Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
The location is as central as you might desire, sitting at the pedestrianised area at the same facet of Erzsébet tér and so well-placed for antique tourist places such as Váci utca and Vörösmarty tér. Three of the town’s four subway lines converge in the local Deák tér channel, so there is also ready accessibility to areas a little farther afield such as Heroes’ Square and City Park.
Design & personality
Unlike a number of Budapest’s other five-star resorts housed in 19th-century mansion buildings, the Kempinski is a contemporary building of glass and straight-lined rock. There’s the strange contemporary spin on a turret and pillar, but the exterior will fit snugly into the glistening skyline of New York or Toronto. The ground floor was modelled on a promenade and really brings a flavour of this exterior, sweeping in an arc beyond small ‘streetside’ institutions like a takeaway deli, a café, a sweetshop plus a gallery area which showcases the work of young musicians.
Service & centers
Service is gold-standard, as well as also the centers follow suit. The spa is located on the next floor of this resort, and contains steam baths, a Finnish sauna, a solarium and an intriguingly named odor sauna ice nicely, in addition to a good fitness center, solarium and pool with jet stream and whirlpool bathtub functions. You may book a number of massages, whilst spa therapies are based upon the cycle of the seasons, with various options available depending on the time of year you see. The underground car park involves a channel for charging electric cars.
The 349 rooms (162 Superior, 124 Deluxe, 30 Grand Deluxe and 33 suites) are spacious and light, decorated with classic gold and cream tones, and including Art Deco bits in components like the style of the headboard and delicate curves at the New Empire style furniture. Bathrooms have marble flooring the color of creamy coffee, and many include separate tub and shower. There is a secure, mini-bar, 24-hour space support offering dishes out of the Nobu restaurant and complimentary overnight shoeshine service. A Nespresso system is offered in Grand Deluxe suites and rooms. There is no cost for kids aged up to 12 who sleep in their parents’ room. I stayed here with my 10-month-old twins, also came to find the room superbly setup for them not only did the cots have fairly bedspreads, but the toilet was kitted out with a changing mat, bath toys and a range of children’ shampoos and moisturisers. Older kids are supplied with their own bathrobes and slippers.
Food & beverage
There are numerous options for re-fuelling. ÉS Bisztró is a purposely casual brasserie, a buzzy place with chalk boards revealing the specials plus a sign declaring ‘Tonight there’s a 99 percent probability of wine’. The term ‘és’ means ‘and’, that is meant to encapsulate the versatility and range of the restaurant offering — if you wish to dress up or down, consume Hungarian or cuisine. Additionally, this is the location for breakfast (an superb buffet costing $32/23), and there is a nice terrace overlooking the pedestrianised road. For some thing swankier, reserve a table in the onsite Nobu, a part of this series of luxury Japanese fusion restaurants under the management of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, with dishes such as the touch black cod in miso. Beyond these, there is the newly opened ÉS Deli serving pastries, light snacks and java from Rwanda and Guatemala; the Living Room, a place kitted out with couches and shelves of books and also a great place for a bite or beverage; along with the Blue Fox, a chilled cocktail bar with silver scatter pillows and pictures of some blue-blazered fox cartwheeling across the walls.
Value for cash
Double rooms from $400/#283, excluding breakfast ($32/#23). This is only one of the city’s most expensive hotels, but it is also among the very best. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
There are 3 rooms especially prepared for handicapped guests. All of the resort is wheelchair accessible.
Yes. Alongside room conveniences (see above), the concierge can organise children’s programmes, and there are no limitations on times when children (accompanied by an adult) can use the pool. A offering loudly trumpeted from the resort is the ‘Sunday Family Table’, a predetermined cost table-service lunch especially targeted at households with kids. Running from noon until 3pm each Sunday (except in July and August), the dinner contains a kids’ corner to keep the younger ones amused; it prices HUF9,500/21 (free for kids under six, half cost for all those aged six–12). Oh, and also the resort’s ground-floor ‘promenade’ comes with an old fashioned sweetshop with jars of treats guaranteed to kickstart the little darlings to a sugar-induced bout of darkening.
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