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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Corinthia Hotel Budapest, the historic grand dame of Hungary’s capital, announces an exclusive “Behind the Scenes Grand Budapest Hotel” three-night luxury experience

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's latest all-star film, recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars. Corinthia Hotel Budapest, which originally opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, shares several similarities with the movie’s fictional Grand Budapest Hotel, including a remarkably similar facade.

The Grand Hotel Royal was Europe’s first grand hotel and royal spa. The earliest filmmakers, the Lumière brothers, held their first cinematographic screening outside of Paris in Continental Europe, at the hotel in May 1896.  In 1915, the Hotel’s Royal Ballroom was transformed into the Royal Apollo Cinema seating over 1,000 viewers. In 2002, the luxury Corinthia Hotel Group, painstakingly and elegantly, restored the original Grand Hotel Royal to its former glory.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest’s exclusive three-night “Behind the Scenes” stay offers movie buffs the opportunity to experience the special ambiance of an historic “Grand Hotel,” along with the best of 21st century luxury. Start the story with a ‘Behind the Scenes” tour at the Hotel, learning about the history of the Hungarian film industry which has its roots in the Corinthia Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Executive Club facilities and pamper themselves in the beautifully restored Royal Spa, ten years older than even the original hotel.

The “Behind the Scenes” package provides guests with the unique opportunity to attend a VIP Grand Budapest Hotel movie screening at the Arena Plaza cinema (guaranteed from March 20 to April 9) and a walking tour of the Hungarian capital’s most famous movie set locations. Topping off this “Behind the Scenes” experience, guests will enjoy a special view of Budapest from a cruise on the Danube.

The three-night “Behind the Scenes” experience starts at EUR 842 (approximately $1,150) for two, including buffet breakfast, valid from March 20 to December 25, 2014.

Please visit www.corinthia.com/budapest for booking information and terms and conditions.

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