The Kempinski is a relatively new hotel and building in Budapest. I stayed that as part of a small group of women that took a 4 day spa and tour trip in March. Of course, since it was sunny and reasonably warm the entire time, I'm certain my entire experience was positively swayed. The rooms were spacious, clean, and beautifully appointed. Everything product (shampoo, conditioner, office supplies, etc.) you could want was provided. The bed was comfortable, and the 2 pillows supplied seemed to be a choice of one soft and one firm. Our room was quiet, though we did hear a slight bit of pedestrian party noise one evening as we had our window cracked open (5th floor) because we found our room became a bit too warm through the night without this.
I like the location, as I thought the Pest side had more areas that you would want to explore by foot, while the Buda side was more a couple of compact areas that were easy to visit on their own. It was a short couple of blocks to the river, and overall very central and convenient.
The breakfast buffet was amazing! I could not think of anything a westerner would want that was not provided. The food was fresh and varied. I also found the staff to be particularly attentive for a buffet (and in general). We ate one night at Nobu (a Japanese restaurant in the hotel) and it was very good with some interesting takes on the cuisine.
The exercise room was a bit small and could only be reached through the spa. Two of the three bikes did not work when I was there, and neither did the TVs. Air flow in this room was not ideal, but there was a reasonable amount of equipment available. This area was the weakest point of the hotel for me and did not live up to the rest.
A number of ladies in the group had spa treatments and were happy with them. I had a foot massage which was fine, but not great. I had to book a 'Thai' foot massage as this was the only one available that day. They were accommodating in giving me 'regular' message since I have knee problems and did not want a Thai one. This may have led to part of my disappointment. Additionally, 'Thai' treatments are done by an 'outside' firm for the hotel which led to some other complications with my bill. Fortunately, this was resolved by Reception when I checked out. As a note, the cost of spa treatments at the hotel were significantly more expensive than the ones at the bath (which were great).
Overall, this is a great hotel and I would heartily recommend it - and Budapest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Budapest whilst enjoying generously spacious and luxuriously outfitted rooms or suites in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, right at the city center. Savour Budapest's best of international cuisines at the hotel's top restaurants inclusive ES Bisztro, a brasserie featuring Hungarian and Austrian dishes with modern twist, NOBU Budapest, first in Central Europe... Find relief from urban stress while pampering your senses at Kempinski the Spa... Or meet & greet , network, entertain... On business, a break or an adventure, our comprehensive services and state-of-the-art facilities are on call for you 24/7. ... more less
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