Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Overall, the Corinthia was elegant, the service great, and the location excellent.
We took a taxi to the Corinthia hotel from the Keleti pu train station, as we had just arrived by train from Vienna. The location was one of the reasons I booked here, being on Erzsébet körút (Elizabeth Street), about 3 blocks off of Andrássy Avenue and near the Oktagon metro stop. As we drove up, the hotel looked majestic and quite grand. I think my boyfriend Scott was questioning exactly how much I splurged on this place. (I didn’t! It’s quite reasonably priced, especially for this type of luxury hotel.) The taxi driver could not change the larger bills of HUF that we had just gotten from the ATM, but the front desk staff made change, noting this is a normal occurrence. Entering the Corinthia, I was thrilled that the pictures I had seen were an accurate representation of this lovely hotel. They brought our bags up to the room and made us feel quite welcome. The staff members we encountered were courteous and helpful.
The room (Room 5217, Superior Queen Atrium category) was quite spacious, with windows opening to the Atrium, overlooking the main lobby. The room had a lovely sitting area with small sofa, chair, and coffee table in addition to the desk and desk chair. There were two closets, and a mirrored area outside the bathroom with drawers. The Queen bed was reasonably comfortable, with nice linens. The bathroom was very clean and larger than I expected, with a tub and separate shower. There were robes and slippers, which I loved, and a safe, which Scott did not love, as it was too tiny to fit his laptop, even at an angle. The hairdryer was oddly attached to the desk in the main room, but I was nevertheless glad to have one provided. The television was clearly old, and it took Scott’s engineering skills to determine how to power it up (tip: click the button on the TV and then the power button on the remote, in that sequence) but once it was on, it was fine. We were pleased that the complimentary wi-fi worked well. There was a coffee and tea set in the room, which we used daily, along with a mini-bar that we did not use.
We enjoyed a nice surprise one evening when there was piano music in the bar off the lobby and we found that with our windows open we could enjoy the performance from the comfort of our room. Another bonus for us was that they put up their large Christmas tree and decorations during the time of our stay (mid-December, 2011). The tree and the entire lobby looked beautiful. We didn’t use the Spa; although it looked amazing, we were only in the city a few days and were constantly out and about.
The location allowed us easy access to numerous bars, cafes, shops and sights. Yes, it is a bit of a distance to the Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s, etc., but we enjoyed the walk, and the metro was available when we were tired. We also enjoyed stopping along the way at the Christmas markets for a mug of mulled wine or a snack to warm us on our stroll. We originally planned to stay near the Chain Bridge, but I’m very pleased to have booked the Corinthia instead.
Stayed: Dec 14 – 18, 2011
Current Price for Superior Queen Atrium Room: $207.99/night
(Price quoted is per hotel’s website at the time of writing)