Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
What We Love
- Location, location, location — you can’t get more central
- Opulent spa with a pool overlooking the city
- A mini art gallery that showcases the work of local artists
- Two great restaurants, including Central Europe’s first Nobu
- In December the Christmas Market (one of Europe’s best) is just a few steps away
What To Know
- The Váci Utca shopping street is around the corner, but head elsewhere to avoid the touristy trinkets
- The hotel is large — 349 rooms and suites — but service still feels personalized
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just a few blocks from the Danube, the Kempinski Hotel Cornivus offers easy access to the sights, shops, restaurants and bars that make this city so exciting. In true Old World style, the serene lobby is filled with live music most afternoons, and a lobby lounge offers a High Tea of delicate sweets and tea or coffee served in fine china. Sip a glass of Hungary’s famously sweet Tokaji with your cake or sample the creative cocktail menu at Blue Fox The Bar. On-site Nobu restaurant attracts locals, expat foodies and even the odd A-list celeb.
Bed and Bath
As you’d expect, the rooms offer nothing but comfort, with thick mattresses and patterned duvets. The furnishings are tasteful in a neo–Art Deco style, and the bathrooms are decked out in marble. The rooms with the best views are those that overlook Erzsebet Park, a well-kept green space that’s popular with the city’s skaters. Kempinski’s Room Comfort Menu comes standard and offers a choice of pillows, customized bath amenities and kid-friendly extras like baby bathrobes.
Dine on contemporary Hungarian-Viennese dishes at ÉS Bisztró, a brasserie-style spot with an alfresco summer terrace, or snag a table at Central Europe’s first Nobu outpost, a welcome addition to this seafood-starved country. Kempinski The Spa is based on Europe’s four seasons and has steam baths, saunas, a Kneipp bench, a well-equipped fitness room, an ice fountain and a café in case you need refueling. But don’t linger too long — Budapest’s packed program of cultural activities and its famously fun nightlife await just outside.
In the Area
Across the street, in Erzsebet Park, the Aquarium Klub pulls a young and trendy evening crowd, while Vigadó holds concerts and dance performances (try to catch a Roma or Hungarian folk one if possible) late into the night. By day, take to Budapest’s thermal waters at one of the several bathhouses. The Széchenyi, located in City Park, is a favorite. The city’s many markets are also worth a peruse; try Central Market to see the bounty of fresh produce and meat or the Design Market for bespoke garments produced by local designers. For cityscape views, the Budapest Eye – a giant ferris wheel which offers panoramas across the city – is located opposite the hotel.
How to Get There
I will go back again. Thanks for Dijana for the welcoming, she made sure that our stay was going to be perfect! I recommend anyone in town to have a lunch at es bistro (Vienna shnitzel is ridiculously good) and to have a cocktail at the bluefox!
We booked the Kempinski through Expedia. We have always had excellent service with Kempinski in Europe. This hotel was a bit of a mixed bag.
Upon arrival, we learned that while we had been told we could have 2 rooms with a view, only one was available. We were also told we could upgrade our rooms to fabulous newly-renovated rooms for more money. We opted not to do so. Upon arrival on our floor, it became evident that it was in the midst of renovations. Several burly men were working to renovate the rooms. Our daughter (who was staying alone) asked to change her room as she felt uncomfortable being on a hallway with all the workmen. The decor in our room was dated but this did not concern us.
The hotel is across from the Erzsbet Park so if you are looking for river or Castle views, this hotel doesn't have them. It's in a great location which allows you to walk to several everywhere or take the Metro. We had a myriad of great dining options very close by and we enjoyed the ES bistro at the hotel. There is an ES deli where you can get coffee and breakfast items.
We did take advantage of the spa (excellent treatments and staff!) and the fitness center was also excellent.
While the rooms we had were dated, they were clean and the staff did a turn-down service providing water each evening. The front desk staff and concierges were extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
The real issue was the renovations. During the day, we were out and did not hear noise. However, upon returning in the late afternoon/early evening the workers were still there and on several occasions we lost power in our room. One night at 10 p.m. our room went dark and I opened the door (to see if power had gone out in the hallway) to find one of the workers who apologized and said it would be back on shortly.
We were also surprised that a) we were assigned to a floor undergoing renovations (we felt sure we were going to come back and find our room had been dismantled!) and if they couldn't close the floor or a section of it b) why they would renovate in the summer during their peak tourist/occupancy season.
We mentioned this at checkout and management was kind enough to make an accommodation for the inconvenience.
Without living in the middle of renovations, I would have given this a 4. I really wish I could do 3.5 . I think the hotel will be lovely once the room renovations are complete. We would have preferred not to live through them.
Visited the outside lunch area after a walking tour of Budapest. Our guide recommended the Resteraunt for lunch. I wanted authentic the kids wanted burgers. Wow the best burger I’ve had for a long time. Great service and good atmosphere. Not what you expect.
The wine tasting in the Hotel's main restaurant was an excursion of our Avalon Waterways River Cruise. We tasted 5 kinds of wines, with the vineyard rep. and had delicious appetizers while we were tasting. The main dinner was delicious. I was anxious to eat the famous Hungarian goulash and it was delicious. There was a desert buffet that made your head spin. Beautiful mini pastries that were as good to look at as they were to eat. This was a very nice evening with a group of 12 of us from our cruise. I would definitely come here and stay at the hotel, not just come to the restaurant if I come back to Budapest.
I have been staying at Kempinski Corvinus for quite a few years. There were many personnel changes in the front office in the last few months and I am not at all happy with the professionalism of the front office manager Gyorgy Podhoranyi and the receptionist Mate Jambor. They don’t even have the courtesy to get back to my emails. Customer satisfaction is not important for them, the former front office managers Edvard Szabo and Gabor Sinay were much more helpful and professional.
I am a life time black member of Kempinski hotels and I am wondering how they are treating usual customers if they are treating me like this. They make me feel as if I am staying at a one-star hotel. I hope this unprofessional and disrespectful attitude of the front office will change in my next stays.