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“Grew on us after the initial shock” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Marina
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Szechenyi Street 26, Balatonfured 8230, Hungary   |  
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Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Balatonfured
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“Grew on us after the initial shock”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

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!)

Room Tip: Stay in one of the Lido 'apartments' for a bit more space.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Marina, responded to this review, July 4, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for having taken the time to share your comments and experiances about your stay at our hotel. We really regret that the hotel (including the decoration of the lobby and the food) did not meet with your expectations, still we did not noticed complain regarding the food. Please, let me inform you that in our hotel there is no room and no apartment without bathroom, but we totally agree with you that for a family the "LIDO suites" can be the most comfortable.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on a future occassion.

Best regards,
Orsolya Mayer
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Budapest
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

This hotel has some very good and very negative features so think before reserving a room here. Yes it is all inclusive and for us (a family with 3 small children) the food was quite OK. We like Hungarian dishes that don't taste like fast food, here we had a large selection including childern's menu and vegan food. The direct access to the extra large beach is one of the best things the hotel has to offer with a playground and numerous sport and leisure possibilities. The animation in 3 languages was outstanding, our children were always looking forward to the next program. The overall cleanness of the hotel (as said in other reviews) is really something that this hotel should work on. I'd say the rooms are clean but need renovation. The same for the pool area.

Room Tip: Try the rooms in the LIDO wing - you can have a family room with a view to the Balaton. The rooms in...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balaton1, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Marina, responded to this review, June 21, 2012
Dear Guests!

First of all thank you for your review and thank you for your compliements and for your remars, too. Every feedback is really important for us. I would like to inform you that we are working on hard to develop the hotel and of course the rooms. Last year there was a renovation of 40 rooms and this rooms were furnished with air conditions, too. We hope that the renovations will continue and next time you can reserved a renewed room.

Best regards,
Orsolya Mayer
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

I am an American who has lived and worked throughout Central/Eastern Europe for over 20 years now. This was our 1st visit to hotel Marina as we were looking for a last minute option for our 2 1/2 year old son to play on a beach and in the water (We live in Slovakia and Balatonfured is under 3 hours for us). Our son had so much fun that we could only get him to leave by promising to return next Summer, which we definately will be doing!
In short, hotel Marina is exactly as advertized, a three star family oriented location. If you are looking for 5 star luxury pampering the Marina is not for you but if like us, you are searching for a location which has everything for your children to do on site (as well as allot for parents) then we would reccomend hotel Marina. For me one of the biggest surprizes was the attitude of the staff as they were incredibly friendly and helpful even though during our stay the hotel was almost full and they seemed incredibly busy. I have ALLOT of experience with grumpy, ex Stalinist era hotel staff who haven't gotten the message that Breznev has passed away and they now lived in a free market open economy. The staff always had time for us and were extremely helpful.
The Childrens beach/play area was PERFECT and the baby lagoon was exactly what we were looking for. Our son spent most of his time playing here or driving the childrens race cars on the race track next to the water (which my wife also seemed to have allot of fun, see pictures)
I suppose if we had anything to say negative it would be that our room was a bit hot for us on our first night, until we discovered that the windows have screens so we could actually open our windows through the night as well as rooms with air con upon request.
We live and work in Slovakia, spend each July/August in California and then return to work in Slovakia. We will definately be returning to hotel Marina from Sept 1st to 5th 2012 and we highly reccomend this location for families such as ours.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Balaton1, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Marina, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Dear Valued Guest!

Thank you for having taken the time to share your comments about your stay at the Hotel Marina and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you very very much for your kind note about our hotel! It is a pleasure for us to know that you and your family enjoyed the stay with us and were satisfied with our services and with the staff.
We are looking forward to surprise you again by your next stay!
Thank you very much once more for sharing your experiences with other travellers and with us!

Best regards,
Orsolya Mayer
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New York City, New York
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48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

We booked this hotel on the strength of a recommendation from a work colleague. We were travelling with friends from out of town and wanted something that could accomodate us all.

This hotel is simply awlful. The corridors look like prisons, while out double room provdied two single beds pushed up against the wall (more like a bench than a bed). After seeing the rooms, smelling what was clearly hash in the corridor, we checked out.

I do not understand why anyone would choose to stay here. Unless you are a teenager you will not enjoy this hotel. Probably the worst I have ever been too.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Siena, Italy
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

We are just back from Balatonfured where we wanted to stay at the Marina Hotel as it was hosting the main part of the European Swimming Championship events (including the ceremonies) and, as Italy was absolutely leading, it would have been nice to share emotions and happiness with the team staying in the same hotel. We were walking through the parking when and a old man, one of the porters, approached us in a very rough manner, in a confused German. I tried to make him understand what were we doing there but he just litterally kicked us off in a very rude way because we weren't wearing a pass. I have been working in hotels for years and I do speak 5 languages so I'm not the kind of person pretending to be understood in his language but I believe English it's the global language and everybody working in turistic places should learn at least its basis! Poor old man, you're such a bad business card for this hotel. Also, your boss should be aware that an English course for staff is not expensive at all compared to what it gives in return. It's ok, for a couple of days now you may have been fully booked so you may not need more Guests...but don't expect us to come back in a future when you'll be starving! By the way, we moved to Héviz and we are having a great time there in a less expensive but more wonderful place!

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Budapest
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24 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2009

I was here with my husband. We choose this hotel because we thought that it is good, but it wasn't. When we arrived there, our room was dirty and old style, we wanted to go home. The hotel is very simple and doesn't clear. The only good thing is that the food is delicious, but the staff checks when you go to eat... This hotel doesn't worth this price.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2009

Actually we couldn't even check how this hotel is, because when we were on our way to the hotel, were informed(I called them, because wanted to ask something regarding the payment), that the reservation is different in their system than what we received via email. When I asked for help from the receptionist, she started to shout at me and told me " Sorry, I can not do anything, there's a long queue here, lots of people are waiting for me, so call us back tomorrow, maybe somebody can tell you what should you do" and she cut the call....after this I wrote an email to the hotel and asked for my money what I paid in advance. They said, will transfer the money back to me. It was in the end of July 2009, since that time I haven't seen any money from them!
So what I can advise: DO NOT CHOOSE THIS HOTEL if you would like to have a peaceful holiday!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Szechenyi Street 26, Balatonfured 8230, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Central Transdanubia > Veszprem County > Balatonfured
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Balatonfured
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 349
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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