Edgy Rooms in a Historic Hotel at the Corinthia Budapest
The term “Corinthian” was often used to indicate a man dedicated to the art of the pursuit of pleasure. But it could well serve as a stand-in for “dazzling.”
After celebrating 120 years of royal elegance and hospitality, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest can bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded traveler with its classic design (think: baroque-style decorated ceilings, an opulent Grand Ballroom where even the legendary composer Béla Bartók user to conduct concerts, Italian limestone and Spanish marble and a grand lobby stairway that no Instagram shot can do justice to).
Such a hotel legacy comes with a side dish of spectacular rooms, including the recently-refurbished Executive Suites. These, outfitted in tones of charcoal and gray, look a lot like pads fit for the pickiest Milanese fashionistas.
The spacious Franz Liszt Suite is truly something of a marvel. It has a hallway, a living room that features stylistic sofas with carefully-curated multicolored silk pillows, textured wallpaper and plenty of fashion reference books from Lanvin to “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The closet also features a floor to ceiling vanity area that makes you want to purchase a ball gown immediately and watch its over-the-top reflection in every corner.
But yet, despite this Neo-classical nitpicking and an attention to detail that would make Wes Anderson proud, it feels so very much like home, with its lovingly worn-out timber floors and many vases.
While the rest of the hotel is about plaster work and gilded scrolls, this suite feels like the Dark Horse, in every sense of the phrase. Could it be a bit of the British influence? Well, since it was designed by the English firm G.A. Design, there very well could be, and a chance to feel quite modern in a decidedly historic hotel.