti was also a celebrity guest in Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal during his Farewell Concert in Budapest, in August 2006. Go to the official website of Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest to make your booking.
Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal is located in the center of Budapest on Erzsebet Boulevard (Erzsebet korut). The hotel is central, but not super central like Le Meridien or Kempinski. It means that instead of a 2-minute walk, you may have to walk 15-25 minutes to get to some cultural spots. Like many of the Budapest luxury hotels, it's only a 30-minute drive by car from Budapest Ferihegy Airport (13 miles/ 20 km). The tram stop is almost at the corner of the hotel, while the metro lines are about 5-10 minutes. The hotel is also very close to the impressive Andrassy Avenue (Opera House, Puppet Theatre, House of Terror museum), the iconic street of citizen Budapest, flanked by sycamore and ash-trees as well as eclectic Neo-Renaissance palaces (some functioning as embassies). In addition, the cosmopolitan Liszt Ferenc ter full of great restaurants, cafes and shops is just a few minute walk from the hotel, just like one of the biggest shopping malls, the Westend City Center (adjacent to the Western Railway Station, the metal-glass poetical work of the Eiffel group). As a Swedish guest points out on TripAdvisor: "If you walk to the west you come to Oktogon square and Andrassy street in five minutes. Andrassy is a very nice street, and just a few metres down from Oktogon you have Liszt Ferenc Ter which is a nice area with good restaurants and bars. The Opera is a bit further down on Andrassy towards the Danube. If you instead walk east from the hotel, it gets dodgier quite soon. Take the Metro at Oktogon, not at Blaha Lutja Ter (many shady characters there). Trams 4 and 6 stop right outside the hotel. Walking down to the Danube takes 15 minutes (Andrassy is the nicest way)."
There are altogether 414 rooms (inc. 98 suites, and accessible rooms for those with limited mobility), two Ambassador suites and a presidential suite - all nicely decorated - French elegance echoing the general impression of the hotel. You can choose from the Executive (decor in red, gold and green) or Superior (decor in a blue, beige and red colour scheme) style guest rooms. As the executive rooms provide access to the Executive Lounge you may wish to go for the executive option. The rooms reflect the overall fascinating architectural grandeur of the whole building. Some of the guest rooms face the busy street (Erzsebet boulevard), others the atrium, the inner courtyards or the vivid Harsfa Street. Guest rooms are stylish with dark woods and jewel-tone upholstery. The bathrooms are all-Italian, from marble floors to gleaming fixtures. The marble bathrooms are equipped with bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries, in addition, there are separate bathtubs and showers. Only the Ambassador suites and the Presidential suite have king size beds, the rest go with twin beds or queen sized beds. The rooms themselves on the other hand are really spacious, most contain a seating area and a desk. Executive rooms and upwards are furbished with mahogany. Miscellaneous: satellite TV, safes, phones (with voice mail), hair dryer, air-conditioning, and a trouser press. One of the guests has mentioned that he did not find enough sockets for all his equipment (including his iPod) and there were some problems with the charging too, but he would still come back here. That's a compliment from a geek I guess.
Probably one of the best choices for luxury spa travellers. The entry to the hotel's luxurious Royal Spa is complimentary for hotel guests. The old spa was designed and built in 1886 operating until 1944. The Royal Spa of Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal was almost turned into a car-park, which would have been a great mistake.
Luckily, it re-opened in a fantastically renovated form in July 2006 as a spa coming complete with a swimming pool, top-notch saunas, steam room, 2 Jacuzzis, 8 massage salons, a dry floating bed for deep relaxation, a wide variety of exquisite treatment facilities, Niagara bathtub, mud baths, seaweed baths and tropical showers. Although the spa is free for guests, it is only for adults over 16 years of age. The fitness room has treadmills, free weights, etc.
The dining options of Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal are excellent, catering for all hours and tastes. First, the Brasserie Royale & Terrace restaurant, which is ideal for both business and casual meetings and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. I wouldn't leave out the Baked Mangalica Pork Tenderloin in Strudel Dough from the menu. (Mangalica pork is a special low-cholesterol pork type, very healthy!) On Sundays, the brasserie hosts family-friendly brunches (not every weekend, please check the schedule with the hotel staff). According to Fodor, "Brasserie Royal's Sunday "V.I.K." i.e. Very Important Kids brunch is very popular." VIK programs go with kids, foods, games, videos and nannies. Next, the Far Eastern Rickshaw Restaurant with a sushi bar: enjoy the Japanese, Thai, and Chinese food for dinner. The house speciality is Rickshaw Cr塾e Brulee - sounds fascinating. The Rickshaw Restaurant and Sushi Bar was awarded Budapest's "Best East-Asian Restaurant" in 2004. Third, the Bock Bistro: the wine selection is carefully compiled from all wine-making regions of Hungary (more than 500 wines). The menu is Mediterranean, French and Hungarian-inspired (gourmet sandwiches, seafood, rotisseries, etc.). The lobby bar serves drinks & light snacks accompanied with live piano music nightly. The Royal Cafe & Conditorei offers coffees, soft drinks, cake specialities (traditional Hungarian pastry), and delicacies. Szamos marzipan is worth a try if you like marzipan.
There is a daycare service (extra fee charged). Supervised child care/activities. Cribs (infant beds) available. On Sundays (from Sept 3 to June 24), the brasserie plays host to family-friendly brunches, the so called Very Important Kids brunches with buffet selections, live entertainment, games, videos & nannies. Medical assistance available. Wheelchair accessible. Wedding services. Pay movies, Cable/satellite TV. All special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding, and all children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots.
Pets are allowed.
Public parking is possible on site and costs EUR 18.00 per day. In order to keep the relaxing ambiance no children under the age of 16 are allowed in the Royal Spa of the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal. The good news is that the hotel offers the spa services of Aphrodite Spa at Corinthia Aquincum Hotel with free transfer. The free shuttle can be used by any hotel guests. The Aphrodite Spa is of high standards too: there is a swimming pool, thermal & Kneipp pools, Finnish & infra red saunas, as well as a fully equipped fitness center. There are small shops, elegant boutiques for gifts and souvenirs in the hotel open to everybody (e.g. a shop selling crystal and fine porcelain). Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest has 26 self controlled apartments for long term stays.
Review Summary of Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest
As for dining at Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal, the Rickshaw restaurant is said to be excellent and food is at reasonable prices (unlike beer, spirits, etc.). The breakfast is big, and keeps you full all day. While some liked the beds for their comfort and high quality sheets, others found the mattress felt cheap, and that bedding can be less clean occasionally than expected. Most of the guests found the rooms adequate in size and the suites very spacious. Light sleepers staying in rooms facing the street might be disturbed by emergency sirens at night. Maids will knock at 8:00 am unless you put out the "do not disturb sign." The marble bathroom with a bathtub and a glass-enclosed shower cabin as well as the toiletries has been appreciated by several visitors. The Royal Spa is a wonderful place, but at peak times (like Christmas or New Year's holidays) it can be very crowded - maybe less crowded at lunch time around noon. Also, one guest remarked that "Changing room is very small and with four guests it feels crowded." Although Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal is not overlooking the Buda hills or the Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube, it is still centrally located. As one of the reviewers put it: "I can see why people don't like the location of this hotel as it's not near the touristy Castle area. But I liked it - it's near restaurants, bars, the Opera house, a large shopping centre, and the Terror museum. And public transport will take you anywhere else in minutes."
TripAdvisor reviews about Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal Budapest
"This hotel already has hundreds of positive reviews, and I'm going to add to the pile. This hotel is fantastic. The staff are wonderful, the building's amazing, the rooms are huge and very high quality, and the food is fantastic. It really is hard to fault this place. Things are expensive - but this is a 5 star hotel, and you have to expect that. The cheapest beer was about 5 euros (｣3.50) - I've paid way more in way worse hotels (every bought a drink in a Hilton?) Food is similarly expensive, though extremely good. The sushi we had was the best I've ever tasted. ... Location - Budapest's a large city and as such no hotel can be close to everywhere. I can see why people don't like the location of this hotel as it's not near the touristy Castle area. But I liked it - it's near restaurants, bars, the Opera house, a large shopping centre, and the Terror museum. And public transport will take you anywhere else in minutes. Trams turn up outside the hotel every few minutes. If you can, get the pass that lets you get all the trains/trams/busses - it makes travelling round the city so easy. All in all, I really recommed this hotel to everyone!"
"Firstly, I cannot fault the service or accomodation at the hotel itself. The executive lounge service is fantastic and provided an exclusivity to the visit. What let down the visit for me was the spa, or more importantly the management of it. For both the 30/31st it was closed due to over crowding on the many times I visited it. While it was the holiday season, I would have expected better management of this service so that guests could avail of the facility, even for a limited period of time. Given the hotel sells itself on its spa services, I think the management of guests using the facility at peak times needs to be looked at. Not everyone likes to swim at 9pm at night or 7am in the morning. Apart from this, I cant fault the visit and would definitely recommend the hotel for service and wow factor."
"Overall the hotel was of a good standard however personally I had a few issues. ... The bar was open in the hotel also however drinks were horrendously expensive (see other reviews) and for the 2 of us having between us 4 beers, 2 vodka tonics (in bar) followed by the set Thai meal for 1 person plus 2 other small starter and a main set us back total more than ｣150 - pounds not euros. ... The buffet breakfast had an excellent selection - however the hot bacon/eggs/sausages section etc near the omelette bar was served in stainless steel vats with lift up lids which didn't appear to me to be heated. Consequently every time the lids were left up the food got cold. There wasn't a day when everything from this section was hot so I moved on to having other choices after 2 days. Our standard room was in the main fine - bathroom large and fairly well maintained (walk in shower a bit grubby) but what put me off slightly was that the bed covering over the sheets was endowed with various other peoples bodily hair and on 2 days my bottom sheet had a spot of blood on (luckily i think as if someone had cut a finger - I hope!) so consequently I had the sheets changed every day. In terms of location the walk to the chain bridge was approx 20 mins briskly - the quickest route was down Andrassy Street (maps from concierge) . As I have previously seen mentioned on other reviews go out of the main hotel entrance and turn left the shops etc ok. Go right and on the next street round the corner - strip clubs. In the main felt safe walking around"
"This is a great hotel for a city break, close to the action but full of relaxation opportunities. The free spa facilities are not to be missed and i would recommend treating yourself to some of the massage treatments. The room was spacious and the bathroom was lovely, big walk in shower and sizable bath, bathrobes, big towels and slippers all provided, as are toiletries. Breakfast was a feast - set you up until the evening, and the hotel bars and restaurants were reasonably priced for a big hotel. Staff very helpful througout our stay. When can i go back? Loved it!"
"The public areas of the hotel including the Spa were spacious and appealing. Our standard room was nothing special but the bathroom was modern and attractive. The beds were not very comfortable and the carpet looked worn. Be careful about staying on the second floor as some rooms (ours was 2319) are above the conference rooms. We were awakened at two in the morning while they moved about furniture for over an hour. The night manager stated they would not charge us for the night but in the end they did. One morning at 8:00 they began drilling and pounding which I thought was a little early. The maids knocked promptly at 8:00 am so be sure to post the "do not disturb sign" if you want to sleep in. The Spa is large and attractive. I had the "Deep Blue massage" which was a dissapointment, however, the overall spa experience was quite pleasant. Bence, the concierge was very helpful and directed us to some fine Hungarian restaurants. We did not eat at the hotel restaurants except for breakfast. I found all of the staff very helpful and personable. Everyone at the hotel spoke English as did most of the businesses in Budapest. The hotel excelled in attentive service. The location was better than I expected. While it does not have a view of the Danube or the hills of Buda I found it centrally located. The walk to the Chain Bridge was about 20 minutes. The traffic in town is constant with unusual traffic patterns. I rented a car and found driving in town a challenge, however, once out of town the roads were well marked and in good repair. Once you leave Budapest it was difficult to find many people who spoke English. At checkout they had overcharged us for our room but corrected the bill when I provided documentation. While we had some incidents the overall experience was positive and I would definately stay at this hotel in the future."
"We (a couple) stayed four nights in a deluxe suite on the fourth floor. Here are our views. General impression: Beautiful, clean and friendly hotel. Comfort: Suites are spacious, beds (including pillows) very comfortable, high-quality sheets and towels. The room temperature was fine. Noise: Our bedroom faced the street. General street-noise was not heard, but emergency vehicles did disturb. Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Executive lounge: Pastries are the best in Budapest. Staff very friendly. Coffee is good, but tea is just a simple bag. Breakfast is adequate. Do not come in the last minute, as some of the best treats may have run out. Location: The hotel is on Erszebet K嗷ut, which is one of the main roads. ...SPA: Stylish and clean. Changing room is very small and with four guests it feels crowded. Only two showers in changing room, and only soap dispensers (bring your own shampoo etc.). The facilities that you can use for free is the pool, jacuzzis (two), sauna, steam-room, and a tropical shower. We did not try the treatments as they are quite expensive compared to other places in Budapest. We visited the SPA three times, and can recommend being there around midday when it is almost empty. Drinking water is available at the pool, but no cups were in sight the three times we were there, so consider bringing a water bottle from the SPA reception (available for free). Other information: 1. Drinking water is only provided in the room upon arrival, and the minibar is very expensive (3100 HUF for a 1l bottle of water). There is no drinking water available in corridors either, so consider buying water in the small supermarket a few metres from the hotel entrance (towards Oktogon). 2. Please consider bringing reasonably nice clothes. We saw some horrible examples (e.g. dirty tracksuits), and though the staff does not frown I think it is reasonable to pay respect to the grand surroundings. 3. Hotel taxis are more expensive than the taxis you book yourself. You might find that this is ok, but it is good to know."
"We had booked a standard room but as we entered the hotel lobby we were quickly whisked away to the Executive Club Mezzanine to check-in and were offered complimentary champagne. We were checked in by a very polite and helpful young man who said 'I'm pleased to advise you that as it is a special occasion we have upgraded you to a deluxe suite with compliments of the hotel'. We were then shown to our room which was amazing, very large bedroom overlooking the main road, large bathroom with separate bath and shower, large lounge area with TV, sofa, chairs and a desk and a separate cloakroom with sink and a toilet. To top it all they had a bottle of champagne on ice for us in the room, courtesy of the hotel."
"We ate at the Rickshaw restaurant the first night and the food was excellent and was reasonable in price for a 5 star hotel. We also had the goulash in the bar one evening and this was also very good. If you want to eat out there are plenty of restaurants to choose from and the Concierge knows all there is to know about Budapest and can point you in the right direction for all your needs."
"The Royal Spa is a wonderful place to just relax and chill out and there is relaxing music playing quietly in the background. Although it is a very large hotel and there was a big convention going on during our visit, the Spa never seemed to be overcrowded."
"Whilst there are other 5 star hotels in Budapest, the Corinthia Grand Royal is something a bit special and I would like to thank Adrian Ellis (General Manager) and all of his staff for helping to make my wifes birthday celebration so memorable and special."
"After reading all of the reviews posted on this site, I had some pretty high expectations for this hotel. And, for the most part, I was not disappointed."
"The Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal is exquisite, pure and simple."
"The hotel lobby (far grander than the name implies) was extraordinary, and the staff extremely friendly. Adam (I'm probably spelling his name wrong) took me to my room, and I was impressed. A hallway lined with luxurious looking built in cabinets and bureau led to a nice-sized room, complete with a loveseat, coffee table and desk. The marble bathroom was one of the nicest I've seen, with both a bathtub and a glass-enclosed shower. And let me add that the shower was amazing - powerful water and constant temperature."
"Having brought my laptop, I was also able to connect to the Internet easily and without fuss."
"The negatives? Other than the location (it's a 20 minute walk to the Danube, and to most of the main sights - although the Opera House is a 10 minute walk)"
"the bed didn't match the luxury of the room. The mattress felt "cheap" - too cheap for the hotel - with two pads serving as cushioning of some sort. There were also no sheets other than the fitted sheet and pillowcases. The bedspread served as the only blanket"
"We just stayed for two nights and thought the hotel was wonderful. On check-in, we were upgraded to executive level (access to a lounge with breakfast, snacks, cocktails, etc.) having been selected as "guests of the day." The room was a good size and very pleasant. The staff did its best to be helpful. We would certainly stay again if we return to Budapest."
"By far and away the stand-out aspect of my stay at this hotel was the price. This is definitely worth a mention, because it came in significantly lower than all the other hotels of this category, and worked out as excellent value....However, absolutely everything else was overpriced. A spirit and mixer from the mini-bar worked out at about 3000 HUF (｣10 approx.), and afternoon tea in 'Le Bar' came in at about 6000 HUF (｣20 approx.). Room service was astronomical as well"
"The room I had was large and tastefully furnished, and the rate included access to the oustanding spa complex, with swimming pool, saunas, steam bath and jacuzzis. The staff were friendly, polite, and ready with local information, and the hotel building itself was something to behold, with a little of that air of grand hotels from centuries gone by."
"More minor irritations were traffic noise from the Erzsebet Korut ring road - I was woken more than once by emergency vehicle sirens"
"We were on the Exec floor. Rooms were super, only "issue" was the aircon seemd to be "less effective" after midnight, and the lifts were slow. Staff were marvellous and most helpful, b'fasts very good. Management was good too - the hotel was very full but did not seem so. Well located and easy to walk around Pest."
Expedia Reviews of Grand Hotel Royal Budapest
"Well worth the money. Impeccable condition, very friendly and helpful staff, and comfortable rooms. Stay here if you want to be treated right."
"This location was ideal as I wasn't considered a "tourist" and moved freely with the locals."
"The Corinthia in Budapest has a superb pool, good spa, fabulous bar and public areas. The staff are well trained, helpful and informative, especially the concierge desk. The rooms are well laid out and organised but there are three flaws; the air conditioning system cannot be regulated and it is much too hot (the hotel acknowledges the problem), there are not enough plugs for all one's electronic equipment (cell/camera/computer/iPod); the light system switches off when one leaves the room so nothing can be charged and at night the lamps next to the sofa cannot be on without the main light being on - difficult to read if one's spouse is asleep. We would return there beacuse the pool and spa and staff are unbeatable however."
"The hotel and spa are beautiful. The service could not have been better. I would definitely stay there again."
"Wish the location was better but hotel is great"
"I found that that the hotel pretty much lived up to all the hype that had been written about it previously. There was only one small flaw when one day they hadnﾕt cleaned the room by 4.00pm but appart from that the hotel is well located and the staff were friendly and helpful."
"Excellent staff and property. Would stay there again. The only disadvantage is the distance from the old town, a good 20-30 minute walk. Good resturants close by."
"The hotel was beautiful. The staff top notch and the overall experience was great. Definitely worth staying at again. The only drawback was an uncomfortable bed. But, the awesome shower and great location more than made up for it."
"This hotel is close to several different public transportation spots so very convenient. And, there is a local cafe a few store fronts down the street with great (and crazy cheap) beer!"
"Concierge service was the best we ever had. Although location is not really downtown it is close near other very interesting places to visit."
"The only con of this hotel would be the location that is not bad as is not to far from various landmarks (i.e. the opera house, which I strongly recomend to visit) but the neighbourhood is not very nice. Beside this the rest is all great. I will return for sure."
"You can walk everywhere in Budapest with ease and the public transport (tram/bus/metro) is very easy to understand. Cabs are unnecessary" (Yahoo)
"The staff is truly committed to customer satisfaction."
"Fabulous hotel. Great location close to some great restaurants. Lovely pool and spa."
"The hotel is great. We had a luxuoury room which is spacious with airco. The breakfast is great also the employees. The hotel is situated 2 minutes from the buses/metro and lies in a busy street with lots of shops. This is not a problem because we had a quiet room. We foresure come back in this hotel!"
"Staff were excellent, location great, and we ate in bistro on first night which was very good with a lot of locals eating there, always a good sign."
"Good hotel. Breakfast good food but in restaurants not much choice.Personel, rather jittery and puchy.Good location"
"Our superior room was actually a standard on the 5th floor, it was rather warm despite the roof location and the cold weather outside. The room was stuffy and airless and running the aircon did little to improve it. The breakfast was nice. The oriental restaurant (rickshaw) looked great but was very small inside and the frantic and noisy cooking noises emanating from the kitchen really spoiled the experience. The staff were not very obliging to find another table, but on leaving we saw other people eating the same food in the adjacent bar, which was much quieter. The coffee shop was excellent, fantastic cakes. Breakfasts were nice. Staff were mainly helpful but the front desk failed to provide the requested kettle for teamaking in the room."
"Very pleasant hotel in Budapest. Was afraid location was not the best, but it is in a really great area for walking around, as well as for nightlife. Overall, we had a great stay!"
"We splurged a little on this hotel but it was well worth it. The hotel is well situated for exploring the city and the rooms were lovely, large almost a suite, with a fantastic bathroom - bath and shower separate, very luxurious. The breakfast buffet was the best. UNBELIEVABLY good. You eat in an atrium and the food - endless pastries, breads, salads, fruits, yoghurts, juices, fresh-to-order omlettes and waffles...i would go back in a heart beat."
"Atmosphere, service, rooms - all great, made it an extra-special break. Didn't eat in the hotel much ... Also very good location - on a fairly lively (though not noisy) street. Lots of shops, cafes etc around. Most other luxury hotels we saw were up by the river, which is a bit quiet. Would recommend unreservedly."
"The rooms are very comfortable, and with a very good taste. The service excellent, and all the employees extremeley kind and polite. The restaurant superb, and the overall look of the Hotel, inside and outside, with its old an elegant style, very appealing. Great location, a walking distance away from the most important historical places. We simply loved it!"
"Nice hotel, very nice and helpful service, if a bit slow. Super touristy, i.e. upper class tour buses, but endurable since the hotel is so large. Beautifully and tastefully remodeled. After getting an awful room, we got rebooked to a nice, spacious one. Bathrooms are lovely. The restaurants - especially the Asian Rickshaw one - are among the best in town."
"Very comfortable, spacious room. Excellent service. Food (Breakfast)- Good food and choice. Excellent location to get about Budapest. Enjoyed our stay a lot."
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