Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
The location is as central as you might want, 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 bit further afield such as Heroes’ Square and City Park.
Design & character
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 otherwise the exterior will fit closely 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 in, 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 & facilities
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 various massages, whilst spa therapies are all derived from 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.
Food & drink
There are lots of 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% likelihood of wine’. The term ‘és’ means ‘and’, that is meant to encapsulate the versatility and wide range of the restaurant offering — if you would like to dress up or down, consume Hungarian or Austrian cuisine. Additionally, this is the location for breakfast (an exceptional 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.
Worth for money
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.
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