Corinthia Hotel Budapest, originally the Grand Hotel Royal, has launched a new package to celebrate the Oscar success of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and cinematic past and present of Hungary’s capital.
Was the hotel the inspiration for the movie? Corinthia Hotel Budapest, which originally opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, shares several similarities with the movie’s fictional Grand Budapest Hotel, including a remarkably similar facade. The Grand Hotel Royal was Europe’s first grand hotel and royal spa. The earliest filmmakers, the Lumière brothers, held their first cinematographic screening outside of Paris in Continental Europe, at the hotel in May 1896. In 1915, the Hotel’s Royal Ballroom was transformed into the Royal Apollo Cinema seating over 1,000 viewers.
In 2002, the luxury Corinthia Hotel Group restored the original Grand Hotel Royal to its former glory. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” package offers a unique chance to live the life of the 1930’s elite one of the first European hotels to feature en-suite bathrooms and electricity-operated lifts.
Living like the social elite the hotel attracted in 1896, guests will be brought to the hotel in limousines. They will also get a tailor-made guided historical tour of this Grande Dame hotel, special room amenities – and of course the opportunity to watch the award-winning movie within the walls of the hotel which inspired it. Package price is €409 for two nights for two people, plus 20% tax and with option to extend at a special rate.