Located right in the heart of Budapest is one the city’s most glamorous hotels. As you pull up to the entrance, passing the line of luxury cars, a suavely dressed man in a top hat warmly greets you – what a way to start a holiday!
Atmosphere / Style:
The Kempinski Corvinus is unique amongst its five star peers in Budapest, in that the style is contemporary and verging toward minimalist. Glass and metal feature prominently in this modern building. This décor is greatly enhanced by the Kempinski’s commitment to promoting young and upcoming artists; guests are treated to a host of one-off pieces that line the halls and main common areas.
In terms of location, you can’t get better than the Kempinski Corvinus. On one side is the city’s main shopping street, and on the other is Deák Ferenc Tér, the city’s main metro station and the only transfer point for lines M1, M2, and M3.
There is a range of rooms to choose from at the Kempinski Corvinus from standard doubles up to a Royal Suite – which was a favourite of Michael Jackson! The Royal Suite is beautiful and fully equipped with everything one might need during their stay, including a fully stocked kitchen. My favourite part of our room was the bathroom, with its glistening marble top counters and luxurious bathrobes. However, I was disappointed that the toiletries were not automatically refilled after the first night.
You can’t talk about the Kempinski Corvinus without mentioning its star restaurant – Nobu! This famous Japanese restaurant is the only one in central Europe and is popular with guests and local residents a like. If you are not in the mood for Japanese then Es Bisztro provides a more casual brassiere setting with Hungarian, Viennese, and international cuisine.
During our stay we dined at the Living Room for the Kempinski’s new Benediction Brunch, which was fabulous, I honestly could not fault the food or the atmosphere. It was so relaxing; you could easily pass a day there just indulging in good food and splendid Hungarian wine.
We also had breakfast at the hotel, where we were impressed with the wide selection on offer. Unfortunately we did find the layout rather confusing and it was a little chaotic.
The Kempinski has a full spa with a swimming pool and gym. The pool is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day site seeing, and it is beautiful designed to fit the space with a big window overlooking a park.
For a short weekend break the Kempinski Budapest is a great place to stay. The facilities are excellent and you can’t get anywhere that is more centrally located. The only minor flaws were the breakfast room was a little chaotic and the bathroom toiletries were not automatically replenished. On the plus side the Benediction Brunch served on the weekends was simply excellent and our room and bathroom were spacious and tastefully decorated.