Spa Hotels of Budapest

Hotels, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Gyongi Asztalos on October 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

After having written a post about water in Budapest for the occasion of Blog Action Day, I thought it would be appropriate to follow it up with a special edition about the spa hotels of the city!

Making the most of Budapest’s most valuable natural asset, these hotels cleverly combine class, comfort and culture! The benefits of thermal water and top-class accommodation are all rolled into one with private bathing complexes belonging to each hotel. All resorts boast with pools of different temperatures, steam rooms, saunas and massages, making them the best places to stay on a wellness get-away to Budapest! They are closely packed on account of feeding from the same natural springs under Margaret Island, so deciding which one to choose your wellness weekend will be difficult. Get the lowdown and take your pick:

Gellért Spa (Photo courtesy of:

The oldest and most famous spa hotel of the city opened in 1927 at the foot of the Gellért Hill, the tallest hill of the inner city from where the best panoramic view opens. Its main attraction is its beautiful Art Nouveau interior including a gorgeous marble columned main pool. It spoils its guests with a row of indoor and outdoor pools, a labyrinth of thermal baths, a nudist sunbathing area and massage salon amongst others.

These two are the second wave of spa hotels built in the 1970s. The former is the older one of the two, a 4 star resort furnished in classical style combining historical charm with the comfort of modern facilities. It is connected to its newer half by an underground passage.

Their location could not be more favourable:  on Margaret Island, a lovely green park bang smack in the centre of the city. Surrounded by historical ruins, parks, gardens and everything you need to keep fit, the setting is optimal for complete rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul. After a soak in the hot pools of the private bathing complex, clear your lungs in the salt cave, go for a jog along the 5 km track running around the island while enjoying the view of the Danube, Buda and Pest, play some tennis, rent a canoe, kayak or bike and get your heart pumping. Alternatively, you can relax under in the solarium, infra sauna and even do up your teeth!

Margaret Island fountain (Photo courtesy of: Thomas Faivre-Duboz)

A conference hotel with its own private spa built in the 1980s, just opposite the Margaret Island along the Pest Embankment. Its wellness complex, fitness club with regular training sessions, hair salon, pedicure, massages and much, much more…plus panorama of the Buda side and favourable location near Margaret Island make the Helia an ideal place to work while relaxing!

  • Ramada Plaza Budapest

Their slogan is mix business and pleasure! The combination of modern conference rooms and spa complex make for an attractive working atmosphere, plus great Hungarian cuisine at the hotel restaurant using original Hungarian ingredients and cooking methods where possible, maximise the Hungarian experience! In addition, the hotel won the title of “best workplace for a woman” in 2008, so attention ladies!

Check out the “Ultimate Wellness Weekend in Budapest” guide on NileGuide to find out more about how to relax and revitalize in the city that never sleeps!

    1 Comment

  • Earleen Gravatt says:

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