Corinthia Budapest (Review, Five Star Luxury Hotel)


Corinthia Budapest, once known as Royal Hotel Budapest, is a 5-star hotel and one of the poshest hotels in Budapest. Located on Teréz krt. between Oktogon and Blaha, it's not renown as the most luxurious location in Budapest (I for one was once threatened by a woman with a long stick on Teréz krt. between Oktogon and Blaha) but I can attest that the Corinthia is an oasis - once you're inside you'll swear you've been transported to another planet. Planet bouj. Of course, those that can afford a night in the Corinthia can afford to take a taxi there, but you'd be missing out - the 4/6 tram runs right along Teréz krt. and is a great chance to rub shoulders with real locals. 
I was invited to stay at the Corinthia back when I was a more professional blogger - by this I mean, back when I was neat and polite and mainstream. Nowadays, I am more honest and more confident - which means I have no qualms in telling you what I really thought of the Corinthia Budapest - making this a very honest review. 

The night before I stayed at the Corinthia, I spent the night in a literal shed at Balaton Sound, and the contrast of sleeping in a bed one night, to sleeping in a five-star hotel the next was not lost on me. This is what it was like:


My first impression was that the Corinthia was grand and it's filled with natural light. Check-in was swift. I arrived super early and although my room wasn't ready, it wasn't a problem, I was invited to sit in the Executive Lounge:

The Executive Lounge

Probably my favourite thing when I worked with hotels (after getting a free, fancy place to sleep), was the executive lounges - that is if they had them and if they let me use them. Corinthia had and did. Executive lounges mean good food, good service and good drinks, and it's all free. Or rather it's all included in the price of the room, which for me meant free. I was happy because the Corinthia had lots of  options for vegans.

[Side note, find out how travel made me vegan right here]

The Corinthia's Executive Lounge offers high tea and happy hour.

Wine, olives, grapefruit juice - all my favourites were there - and more!

My Room

My room had a super duper comfy bed. I had the best night's sleep here. And not just because I'd slept in a shed the night before.

It also had an amazing shower (even more amazing for as I felt disgusting from the festival). There was a gigantic TV too! Also, I was super impressed by the welcome gift: traditional Hungarian snacks and Palinka!!

The Pool

The pool at the Corinthia looks absolutely incredible, and very much like the other Hungarian baths dotted around the city. I didn't take a photo because people were bathing, and unfortunately I didn't have time to get in myself - oh well, I have an excuse to go back now!

Dinner & Breakfast at the Corinthia

Even if you don't actually stay at the Corinthia, which of course I recommend that you do, you must at least make sure that you have dinner there, it's unbelievably good. In fact I think this might well have been the best meal I've ever had in Budapest. Caution, read on with care - side effects may include mouth-waterings and accidentally booking trips to Budapest. We started with bread and an amazing tomato based spread, served with olive oil and beetroot.

Next up game a delicious, fresh salad with avocado and roasted pine nuts

Then came what may well have been the most tasty soup I've ever tasted. It was a clear tomato soup and was served in a very fancy manner: the bowl was brought to us without the liquid, and the liquid was poured in front of us. Classy. It tasted so unbelievably good for you.

I thought the soup would be my favourite course but then came the pasta. This was insanely good, dare I say it's better than the pastas I've had in Italy? Yes I dare.

Finally came pudding, which combined my two favourite pudding bases: fruit and chocolate (dark chocolate of course).

It was a vegan chocolate mouse and it was absolutely incredible, look how happy it made Tom:

After such an incredible dinner my expectations were very high for breakfast, but yet again my expectations were exceeded: there was so much choice! In the end I settled for a fruit salad, juice, coffee and what I like to call a vegan English breakfast: beans, bread, mushrooms, tomato. Yum.

Wrap Up: the Corinthia Budapest

If you haven't been able to tell already, I absolutely loved our stay at the Corinthia, and honestly can't find a single thing wrong with our stay. I would love to go back and try out the baths - hope to see you there when we do! To book your own stay head on over to their website or find them on price comparison website checker

Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were invited as guests but as always all opinions are our own. We would never recommend something we haven't personally tried and loved. If we don't like something, we tell you! 

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We overland. We eat plants and fungi. We live outside as much as possible. We are all connected. A female travel blogger overlanding and writing about ecotourism, ethical and sustainable travel, socially conscious travel and housesitting. An online travel magazine since 2015.


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