Budapest's top-drawer properties spruce up

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- While hotels are opening at a record pace here, established luxury properties are overhauling their interiors.

The five-star Inter-Continental Budapest completed its refurbishment about six months ago. Close to business and shopping districts, it also boasts some of the city's best meeting spaces.

For more information, call (800) 327-0200, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web site, at www.interconti.com.

With eight years under its belt, the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus has established its reputation as one of the top hotels in Budapest and a prime spot for celebrity sightings.

The hotel is planning its first refurbishment, slated to begin this month. The $4 million, floor-by-floor renovation is expected to take two years and will include replacing carpets, wall coverings, upholstery and lighting and upgrading the bathrooms.

The hotel has no concierge-level floor, as it claims to give everyone executive treatment.

Rack rates start at about $282 for a superior double room and rise to about $1,760 for the presidential suite.

To book, call (800) 426-3135, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.kempinski-budapest.com.

The 25-year-old Hilton Budapest, nestled in the Historic Castle District, completed its first major refurbishment in February.

Its 322 rooms are bright and spacious, and this hotel takes the cake when it comes to views.

The Inter-Continental, Kempinski and Hilton, however, will have to share the top slots with the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, which is slated to open in fall 2002 in one of Budapest's most distinctive Art Nouveau buildings. For more information, visit www.greshampalace.com.

-- Rebecca Tobin

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