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The 'Real' Grand Budapest Hotel

By , April 7th, 2014

Wes Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is stirring up a lot of desire to visit the pink, European-style hotel that stars in the film. One problem — the Grand Budapest hotel doesn’t actually exist, a model was used for the film — I know, it hurts me too. But if like audiences everywhere, the precious details and delicate facade of the hotel captured your heart, there are a couple of hotels that could deceive you into believing you’re in the hotel from the film. Here are some ‘real’ grand Budapest hotels:


Corinthia Budapest Hotel


Anderson has not formally admitted to basing his artistic vision of his fictional hotel on the Corinthia hotel in Budapest, but it seems pretty obvious that some inspiration must have come from this antique hotel, either that or Anderson and the Corinthia’s hotel designers have some trans-century cerebral connection. The facade of the Corinthia, which opened in Hungary’s capital city in 1896, bears an uncanny resemblance to the hotel in the movie, especially in historic advertisements for the Corinthian when it was known as ‘The Grand Hotel Royal.’ For a limited time, film enthusiasts can enjoy a special three-night ‘Behind the Scenes’ experience at the Corinthia, where they will learn about the history of the Hungarian film industry (which has its roots in the Corinthia Hotel’s Grand Ballroom) and about the Hollywood VIPs who have stayed at the hotel throughout history. See more here.

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Boscolo Budapest Hotel


Located in the heart of Hungary’s capital city lies the exclusive five-star Boscolo Budapest hotel.  The regal aura and delicate detail of the structure definitely echoes the model hotel featured in Anderson’s film (grand entryway, arched doors, elaborate rooftop).Constructed in the late 1800s, the hotel combines old styles of Greek, Latin, Renaissance and Baroque architecture with contemporary renovations, contributing to the hotel’s unique charm. All the rooms are elegantly decorated in a diverse modern style, incorporating contemporary design with period furnishings. See more here.

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Buddha Bar Budapest Hotel


This ‘real’ Budapest hotel is actually a former palace, which was commissioned by an Archduchess of Hungary in 1899, the elegant hotel is a modern reinterpretation of a building that has housed everything from royalty to a post office. After an extensive renovation, completed in 2012, Buddha-Bar Budapest hotel opened with style — winning the Best International Hotel Interior award from the London-based International Hotel Awards. The window detailing and the tower tops of the hotel corners, bear a ‘grand’ resemblance to Anderson’s model hotel. Read more here.

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Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest


The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest combines old world architecture with elegant design and ultra-modern amenities. Guests are going to be wowed by a two million-piece mosaic tile floor, a grand, sweeping staircase, and a wrought iron elevator, all of which that have been carefully restored or recreated in the historic hotel. See more here.

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Whatever inspired the grand Budapest hotel shown in the film, it’s obvious that Anderson’s visionary talent managed to capture that old European charm that these ‘real’ Budapest hotels radiate — mix that unique character with modern satire and it makes for a film worthy of the praise Grand Budapest Hotel is currently receiving.