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Stopover in Budapest at the Kempinski Corvinus

Florence Consul

Florence Consul

Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube," has always been a city with captivating charm. At its heart lies the Kempinski Corvinus hotel, an iconic building that reflects the unique blend of history and modernity the city has to offer. Serving both as an oasis of tranquility and a crossroads of influences, this hotel is a true gateway to the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Hungarian capital. Here's an overview of this exceptional establishment, from its contemporary architecture to its exquisite culinary offerings.

An Ultra-Central Location

The Kempinski Corvinus Budapest hotel boasts an exceptional location that makes it a gem in the heart of the city. Nestled between the peaceful Erzsébet park with its iconic Ferris wheel and the bustling tourist streets, this establishment is strategically located for those looking to explore Budapest's historical and cultural treasures. To quickly access other iconic sites outside the center, such as Heroes' Square or the vast City Park, a nearby metro station is a short walk away.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

A 5-Star in Modernity

By subtly blending Budapest's rich cultural history with a modern and cosmopolitan perspective, the 5-star embodies the essence of a world where tradition and modernity coexist in harmony.

Upon entering the lobby of this establishment, one is immediately struck by the aura of grandeur emanating from the place. Renowned Hungarian architect József Finta designed this hotel as a symbol of Budapest's renaissance, reflecting its leading position on the European stage. The lobby's redesign in 2013 by MKV Design, a London-based agency, added a touch of modernity. The high glass ceiling, polished plaster columns, everything is designed to immerse visitors in an ambiance of discreet luxury.

The choice of materials, notably glass and stone, breaks away from the architectural style traditionally associated with Budapest's luxury hotels. Far from 19th-century buildings, the Kempinski Corvinus Budapest opts for a streamlined aesthetic, characterized by straight lines and a modern structure.

Rooms and Suites

With a total of 353 rooms, divided into 35 suites and six distinct categories, the 5-star offers an unparalleled accommodation experience in the heart of Budapest. Recent renovations have allowed for the preservation of the original essence of some rooms, evoking a timeless charm of the neo-Empire style. Others, on the other hand, have benefited from a radical transformation, designed with the flair of the renowned British designer, Alex Kravetz. His distinctive touch adds a freshness and modernity while respecting the historical character of the hotel.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

The creamy and golden tones dominate the aesthetic of the rooms, providing a warm and soothing ambiance. The Art Deco touches, especially in the design of the headboards and the fine curves of the furniture, demonstrate remarkable attention to detail. Moreover, the marble bathrooms add an extra touch of luxury. Not to mention the integration of contemporary Hungarian artworks from the prestigious Corvinus Collection.

As for the 45m2 Junior Suite, it perfectly embodies what the hotel has to offer. Having had the pleasure of staying there for two nights, I can attest to its exceptional comfort. The space is wisely divided between a bedroom with a king-size bed and a spacious living room equipped with a sofa, a coffee table, and a desk.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

On the Culinary Side

The Kempinski Corvinus Budapest Hotel offers remarkable culinary variety with its two restaurants, two bars, and its café.

Originating from New York, the Nobu empire has charmed palates worldwide, positioning itself as one of the most coveted gastronomic experiences. Being the first of its kind in Central Europe, it offers its guests a unique fusion of modern Japanese cuisine, tinted with subtle Hungarian inspirations. Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa's genius perfectly marries the delicacy of traditional Japanese cuisine with the bold flavors of South America.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

The ÉS Bisztró restaurant is an ode to Hungarian-Viennese culinary heritage. Combining the authenticity of a bistro with the excellence of a steakhouse, this establishment invites its guests to a culinary immersion into regional delights, from local wines to craft beers. Open from breakfast and extending to dinner, it ensures an uninterrupted taste experience. On sunny days, the summer terrace becomes the epicenter of pleasure.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

During our stay, we had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant and had a wonderful evening in complete relaxation. We started with a seasonal starter, roasted asparagus, before moving on to two dishes reflecting the essence of this place: a burger for my companion and a Viennese schnitzel for me. Both were delicious! For dessert, the pistachio sponge cake was perfect, although slightly too sweet for my taste.

Ranked among the top 500 bars in the world, Blue Fox The Bar quickly became a hotspot in Budapest's nightlife. Here, you'll find properly prepared cocktails, with an innovative flair and flavors, and you can pair them with some dishes from Nobu's menu.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

The Living Room is the Kempinski Corvinus's café concept that presents its own vision of Budapest's café culture; it's the ideal spot for a short break during the day!

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

The Spa

Nestled on the second floor of the hotel, the spa stretches out in a haven of relaxation offering steam baths, a traditional Finnish sauna, an aromatic sauna, and a swimming pool. Athletes will appreciate the modern gym, while those seeking complete relaxation can choose from a range of massages and treatments. These treatments are designed according to the seasonal cycle and are developed in collaboration with Elemental Herbology.

© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest
© Kempinski Corvinus Budapest

My Opinion

The Kempinski Corvinus Budapest hotel is a top choice for a stay in the Hungarian capital. Thanks to its ultra-central location, it's easy to explore the city, and its modern design sets it apart from other luxury establishments in the city. With a rich culinary offering and quality bars, it's the ideal hotel for gourmets. Undoubtedly, one of the best places in Budapest!

I liked:

  • A stunning view from my Junior Suite of the Budapest Eye and the beautiful facades in the distance.
  • Ideal and very central location, everything is walkable or almost!
  • I regretted:

  • The hotel could use a little refreshing: not very efficient double glazing, leaking shower, somewhat classic design, …
  • Practical Information

  • Junior Suite priced at €450 in May 2023
  • A big thank you to Kempinski Corvinus Budapest for the invitation to discover their establishment. Of course, I remain free in my words in this article!

    Florence Consul

    About Florence Consul

    Editor of Experiences Luxe since 2015, I love discovering new exclusive and authentic experiences all over the world. I left my home country (France) 6 years ago to become a global citizen, traveling 365 days out of the year. I am a foodie person and I make a point of tasting local specialities.