Continental Hotel Budapest****Superior – built on the site of the former Hungaria Bath and Continental Hotel – awaits its guest since 15th June 2010. The official opening ceremony of the building complex – having an amazing 180 years history – was held on the 22nd September 2010.
Mr. Mihaly Raday, the president of Hungaria Nostra (who played a significant role in the saving of Hungaria Bath’s ruins) called the restoration and reconstruction of the building exemplary, through which a rugged building can shine again in its old glory. In his speech he highlighted, that the renovation earned the Podmaniczky Award.
Mr. Janos Erdei, the President of the Hotel Association of Hungary stressed the courage of the investor and praised the examplary market penetration and opening results.
Mr. Zoltan Geher, General Manager of the hotel proudly announced, that after a construction of 15 months the hotel opened its gates exactly in its due date. He thanked for the partners, being present, who believed in the June opening of the hotel, and whose contribution helped the newly opened hotel to reach the dreamy 75% occupancy during the past 100 days.
Mr. Mazen Al Ramahi, the owner of the hotel expressed his thankfulness on behalf of the investor and operator ZeinaHotel Kft. to the participants of the design and construction.
The guest of honour of the evening, dr. Miklos Rethelyi, minister of the Ministry of National Resources mentioned (while introducing the history of the building), that a part of our cultural heritage reborn through its new function. At the same time he remembered his grandparents, the Ringers, who once owned the former Hungaria Bath, whereas the future of this imposing building was especially important for him.
The petriotic ribbon – symbolizing the opening of the hotel – was cut by Dr. Miklos Rethelyi, Minister and Mr. Mazen Al Ramahi, Owner.
Mr. Sandor Scheer, representing the contractor Market-Kohinor consortium, handed symbolically the keys of the building to dr. Miklos Rethelyi, Mr. Mazen Al Ramahi and Mr. Zoltan Geher.
The announcer of the event was Ms. Antonia Meszaros. The official ceremony was followed by an „antique-secessional fashion show” of Ms. Eva Duda and her dancers, and finally the atmosphere of the turn of the century was recalled by old sanzons sang by Ms. Dori Behumi and Mr. Balazs Fellegi.
The four-star superior hotel – composed of 272 rooms in four room categories, the ARAZ Restaurant with 130 seats, the Gallery Coffee, five conference rooms, 60 parking places, two interior gardens, massage area, wellness center, inside as well as outside rooftop-pools and a rooftop-garden with breathtaking panorama – is awaiting its guests since 15th June 2010. Continental Hotel Budapest is the second hotel after the opening of the 74-room Boutique Hotel Budapest in 2006. are members of WORLDHOTELS First Class brand.