Cape Town - If you’re planning a visit to the Republic of Zubrowka, there’s really only one place to stay: The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Located in Upper Nebelsbad and conveniently located for day trips into nearby Lutz, the Grand Budapest Hotel is an establishment with very attentive staff, impeccable old-world class and, of course, the world-renowned funicular that takes guests to the hotel's unique location - perched on the snowy mountains.
There's only one problem. This 'establishment' is entirely fictional. But this doesn’t seem to have a negative effect on its ratings. In fact, it’s currently ranked as the No. 1 hotel in Zubrowka.
The Grand Budapest Hotel, an Oscar-winning film created by Wes Anderson in 2014, boasts with 290 reviews on the popular reviewer-driven ratings site, TripAdvisor. And most reviewers love the place - non-existent or not.
A message from TripAdvisor, shown in a red box just as you hit the page, warns reviewers not to book the hotel. But this isn't enough to keep them from reviewing it.
One reviewer labelled her stay there as "Out of this world!".
Another contributor, Barrouin, writes it is the 'Best Hotel in Europe'.
"Full of charm and old world elegance," the reviewer says. "No other hotel compares not the Gorge V, Negresco or Carlton in France, hotel de Paris in Monaco, nor the Imperial in Vienna. Monsieur Gustave can only be compared with Monsieur Serge of the Bonaparte in Brasilia.
"The most adventurous guests can bypass the funicular and hike to the hotel. Upon the arrival one can relax in the hotel's baths.
"Particularly enjoyable is the breakfast served by room service set up in the room's balcony.
The concierge of the hotel, the renowned yet highly discreet Mr Gustave H, is getting a lot of rave. "Charming, luxurious, soothing, breathtaking ... these are just some of the words I'd use to describe the concierge. Simply put, Gustav blew my mind," raved one.
Another reviewer wrote, “I booked my elderly mother in for a celebratory birthday week … she returned in somewhat of a daze and unable to adequately explain why she appeared flustered and had taken to a passion for romantic poetry.”
If you'd like to review The Grand Budapest Hotel, do it quickly... As some prophets of doom have said the TripAdvisor page is only a publicity stunt that will be shut down soon.
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