Grand Story 10.
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