The indulgent spirit of Hungarian hospitality is rightfully legendary – many hotels here provide world-class accommodations and services with caring professionalism, often offered for remarkably friendly prices. In this installment of our monthly “Checking In” series, we look around at the latest developments in Budapest’s hotel scene for the freshest news, special promotions, and unbelievable bargains of March 2018.
Hotel Clark opens on March 8th in a new building by the Chain Bridge
Occupying a picturesque riverfront site at the base of Castle Hill, Budapest’s new Hotel Clark is opening on March 8th in a newly constructed building at a stunning location – directly beside Clark Ádám Square, where the city’s iconic Chain Bridge meets the Buda riverbank. Operated by the Continental Group – proprietors of the city’s prestigious Hotel Moments Budapest, the Hotel Parlament, and the Hotel Palazzo Zichy – the Hotel Clark is a four-star property featuring 86 guest rooms (numerous with Danube views), a modern restaurant, a panoramic fitness room with Finnish sauna, and 24-hour concierge services. We Love Budapest will post in-depth coverage about this hotel soon after the grand opening, but for now you can check out the Hotel Clark website for more information.
Hungary’s high-tech KViHotel launches futuristic lodgings in Budapest
Combining accommodation and innovation with modern style in bustling District VII, the new four-star KViHotel Budapest opens for business this month as much more than a place to sleep – powered by the TMRW Hotels app, this is an innovative enterprise aiming to update 21st-century guest experiences with smartphone technology. Appointed with sleek furniture and a cosmopolitan lobby lounge, the hotel has no reception desk. Guests check in with the app and use their phone as a room key, as well as a device for controlling the room temperature (from within the hotel or while out and about) or for contacting the 24-hour customer-service center with inquiries or requests. We Love Budapest will soon post an entire article about this groundbreaking project, but for more details in the meantime, see the KViHotel Budapest website.
Corinthia Hotel Budapest earns first prize for MICE facilities and services
During the annual International Hospitality Awards ceremony held in Kiev in February, the historic Corinthia Hotel Budapest won the “Best MICE Hotel 2017” prize for its five-star facilities and services. The Corinthia strives to accommodate MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions) events with its blend of modern and classic halls and meeting rooms, state-of-the-art presentation equipment, wheelchair-accessible guestrooms and infrastructure, and more; the century-old hotel offers a vast array of conference facilities featuring 31 event rooms and the three-story-high Baroque-styled Grand Ballroom. “We are delighted to win this award,” said Corinthia General Manager Jean Pierre Mifsud. For more details about the hotel’s event facilities, see the Corinthia Hotel Budapest website.
Budapest’s Kempinski is newly acclaimed in the Forbes Travel Guide
On February 20th, the globally esteemed Forbes Travel Guide released their 2018 selection of superb hotels worldwide, which now includes the deluxe Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest with an exceptional four-star ranking. The anonymous inspector especially enjoyed the hotel’s varied gastronomic offerings, the onsite spa’s aroma of essential oils and relaxing tepidarium, and the five Corvinus Collection suites designed with elements of Hungarian history and culture. “It is a great honor to receive such a high accolade,” said Kempinski General Manager Stephan Interthal. “A ranking this demanding to achieve is especially important feedback, as it not only reaffirms our objectives and direction, but also offers guidance on where we have room to grow.” For more info, read the full Forbes Travel Guide review.
Ritz-Carlton’s Deák St. Kitchen debuts Saturday gourmet-burger offer
Get an early start on barbecue season with a tempting new burger selection now served every Saturday between noon and 4pm at the Deák St. Kitchen, a welcoming Fashion Street dining destination of The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest. Introduced in late February, the burger special includes three gourmet sliders made with quality ingredients and culinary creativity; options include “The Budapest” (featuring an Angus tenderloin patty topped with foie gras on a paprika-flavored bun), “The Mangalica” (made with Hungary’s renowned mangalica pork), and “The Crab” (based on a crab-cake patty with a squid-ink-and-citrus-flavored bun), along with two savory vegetarian options. This epicurean burger bonanza comes with a top-quality Budapest-made craft beer for 4,700 forints; see the Deák St. Kitchen website to learn more.
Accor Hotels offer “Spring Break in Budapest” discount at properties citywide
Winter’s chill is finally starting to thaw, and several of the city’s Accor Hotels are celebrating by offering “Spring Break in Budapest” discounts of up to 30% off for bookings made at least 30 days in advance. Participating properties include the riverfront Novotel Budapest Danube (with rates as low as 83 euros per night), the Mercure Budapest City Center Hotel (from 69 euros), the Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel (from 51 euros), the Ibis Budapest Centrum (from 52.20 euros), the Ibis Styles Budapest Center (from 48.45 euros), and the Ibis Styles Budapest City (from 50.15 euros). The deal is even sweeter for members of the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program, who receive an additional discount up to 10% – check out the promotion webpage for more details.