Archive for the ‘2014 May’ Category
The Grand Story
of Corinthia Hotel Budapest
by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty
The beginning – Chapter 1
When visitors to Budapest are walking on Elizabeth boulevard toward Octogon square, they pass a remarkably beautiful French renaissance building, the legendary Grand Hotel Royal – today Corinthia Hotel Budapest. Upon seeing such an inviting sight, one may not consider the great history
behind the old walls.
The route of the Grand boulevard (Nagykörút) was marked out during the 1870’s along with Andrássy Street, Budapest’s most impressive avenue. The road went through a thinly populated part of suburban budapest, so its development was rather slow, and only a few buildings were constructed in the 1870’s. The real development of the Grand boulevard began once Andrássy Avenue was completed in 1884.
Andreas Augustin: The Most Famous Hotels in the World. – Grand Hotel Royal Budapest
Similarly to last year’s successful Open Day, Corinthia Hotel Budapest will this year once again welcome visitors interested in the hotel. On this occasion, Sunday 25 May 2014, visitors can glimpse behind the scenes of Corinthia Hotel Budapest, in relation to one of the year’s biggest cinema hits, the star-studded film Grand Budapest Hotel.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest has always played a significant role in the entertainment industry because at the time it opened it hosted the Lumiére brothers who presented their groundbreaking motion pictures, the first such screening in Hungary. Last century the hotel Ballroom functioned first as the Royal Apollo, then the Vörös Csillag (Red Star) cinema, and even today there are strong ties between the film industry and the hotel. Corinthia Hotel Budapest has welcomed celebrities such as Catherine Deneuve, Donald Sutherland, Franco Nero, Ridley Scott, Jean Reno and Gerard Depardieu.
To mark the launch of the film Corinthia Hotel Budapest arranged several film-related activities during the year, amongst them a special tour with the aim of showing how a 5-star luxury hotel operated at the time the film is set in, how it functions today, and the similarities between the two.
On the Open Day members of staff of Corinthia Hotel Budapest will hold guided tours revealing the rich history of the hotel in our exhibition located next to the entrance, it will be the chance to glimpse into the finest suite, find out exactly what treatments are available in the fantastic Royal Spa VIP room, get a sense of turn-of-the-century grandeur in the magnificent Ballroom, and experience the culinary delights in our restaurant.
Participation in the Open Day is free of charge but visitors must register in advance at the following link. Deadline for registration: 20 May 2014. – The registration is closed.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
1073. Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43-49.