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Luxury In The Heart Of Budapest

The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus offers a modern and elegant haven for exploring the city

Vacation Agent | Hotel & Resort | Maura Lee-Byrne

Luxury In The Heart Of Budapest

PHOTO: A deluxe room at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest.

The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is a luxury hotel in the heart of Budapest’s city center, just a few minutes walk from the Danube River.

When guests walk out the hotel’s front door they’ll find themselves in the middle of a multicultural city rich in Roman, Italian Renaissance, Ottoman, German and Austrian influences, which together define Hungarian culture and identity.

Budapest — comprising Buda and Pest, which are connected by eight bridges over the Danube — is renowned for both its inspired architecture and curative thermal spas, which include 16th-century Turkish baths. The city also is known for its Christmas markets, culinary offerings, cultural festivals and contemporary art scene. The city’s vibrant Jewish quarter has gained a reputation for boasting one of Europe’s hottest club scenes.

The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus provides travelers with a modern and elegant haven for exploring Budapest. The property was named the Five-Star Hotel of the Year for 2015 by the Hungarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, besting 20 competitors. The award was based on evaluations by judges, who conducted covert visits.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Opened in 1992, the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is equipped with 316 guestrooms and 33 beautifully decorated suites, all with large bathrooms and modern conveniences, including complimentary Wi-Fi. A Room Comfort Menu provides guests with pillow preferences, aromatherapy bath salts (extra fee) and children’s items such as changing mats/diaper pads and travel beds.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS: The hotel’s lobby floor features two restaurants, two bars, a café, a deli and an outdoor summer bar patio.

The Kempinski is the first Central European location for Nobu, chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s wildly popular high-end Japanese restaurant chain. Guests can sample signature dishes that include Alaskan Black Cod with Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. The restaurant seats 80, and the Nobu Lounge Bar can accommodate 56 guests. Reservations are recommended.

éS Bisztró is an informal restaurant serving Hungarian and Viennese cuisine, with chalkboards displaying daily specials. This spot also is ideal for breakfast and serves an excellent buffet. Additionally, the restaurant features a terrace that opens onto Fashion Street for people-watching during summer months.

Blue Fox The Bar, which also features a patio, is appointed in dark timber with intimate mirrored nooks, and is a hotspot for creative cocktails, food and great music. It serves gourmet burgers and puts on a good party. The party is kept alive into the wee hours from Thursdays through Saturdays when the hotel’s music sommelier, Bruce Antony Marshall, DJs live.

The recently opened éS Deli is modeled after a New York-style deli and serves mouthwatering sandwiches, pastries, light meals and coffees from Rwanda and Guatemala.

The Living Room — which reflects Budapest’s famous coffeehouse culture — serves house-made strudel, and afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and cakes. Its “Benediction” weekend brunch should not be missed. Dining options include eggs Benedict, fresh oysters, Wiener schnitzel, homemade waffles and pancakes.

SPA AND FITNESS OFFERINGS: To work off those calories, guests can take advantage of the Kempinski’s stunning indoor pool, fitness center and spa.

Kempinski The Spa, which has gained a reputation as one of the best in Hungary, offers a variety of Elemental Herbology treatments and massages, Finnish and aroma saunas, a steam room, a Kneipp bench, a health bar and a tepidarium, whose walls, floor and reclining surfaces emit a wonderful, pleasant radiant warmth.

The signature treatment, The Hungary Holistic, is 90 minutes of heaven, including a dry-body brush, body wrap, mini facial and full-body massage. After a pre-treatment consultation, the therapist will choose a specific type of massage inspired by one of the four seasons that appropriately addresses the guest’s specific needs. (Here’s a tip for your clients: the spa offers a 20 percent discount on any treatment between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.)

The fitness center features state-of-the-art Artis models of Technogym equipment and the heated pool has current jets, neck massage, a stream-and-bubble bath effect — and views of the city.

The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is an ideal venue for families since it offers family-friendly rooms and amenities for children. The property can also be recommended to honeymooners and groups of many sizes. The hotel offers an array of salons and conference rooms that can accommodate up to 450 guests.

For more information, visit the Kempinski Hotels website at


Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group with a portfolio today of 75 hotels in 36 countries. The company continues to expand in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Kempinski operates historic landmark properties, urban lifestyle hotels, resorts and prestigious residences. The company is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.

GHA brings together 32 brands with more than 500 hotels in 76 countries. GHA hotels are bookable via its GDS umbrella chain code, GL. Discounted industry rates are available, subject to availability, with a valid IATA number and agent ID at check-in.


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Vacation Agent Magazine

A version of this article appears in print in the May 2016 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.