28Aug

The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 15

1900_RoyalThe hotel was always fully booked. A Viennese businessman, who wanted to attend a trade fair in Budapest in march 1897, reported back home in surprise: ’I wonder whether this is standard in this part of the empire; at the Royal in Budapest one should book well in advance to secure a room!’ what sounds quite normal today was an exception in those days. Hotels relied mainly on ’walk-ins’, people who arrived and ’walked into’ the hotel and negotiated their room on the spot. Most travellers chose spontaneously where to stay. Often the decision was influenced by a smart gang of porters, who approached travellers at the station advertising the ’best’ or ’cheapest’ accommodation in town. Hotels used to announce: ’all trains are met by representatives of the hotel’ or ’ Runners meet all ships’. The Royal was also an epicentre of hungarian patriotism. Following the consent of his majesty the King, the Royal hungarian automobile Club held its inaugural meeting at the hotel on 30 november 1900.

More about our hotel’s history: Andreas Augustin: The Most Famous Hotels in the World. – Grand Hotel Royal Budapest http://www.famoushotels.org/article/631
and
http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/budapest/destination/history/

21Aug

The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 14

spa002From today’s modern hospitality standards, it is very entertaining to look back to the „good old days” of the grand hotel Royal. The clientele of the hotel was so diversified, as to include international travelers, business men. Intellectuals, artists amd writers, that a permanently high occupancy was almost guaranteed.
When the Grand Hotel Royal opened its doors in 1896, its guests enjoyed the close proximity to the neighbourhood spa facilities. But from 1902 the Boulevard spa was directly connected to the hotel. Hotel guests walked straight from their rooms to the warm springs of the wave bath, enjoying the soft smell of pine needle aroma therapies, a massage after a long train ride and the treatments of the revolutionary elecrtic bath.
With its own spa, the Royal became famous beyond the borders of hungary. not only did it represent the only high-class accommodation of international standards in the capital, but now it also offered the relaxing and healing powers of a spa, with all the modern facilities yesterday’s traveller could want.

More about our hotel’s history: Andreas Augustin: The Most Famous Hotels in the World. – Grand Hotel Royal Budapest http://www.famoushotels.org/article/631
and
http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/budapest/destination/history/

14Aug

The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 13

1908_royal kavehazThe hotel was quickly and affectionately nicknamed ’Royal’. A group of staff even formed an association
called the ’Royalists’. Hungarian artists, journalists and writers soon discovered the splendid conveniences
of living in a hotel. Some even moved in for good. Aristocrats left their castles and country
homes – which were expensive to maintain over the winter months – and rented entire suites at the
hotel for the cold season. Winter was the period of exciting cultural life in the city, while summers
were exclusively reserved for their country homes. Artists who did not have permanent homes tried to
establish their ’nest’ at the hotel where they could meet in the evening to discuss common concerns.

Actors and their audiences, as well as Hungary’s leading artists, painters, sculptors and writers, chose
the coffee house of the Royal. They founded the Royal Artists’ Club, a veritable institution with its
very own table rules. If an ordinary guest wanted to sit at a table next to the ’Royalists’ (Royalisták), he
had to come up with a ’donation’. This was paid into a sort of pension fund, and should a member of the club run low or out money he received a support from this fund.

An interesting rule of the Royal Arists’ Club was that disputes between artists were only accepted as
dialogues. No more than two members of the club could be engaged in an argument at the same time.
this exchange of diverging or opposite views was also held in public, with the guests at the coffee
house as an audience.

More about our hotel’s history: Andreas Augustin: The Most Famous Hotels in the World. – Grand Hotel Royal Budapest http://www.famoushotels.org/article/631
and
http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/budapest/destination/history/

 



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