If Budapest isn’t currently on your travel list for 2017, be prepared to add it now.
I’d never dreamed of visiting Budapest or even exploring the city. To be completely honest, it wasn’t on my list for a long time. It was only recently that we decided to break free from our typical travel dreams adding in ones that are slightly more budget friendly. (Ahem, we’re looking to explore the far East next year – eek!)
Before we picked Budapest, in the spirit of finding some new places to explore, I went to my first source of inspiration. Instagram. Don’t even pretend like that’s not how you plan your holidays. If the photos look excellent, I’m going to want to be there. It’s how I fully plan trips, from restaurants, historical sites through to hotels.
Joe arranged everything for this trip. I did our ‘on the ground’ planning. Where I managed to find a few cool bars and places to pop into. He did the rest, but because he knows me too well, I wasn’t surprised when we pulled up in our cab to the Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
This hotel was absolutely beautiful. I wasn’t actually planning on writing up a post about it, but it really blew me away, so I thought it was the best way to kick start sharing my Budapest travels.
When we arrived, we miraculously were both 1) able to check in early and 2) get an upgrade. I beelined for the bathroom when we got there because my attempts at hydration have me drinking approx. 8,000 glasses of water a day. Upon my return, I got the news about the Corinthia giving us the upgrade and early check in. So good you guys.
Our room was massive. Bigger than our flat in London, because of course. King sized bed, marble bathrooms and fluffy wardrobes. Hello, hello.
Such pretty architecture throughout the hotel as well. I loved the windows overlooking the courtyard and might have taken too many photos like these ones. I couldn’t be stopped.
On our first day, we fueled up before heading out into the city with a quick Club Sandwich and Coke in their lounge area. I found the Corinthia Hotel fairly well priced for everything. It felt and looked like a Five Star experience. We usually try to stay pretty budget friendly on our trips, you know, to save money to go on more trips. Our entire three nights in Budapest at the Corinthia were pretty affordable. While it was definitely still a splurge, it didn’t break the bank.
We even treated ourselves to two mornings of breakfast in the room. I generally love to explore a city’s breakfast options. With a borderline inappropriate devotion to brunch, I don’t normally pass up that opportunity. However, sometimes you just want to relax in the morning. So rather than rushing out of bed to go find food, we stayed in. You know the feeling? The bed is super comfortable and you just want to lie there because you know that you’re going to walk 20,000 steps later that day. That kind of morning.
The staff were also incredibly friendly throughout our stay. I think that always makes the difference between a good – and a great stay.
I loved our time spent at the Corinthia. It’s that much better when you feel completely comfortable where you are and knowing that you’d return in a heartbeat. I can’t recommend it enough for anyone planning a visit to the city of Budapest.