Adding to Budapest’s historic spa lore, the Royal Spa at The Corinthia has a storied past. Designed by architect Vilmos Freund, Koruti Bath, as it was once named, made quite the splash when it debuted in 1886 thanks to its central location and elaborate bathing facilities. At the time, it featured steam baths, wave and shower baths, electric baths, a pneumatic chamber, and a medical room with cold water. Time took its toll on the spa, and it eventually closed in 1944. However, it was rediscovered in 1983.
Although there were plans to turn the space into a parking lot, the proposal was rejected with support from the public, which ultimately led to the spa’s restoration. Restored to its former glory, the spa now offers a host of ESPA treatments. Water remains an important focus, as the spa features the city’s largest indoor swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, two Finnish saunas, and a steam bath. It’s a treasure that was certainly worth saving.