Winter is a great time to visit Hungary. Although Hungary isn’t famous for its ski resorts, the country offers a unique ski vacation. Home to six resorts, Hungary provides varied terrain along with fabulous food and a festive apres ski scene. Skiers comes here for an experience unlike any they can find at the more famous ski resorts in the Alps and Rockies.
Culinary events such as the Mulled Wine Competition or the Pigstickers Competition are popular attractions during the ski season. The Hungarian Festival, held throughout February, invites tourists to walk through town with flappers rattling and cattle bells ringing.
Although each resort has its own accommodations, staying centrally located at Hungary’s most luxurious hotel is a special treat for the most discerning travelers.
Even amongst the architectural wonders of Budapest, Corinthia Hotel Budapest stands out like a beacon. With a history dating back to the 1800s, its grandeur and opulence have made it one of Europe’s landmark hotels for generations.
The central atrium alone is worth the price of admission. It soars up a full six stories to a glass ceiling and is lined with guest rooms which overlook the space. The mosaic floor, countless columns, and surrounding wrought ironwork only add to the feeling that, perhaps, you should have a Count or Countess on your arm as you walk in.
After a long day of sightseeing the city’s many attractions, guests have plenty of exquisite dining options from which to choose. There are five restaurants at Corinthia Hotel Budapest, with the Royal Kávéház & Champagne Lounge being especially popular, both for the elegant ambiance and the bubbly.
Dining at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest is an unparalleled experience. From authentic dishes across the Orient at the Rickshaw Restaurant to more traditional Hungarian flavors, or even a selection of delicious Spanish tapas at the Bock Bistro, every palate will be exceedingly pleased.
The Brasserie and Atrium restaurants present the ideal place for both casual and business meetings or to enjoy a specialty coffee and a sumptuous cake, while cocktail connoisseurs can experience exquisite drinks at Le Bar.
The rooms are spacious and modern, with views over the central atrium or out over the rooftops of Old Budapest. Signature Suites are meticulously designed and feature a separate bedroom with a luxurious Super King size bed, an expansive living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room that can also function as a boardroom, and a view of Budapest’s stately boulevards, as well as all the luxuries you’d expect from a grand, five-star hotel.
In addition, guests are given free access to the fabulous Royal Spa and Executive Lounge, which features private check-in and check-out with welcome drink.
Fittingly for the city’s premier luxury hotel, the Royal Spa is quite simply one of the premier pampering facilities in Europe. While the crowning centerpiece of this elegant Art Deco building is the recently-refurbished 15-metre pool, originally opened in 1886, an extensive menu of 21st century treatments includes a range of luxury therapeutic body, face and massage treatments.
This spacious facility also boasts a dedicated fitness room, several soothing saunas, steam bath and hot tubs, together with various relaxation areas.
Budapest is more than ready to take its place as one of Europe’s most inviting, and intriguing, cities. Architecturally, it boasts buildings from baroque to contemporary eras, the art scene is booming and its cafe culture, born from bohemian roots, is still at the center of what makes this romantic destination tick.
Contributed by Roger Sands