Located in the city center of Pest in the district of Belváros and next to Erzsébet Square, the five-star Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest was designed by renowned Hungarian architect, Dr. József Finta. Opened in 1992, the hotel was a significant symbol of Budapest’s re-emergence on the European stage, and when it began renovations in 2013, they aimed to give new life and distinction to the building.
When first entering the hotel, the revamped ground floor creates not just an inspired design statement, but it also embodies the very essence of the Kempinski experience which is focused on the four pillars of its ethos – beauty, gourmet, culture and savoir-vivre. With the intent to meet the expectations of luxury hotel guests in the 21st century, the renovation project stays true to the past while adding elements of modernity. Following the reconstruction of the lobby, the comprehensive modernization continued in the first-floor event area, the former ballroom and the associated halls in 2017.
The hotel is comprised of 351 rooms including 35 suites and at the beginning of 2018 on three guest floors 27 Premium Grand Deluxe Rooms and 10 Suites have been rebuilt from top to bottom. The renovation of these units was part of an EUR 8.5 million investment that also included the soft refurbishment of a further 126 rooms and three suites on these floors.
The design-savvy sensibility of the modern traveler’s expectations is met when walking into the new Premium Rooms and Junior Suites as noted British designer Alex Kravetz vision presents a soft color palate of gold, platinum and grey paired with warm dark brown wood. Guests staying in these rooms will enjoy a meticulously designed place of comfort with a cozy seating area, a light-enhanced separation of functions within the room and shades which guarantee a good night’s sleep.
The ultimate in Corvinus luxury, the Corvinus Collection Suites 730 and 830 ensure a true royal experience. Four re-designed Executive Suites translate the Kempinski joie de vivre as the 57-sq meter suite, offers a spacious living room, bedroom with a king size bed and an elegant bathroom offering both a shower and bath. When in the sleekly designed space, guests are treated to a stunning vista of Erzsébet Park and the Ferris wheel named Budapest Eye.
“The idea was to create a place to stay by combining a mix of luxury and residential styling with a considered understanding of the guests’ requirements. Pieces from the hotel’s own art collection grace the newly redesigned rooms and suites,” said General Manager, Mr. Stephan Interthal.
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus and its Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest is the city’s lifestyle hub with its lounges and terraces extending onto the pedestrian-trafficked Fashion Street. With various dining options at the property, culinary highlights feature a diverse selection of specials like the: Benediction – Stylish Upscale Brunch Experience in The Living Room, the ÉS Bisztró Buffet Breakfast and Sunday Family Table, specialty coffee, sandwiches and pastries at ÉS Deli, and craft cocktails mixed the right way at Blue Fox The Bar, a burgeoning cool hotspot.
The casual yet innovatively designed ÉS Bisztró serves contemporary Hungarian-Viennese dishes encouraging diners to re-think the traditional sequence of courses and in the summer also on its summer terrace, people-watching is accompanied by live music at the weekends. In Nobu Budapest, guests can enjoy and explore chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s new-style Japanese cuisine intertwined with South American flavors.
Guests experience ultimate relaxation at Kempinski The Spa, a 525 sq-meter haven, whose philosophy is to restore body’s natural equilibrium by drawing on the elemental wisdom of nature. With a large variety of Elemental Herbology rituals, treatments and massages are tailored to each guest’s individual needs. Guests can consult with the therapists to determine which type of treatment – relaxation, rejuvenation or re-energizing – is right for them and their desired outcome. Delivered in its natural state, sun-dried, ground and filtered, Hungarymud, introduced by Kempinski The Spa in Budapest, is a rich healing mineral mud sourced from a natural reserve of South East Hungary and used in treatments and products for the face, body and soul.
Their signature treatment, the 80-minute Hungary Holistic Treatment includes a dry body brush, body wrap, mini facial or scalp massage, back, neck and shoulder massage and makes use of healing effects of the Hungarymud. The spa also features a fitness center, a recently upgraded sauna area, a tepidarium, and an indoor pool as well as a health bar.
“Guests who visit our hotel will be welcomed with a good mix of qualified, well-trained and competent staff plus a quality product and service at all times,” said General Manager, Mr Stephan Interthal. “People leaving us should turn around and have the desire to return, that’s our ambition.”
|Photos courtesy of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest