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INTRO

INTERVIEW

PROGRAMS

AWARD

Welcome words from the General Manager, a
photo what we love, and a prominent
ensemble whom we have hosted recently.

interview with Zsófia husz, our hotel’s Food &
beverage Coordinator on her duties and her
favorite hobbies.

Plan your programs with us!
We have listed a number of events
for you to enjoy for the festive season.

Just recently, our beloved Corinthia hotel
budapest was recognized as one of the top
hotels in europe.

Welcome
FROM THE
GENERAL
MANAGER

> let’s peek into the tea-room from the lobby!

AboUt CorinthiA hotel bUDAPest
> Corinthia hotel budapest is

an award-winning member of
the Corinthia hotels brand.
the hotel originally opened as
the Grand hotel royal in 1896
and was entirely renovated
and, in parts, rebuilt in 2003, following its acquisition by
Corinthia hotels. Among its many attributes, the hotel
features a majestic Grand ballroom and the ‘royal spa’itself an extensive renovation of an original 19th century
spa which adjoined the original hotel - that has once
again regained its rightful place as budapest’s most
luxurious spa.

Deep Purple

thomas M. Fischer | GenerAl MAnAGer

PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Guestbook
FAMOUS GUEST

> Finally, after a grey and rainy winter, spring is
just around the corner and we, too, are putting
renewed energy into ‘the Year of new
Momentum’. We honor and appreciate women
right at the very start of the month. to mark
international Women’s Day, we have put together
several exotic dishes such as oyster with passion
fruit sorbet and special accoutrements, which
will be made available through room service.
naturally, we have not forgotten to arrange a
Women’s Day brunch, either. in line with tradition,
we are organizing a national brunch complete
with hungarian specialties, decor and program
plus hungaricums on the sunday of the national
holiday weekend of March 15. there are similarly
interesting themed brunches in the second half
of the month, with the emphasis – as always –
on new experiences and entertainment. We turn
the clock back to America of the 1920s and 30s
and the time of the speakeasy (also called a blind
pig or blind tiger), and at the end of the month,
we turn everything on its head at the Fool’s Day
sunday brunch. earlier, i mentioned hungaricums,
and there is none better than hungarian pálinka.
visit the elegant le bar lobby where there is a
special opportunity to sample quality hungarian
pálinka, distilled from a variety of fine fruits, in a
relaxed atmosphere to the sound of background
live jazz music. besides this there are many other
interesting features in this month’s publication:
we are introduced to Zsófia, who works in the
F&b section, while Péter shares another one of
his own recipes, and our partner nikki renwick
reveals what it is worth knowing about esPA, one
of our latest services. And of course, life in the
city continues to be busy, so we publish a guide
of programs in budapest.

CorinthiA hotel bUDAPest
honoreD in the 2014 triPADvisor trAveler's
ChoiCe AWArDs
> Corinthia hotel budapest today announced that it has been named as
a winner in the luxury, top hotels and romance category in the 2014
traveler's Choice awards. in the 12th year of the awards, the world's most
outstanding properties were identified in the categories of top hotels,
bargain, b&bs and inns, Family, luxury, romance and small hotels.
traveler's Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews
and opinions of millions of tripAdvisor travelers around the globe.

tripAdvisor is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip.
tripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than
260 million unique monthly visitor*, and more than 125 million reviews and opinions covering
more than 3.1 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.
“We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who
know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to tripAdvisor to share
their experiences,” said barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for tripAdvisor. “For those
seeking inspiration for their 2014 travel planning, this list of spectacular accommodations that
received 2014 travelers’ Choice awards is a perfect place to start.”
'We are really proud of this title, which ranks us as a member of the world’s most outstanding
hotels based on the opinions of travellers around the globe,' said thomas M. Fischer, General
Manager of the hotel.

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the roYAl sPA At
CorinthiA bUDAPest
PArtners With GlobAl sPA
leADer, esPA
> As the latest stage of the 'Year of new Momentum' we

proudly introduce our partnership with esPA. to mark this
exciting collaboration the royal spa at Corinthia budapest have
launched a selection of esPA treatments ranging from resultsdriven facials to efficacious body treatments . each esPA
treatment is personalised to clients individual needs.

intervieW With esPA trAiner niKKi renWiCK
Tell us about ESPA?
recognised as global leaders in spa, esPA successfully
combines the design and management of prestigious spas
across five continents with the creation of pioneering, natural
products that are rich in heritage, texture and aroma. esPA is
proud to partner with luxury hoteliers, property companies
and owners around the globe to create some of the world’s
finest spas. esPA products are as unique as they are effective;
they are tested each and every day by a highly trained and
extremely professional global network of therapists based in
55 countries. it is this combination of expertise and rich spa
heritage that creates a unique brand that has won over 125
coveted awards in the last 3 years.
What makes ESPA so special?
esPA’s award-winning, natural skincare products and
treatments are the choice of the best spas across the globe.
esPA products are, on average, 99% natural and only use the
finest ingredients that work in harmony with your skin. they’re
also really proud to be a british company who manufacture all
their products in the UK.
How is the training process?
esPA train over 3,500 therapists internationally every year - all
esPA courses are taught by internationally recognised trainers

who are vastly experienced therapists themselves. their highly
trained skincare experts not only carry out advanced
treatments but are also able to guide customers to the perfect
products for their skin type. esPA’s aim is to educate their
therapists to a level that provides inspiration and motivation
to deliver their award-winning standards worldwide. All their
training, both theoretical and practical, is technically advanced
and places great emphasis on attention to detail, because esPA
believe your client can tell the difference.
What kind of products are used for treatments?
esPA source only the highest quality ingredients for their
products, focusing on purity, potency and therapeutic
qualities. these ingredients include essential oils, marine
extracts and botanicals which have been grown and harvested
under optimum conditions. esPA is passionate about using
only natural essential oils to provide fragrance (as well as
therapeutic benefits) as opposed to synthetic options.
How important is sustainability to ESPA?
ever mindful of the planet’s resources, esPA strives to ensure
that all raw ingredients used in their products are from
sustainable sources. their products are developed from
sourcing ingredients of the finest plant extracts and oils, all of
which are ethically sourced from around the world.

Corinthia hotel st Petersburg

Meet the stAFF
INTERVIEW WITH

Zsófia Husz,
F&B COORDINATOR
How long have you worked at the hotel?
My career with Corinthia started in Malta in July 2010, where i worked
for nearly two years at Corinthia hotel st George’s bay. i was drawn
back to hungary by my family and friends, and the opportunity to
develop my career here. While in Malta, i applied for the position of
bar supervisor at the royal, which had become vacant in 2012, and
which i filled for seven months. in July 2013, i applied for the F&b
Coordinator post in hotel Corinthia budapest.
What are your duties?
in my job i am under the direct supervision of the Food and beverage
Director and his deputy. i am responsible for correspondence and
translations. i translate menus and prepare them for publication. i
handle the filing and mailing of incoming and outgoing
correspondence. it is my job to ???draw??? the forms and stationery
required by the restaurant directorate. i take table reservations for
special occasions and fixed events, and arrange all the necessary
administration. i draft circulars from the restaurant directorate, copy
directives and look after their duplication and distribution.
Furthermore, it is my duty to handle the administration of contracted
staff working at events, book them and make sure the paper work is
in place. i prepare the notices of the daily buffet selections for the
restaurant and bar. i maintain contact with several graphic design
studios and with printers, and i correct and coordinate material, flyers
and menus.
What was your happiest experience in relation to the hotel?
i was surprised by the warm welcome i received in the hotel abroad,
as a hungarian working in Malta, and also when, prior to the
extension of my contract, i said that i missed my family and friends
very much, and the possibility of advancing up the career ladder in
Malta would be difficult without a knowledge of Maltese, that is why
i would like to continue my career back in hungary. they were very
understanding and helpful. Mr. Chapel, General Manager in Malta,
without even being asked contacted Mr Fischer and assured me that
there was the possibility of continuing my career at home within the
framework of Corinthia. i find it hard to believe that in any other
luxury hotel chain anyone – outside hr – would have been
interested in the future of a waitress, to a level where the GMs
corresponded by e-mail on this topic. i love the job and the
knowledge that my work is appreciated and valued, and later on i will
have the opportunity to take up the challenge in other posts, and
thereby advance my position. this reinforces in me the feeling that it
is well worth remaining loyal to the hotel. i am absolutely certain that
our guests also recognize this type of care when they step over the
threshold of our hotel.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
this largely depends on my mood, but i enjoy active, quality leisure, i
am not the type to sit at home, although after a frantic week this also
has its attractions. i enjoy all kinds of sports, everything from rafting to
snowboarding or a simple run around the track on Margaret island. if i
can, i like to spend time with my friends and family. i really enjoy
travelling, both abroad and in hungary.

> the five-star Corinthia hotel st Petersburg is the result of the renovation of historic 19th century buildings in the heart of st.

Petersburg on the city's main boulevard, nevsky Prospect. retaining the classic facades, the interior was completely rebuilt
offering a fine blend of art deco and modern business facilities. All of the major historical sites including the hermitage and the
Winter Palace, the Alexander nevsky Monastery, st.isaac's Cathedral, and the Admiralty are nearby and easily accessible from the
hotel, as are the major business districts. the hotel has everything you would wish for in a five-star hotel. 388 comfortable and
elegant rooms, including 107 executive rooms created within the framework of the hotel extension project. All rooms are
equipped with central air-conditioning and heating, sprinkler and smoke detector system, safe, mini-bar, hair-dryer and Wi-Fi,
direct-dialing telephone with voice mail and satellite television. the restaurants are universally recognized as being among the
city’s finest. the stylish, bright & spacious imperial restaurant overlooks nevsky Prospect, while Café vienna offers for coffee,
pastries, desserts and light snacks in the best viennese traditions. nevsky bar & lounge, offering a wide range of drinks and snacks,
is the best place to unwind and relax after a busy day. the lobby bar serves tea, coffee, and an excellent choice of drinks and light
snacks. the hotel has an extensive range of conference and banqueting facilities that can accommodate a wide range of events.
the centerpiece of the hotel conference center is the Grand ballroom, seating close to 500, which is the largest meeting space of
its kind in any five-star hotel in the City of st Petersburg.

Puskás-Ferguson Award
> since his retirement last summer, sir
Alex Ferguson rarely accepts public
engagements, and yet this weekend he
made an exception. As in previous years,
he appeared in person to hand over the
Puskás-Ferguson Award, set up by the
robert burns Foundation hungary-scotland society, at old trafford
stadium. this year he was accompanied by Mrs Ferenc Puskás.
Corinthia hotel budapest received the award for sponsor of the
Year. thomas M. Fischer General Manager attended the ceremony
on behalf of the hotel.

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recipe of the Month

brUnChes in MArCh

the CheF reCoMMenDs

brasserie & Atrium restaurant
every sunday, 12:00 - 16:00
Cost of the sunday brunch:
adults hUF 8900;
children age 6 -14 years get 50% discount;
free for children under the age of 6.

> Péter bolyki joined the hotel having already established

himself as a highly skilled professional in a number of
countries. he had been working for hapag lloyd Ms
hanseatic, regent seven seas Mariner, Palais Auersperg and
the Adventure Catering and schönbrunn orangerie. We invite
you to cook with us and try Péter's favorites.

Péter bolyki

WoMen’s DAY brUnCh

inGreDients

DAte | March 9, 12:00-16:00
loCAtion | brasserie & Atrium restaurant
> Praise be to the fair sex! the international Women’s Day brunch is an extravaganza of all things
feminine , starting with the thousands of fresh flowers (and marzipan blooms) decorating the
brasserie, through a glorious salad bar, grilled fish, bailey’s desserts, and a dessert wine tasting
session. hungary’s most famous perfume maker, Zsolt Zólyomi, will be on hand to dispense
samples of his latest and favorite creations.

1000 g foie gras | 10 g salt | 1 g pepper (white or very fine black) | 2 g sugar
10 ml tokaji Aszú, sweet hungarian wine

nAtionAl brUnCh

FOIE GRAS TERRINE TORCHON
WITH DARK CHOCOLATE AND
FRESH COCONUT

DAte | March 16, 12:00-16:00
loCAtion | brasserie & Atrium restaurant
> the second week in March is a national holiday in hungary, commemorating the outbreak of the
War of independence in 1848. our sunday brunch this week goes totally hungarian, with hussarcostumed waiters serving a range of fine beverages (including the inimitable tokaj) and such delicacies
as Újházi soup, székely cabbage and spicy salamis. lively melodies come from the Csicsó band, and
children can learn how to sew cockades in the Kid’s Corner.

sPeAKeAsY brUnCh
DAte | March 23, 12:00-16:00
loCAtion | brasserie & Atrium restaurant
> this sunday, why not turn back the clock to America of the 1920s and toddle on down to your
favorite speakeasy? the bootleg whiskey will flow freely, there will be honky-tonk piano music and all
the waiters will be dressed in Al Capone-like gear including fedoras. luckily, the machine guns are all
dummies, but the whiskey-marinated ribs, steaks, chicken wings and beer soup are totally authentic.
one almost expects the Great Gatsby himself to stroll in at any moment!

Fool’s DAY brUnCh
DAte | March 30, 12:00-16:00
loCAtion | brasserie & Atrium restaurant
> We’ve turned things around a little bit for the Fools Day brunch. in fact, we’ve turned everything on
its head! Your meal is cooked by chefs dressed as waiters and is served by waiters dressed as chefs and
wearing clown’s noses. A clown will clown around, the cocktails come with wacky names such as
hangover and Dominique, and the food includes such oddities as mega lollies and exploding candy...
Crazy! but you’d be nuts to miss it!!

PrePArAtion
Pull apart the lobes and remove as many veins from the foie gras as possible.
remove any sinew or membranes from the outside of the foie gras. Put the foie
gras in a baking dish and cover with milk. Combine the salt, pepper, sugar. sprinkle
the combined seasoning over the foie gras. Press the foie gras into a container in
an even layer 2 cm to 2.5 cm thick. Pour the tokaji Aszú wine over the foie gras.
Press a piece of plastic directly against the foie gras so as little air as possible is in
contact with it. refrigerate overnight. Drain and rinse the foie gras, remove it
from the container and let it rest for an hour at room temperature (it will be
easier to work with). Place it on a piece of parchment paper (best) or plastic
wrap (will suffice) in the form a loaf about 16 x 8 centimeters. roll the foie gras
into a log, twisting and squeezing the ends of the parchment paper or plastic to
help compact the foie gras. An hour later unwrap the foie gras, discard the paper
or plastic and transfer the log to a piece of cheesecloth about 30 x 60
centimeters. Place the foie gras on the short end of the cheesecloth. roll it to
force the foie gras into a compact log again. Using butchers twine, loop a length
of string around your index finger. With the same hand, hold one end of the
cheesecloth tightly and wind the string around the end of the foie gras.
Continue wrapping the string about 0.5 cm into the foie gras, this will help force
the foie gras to compress into a tight roll and tie it off. repeat the procedure on
the other end. tie a few ties along its girth for extra support. in a wide pot,
simmer enough stock or water to completely submerge the foie gras. Prepare an
ice bath. Place the torchon into gently simmering liquid for 90 seconds.
immediately remove the torchon to the ice bath to cool, 5 or 10 minutes. the foie
gras will be loose in the cloth. Make it compact again by compressing it in a
second cloth (leaving the first one on). roll it as tightly as possible. twist and
tie the ends of the towel with a string and hang the torchon from a shelf in the
refrigerator overnight. Unwrap, slice and serve or cut slices with a ring mold. serve
with dark chocolate and fresh coconut.

JAZZ AnD PAlinKA DAYs in the le bAr lobbY
DAte | March 10-23, 19:00 – 01:00
loCAtion | le bar lobby
PriCes | the trio selection + Pálinka 4 cl 3700 hUF
> Pálinka is a unique hungarian spirit, a quality brandy that contains the essence of the fruit from
which it is distilled. szicsek Distillery in tiszaföldvár produces a range of super fine pálinkas that we
have brought together so that you can sample them in the comfort of le bar, to the sounds of live jazz
music. elderberry, pear, plum, raspberry and apricot pálinkas are accompanied by hungarian traditional
savory scones, mini sausages and dried fruit. served every evening for a fortnight, it is the perfect
opportunity to acquaint yourself with this fine spirit beverage of the Magyars.

WoMen's DAY in rooM serviCe
DAte | March 8
loCAtion | room service
> room service has developed a very special offer in early March... “For the special women in our lives.”
to mark international Women’s Day March 8, room service will contact guests personally to inform them
about the day’s selection including a seasonal Market and Women’s Menu of delicious oysters followed
by Passion Fruit sorbet and a complimentary royal cocktail. Mini perfumes are available and the rooms’
decor will feature a feminine touch too, all designed to express appreciation and love.

MYsterY oF roYAl
DAte | March 20, 18:30 – 22:00
loCAtion | brasserie & Atrium restaurant
PriCe | 9900 hUF
> there is a mystery at the royal, and dinner guests are invited to solve the crime. An inspector calls and
outlines the ghastly deed, then instructions are handed out to teams, who set off around the hotel after
the starter and again after the main course. their job is to collect the clues that will lead, just before
dessert, to the unmasking of the perpetrator. the winner then receives a princely reward: a voucher for a
sunday brunch of choice. but don’t think for a moment that this ties everything up neatly... the inspector
will be back again in 3 months with another puzzle.

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FestivAls

> the state opera house and erkel theatre have
numerous ballet evenings -lehár: Die lustige Witwe,
Goldmark: the taming of the shrew and a special
Modern mini ballet series on show - to offer you this
month besides the excellent operas – erkel: bánk bán,
Mozart: Die entführung aus dem serail, ránk: the King’s
new Clothes, Janacek: Jenufa. there will be two extra
Puccini: tosca evenings as part of the budapest spring
Festival on March 21-23.
March will favor fans of classical music with all the major
orchestras in concert at the national Concert hall. the budapest Festival orchestra is giving two
’unfinished’ evenings with schubert and bruckner on March 1-2. the MÁv symphony orchestra will
have a special guest conductor, irwin hoffman for their concert on March 6. the Pannon
Philharmonic orchestra promises an exciting night on March 7, as part of the Five Colour Concert
series, the ’bottle Green’ evening will feature a harpist, Anastazia razvaljajeva. the Dohnányi
orchestra will deal with the unattainable as a devilish temptation during ’temptations’ on March 16.
on March 12 the Paganini of the organ, Mr. Cameron Carpenter will premier’ the Music For an
imaginary Film’ at the national Concert hall.
the liszt Music Academy also favors classical music fans with some outstanding concerts: David
Fray (pianist) and the Franz liszt Chamber orchestra on the 6th of March; Gennady
rozhdestvensky and Concerto budapest on March 7-8; the hungarian radio Choir performing
Mendelssohn: elijah on 9th March; the world famous Kobayashi Ken-ichiro and the liszt Academy
symphony orchestra on show with beethoven: symphony no. 9. on March 26.
the colorful program of the Festival theatre awaits dance lovers of all genre in March: the Moulin
rouge by GG Dance eger, ballet based on the life story of henri de toulouse-lautrec on the 6th of
March; stag song by the hungarian state Folk ensemble on March 14; and the world premier of
recirquel: the naked Clown as part of the budapest spring Festival on March 28 -30.

niGht bAthinG

> the rudas thermal bath was established in the 16th
century, during the time of the turkish occupation. its
central part includes an octagonal pool covered by a 10
meter diameter dome. At the end of the 19th century, a
therapeutic swimming facility and a sauna was added.
rudas is unique among baths in budapest because it is
open on Friday and saturday nights. it offers relaxing
waters instead of wild and hilarious parties, so guests
can forget everyday troubles and problems and take a rest in the thermal pools that are especially
hot. nightlife is made special by the Magic bath party series offered almost every saturday night in
March at the lukács bath. on these evenings, the thermal bath turns into a crazy party venue with
laser show, DJ, cocktails, beers, mismatching bikinis.

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> the gramophone in the spotless drawing room of a Parisian couple records everything, even
what it should not. it’s a tiny hiccup – but because of it the world collapses. Grave husbands,
charming wives, wily lovers and gauche suitors madly rush into and from each other’s arms,
only compounding the problems with every hopeful turn. this does not bother the tipsy
neighbour a bit: he is only concerned with a search for his clothes, revolver in hand. the moral
of the tale is not lost on Francine: "there would immediately be more faithful wives if a lover
could occasionally be accommodated.”
Feydeau was the greatest master of farce, in fact “the bach of the genre”. in his irresistible
comedies he illuminates the world without a shred of illusion or pathos, from an angle where
one can only laugh.

the roYAl FloWer hoMe & interior
> recently reopened, ‘the royal Flower’ outlet is located next to

the main entrance. Just as there are no two people alike, so no two
flowers are the same. We are pleased to meet your particular
requirements and design concepts, whether it’s for a simple
bouquet of flowers, decorative elements for a conference or
banquet, or that very special wedding.
Wedding consultancy | Flower delivery | event decoration
Corinthia hotel budapest, erzsébet körút 43-49,
1073 budapest, next to the main entrance
+36 20 923 1965 | +36 20 499 5353
royal@theroyalflower.com | andifiore.hu

exhibition
> invisible exhibition
imagine that all the lights go out…the
invisible exhibition is a unique interactive
journey to an invisible world, where in
total darkness you find your way only by
touch, sound and scent. You will be led
by blind or partially sighted people
through differently furnished places and
various life situations. You can experience
what it’s like to cross a road, to pay for a
cup of coffee in a bar or choose the right
spices for your lunch…. this way, despite
the difficulties brought on by loss of
sight, you will experience that the world
can be still beautiful. the exhibition
brings the worlds of those with and
without sight closer to each other. As a
novelty, every Fridays, an invisible Dinner
is held, also in pitch-dark.

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> Auto, Motor & tuning show - is hungary's main
automotive event which has been created by the
collaboration of many famous exhibitions and shows.
the season opening festival fills 5 pavilions of budapest
exhibition Center. there will be more than 1.000 unique
vehicles from11 countries exhibited on 80.000 m2 of
exhibition area. During the three days of the show, daylong indoor and outdoor automotive programs entertain
visitors.
budapest is a city of values and emotions, where festivals are as much about traditions as
fascinating new surprises. the programs of the 34th budapest spring Festival, held between March
21 and April 6, will introduce visitors to a colorful and varied cultural scene in one of europe’s
most exciting capitals. besides music, theatre and dance, fine arts and photography, film,
contemporary circus and architecture will also be featured.
those interested in the visual arts will find special exhibits at the budapest history Museum,
which presents a selection of hungarian painters’ self-portraits from Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. At
the hungarian national Gallery, the oeuvre of Gyula Derkovits, the most original hungarian
expressionist, will be on view. ludwig Museum awaits lovers of contemporary art, while the Capa
Centre opens new exhibits of photography.