International Hospitality Awards® 2017 is to announce the best hotels in Europe

The Gala Awards Ceremony of the International Hospitality Awards® 2017 will take place on February 18th, 2018, at the InterСontinental Kyiv Hotel. The best hotels from Eastern and Central Europe will…

05 February 2018 - 10:02 AM

“Orbán, Europe’s New Strongman” by Paul Lendvai (published by Hurst & Company, London)

Absolute power corrupting absolutely

Journalist and author Paul Lendvai lays down his brief for this book: to deal with the history of Hungary since the collapse of the communist system and above all the developments since the conquest…

08 February 2018 - 02:02 PM

Grätzl hotels put guests at heart of a community

A shop window onto Vienna’s streets

The 40-plus hotels in which The Budapest Times has bedded down in 15 or so countries in the past half-dozen years have covered a gamut, from imposing – and costly – palaces with liveried doormen and…

09 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

Interview with violin player Orsolya Korcsolán

Musician on a mission

Music full of passion, hope and sincere emotions, which sounds like sweet raspberry syrup even when listened to from the record: Hungary’s Orsolya Korcsolán enchants almost everyone with her…

09 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

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New Japanese ambassador quickly into action

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