Fodor's Expert Review Corinthia Hotel

Erzsébet körút 43–49, Budapest, Budapest, 1073, Hungary Fodor's Choice

The Corinthia first opened as the luxurious Grand Royal Hotel in time for the Magyar Millennium in 1896, and, despite being destroyed during Hungary's 1956 revolution, it's just as luxurious today. The ownership is proud to boast that it was even the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The expansive atrium lobby is full of Italian marble and wrought-iron ornamentation, and the hotel's Royal Spa—a dazzling reconstruction of a spa designed and built in the late 1880s that operated here until 1944—is replete with a swimming pool, saunas, steam room, Jacuzzis, massage salons, treatment facilities, and tropical showers. Guest rooms and suites, as well as the apartments available for long- and short-term rental, are stylish with dark woods and jewel-tone upholstery; bathrooms are all-Italian, from marble floors to gleaming fixtures.


  • opulent setting without a break-the-bank price
  • amazing spa and spa package deals
  • great restaurants


  • may be too big and too formal for some
  • non-spa packages don't offer the same value for money
  • service can be inconsistent




Phones: 1-479–4000


440 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted