We just returned from a one week stay at Hotel Marina. Initial impressions were not good. As we drew up outside the hotel, we were interrogated by the doorman who tried to get rid of us as quickly as possible. The hotel itself looked like a large, ugly concrete block.
We then ventured into the lobby where we encountered the other (mostly) elderly guests who stared as us mercilessly. After being shown to our 'apartment' down a long, dated corridor, we realised the room they had put us in didn't have a bath - not ideal for our two small children. They quickly changed us to another 'apartment' with a bath but it was the same layout as the first - essentially one room with a curtain down the middle.
Things looked up as we went outside to the beach which is mostly grass but has a patch of sand and playground which are both perfect for children.
Dinner was another experience, as we braved the restaurant (canteen) for the first of many meals. Again, we were surrounded by older, staring guests. The food quality was OK but there wasn't much choice for me as I am vegetarian.
Apparently this hotel had it's hey day 30 years ago but has been renovated recently but it is an OK 2/3 star at best. The lobby is decorated with floor to ceiling blue tiles which is reminiscent of a public toilet.
We thought we would venture to the beach via the fire escape, as indicated in our room. Unfortunately it was locked. When we raised this with the receptionist we were told 'it has always been like this' - not acceptable. The next day I spoke to the manager about it. Initially he said it would be unlocked in an emergency (!!) but did take some time to look at it and came back to tell me there was a key on the wall for emergencies. We appreciated him taking the time to look into it.
As the days went on, we grew accustomed to this hotel with it's unfriendly receptionists and mediocre food and spent many happy days by the beach. The kids club was excellent and the staff were wonderful with our girls. Although it is not the most luxurious hotel in the world, we had a good stay.
Balatonfured itself is great and we enjoyed a few nice evenings out.
Would I recommend it to a friend? It depends what they are into (and how much I like them!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "All-inclusive family holiday"• In a spacious green park directly on the beach.• Beautiful views of the lake and the Benedictine Abbey on top of the Tihany peninsula.• Lido wing especially suited for families.• All-inclusive – price covers your food and drink.• Let your children splash around in the safe and secure children's lagoon or spend happy hours in the playground while you stretch out on the beach and swim in the warm, clear lake.• A range of activities to keep you fit, including table-tennis, badminton, skittles and beach volleyball. FACILITIES: 277 rooms and 24 suites. Bath, telephone, fridge, TV. Lido: 12 single rooms and 36 suites. Each suite comprises 2 rooms, bathroom, extra toilet, balcony. Parking facilities for cars and coaches (supervised), free WiFi in the hall, souvenir shop. SPORT AND LEISURE• Swimming pool, sauna, massage.• Hairdresser, cosmetic salon, manicure, pedicure.• Playground, activities for children, kids’ menu, highchair, cot, etc.• Rent-a-bike, windsurfing. Near by: tennis, go-cart, riding and waterskiing. DINING – ALL INCLUSIVE: Buffet-style restaurant offering all-inclusive board, coffee shop, Beach Restaurant, club. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marina Hotel Balatonfured
- Hotel Marina Balatonfured, Somogy County, Hungary