The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 10
The official opening of the Grand Hotel Royal took place on April 30 1896, the first menu dates from april 28 when the Glück brothers hosted the hotel’s inauguration dinner. daily when i stand in the middle of the new lobby, I close my eyes for a moment and i try to visualize how the hotel looked in those glorious days…
The hotel was a hospitality wonder world of 350 rooms, with 450 beds, 100 offered the luxury of a private bathroom. All rooms were furnished with the finest mahogany, while the bathrooms boasted the latest English fittings. The rooms were lit by 300 electric light bulbs. ’Rising rooms’ operated between the floors, powered by
steam engines. The elevators were exotically decorated and a wagon of tropical fruits and palm trees had arrived from Cannes. On the ground floor there were offices, a barber, a huge meeting saloon, a fully serviced telephone exchange with numerous telephone booths and ’urban’ telephone connections on every floor. The lounge was covered by a huge bright glass-roof. the restaurant and the coffee house offered elegant terraces, also covered by glass. Various well-located reading rooms offered all the major European daily and periodic newspapers.
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
The Grand Story
of Corinthia Hotel Budapest
by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty
1896 – 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