Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, Budapest – Review
In 1458, Matthias Corvinus (Hunyadi Mátyás in Hungarian) was proclaimed king of Hungary. His reign was marked by enlightenment and art: he introduced the Renaissance to Hungary, built a substantial royal library, and enticed Italian artists and scholars to settle in the city of Buda, which in 1873 merged with the city of Pest, across the Danube River from it, to become what is today known as Budapest.
My sojourn to Budapest came at the end of a week-long business trip and I was looking forward to visiting the Hungarian capital and exploring this former eastern bloc country.
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, the Philospher King’s namesake, opened three years after the end of Communist rule in Hungary and other eastern-bloc nations. It was the first joint venture with a Western company in Hungary and opened in the Pest half of the city in 1992 in a newly-constructed building designed by Hungarian architect József Finta.
Situated near the Duna (Danube), the Corvinus is one of the mainstays of the Fashion Street area. Its location provides easy access to many historical and tourist sites including the famed outdoor thermal spas, the Jewish quarter, the world famous Christmas market, museums, and cafes.
It was a 45-minute ride from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, this during rush hour, to the hotel, where check-in formalities were quickly dispensed with.