Farida Zeynalova relaxes in one of the finest hotels in Hungary’s capital
In a city of rugged architecture and Ottoman-era spas, Kempinski Corvinus is a modern, glass-adorned construction overlooking Elizabeth Square. The location is unbeatable for exploring the city and there are three metro lines nearby for travelling further afield.
The lobby, which is grand but by no means flashy, is decorated in classic hues of gold and cream. I’m welcomed to my Deluxe Room on the seventh floor with a fruit bowl and delicious macaroons. It’s light, spacious and pleasantly quiet, despite facing Vaci Street, the main shopping thoroughfare.
To wind down, I head to the second floor spa, which is small and intimate. The walls are an uplifting shade of yellow, with vivid plants and earth-toned mosaic tiles. I put on a headset playing calming, twinkly music, before taking a dip in the small pool overlooking Budapest. The remainder of the evening is wiled away in the Finnish sauna and solarium.
Breakfast is served at ES Bisztro, a vibrant Hungarian-Viennese bistro serving local meat, fish and cheese. It feels less luxury-hotel restaurant, more kooky neighbour’s kitchen, with the day’s specials scrawled on chalkboards. The service is faultless, and the staff even boxed up my breakfast and coffee as I made a dash to the airport. The hotel also has an outpost of world-famous Nobu, which dishes up the best in Japanese cuisine. This place is one of Budapest’s finest.
Address: Erzsebet Ter 708, 1051, Budapest, Hungary
Price: Rooms start from £126 excluding breakfast and taxes