IUC Travel: Budapest Part III
Top 5 Things about Budapest this holiday season:
1) Ferris Wheel across from Budapest’s fabulous hotel - Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
2) The outdoor Christmas Fairs/markets
3) The Nutcracker playing at The Opera House
5) Goulash Soup to keep you warm
IUC Travel (Budapest Part II): The defining element of Budapest’s cuisine is its endlessness of quality restaurants. No matter where you go in stunning Budapest there is an omnipresent food culture that rivals some of the world’s top cities like NYC, London and Paris. I experienced one of the best steak dinners I’ve had at the refined brasserie ÉS Bisztró in the highly rated Kempinski Hotel Corvinus. ÉS Bisztró conjures the great steak houses of Manhattan but with a tad more sauce – in other words haute culture meets fine dining. The service was impeccable and the wine list comprised mainly an array of local wines that are immaculate. A must dining experience for anyone in Budapest!
IUC Travel: Budapest is Europe’s hidden gem. It encompasses the chic culture of Paris and the incredible gastronomy of Italy – cleaner and safer than any city I’ve been to. If you visit Budapest it is imperative to stay at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus – a knockout from first glance with a modern design like a dreamy luxurious mirage providing a palatial spa retreat, smack in the middle of Europe’s most up and coming, vibrant city. Rooms are decked out with warm decor, cool art, extremely comfortable bedding and first class bathrooms. The spa on the second floor is stellar – designed to invoke the feelings of an incredible holistic experience, with various steam, sauna and massage rooms. You can lounge out after in the decadent infinity pool, a welcome respite from the cold winter weather outside. Sample the best sushi and asian fusion food on the planet at Nobu Budapest, located on the hotel’s ground floor. I’ve been to several Nobu’s around the world, but have never enjoyed the Nobu experience as much as I did in Budapest. Kempinski is a top notch luxury hotel that pampers its guests with class every which way. For example, on Sunday it offers a special Breakfast at Tiffany’s that perhaps is the most unique breakfast experience I’ve had in years – featuring a fashion show, the most tasty breakfast you can dream of and of course the classic Audrey Hepburn film running throughout. With its refined international food and incredible amenities I hereby award Kempinski Hotel Corvinus the IUC 2014 Award as Hotel Of The Year. Bravo Kempinski!!!!
Turkey and a straw…wanting a flat stomach…gobble, gobble…yaphet kotto…sam’s thermal tote…will the circle be unbroken…fornicator in tagalog…sax and the His Highness city…amoeba proteus…likely lads in harm’s way…falling out of the bed while sleeping…stars and the ice bucket challenge…throttle slowly!!!!!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving y’all!!!!!!!
IUC Travel: Extreme comfort and a little old fashioned appeal make traveling by Eurail the most desirable way to see Europe. I have traveled to Europe countless times the past decade to promote my books and films. Nothing compared to the amenities Eurail offers. One of the highlights was during the ride from Budapest to Slovakia. I spent most of the trip in the dining car, enjoying an amazing dinner of goulash and red wine. It’s a great way to converse with other passengers and to hear stories about their travels. Eurail beats being on a plane staring at clouds with air pressure building in your ears. The views on the trip were breathtaking. And everyone seemed extremely satisfied with the train’s comfort and amenable staff.
Stories making waves today:
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IUC Travel: As I made my way around Finland via Eurail, I realized how much I don’t miss congested and germ ridden airports. Traveling by Eurail is a breath of fresh air. What I found most endearing was the friendly staff who made the smooth, joyous journey exempt of the minefield of stress that has permeated most airports around the world. Bravo Eurail!!!!
While in Finland I stayed at an eclectic mix of hotels, including the five star Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Helsinki which was nothing short of exquisite. Considered Helsinki’s top business hotel, Radisson Blu is all about making an impression with its stylish rooms and attentive services. In the heart of Helsinki, Radisson Blu is a chic, luxury hotel with a lot of charm.
On my Eurail journey to Turku I was enamored by how Finland is a scenic green wonder. The views were breathtaking. In Turku, I decided to shake things up and stay at a more humble abode – The Holiday Inn. I had not stayed at a Holiday Inn since my grade nine school trip to Boston. I was pleasantly surprised. Their buffet breakfast was by far the best I had so far in Europe. And the sauna in the hotel’s basement was impeccable. The rooms were clean and spacious with flair to spare. It made me resize my thinking, as the price was very affordable with the city’s main attractions only steps away. Holiday Inn Turku was a first class choice to not denting my wallet! I would stay there again without hesitation.