Posts Tagged ‘Grand Hotel Royal’
Interview with Tamás Simon, Rickshaw Manager
How long have you worked at Corinthia Hotel Budapest?
Since the opening, that is, 13 years ago. It feels like it was just yesterday…
Which areas have you worked in, and where are you now?
I have worked at Brasserie & Atrium Restaurant, Rickshaw and Le Bar. Now I am working as Rickshaw Manager.
What are your duties?
Managing the restaurant and my team. This involves creating the menu and making sure all our guests are
delighted with the meals, offers and atmosphere. In my job, communication, creativity and understanding
customers’ needs are fundamental elements of success. It is a heart-warming challenge every day and I admit I
simply love it.
If you hadn’t gone into the hotel business, what profession would you have chosen?
I would be a musician, for sure.
What is your favorite place in Budapest?
Definitely the Zoo.
How do you relax?
I spend time with my children, the more the better.
Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
I am the proudest father ever.
What hidden talents do you have?
I play the guitar in a rock band. Music plays a great role in my life.
If you won the Euro Jackpot, what would you do with the money?
I would travel with my family all year.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?
Still got the blues.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Visiting New Orleans, a journey to Australia and a 1958 Gibson Les Paul guitar…
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
Welcome to the jungle.
What would you say is your personal motto?
The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 13
The hotel was quickly and affectionately nicknamed ’Royal’. A group of staff even formed an association
called the ’Royalists’. Hungarian artists, journalists and writers soon discovered the splendid conveniences
of living in a hotel. Some even moved in for good. Aristocrats left their castles and country
homes – which were expensive to maintain over the winter months – and rented entire suites at the
hotel for the cold season. Winter was the period of exciting cultural life in the city, while summers
were exclusively reserved for their country homes. Artists who did not have permanent homes tried to
establish their ’nest’ at the hotel where they could meet in the evening to discuss common concerns.
Actors and their audiences, as well as Hungary’s leading artists, painters, sculptors and writers, chose
the coffee house of the Royal. They founded the Royal Artists’ Club, a veritable institution with its
very own table rules. If an ordinary guest wanted to sit at a table next to the ’Royalists’ (Royalisták), he
had to come up with a ’donation’. This was paid into a sort of pension fund, and should a member of the club run low or out money he received a support from this fund.
An interesting rule of the Royal Arists’ Club was that disputes between artists were only accepted as
dialogues. No more than two members of the club could be engaged in an argument at the same time.
this exchange of diverging or opposite views was also held in public, with the guests at the coffee
house as an audience.
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