Grand Story 11.
The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 11
Presentation and meeting rooms for travelers wanting to either present their goods or hold a meeting in privacy had, like all rooms, electric light and gas heating. Two large french courts (cours d’honneurs) were located between the three wings, one of them decorated as a ’Palm Court’. The hotel’s huge state-of-the-art kitchen was located on the other side of the hotel, on hársfa street. There the true sensation of the hotel was hidden as well: on the first floor was a marvelous, artistic ballroom with lovely carnival scenes, murals painted by Zsigmond Vajda. Over 200 employees looked after the needs and well-being of almost 400 guests. Specially
employed interpreters accompanied foreigners on their city tours. Within no time the Grand Hotel Royal became the epicenter of social action on the northern shores of the Duna, the river Danube. The beau monde of Pest met here every day at five o’clock for high tea. It was Hungary’s first afternoon tea, a brand new institution – very fashionable.
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