Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal

, Budapest, Hungary
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Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal

, Budapest
5 star
Erzsebet Korut 43-49 - Budapest - 1073 - Hungary Hotel Website | 1-479-4000
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Fabulous, with one caution

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have stayed at this fabulous hotel twice and am returning for six nights over Valentine's 2006. It is well worth staying in an Executive Room if you can find one of their reasonable packages that includes this. These rooms are lovely and the executive lounge facilities include a free bar every afternoon. Breaakfast at €20 a head and taxes can easily add €80 a night to the room. So go for a package that includes an executive room, breakfast and taxes . . . Check out their Royal Valentine deal. It is fantastic value.

My caution: a comment in another review suggests the hotel limo is the same price as other Budapest taxis. In fact, in Budapest each company/driver can set their meters at whatever rate they like and my experience was that the hotel limo is four of five times the price of the cheapest taxi firms.

absolutely royal!

from iuia
my boyfriend and i have just returned from a three night short break at this hotel and i was really impressed for the quality of the accomodation. the staff was very nice, the room wonderful, the breakfast excellent. the location is convenient, even if i would have preferred a more central location in pest. anyway it takes only few stops by metro or a nice 15-minutes walking on foot. we ate at the bistrò restaurant one night and we were delighted: duck breast for me and lamb ribs for my boyfriend, both excellent as well as for the wine (eventually we bought two bottles!). the royal spa will open in a couple of weeks, a pity that it was still closed but we enjoy other thermal baths in budapest. i truly suggest that you choose one hotel with these facilities, otherwise corinthia royal is superbe from every point of view. we found a great value on internet (check breakfast included, it is a great start!) and you can always save money not drinking at the inner bar, having minibus transport from the airport and so on...i hope i will be able to go there again...

Very nice stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Located close to main area of night life & opera house (walking distance), not so close to main attractions namely castle district and parliament (should take a taxi although public transportation is good). The building is spectacular and rooms quite confortable (amazing pillows!!!). Breakfeast very good and diversified. If I return to Budapest I'll stay there again.

Nice but not 5 stars

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife, 2-year old son and I stayed here for 3 days in November. The neighborhood isn't great, but I felt safe-ish walking around at night. Also, you have to know before booking that, as mentioned in a couple other reviews, the hotel is a good 20-minute walk from the river and castle district.
At first glance the hotel is amazing - marble, brass, the works. We checked in at the same time as a couple who had a nicer room - they got the "here's some maps and coupons, anything you need call us" reception, we got our room keys and nothing else.
The rooms are nicely sized, very clean, and the bathrooms are immaculate. We and our friends, who also stayed there, noticed a heating issue mentioned in several other reviews - we couldn't turn down the heat in the rooms; in fact, our friends had to change rooms because of it.
The breakfast buffet is beyond spectacular, but find out when you're booking if it's included - ours wasn't, and it's 20 Euro per person. That said, the wait staff in the restaurant were the only staff in the hotel who earned the 5-star reputation.
Overall, beautiful hotel, indifferent staff. I would stay here again if I found a good internet deal, but I would definitely look elsewhere first.

Not so Royal

from Lintogo
The large and slick lobby is an bright first look at what is, at best, a mediocre hotel. The rooms are standard motel, the staff is mostly indifferent, there is a decided lack of English speakers. Some examples: 1. In a 3 day stay, we had to change rooms twice; unacceptable for a '5 star hotel.' 2. We had a cracked glass in the bathroom and called housekeeping; someone came and took it away, but no one brought a replacement. 3. Two people in the room, 1 washcloth; it was necessary to request a second one every day. 4. Requesting to speak to the manager, I was told by a desk clerk that he had gone home and there would not be a manager present until the following day. A 5 star hotel with no available manager? I don't think so. The list could go on, but you get the point...this place has no claim to 5 stars. One highlight: a sumptuous breakfast buffet.

5* luxury

from A TripAdvisor Member
Thanks to a good package deal we were able to stay in this fabulous hotel and had an upgrade to a superior room. Along with other reviewers I found all the buildings overheated including the hotel. Bed clothes were hardly needed!

If breakfast is included in your deal its great(otherwise about£15) Everything you've ever seen on a breakfast buffet and more besides! (Salad and champagne for breakfast???) We hardly needed lunch. We thought the brasserie a bit OTT but ate twice in the Bistro. Good ambience, unobtrusive Hungarian accordion player, good choice of menu and wine and also popular with the locals. Always a good sign but a good idea to make a reservation.

In Feb 2006 the spa will reopen so will be even better. Hotel's own taxi charges same rates as town taxis and was useful as my husband was recovering form a bad chest infection. Airport shuttle can be ordered at the hotel and the concierges were cheerful and helpful with excellent English.

It is about a 7 minute walk to the nearest Underground station. I recommend a Budapest card so there are no problems in buying tickets as friends of mine did not understand the system and were fined for doing the wrong thing.

I will happily give more info to anyone who asks.

Watch out for locked fire doors

from A TripAdvisor Member
The signposted fire escape staircase led to a set of locked doors. I talked to the manager on day 1 and day 2 of my stay - doors unlocked only after significant pressure. Manager told me the staircase didn't lead anywhere safe - he showed me the fire exit way out - so I was the only guest that knew.

They held a noisy business reception in the echoing marble atrium outside our bedroom window, until midnight - on the one night we needed sleep.

Someone hammered on the door early each morning insistently asking to inspect the minibar to see if we'd used anything.

Comfortable spacious rooms and smart marble bathroom - but this hotel did not provide the basics of a safe and sound night's rest.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Fantastic hotel which cannot be faulted. Excellent service, decor, breakfasts, location etc. I would highly recommend it.

Wonderful weekend

from Merman101
We chose to stay at the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal after reading the positive comments on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. The hotel has been beautifully restored - walking in to the beautiful marble entrance hall was a delight each time. The hotel is about 20 mins walk from the city centre, 30 from the river, but the public transport system is excellent if you prefer. Just around the corner from the hotel is a row of al fresco bars/cafes which had a lovely atmosphere in the evenings.

We were upgraded to an Executive Room in the hotel which was spacious, luxuriously decorated and overlooked the Atrium. Dinner in the Brasserie restaurant was superb and we found the service faultless. One of the highlights of each day was the buffet breakfast, which had something for everyone. We couldn't resist a glass of bubbly with our smoked salmon! My only slight disappointment was that the Choclatier/Champagne cafe at the hotel was not open, but there were plenty of alternatives to indulge.

We really enjoyed our time in Budapest and would highly recommend staying at the Grand Hotel Royal. We will certainly be going back after the Spa opens in 2006.

Stunning hotel

from Quargil
I had a superb experience staying at this hotel.

The public areas on the ground floor are absolutely stunning and the executive rooms well-appointed. Upgrading (or being upgraded) to an executive room also gives you access all day to a lounge where you can have free drinks and snacks, which is most welcome. The service was very good throughout - perhaps with a particular mention of the waitress in the executive lounge.

It is also very conveniently located for a city break.

The only slightly negative comment would be that the food in the restaurant was fine but not outstanding (although they had a special "Italian Week" on when I was there, so it could be that the food is better when it is concentrating on native cuisine.)

Top Local Tips for Budapest

Go to the opera Performances for the Hungarian State Opera House can be booked online and it even allows you to select your seats in the auditorium. You print your own e-ticket. Simplicity!

Budapest Card Buy A Budapest Card from the Concierge located in the hotel lobby. I bought one with a 72 hour validation period for 8,000 HUF (€32 approx) and the time of the purchase is written on the ticket to ensure you get a full 72 (also available in 48 & 24 hour) hours. The card entitles you to use all buses, trolley buses, metro and trams within the city limits. It even entitles you to use some on land railway routes. The card also entitles you to a range of discounts on tours, shops, restaurants and free entrance to museums and the zoo. It even includes free travel insurance!

Szechenyi Thermal Baths These are really worth a visit. This is where the locals go. The outdoor pools are amasing. Feels a bit like "one flew over a cuckoo's nest" when you walk in, but its an experience!! Make sure you take your own towel and hire a cabin to change in for the complete experience!!


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  • Address: Erzsebet Korut 43-49 - Budapest - 1073 - Hungary
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