Balázs Kovács, CEO of the Danubius Hotels Group looks back with satisfaction at the recent period and optimistically ahead to the coming months. He has a good reason for this as the hotel company has plans to introduce several novelties in the near future to increase guest satisfaction and to provide high-standard service at events in addition to the renovations already completed.
Budapest had a very successful season from the point of view of tourism. What does it mean for the Danubius Hotels Group?
On the whole, it can be said that these were the most successful months of our history of almost 50 years, which resulted from the sustained efforts and good teamwork of all of our colleagues.
Between May and August, sales are dominated by leisure tourism. During these months, we operated at high occupancy rates already in earlier years, but this year we managed to achieve a substantial increase in average room rates. This was also supported by various sports and other events such as the Formula-1 Hungarian Grand Prix and the 17th FINA World Championships held simultaneously in July. In the case of the latter, the Danubius Hotels Group was in a special position as our hotels were among those where organisers booked rooms for the athletes.
What renovations were completed this summer?
In Budapest, three of our hotels underwent more than a facelift. At Hilton Budapest, we renovated two-thirds of the rooms and created a spacious group check-in area for receiving large groups, from which guests are taken to the lobby by a panorama lift overlooking the most splendid sight of the city. We have modernised the Ball Room, which has the capacity for 600 guests, making it an even more perfect venue for weddings, gala dinners and conferences. This was done with the involvement of renowned interior designers, ensuring that all design elements reflect the harmony between the hotel’s historic features and modern elegance. I am convinced that our Buda Castle gem deservedly attracted recognition two years ago when it was one of the gold winners of the London Design Awards and in May this year when it won the title of Hungary’s best five-star conference hotel.
We will soon continue renovating the rooms at the Hilton, just as at the Radisson Blu Béke Hotel on the Grand Boulevard, where guest rooms and suites on two floors have so far been renovated. Here, the style of the interior furnishings combines sleek Scandinavian design and refined ergonomic solutions. We have also approved some exciting ideas for the revamping of the lobby and the Café Zsolnay, which has been firmly attached to the name of the hotel. So we will set to work again in the autumn.
Budapest, 18 April 2017 - Kempinski Hotel Corvinus has refurbished the entire first-floor meeting and events area, making its MICE offering the most innovative and unique by introducing the latest technology and design in the local market. Not only has available space-grown, but also creative opportunities!
The objective was to bring the same quality of contemporary glamour as the recent transformation of the hotel’s public areas. The project has been managed in two phases. The first phase, taking place in summer 2016, saw the ballroom and associated areas benefit from a gentle redesign; phase two, which is on site as of April 2017, involves significant internal reconfiguration of the function rooms as well as new design schemes. Together, the works optimised the potential of this floor and created the level of experience commensurate with the Kempinski brand. Throughout, the design narrative by MKV Design followed the principles and aesthetics of the ground-floor public areas.
New high-quality events furniture such as chairs, tables and desks of various sizes have been sourced from Brunner Germany, known for its smart products and top functionality. At the same time, the chefs have more opportunities for an updated gastronomic presentation, adding even more creative and healthy inspiration to the banquet menus. The Hotel’s contemporary art collection has acquired new pieces, to decorate the new events floor.
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