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Crocodile à la carte

Gastro Boulevard Budapest debuts at the Gourmet Festival with a snappy crocodile dish for real gastro adventurers.

Rickshaw RollCorinthia Hotel Budapest is proud to present Gastro Boulevard Budapest, encompassing its 6-in-1 set of top class outlets. With the introduction of the Michelin-recommended Far Eastern Rickshaw last year, this is the second time the hotel presents its cuisine at the Gourmet Festival.
Our impressive booth allows visitors to sample the signature dish of this year’s festival, famed Hungarian paprikás csirke (chicken paprika) as well as an exciting hot-and-cold dessert with a blend of lively textures and flavours. But unquestionably, the biggest hit of Gastro Boulevard Budapest is going to be the crocoroll.

Peter Bolyki, Executive Chef of Corinthia Hotel Budapest, was somewhat mysterious but also very enthusiastic about this exceptional and special meal: “Luxury dining is not only about combining the most modern technologies with the finest quality ingredients. People, tastes and demands change. It is essential to come up with something surprising, interesting and unique, to be innovative, experimental, daring, but in a free and easy way. Tasting crocodile is a truly matchless experience. The mellow texture complements the sassy and exciting flavour of the meat with the right amount and selection of spices. We serve this meal as a real summer delicacy since it represents everything that this season is admired for: the heat, the temper and exotic adventures. I believe crocodile is going to be a popular and much loved meal, since it is pure, tender and served in a sophisticated yet exciting way.”

It is certainly worth visiting Gastro Boulevard Budapest at the Gourmet Festival and not only for the crocodile. The luckiest guests will also have the opportunity to win an amazing Sunday Brunch in the fabulous Corinthia Hotel Budapest.

Corinthia on the court

manageropenIt is our labour of love to make a stand for noble causes and to feel the importance and joy of volunteering. But besides corporate social responsibility, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest team also supports initiatives and events that are based on creating value and forming communities. The Manager Open is one such example.

Business people from all sectors and fields competing in a healthy and fun way: this tournament is a perfect opportunity for managers to forget about charts, data, deals, strategies and deadlines. Tamás Hámori, organizer of the Manager Open, is enthusiastic about the upcoming games: “It is amazing to look back to the time when everything started. Eleven years ago there were only a couple managers for whom tennis meant more than just a hobby, but they were excellent businessmen at the same time. I wanted to involve more players and over the years it turned out that this tournament developed faster than I ever dreamed possible. It is gratifying to see colleagues, friends, players who were there at the first match still competing with undiminished energy and passion. This year, managers will have the chance to compete in nine cities around Hungary with the final being organized in Budapest.”

The tournament is open to anyone from any company, city or country. The only condition is to have a partner, since this competition is not about playing solo. The aim of the contest is also to strengthen business – and personal – partnerships in a free-and-easy way. And it really is worth applying: there are fantastic prizes and, of course, the champion’s cup and gold medal go to the winner. There are several categories, so increasing the chances to succeed in the Manager Open.

We at Corinthia Hotel Budapest are extremely proud to enter the tournament: General Manager Mr. Thomas M. Fischer’s passion and talent for tennis is undeniable, therefore we are very much looking forward to this year’s Manager Open. It will be our big chance to show once again that our service is among the best in the country, in the context of tennis as well.

Hotel of the Year

hoteloftheyear6The Hungarian Association of Hotel and Restaurants in cooperation with the Hungarian Tourism Board has announced the Hotel of the Year 2014 winners.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest is the winner in 5 star category.

Golden Globe Awards: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ wins Best Picture, Comedy or Musical.

golden-globes-grand-budapest_612x380Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel took home the Golden Globe for Best Picture, Comedy or Musical prize, winning in an upset.
Anderson gave a predictably Andersonian speech. He listed names of those involved in the film, but said he really wanted to focus on Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He then proceeded to list names of members of the HFPA, appearing to take great joy in their eccentricity. “These are the people I want to thank tonight and many others with names nothing like theirs, but equally captivating,” he said.

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New Luxury Suites

corinthia_cimlap_LZ4T8894Corinthia Hotel Budapest to Unveil New Luxury Suites
February 2015

The award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest, one of the most famous and renowned 5 star luxury hotels in the city has announced an extensive refurbishment, which features a complete remodeling and transformation of its suites by the end of February 2015.

These luxury suites will be the newest in Budapest and will offer a remarkable combination of new, fresh, spacious and elegant interiors. From the new lighting touches to the harmonic mix of materials and furniture, the reborn suites evoke a decidedly ‘home away from home’ feel for their sophisticated clientele. The scope of the renovation includes vast living areas, ultimate comfort and advanced technology by architectural finishes and fixtures, as well as custom designed furniture items. These suites are to receive an extensive make-over with the introduction of new timber floors, mirror walls, contemporary design combined with natural and trendy light colors, implemented media hub, Nespresso coffee machine, two interactive 24-inch LCD TVs, as well as new furniture reflecting the latest interior décor trends.

The new suites include complimentary access to the fabulous Royal Spa with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath. The Executive Club Lounge is also available, which features private check-in and check-out with welcome drink, a comprehensive library, business centre facilities, boardroom, television room and a selection of snacks and canapés served every day.

“The overall feel of these suites will be one of 21st century elegance combined with the modern touches of luxury that one would expect of five star hotels. We wanted to tip a hat to the rich, historic feel of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, but ensure that the new suites also have a contemporary feel. Our goal was to give guests the sense that while they are walking into a modern setting, they quickly understand that this is a timeless design.’” said Mr. Thomas M. Fischer, Hotel General Manager. “This major renovation proves our dedication to the constant development and investment in guest comfort so we are better able to provide our guests with world class and personalized service.”

Corinthia Hotel Budapest is being nominated as a best hotel on Prix Villegiature Awards 2014

Prix Villegiature_Awards 2014Corinthia Hotel Budapest today announced that it has been nominated to the Prix Villegiature Awards 2014, an annual ranking of the best reviewed hotels.

The jury of the Villegiature Awards, made up of 23 renowned journalists and foreign correspondents that cover the five continents announces today the 5 prestigious finalists that have been carefully selected from the nominees for the 2014 best hotels in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East as well as the 5 best books dedicated to culinary and cocktail arts.

The announcement of the grand winners for each category will be made in October in presence of renowned architects, designers, Chefs, Barmen and partners of the event : Technogym, SICIS Mosaics, Champagne Ayala, Ercuis & Raynaud, Fastbooking and Etihad Airways.

“We are very pleased to be included in this year’s Prix Villegiature Awards nomination,” said Mr. Thomas M Fischer, General Manager of the hotel. “Our goal has always been to deliver the best possible overall experience to our guests, and it is rewarding to see our commitment to superior customer service and guest satisfaction recognized in this way.”

Corinthia Hotel Budapest is being chosen as an Expedia® Insiders’ Select™ 2014 winner

2014_07_Expedia_Insiders_selectCorinthia Hotel Budapest today announced that it has been named to the Expedia Insiders’ Select list for 2014, an annual ranking of the best reviewed hotels as determined by one of the world’s largest full-service online travel site. Pulling from nearly two million annual verified guest reviews, the Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top ranked hotels available worldwide on Expedia.

The 2014 list names only 650 hotels as Insiders’ Select hotels from among the more than 290,000 bookable properties available on Expedia, Inc. websites worldwide. Consumers can rely on Expedia’s unmatched traveler insight and local market destination expertise to help them make confident booking decisions.

“We are very pleased to be included in this year’s Insiders’ Select ranking,” said Mr. Thomas M Fischer, General Manager of the hotel. “Our goal has always been to deliver the best possible overall experience to our guests, and it is rewarding to see our commitment to superior customer service and guest satisfaction recognized in this way.”

“The hotels included in the Insiders’ Select list represent the best of the best in the eyes of Expedia travelers,” said John Morrey, Vice President and General Manager, Expedia.com. “This list recognizes the hotels around the world that have worked to provide outstanding value and customer service, as well as regularly exceed guest expectations. Expedia strives to empower travelers with the best possible accommodation on any budget, and the Insiders’ Select list is another tool they can use to make more informed travel decisions.”

Corinthia Hotel Budapest Launches Sleep and Nutrition Wellness Practices for Event Services

20140603-0428Corinthia Hotel Budapest has introduced Sleep to Perform and Food For Thought, two new components to their event services that focus on guest wellness. By promoting healthy sleeping habits and introducing balanced, nutritional catering menus, the hotel has set forth to enhance the heath and success of their business guests.
The hotel invited international journalists and members of the press within the MICE industry to experience the new wellness offerings. The hotel enlisted the expertise of international Sleep Specialist, Dr. Guy Meadows, and Nutrition Expert, Jeannette Hyde, for this special occasion. The two specialists presented on their respective programs with Corinthia, focusing on how the wellness of business attendees directly affects the productivity and results of the meeting.
By valuing the mind and body, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest is dedicated to caring for their guests and strives to promote health and wellness.
The new health programs are among a variety of first-class services offered to create successful events. The planning process of events is simplified with the newly introduced Virtual Planner. This tool grants event organisers the ability to plan the layout and specifications of their event through the online service, including a 3D layout of their customised event space. By simplifying the event planning process and providing exceptional, personal service, Corinthia Hotel Budapest is committed to executing spectacular events for their guests.

Royal Catering

20140429-6451Within the framework of an amazing time travel scenario, Corinthia Hotel Budapest unveiled its new event service available for external venues: Royal Catering.

The “Because it’s personal” philosophy of Royal Catering is based on person-to-person contact and places the emphasis on customized services. Clients are given huge assistance in the quotation phase with a one-off solution: the innovative online tool called the Royal Catering configurator; practically all important data can be input for the event at the selected venue.

The ‘time travel’ to the presentation was arranged by a bus dating from the last century departing from Corinthia Hotel Budapest; it took travellers to the Villa Ybl, one of the outside locations of Royal Catering. Here, participants could learn about the mission of the new brand, its unique event organization philosophy and the range of tools and equipment at its disposal to guarantee the perfect event.

To ensure the arrangement of stress-free events, Royal Catering supplies everything essential such as furniture, delivery, waiters/waitresses, food, drink, entertainment and audio-visual equipment.

In addition, as a help for the organizer, a car with chauffeur and personal event assistant is made available to tour the venue and on the day itself. In order that the client is able to take part in the long-awaited event in a calm state, Royal Catering’s special ‘Relaxation package’ makes sure that preparations are smooth and trouble-free, and of course that the exertions of the programme can be eased afterwards.

The Royal Spa at Corinthia Budapest Partners with Global Spa Leader, ESPA

20140325-6623We proudly introduce our partnership with ESPA. To mark this exciting partnership The Royal Spa at Corinthia Budapest have launched a selection of ESPA treatments ranging from results-driven facials to efficacious body treatments . Each ESPA treatment is personalised to clients individual needs.

Interview with ESPA Trainer Nikki Renwick

Tell us about ESPA?
Recognised as global leaders in spa, ESPA successfully combines the design and management of prestigious spas across five continents with the creation of pioneering, natural products that are rich in heritage, texture and aroma. ESPA is proud to partner with luxury hoteliers, property companies and owners around the globe to create some of the world’s finest spas. ESPA products are as unique as they are effective; they are tested each and every day by a highly trained and extremely professional global network of therapists based in 55 countries. It is this combination of expertise and rich spa heritage that creates a unique brand that has won over 125 coveted awards in the last 3 years.

What makes ESPA so special?
ESPA’s award-winning, natural skincare products and treatments are the choice of the best spas across the globe. ESPA products are, on average, 99% natural and only use the finest ingredients that work in harmony with your skin. They’re also really proud to be a British company who manufacture all their products in the UK.

How is the training process?
ESPA train over 3,500 therapists internationally every year – all ESPA courses are taught by internationally recognised trainers who are vastly experienced therapists themselves. Their highly trained skincare experts not only carry out advanced treatments but are also able to guide customers to the perfect products for their skin type. ESPA’s aim is to educate their therapists to a level that provides inspiration and motivation to deliver their award-winning standards worldwide. All their training, both theoretical and practical, is technically advanced and places great emphasis on attention to detail, because ESPA believe your client can tell the difference.

What kind of products are used for treatments?
ESPA source only the highest quality ingredients for their products, focusing on purity, potency and therapeutic qualities. These ingredients include essential oils, marine extracts and botanicals which have been grown and harvested under optimum conditions. ESPA is passionate about using only natural essential oils to provide fragrance (as well as therapeutic benefits) as opposed to synthetic options.

How important is sustainability to ESPA?
Ever mindful of the planet’s resources, ESPA strives to ensure that all raw ingredients used in their products are from sustainable sources. Their products are developed from sourcing ingredients of the finest plant extracts and oils, all of which are ethically sourced from around the world.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest,
the Historic Grand Dame of Hungary’s Capital,
Announces an Exclusive
“Behind the Scenes Grand Budapest Hotel”
Three -Night Luxury Experience

2013_11_07_GrandBudapestThe GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Wes Anderson’s latest all-star film, recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars. Corinthia Hotel Budapest, which originally opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, shares several similarities with the movie’s fictional Grand Budapest Hotel, including a remarkably similar facade.

The Grand Hotel Royal was Europe’s first grand hotel and royal spa. The earliest filmmakers, the Lumière brothers, held their first cinematographic screening in Europe outside of Paris, at the hotel. In 1915, the Hotel’s Royal Ballroom was transformed into the Royal Apollo Cinema seating over 1,000 viewers. In 2002, the luxury Corinthia Hotel Group, painstakingly and elegantly, restored the original Grand Hotel Royal to its former glory.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest’s exclusive three-night “Behind the Scenes” stay offers movie buffs the opportunity to experience the special ambiance of an historic “Grand Hotel,” along with the best of 21st century luxury. Start the story with a ‘Behind the Scenes” tour at the Hotel, learning about the history of the Hungarian film industry which has its roots in the Corinthia Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Executive Club facilities and pamper themselves in the beautifully restored Royal Spa, ten years older than even the original hotel.

The “Behind the Scenes” package provides guests with the unique opportunity to attend a VIP Grand Budapest Hotel movie screening at the Arena Plaza cinema and a walking tour of the Hungarian capital’s most famous movie set locations. Topping off this “Behind the Scenes” experience, guests will enjoy a special view of Budapest from a cruise on the Danube.

The three-night “Behind the Scenes” experience starts at EUR 842 (approximately $1,150) for two, including buffet breakfast, valid from April 4 to December 25, 2014.

Please visit www.corinthia.com/budapest for booking information and terms and conditions.

 

Corinthia Hotel Budapest honor by Puskás-Ferguson Award

20140210_burnsawardFollowing his retirement last summer, Sir Alex Ferguson rarely accepts public engagements, and yet this weekend he made an exception. Similarly to previous years, he again handed over in person the Puskás-Ferguson Prize, set up by the Hungary-Scotland Society, at Old Trafford. This year he was also accompanied by Mrs Ferenc Puskás. Corinthia Hotel Budapest received the Robert Burns Foundation prize for Sponsor of the Year. General Manager Thomas M. Fischer collected the award on behalf of the hotel.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest honored in the 2014 Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards

2014_01_Tripadvisor_Travelers ChoiceCorinthia Hotel Budapest today announced that it has been named as a winner in the Luxury, Top Hotels and Romance category in the 2014 Traveler’s Choice awards. In the 12th year of the awards, the world’s most outstanding properties were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance and Small hotels. Traveler’s Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor travelers around the globe.

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 260 million unique monthly visitor*, and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering more than 3.1 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

“We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “For those seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that received 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”

‘We are really proud of this title, which ranks us as a member of the world’s most outstanding hotels based on the opinions of travellers around the globe,’ said Mr Thomas M. Fischer, General Manager of the hotel.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest scoop global travel industry ‘Oscar’

2013_12_WTA_WinnerCorinthia Hotel Budapest was among the world’s travel elite to receive top honours at the ‘World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2013’ held in Doha, Qatar.

The Royal Residences within the Corinthia Hotel Budapest was voted ‘Hungary’s Leading Hotel Residences’. Celebrating its 20th anniversary and hailed as ‘The Oscars of the Travel Industry’ by the global media, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year. A packed delegation of VIPs, senior tourism figures and international media travelled from around the globe to attend the event.

Underlining the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across the globe, Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: “We are proud to have held these Awards in Doha, showing our continued support for innovative development of tourism in this region. The Grand Final is a very competitive evening for our World Travel Awards nominees from all over the world, and these particular winners continue to serve as an example of the most luxurious and innovative brands with unique hospitality products and services. Tonight’s recipients strive to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and they carry these accolades into 2014 with pride and passion”.

‘It is our great honour to hold this title of the most comprehensive, the biggest and the most prestigious awards program in the travel industry worldwide, said Mr Thomas M Fischer, General Manager of Corinthia Hotel Budapest.

The Corinthia Group celebrated its 51st anniversary with a grand gala dinner and awards presentation night held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in San Anton, Malta.

51 anniversaryThe event, hosted by Corinthia Group Founder & Chairman Mr Alfred Pisani, was attended by members of the Pisani family, group directors, senior executives, long serving team members and employees of the year from all the hotels operated by the Corinthia Group internationally.

Award presentations were held in the hotel’s Chameleon hall and included continuous service certificates and awards to no less than 77 Corinthia Malta employees with 5 to 40 years of uninterrupted service and 15 ‘Employees of the Year’ from the company’s hotels and other subsidiaries in Malta, Hungary, Libya, Portugal, Russia, Sudan, The Czech Republic, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

Presentations were followed by a ‘Hungarian themed’ gala dinner, held in the Corinthia Room, the hotel’s main restaurant and the company’s birthplace in 1962. Entertainment was provided by the Hungarian ‘Csicso Band’, a traditional gypsy band brought over from Budapest for the event.

Commenting on the occasion, Corinthia Chairman Alfred Pisani said “Commitment and determination have been our driving force from day one, as indeed they still are to this day. This ‘Spirit of Corinthia’ is very much in evidence in all our operations worldwide, especially among our very dedicated employees, and therefore it is only fitting that they are present here tonight, to share with us the results of our enthusiasm and join us in celebrating our 51st anniversary”

It was on the 6th of December of 1962 that the Pisani family had inaugurated the upmarket ‘Corinthia Restaurant’ in the family’s art nouveau villa in San Anton. The fine-dining restaurant was soon to become the focal point for the Island’s ‘gourmet’ society. By 1964, plans were drawn up for the 155-room Corinthia Palace Hotel on Villa Corinthia’s extensive grounds. The deluxe hotel was eventually inaugurated on 11th June 1968 in the presence of The Duke of Edinburgh.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest receives the 2013 Signum Virtutis, the Seal of Excellence Seven Star Global Luxury Award

2013_11_Seven_StarCorinthia Hotel Budapest is pleased to announce that has been named recipient of the Signum Virtutis, or Seal of Excellence, by the Luxury Panel Members of the 2013 Seven Star Global Luxury Award organization.

The winners of this prestigious award are chosen through a voting process open to the public as well as the trade. As noted by Khalil EL-Mouelhy, President and Founder of Seven Star Global Luxury Awards and Seven Star Magazine, “the Seven Star Global Luxury Award selects only the very best candidates in order to separate the exceptional from the very best. Winning this extremely exclusive award is an extraordinary achievement and signifies the property is in an elite class.”

The Seven Star Global Luxury Awards came into being in order to, not only recognize, but also to set apart the extraordinary achievements in the Hospitality and Lifestyle sectors by bestowing upon them the Signum Virtutis – the seal of excellence.

‘This is a very exclusive club and we are very proud of this title. The Seven Star Global Luxury Awards, by the bestowing of the Signum Virtutis, serves as a guarantee to the luxury consumer that the recipients are truly the best in the industry.’ said Mr. Thomas M Fischer, General Manager of the hotel.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest receives accolade in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards
2013_CondeNast Gold ListOn 30 October 2013. Each year, Condé Nast Traveler surveys readers on their favourite hotels, cruise ships, and airlines, showcasing top scorers in the Readers’ Choice Awards. Corinthia Hotel Budapest was recognized as one of the top 10 hotels in Central Europe on Readers’ Choice Award.

This distinction recognizes Corinthia Hotel Budapest as an outstanding hotel as selected by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers, distinguished for its high style, superb service and a one-of-a-kind stay for guests.

This year, Condé Nast Traveler had a record-breaking 79,268 readers participate in the survey, close to double the number of survey takers in 2012. These dedicated and discerning travellers cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties around the world. The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands and online now.

‘The Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award is truly a global representation of genuine quality and Corinthia Hotel Budapest is extremely proud to have been selected for this title, which is already the second in this year as our hotel has been selected earlier for the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List as well’ said Mr. Thomas M Fischer, General Manager of the hotel.

Melodies and Dinner in Corinthia

sajttaj_20130903_029On 3 September 2013, during a press conference held in the Hársfa Room of Corinthia Hotel Budapest, the latest programme series of the hotel – Melodies and Dinner in Corinthia – was presented, in the context of which famous actors and actresses including Dorottya Udvaros, Barbara Hegyi, Gyula Bodrogi and János Kulka will make appearances over the course of the autumn.
Actress Barbara Hegyi, actor Gyula Bodrogi, General Manager of Corinthia Hotel Budapest Thomas M. Fischer and Joel Khalil, Executive Chef of the hotel, took part in the briefing.
At Melodies and Dinner evenings these artists will present their favourite recipes and delicacies that are important to them and have personal associations, and our chef will prepare these dishes to make the dinner a true gourmet experience.
Actors and actresses appearing on stage also entertain guests with quality programmes and musical shows, and during the evening they will share their personal reminiscences with regard to the individual dishes. What’s more, they are open to chatting with the guests and answering their questions, thus making these events really special occasions.
The first in the Melodies and Dinner series stars Dorottya Udvaros and takes place on 27 September 2013. Dates of other performances: 24 October 2013 with János Kulka, 21 November 2013 with Gyula Bodrogi and 19 December 2013 with Barbara Hegyi.

Corinthia Hotel  Budapest celebrates its tenth anniversary in style

10 years exhibition10 May 2013 – Corinthia Hotels marked the 10th Anniversary since the reopening of its Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary with a gala dinner hosted by Corinthia Group chairman and founder Alfred Pisani in the hotel’s magnificent ballroom. Guests of honour for the evening were the deputy mayor of Budapest Balázs Szeneczey and Malta’s minister for tourism Karmenu Vella. Also present was Malta’s ambassador to Austria Colin Scicluna. As part of the anniversary celebrations, the hotel also inaugurated a permanent exhibition in the hotel’s grand lobby, featuring key elements from the hotel’s 117-year-old history.
Welcoming his distinguished guests Chairman Alfred Pisani said “I speak with a sense of awe at the history of this wonderful property. It is a landmark with deep roots in this city and I am pleased that Corinthia managed to breathe a soul back into it.”

The hotel originally opened as the ‘Grand Hotel Royal’ in 1896 to commemorate the Hungarian Millennium. The legendary building has had a chequered history, culminating in a superb renovation and restoration project conducted by Corinthia Hotels ten years ago.

Launching the exhibition, hotel general manager Thomas M Fischer said “This exhibition is a suitable memorial to the unique building’s multi-faceted history. It offers an interesting insight not only for our hotel guests, but for all the people of Budapest, who continue to be inspired by this grand building and who are undoubtedly pleased that it has been restored to its former glory by Corinthia”.

The permanent exhibition was compiled by the Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism, partly through its own resources, as also from other documents and artefacts donated by former and current employees of the hotel, and which can now
be admired by the hotel’s guests, as also the general public.

*****

Corinthia Hotel Budapest receives award from European Finest Hotels (EFH)

EFH_award_logo20 March 2013, Corinthia Hotel Budapest was formally recognized as one of the best hotels in Europe by the European Finest Hotels organisation (EFH) for its unique and exceptional qualities and the high level of its offers and services.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest meets European criteria for 5-star rating with above average bedroom sizes, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, on-site spa services, great comfort, a fine-dining restaurant and friendly and professional staff. In addition, Corinthia Hotel Budapest meets a further 80 requirements laid out by the European Finest Hotels organisation: adherence to accessibility norms, air quality, culinary options for vegetarians or allergy sufferers, a business centre with up-to-date technology and full business services, fine furnishings, electric adaptors, newspapers on demand, exceptional surroundings, originality in architecture and interior design.
“It is our great honour to hold this title from European Finest Hotels, which is already our third professional success in this year,” said Mr Thomas M Fischer, General Manager of Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
European Finest Hotels is an independent organisation developed by European Consumers Choice, a non-profit making European organisation created to promote innovation, design and tourism in Europe. Out of nearly 230,000 hotels in Europe, only 70 are being given this award by EFH

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