Expect the exceptional. Defining contemporary Budapest’s urbanscape, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus’ custom-built edifice epitomises the electricity of the city centre. While it is flanked by fin-de-siècle blocks, as well as the Ferris wheel in Erzsébet Park, it is home to some of the most pioneering initiatives to bring Budapest’s characteristic vibes and feel to its guests. Always one step ahead, always breaking new ground in creating singular, signature service.
The recently reconstructed lobby’s grandiose design elements conjure up abstracted inspirations from local aesthetics. It lines up a diverse offering of culinary diversions under the concept, and literally under one roof, “Gastronomic Quarter Downtown Budapest”. More than sushi, Nobu remains the only Central European member of New Japanese’s global network. ÉS Bisztró dusted off and updated Austro-Hungarian Monarchical cuisine’s favourites in a chic and informal setting, with its Family Table on Sundays redefining brunch. ÉS Deli curates its own coffee from the best sustainably cultivated and fairly traded beans. The Living Room brings alive Budapest’s historically idiosyncratic café experience in a contemporary way, and at the weekends serves an egg-stravaganza of … Eggs Benedict in a variety of delicious and luxurious reworkings. Blue Fox The Bar has assembled a team of avant-garde cocktail specialists, creating fanciful mixes.
For the Corvinus kitchens, local sourcing doesn’t just mean Hungary, or the wider region; it goes as far, or rather near, as the building’s rooftop. For years now, various herbs have been grown and harvested daily there, going straight to the kitchens.
Kempinski The Spa is the Kempinski Corvinus guest’s (re-)charger. Its treatments offer beauty as well as wellness-focused regimes. The Spa’s signature treatment, “The Hungary Holistic”, was specifically developed with an emphasis on local ingredients: hungarymud is sourced from the south-eastern region, and its rich mineral content is harnessed in a blissful 90-minute session to smoothen and elasticise skin tone.
Kempinski Gallery is undoubtedly Budapest’s most dynamic art house – it is open round the clock! The first and only hotel in town with its own corporate art collection, which it has been consistently compiling since the hotel’s construction, the Gallery is a specialist in contemporary Hungarian art. It shows its own as well as guest artists’ work, while some of the Collection’s pieces adorn the suites and public spaces.
High energy in more ways than one, Kempinski Corvinus is also home to the city’s first electric vehicle charging station, which is on its premises.
Owing to its enviable location right in the very beating heart of Budapest, all the mustn’t-miss diversions are within easy reach. Mostly on foot. In front of Kempinski Corvinus, the Ferris wheel turns for extraordinary and rare vistas over the city. On the opposite side, Fashion Street’s chic allure draws fashionistas to its boutiques. In summer, this stretch also features terraces for speciality food and drinks to enjoy in the refreshing Danube breeze, which blows from the riverbank nearby.
In winter, Fashion Street morphs into an Advent fair, with its fairy-tale wooden huts and stalls proffering Christmas gifts, as well as typical traditional seasonal bites, sweets and mulled wine. The winter season celebrations’ focal points lie in the immediate vicinity too: the main Advent fair, complete with its entertainment stage and children’s activities, takes place in Vörösmarty Square, a block away, while the Synagogue, an Orientalist masterpiece and Europe’s biggest temple, is an easy ten-minute stroll away to celebrate Hanukkah.
High and low, Budapest has plenty of diversions across the board. The Opera House, the Palace of Arts, as well as the world-famous Spring Festival and autumn’s Budapest Café, have become household names in showcasing all that matters, and what will matter, in art. Foodies, take note: the city now features more Michelin stars than some of its regional peers.
At the other end of the entertainment spectrum, the nearby 7th district’s central streets have been dedicated to nightlife and casual dining. This cluster of streets, the old Jewish district, gave birth to a special genre of bars, affectionately called “rubble bars”. A staple of the city, and unbeatably popular with locals and visitors alike, they typically set up shop in vacated buildings with a courtyard in the middle, and offer chic slumming and street-smart fun in an endless combination of features, such as live DJs, food trucks, creative craft beer and kid- and pet-friendly gardens.
The city’s staple diversion, thermal baths, have also been receiving upgrades. From Ottoman to Orientalist, these charming and, most of all, rare, historical sites come complete with state-of-the-art spa facilities to add to the soak of their healing waters.
Budapest has never seen so much electrifying activity as now. The power is on, and amongst the myriad lights that this spectacular city is, Kempinski Corvinus keeps on shining brighter and brighter.
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