Grand Budapest Hotel
In 2012, Wes Anderson and his team visited Corinthia Hotel Budapest to review archive materials from the building's days as the Grand Hotel Royal. A few years later Anderson's vision was realised, and the golden age of hospitality truly took centre stage when The Grand Budapest Hotel was premiered. The film tapped into a nostalgia for a bygone era, and cemented Hollywood's love for the picturesque city of Budapest.
Upon the film's release in 2014, Corinthia Budapest played host to a whirlwind of activity, taking press behind the scenes, celebrating the history of the hotel and highlighting the life of a concierge. Much of the film is set in the 1920s and '30s, corresponding with the Grand Hotel Royal's cinematic heyday: in 1915, the Royal Ballroom in the hotel was transformed into the Apollo Cinema (later the Red Star), boasting a capacity for 1,000 guests. This followed a truly historic occasion, in 1896 the Lumière brothers staged their first cinematographic screening at the hotel.
Although the cinema itself may no longer be standing, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the inextricable link between the Grand Hotel Royal and cinematic history:, browse the history exhibition, pick up a copy of Andreas Augustin's The Most Famous Hotels in the World or take a behind the scenes tour with our longest-serving team member.