11Sep

The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 17

doboscakeThe constatnt presence of foreigners and travellers from all corners of the world certainly added
sex-appeal for local artists. If there was any opportunity to meet a potential investor or a maecenas
of Hungarian art, the Grand Hotel Royal was the place to go. Inparticular its coffee house was a good place to meet foreigners. At the Café all the daily papers were available, weekly magazines could be read, and you were able to sit with one single cup of coffee for one whole day, with your glass of water constantly refreshed by a waiter whose income largely depended on your tip. The Royal Café was also the home to what has been described as the tastiest dobos Torte in the world. The ‘Dobos Torta’ (Dobos Cake) is Hungary’s answer to austria’s Sacher Torte. József C. Dobos invented this cake around 1885. He wanted to create a cake that lasted at least 10 days.The cake became the most famous of all internationally renown Hungarian cakes. In 1895, Dobos published
the recipe. On good days a few hundred slices were sold at the Royal.

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

Check the latest creations and the rethought recipe of the Dobos Cake by our Pastry Chef, Attila Menyhart.
http://www.corinthia.com/hotels/budapest/dining-and-bars/recipes/?id=6912

4Sep

The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 16

1900palmcourt - CopyHungarian intellectuals of cultural and political influence adopted the hotel as their base. Around 1902 a group of artists, musicians, actors, painters, sculptors and architects decided to establish their own artists’ association, the Fészek Club (meaning ’nest’, composed from the charadters F.é.s.z.e.k., which stand for the Hungarian words Painter, architects, actors, musicians and comedians). The first president was Béla Környei, a famous opera tenor of the time. Its venue: The Royal. Coffee house headwaiter Török had special orders to always group the most attractive young ladies around the tables of the nest club members. a good tip assured his friendly attention to the matter.

Artist József Rippl-Rónai complained that it was difficult to find an appropriate space to exhibit his
paintings. The hotel manager, Gyula Várady, swiftly came up with an offer of a free room at the Royal for the duration of his first exhibition. Today his paintings sell for tens of thousands of euros. While the Royal Café was the regular meeting place of The Royal Artists’ Club, other associations like the János Vajda Club held meetings with public readings in the hotel. One day in 1908, two hungarian writers and intellectuals, Ernô Osvát and Miksa Fenyô, sat together at the Royal Café. Over a cup of coffee; they discussed the foundation of a literary and social journal. Over a second cup, they decided to call it nyugat (The west). This was the start of a significant periodical in the history of Hungarian literature. Until 1941, the greatest writings of the first half of the 20th century first appeared in this periodical. The Nyugat and the János Vajda Club organised public readings at the Royal.

The Royal was a regular meeting place for Freemasons, with the symbolic grand lodge of hungary formed in 1886. at its height, Hungarian Freemasonry boasted more the 7,000 members.

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/

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/



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