Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, like almost all the luxury hotels in Budapest, has been rated between 4.5 and 5 (out of 5) on average in the various online hotel guest reviews. Kempinski Budapest, which has gathered a good hatful of awards since 1992, was the first member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Hungary. In addition, it has received the prestigious awards for “The best business hotel” “The best conference hotel” & “The most beautiful suite” (the Presidential Suite) in Hungary in 2007 at the 14th World Travel Awards. Wall Street Journal has dubbed this award the Travel Industry’s Oscars (160,000 travel agencies in over 200 countries cast their votes). In 2006, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest was voted as the third Best Business Hotel in Eastern Europe at the Business Traveller awards. Global Finance chose Kempinski Budapest the Best Hotel in Budapest in 2006. Again in 2006, Travel + Leisure selected Kempinski Budapest, alongside with the neighbouring Le Meridien Budapest, as one of the 500 best hotels and resorts in the world to stay at (listed in the T+L 500). “Despite the advent of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal and other glitzy competitors, the Kempinski is still a top contender,” according to Steve Fallon on Lonely Planet. It goes without saying, that Kempinski Corvinus, one of the most popular luxury hotels in Budapest, has been the regular home for celebrities and dignities returning to the city. Some of the names from the entertainment industry one cannot skip are Madonna, Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, Antonio Banderas, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphey, Chick Korea, Bryan Adams, etc. etc. By the way, Bill Gates also chose Kempinski in Budapest, and let’s not forget the celebrities of Formula 1 (e.g. McLaren and Renault teams – Lewis Hamilton). Go to the official website of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest to make your booking.
Location of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is only a few steps from the most popular (and touristy) fashion shopping streets, and the legendary River Danube, which divides Budapest into two halves, Buda and Pest. Ferihegy Airport is only a 30 minute drive depending on the traffic (20.5 miles / 13 km). It takes about 2-4 minutes to get to the central metro station in Deak Square where all the major metrolines come together in one thumping meeting point: this is the one and only metro stop where you can change from the blue (1), the red (2) or the yellow (3) lines to travel around the capital of Budapest easily and quickly. The yellow line was the first underground built on the European continent (excl. UK), and it runs along the famous and picturesque Andrassy Avenue up until the Heroes’ Square, the City Park, etc. Besides the metros, you can also hop on the streetcars 47 or 49 to be at the Central Market Hall in 10 minutes. Another stop, and you are on the Buda side, right at the foot of the Gellert Hill, and next to the Gellert Spa Bath. I could go on and on. Kempinski, just like the neighbouring Le Meridien, has excellent location in the old city center – although neither can boast about a view of the fascinating Danube at night. The three-minute walk that separates Kempinski Budapest from the Danube is just blocked by other 19th century historical buildings and attractions. In return, many of the hotel windows are overlooking the green and recently renovated Erzsebet Park (Elisabeth Square), and the old town.
Rooms in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
The 366 rooms of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus are very large compared to basic standards: I don’t know if it is still true but one time Kempinski Budapest took pride in offering the biggest size luxury hotel rooms all over Budapest. The rooms are in exceptional condition just like the bathrooms, and most of them are not only spacious but also very bright. The tone of furnishing is set by the colors of maple wood, beige contrasted with black or blue contrasted with silver. There is ample working area in the guest rooms with large pale wood desks (with office tools like scissors, cellotape, paper clips etc.) & a pair of matching chairs and a complimentary internet access in all rooms (Kempinski Budapest, just like Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal, is one of those handful of hotels that offer free wifi). While Standard rooms are overlooking to Becsi utca (Becsi Street) or the courtyard, Superior & Deluxe rooms are overlooking to the old city, the courtyard or the beautiful Erzsebet Park.
There are 3 luxurious rooms (wheelchair-accessible) with roll-in showers and support bars. Guestrooms have separate glass-doored shower cabins in addition to the bathtubs in the marble bathrooms. The decoration is mother of pearl mosaic chips set in the heated floors & walls. The bathrooms have telephones, scales, deluxe bathrobes & slippers, hair dryers and a generous selection of body-care items. As for the electronic chapter, there are flatscreen TVs with internet access, wireless keyboards, pay movies, 2-3 direct dial phones, fax/PC connections, a safe, The air-conditioning can be individually controlled. The 31 suites come in various forms: there are 2 lavish Presidential Suites of 1829 & 1937 square feet on the 9th floor, small presidential suites like the Herend Suite (1356 square feet in its size, antique furniture, Herend porcelains, etc.) or the Erzsebet Suite (1313 sqf), the Deluxe Suite (1356 sqf) or the Business Suite (506 sqf) are also ideal for holding small meetings, etc. In short, they provide modern deluxe comfort.
Pool and fitness in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
The hotel has an Asian accented spa area of 5375 square feet (built in 2005) with a wide variety of beauty treatments: e.g. the exclusive rejuvenating Ajaran treatment, which is the combination of Southeast Asian spa traditions and the recent findings of Western beauty researches (the Indonesian ‘Ajaran’ stands for ‘teaching’), or the Detox Revival (a special clensing process), the Royal Lulur, which dates back to the 17th century, the Regenerating Source and Splash applying Asian spices, and so on. Sauna and steam room are free for guests. There are further related services, such as massage (Pantai Luar massage is a fusion of heat, massage & fragrant herbs), solarium, whirlpool, a fitness center, and many more.
Dining in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
There are various dining venues in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. Ristorante Giardino serves Italian & Hungarian cuisine. Ristorante Giardino as well as Bistro Jardin has a thematic and seasonal treatment showing the gastronomical profiles of different regions in Hungary and Italy. For instance, forest mushrooms, berries, rabbit, game, trout, goat cheese, walnut from Orseg, a beautiful hilly-valley region in South-Western Hungary bordering Austria. Bistro Jardin has more than 150 wines (just forty types of Tokaj wine) that you can choose from. The Fish Market Buffet in Bistro Jardin serves fresh sea-food, where you can combine your own fish plate assisted by chefs. The Bavarian (German) Kempi Brauhaus is a casual restaurant & sports bar with a relaxed atmosphere and authentic German keller specialties giving a taste of the Beer Festival in Munich (Oktoberfest). Happy Hours and sports event gatherings are popular. Cigar aficionados will love the Corvinus Bar, which has a selection of the finest cigars (Peter Knoll Resident Manager & Member of the Rotary Club has established the Culinary and Cigar Society) and single malt whiskies. Twice a week there is live jazz music in the Corvinus Bar. Very Happy Hours are from 8 to 10 pm (drinks come in 2 at the price of 1). The Lobby Lounge is a nice cafe with live classical music. Try the Hungarian strudels if you have a sweet tooth or two (apple-pear, peach-cottage cheese, pumpkin-poppyseed, each with its own vanilla, cinnamon or punch sauce). As of November 2006 Kempinski Hotel Corvinus has Hungary’s first certified TeaMasters on its staff (both trained in Frankfurt by the J. T. Ronnefeldt tea trading company).
Children are welcome in Kempinski Budapest. You can get cribs/ cots and babysitting services upon request. There is a Kempinski Junior Club (for children from 5 to 12 years old). No membership fee, but all kinds of discounts and gifts when dining with parents or when celebrating birthdays at Kempinski Corvinus. Sundays? “Park your car in the Kempinski Corvinus Garage free, leave the children in the Corvinus Kiddie Care Corner, enjoy a glass of local sparkling wine on us – and your Sunday brunch is only about to begin. The Kempinski Corvinus’s Bistro Jardin is proud to re-open its signature Sunday feast featuring Mediterranean and Hungarian-inspired delicacies,” says the Kempinski Corvinus newsletter. But what happens in the Corvinus Kiddie Care Corner? There is a nanny looking after your children, alternate weekly entertainments such as face painting, balloon games and clowns. In addition, there is a self-service corner with kids’ favorites “such as hamburgers and French fries,” which does not sound too healthy when you are working heavily on keeping your kids away from the fast-food/ fast-fat epidemic. Price is set per foot, so if your children are under 3.28 feet, they eat free, under 4 feet means a 50% discount, and adults at the full price of HUF 6,950 per person (approx. $30-35). Besides the tasty food, you will get one glass of sparkling wine, unlimited juices, water, tea or coffee, and parking is also included.
Now a relevant and recent quote from one the mums (Expedia) says “The hotel chain had a specific package for little ones, with their own toiletries, gift and child sized robes/slippers. My daughters loved all of this. the best bit was the complimentary milk at bed-time! They seemed slightly taken aback when we took them down for a swim in the pool complete with rings etc. However the spa/pool was less child orientated and the pool was small. Good location set in a green space with a small play area in the park just outside.” And another reviewer from TripAdvisor says “Have stayed at the Kempinski a few times before I always thought of it as a business hotel as I don’t remember seeing many kids there in the past. However my kids (5 and 2) couldn’t have been made to feel any more welcome. They received a welcome gift in the room along with kids slippers and robes. They also loved phoning room service for their free bedtime milk each night. Breakfast was also free for under 6 yr olds. Location is excellent and the hotel offers everything you expect from a 5 star hotel. Concierge were fantastic offering loads of idea and tips for things to do, see, eat and drink.” Recommended family programs in Budapest: Margaret island (Margit sziget), the Zoo, a boat trip on the Danube, the Palace of Miracles in Millenaris Park (on the Buda side), skating in the City Park.
Pets are welcome (extra charge).
Good To Know
Although there are no tea makers in the rooms, there are trained tea-masters in Kempinski Budapest, so if you are a tea drinker, you may wish to consult them. Smoking is permitted in designated public areas. Kempinski Hotel Corvinus provides high-speed Internet connection in all of its rooms free of charge, plus mobile internet connection through the LAN and WLAN networks in all public areas on the ground floor and on the first floor. The hotel has a rich art and antiques collection plus temp exhibitions. Kempinski Corvinus is just at the mouth of the very pleasant Andrassy Avenue (take a walk, it’s worth it), a few minutes from St Stephen’s Basilica, very close to the famous Cafe Gerbaud, etc. The hotel’s name, ‘Corvinus’ comes from the Latin corvus (raven), which was the nickname of Hungary’s greatest and, according to legends fairest king, King Matthias or Hunyadi Matyas in his original name He eliminated feudal anarchy in the 15th century Kingdom of Hungary. If you wish to buy a luxury gift, and don’t mind having something fragile, the world famous Hungarian Herend porcelain sold in the hotel’s store might be a good option.