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Gellert Spa & Baths at Danubius Hotel Gellert
Gellert Spa & Baths at Danubius Hotel Gellert
Gellert Spa & Baths,
1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 1., Budapest,
Hungary

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Gellert Spa & Baths at Danubius Hotel Gellert
Gellert Spa & Baths,
1111 Budapest, Szent Gellért tér 1., Budapest,
Hungary

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Mon - Sun 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Gellert Spa & Baths at Danubius Hotel Gellert part of Danubius Health Spas

The luxurious Gellert bath offers relaxation and recuperation for hotel guests. The spa complex is also an excellent attraction for business travellers. The stunning thermal bath and spa, together with a wellness complex, offer a totally unique experience for our guests. The pool and the spa are based on the utilisation of the Gellert Hill's mineral hot springs, the water of which is active with a calcium, magnesium, hydrocarbonate, alkalis, chloride, sulphate, and fluoride content.

The Gellert bath is under the management of Budapest Spas and Hot Spring Inc. and is operated independently from the hotel, but hotel guests may use the swimming and thermal pools, as well as the sauna and steam room at Gellért Bath free of charge.

Other services operated within the spa complex

  • Gellért Dental - since 1997 on the 1st floor at the Gellért Bath: Cosmetic Dental Treatment (professional tartar removal, teeth whitening, dental jewellery), dentistry that lasts, prosthetic dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics - on request
  • Thai massage
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Posted 5 years ago
Aah, the Gellert... good memories. When I went, in March 2007, the Gellert was undergoing major renovations, sometimes you could hear some drilling but that didn't spoil the experience. The actual hotel rooms did still look like Easter Europe during the Cold Ward, I hope they have updated them in the meantime. I decided to book at the Gellert because of a heavily advertised deal by the Hungarian Tourist Board where you could stay 4 nights for the price of 3. The spa is gorgeous with intricate mosaics and statues. I loved feeling like a Hollywood movie star when I was handed in my special card to use the guest-only lift to access the spa (the general public can also use the spa at specific times in the day, whereas hotel guests not only can descend via private lift in their robes, but they can use the pools for extended hours.). I recommend a dip in the pool at 6am if you can make it: there's hardly anyone at that time. The hot pools with healing mineral waters feel amazing, everybody commented on how much better my skin looked when I came back to London and it was simply because I was bathing in a mineral rich water (I was gorging on wonderful cakes and hot chocolate during my holiday). The staff hardly speak any English but if you say "cozzy" a lot (this is how it's pronounced by the way) which means thanks, you'll be treated like a VIP. I had a body massage and a Thai foot massage while I was there. The body massage was a bit bizarre: you are naked in front of a therapist who happy slaps her way around your body, whistling along to Hungarian radio blasting in the background.
The Thai foot massage was instead truly indulgent, it's in a different part of the spa and the decor is oriental and calming.
I do recommend a short stay at the Gellert to feel truly rejuvenated.

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5 years ago
I had a massage there too, and it was definitely bizarre.
Some of my friends went to the thai massage place as well, which was upstairs, and they also had a good experience.

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Posted 6 years ago
Wahanda is wonderfully helpful if you actually heed the reviews written on the respective spa you intend to visit. Unfortunately I read the the reviews for the Gellert and subsequently thought, really how bad can it be?
In answer, it was bad. Terrible. Frustrating...

Being the most famous bath house in Budapest we thought it would be worth a look in and although the interior is impressive the rest of the experience was just pure confusion. From the ticketing on entry, to the location of the changing rooms, from the use of lockers to the facilities you could use within the ticket you had bought. The staff were unhelpful and unfriendly (when I left the pool for get changed, the changing room attendant who has a universal key for all the lockers, wasn't on hand and I had to wander around the maze of changing rooms and lockers to locate her. Eventually I found her downstairs chattering with other staff and smoking. At which point she huffed and followed me back up to my locker, opened it, then retreated to the back of the changing room for another cigarette!)

The facilities were ok, the pool was grand and mixed sex, however the thermal rooms were separate for men and women, which wasn't obvious upon initial entry. So if you go as part of a couple, in order to actually use the best of the thermal facilities you will have to spend the majority of your time there apart.

The steam room was very good and the thermal pools were comforting, however it became a little dull just lying there on your own, so we actually only spent less than half an hour at the baths.
I'm happy that I've experienced traditional Hungarian bath's, however I probably won't be returning for another go, particularly if The Gellert is recommended as the best Budapest has to offer.

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5 years ago
Ah, reading your review brings back all the memories...and not good ones!

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Verified review Visited July 2008
Posted 6 years ago
for a cultural experience, i recommend a visit. for a spa experience, you are better off kickin back in a brookstone massage chair right there in a shopping mall. the physical building is beautiful, the locals seemed to be having a blast, and an afternoon here would be a mycologist's wet dream, but for a tourist it was a confusing maze of naked old greco roman wrestlers and women who have outgrown the bathing suits offered at the five and dime. the massage was a disaster - backwards jock-strap wearing (no joke) angry "therapist" doing his version of ross geller salad utensil therapy. go to check it out, but make sure to bring an extra can of lotriman and skip the massage.

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Verified review Visited January 2005
Posted 6 years ago
Visiting this place was quite an experience for me and my friend but it fitted in very well with the whole Budapest experience. For a start we visited in January and it was so cold i thought my eyeballs were freezing up. It was a delight to get into the natural hot springs at the Gellert. The building is beautiful and situated right on the Danube. The staff are not friendly but we found that normal in Budapest. When we got to the changing rooms we were handed a large white sheet by an even larger strong looking Hungarian lady and that set the tone for the hot spring bath which was full of large naked Hungarian ladies. Sara and i felt rather prudish in our swim suits. I was really impressed with the effect of the hot springs followed by a plunge in the cold pool. I had been feeling puffy due to the cold outside and the over heated hostel we were staying in, the puffiness vanished and i felt really refreshed and relaxed. Sara and i went for a dip in the famous pool which is pictured here and were immediately whistled out as we had no bathing caps on which we were not aware we needed. That was a disappointment as the pool really is very special. A unique experience.

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6 years ago
Nice review - you obviously had a better time that me. Did you not find the ticket selection & purchasing process at the beginning really difficult?

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6 years ago
I love those old types of spas and was thinking of going but some of the other reviews said it was a bit grungy... did you think so as well?

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6 years ago
I don't remember the ticket purchasing process being a problem. We read up about it before hand in our travel guide so i think we were prepared for the unhelpfulness of the staff. I would go there again just for the beauty of the building. I didn't think it was grungy, the place was clean and well run in a stern kind of way. (-:

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Verified review Visited July 2008
Posted 6 years ago
The Gellert is supposed to be one of Budapest's star attractions...unfortunately, it was an awful experience.
The facade and much of the outside (including outside areas) is under construction when I went (July 2008).

First of all, waiting to enter you must decide from a menu of pricing options what kinds of entry tickets & treatments + amenities you want to purchase. You can buy an entry ticket for the pool, or the thermal baths - need to pay extra for massages, access to changing facilities, towels, etc. The treatment menu is VERY confusing - there are treatment names and hourly pricing and re-entry options that just don;t make sense. On top of it, you need to wait forever to buy your ticket because when you do make it to the box office area, the woman who takes your "order" needs to print out a separate ticket for each thing you want. So, we had an entry ticket/card, a ticket for a towel, a ticket for a 30 minute wellness massage, and a ticket for use of a locker for changing and keeping our valuables. I was so confused!

Once we entered the building (which is a beautiful building), there are no signs telling you where to go. We went to a massage area where the surly old guy told us to go back, down under the pool and up to the area to get towels. We walked for ages through mazes of cabins, changing area, assorted wet areas until we found a place to get towels (by the way, you need to pay a deposit for towels which you get back when you return the towel). The service was spotty and not very attentive throughout. We then had to find our changing area, then we had find where to get our massages...which happened to be at the same place we started! (he could have just told us to enter there instead of having us walk around).

The massage attendant gave us two tokens...changed the tokens 10 minutes later and just made us sit & wait...for almost 40 minutes until a fat hungarian guy in a towel came, took me to a room, asked me to get naked and lie down on a massage table (the table had no hole to put your head in, so you had to turn your head to the side). So here I was naked, face down, head strained to the side, naked Hungarian fat guy in towel starting to massage me. He lightly massaged me for no more than 20 minutes (it was supposed to be 30 minutes). He did not use oil, but that was OK - he just clearly was not into it, and wanted to get it done as soon as possible. My "therapist" kept the room door open, and also chatted with the other masseuse who was massaging my friend - so both of us lying naked, open doors, our therapists gabbing with each other. It was a men's only area, but still...really not a great experience.

I checked out the men's thermal baths, sauna and steam room...decent facilities, but I will not be going back. There was too much going on, too much uncertainty, no customer direction or service, lots of randomness and overall, not worth it. Not sure what the fuss is all about for the Gellert - this place feels like a state run facility (which i learned it is!) - the workers don;t really care, and the place feels overwhelming and unfriendly.

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5 years ago
Poor you, not the best spa experience then... it's a shame you were not staying at the hotel, you would have enjoyed the facilities so much more, during my stay I felt quite decadent - like an extra from a 1930s movie .... Of course the therapists don't speak English and are too happy slappy, but the hot springs are really worth it.

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