18Jul

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17Jul

The Grand Story
of Corinthia Hotel Budapest
by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty
Chapter 9

1896_021896 – The opening. According to the old master plan a theatre was to have been built on this ground. The newly
formed company had a different thing in mind. They would build a monumental hotel and blocks of flats, following the drafts of their fellow board member, the architect Rezsô Ray. They had just one request: the hotel must be completed one day before the opening ceremony of the grand
Millennium exhibition, on April 30, 1896. Everything went according to plan. In 1895 the five-floor building was missing only the roof. Meanwhile, the development of the surrounding city advanced at an astonishing speed. The number of inhabitants in the Elizabeth city (seventh district) increased from 62,417 to 158,980 around
the turn of the century. The urbanisation of the city and the exodus of people from rural areas into the capital accounted for this rise. The Grand Hotel Royal was the largest hotel in Central Europe. Behind the neighbouring facade was the 1886 spa, which would be one day connected to the hotel.

To be continued…

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

10Jul

The Grand Story
of Corinthia Hotel Budapest
by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty
Chapter 8

Gluck_Frigyes1890′s – The building. Next to the spa was a large plot of land , still empty and unused. in 1894 a handful of Hungarian entrepreneurs realised that a social centre the magnitude of the spa called for a nearby luxurious
hotel. That same year a group of hoteliers established the „Royal Nagyszálloda Részvénytársaság,” the Royal Grand Hotel company’, with a registered capital of 1.2 million forint. The chairman of this
group of eminent gentlemen was Frigyes Glück, while members of the board included his brother
Károly and rezsô ray, the swiss-born hungarian architect. In no time at all the Grand Hotel Royal limited company bought the vast plot of land next to the ’bathing institution’, the spa at Erzsébet ring. The three lots of land carried the topographical numbers 4769, 4770 and 4771. Together these sites made up the biggest building site – 31,500 square meters – on the entire boulevard, stretching from Erzsébet ring to Hársfa street, an area housing an old hospital and the former poorhouse of the Budapest Trade Association. Both these buildings absorbed into the construction plans.

To be continued…

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



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