The Corinthia Hotel Budapest, which opened in 1986, could actually be the inspiration for the film Grand Budapest Hotel.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
Address: Erzsébet krt. 43-49 – Budapest
GPS: 47.502599, 19.06671
Wes Anderson‘s lips are sealed but rumor has it that the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, which opened in 1986, could actually be the film’s main inspiration. The resemblance is uncanny and the hotel promotes itself as the Grand Budapest.
The Corinthia is a 21st-century rebuild of the original Royal Hotel opened here on Budapest’s Grand Boulevard in 1896. When it was being planned in the 1870s, this part of Pest was still relatively empty.
Construction of the Royal coincided with the opening of Andrássy út and the Grand Boulevard.
These are two main avenues that cross nearby.
That same opening year, the Lumière Brothers came here to present the first showing in Budapest of moving pictures. The hotel would go on to have a long association with film. The city’s first cinema was also set up here. During World War I, locals would come to the Corinthia Hotel and see newsreel films of the conflict.
A fire destroyed much of the original hotel in 1956. When the hotel reopened in 1961, it consisted of 367 rooms. But at this point, it was overshadowed by the high-end hotels opening on the Danube Promenade.
The Royal fell into neglect and disrepair.
Malta-based Corinthia group then took on the huge job of restoring and expanding this grand dame. Now the hotel extends over two buildings to incorporate an outstanding spa complex in the basement.
The pool a replica of the 1896 original.
A very chic Bock Bistro restaurant.
And the equally impressive Caviar & Bull eatery.
The magnificent ballroom has also been restored.
The list of famous guests would fill a book – a display in the extensive lobby area shows many a star of stage and screen.
Josephine Baker inspired the Corinthia’s signature raspberry and chocolate confectionery.
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