We stayed in an annex building of the hotel (the Silver building). Absolutely no staff is available there, except for the cleaners. Although the building has an underground parking garage, actually getting in there is a nightmare: One first has to get the room keys at the main building. Then one should drive to the market place to buy the card for the weekly parking. The trick is, that one cannot get the room keys before 4pm and the parking place closes at 5.30 pm – of course nobody gives you this information before arrival. Your next chance to buy the card is 8am the next day. If you want to park on the street, you have to use the parking meters – which again means having to be up at 8 am on the first morning of your vacation, to start throwing money in the meters. Even when you think you win, you could still be out of luck: I did get the parking card, but by the time I drove back to the hotel and found out that it did not work, the parking office closed – and no staff was available to help.
Having said that, once you get through the hurdles of the check-in, you can have a nice stay. The building itself is well-maintained; the rooms are spacious and friendly. The lack of air conditioning can be a problem on the hot summer days. There is a pleasant little pool area which is especially nice with small children.
The location: It is close to downtown; about 15 minutes walk from the Lake, in a very quiet area of the town. Keszthely and the surroundings have a lot to offer, even in bad weather, so it is a good spot to explore the area from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Abbazia Club Hotel, in the very heart of Keszthely, capital of the Lake Balaton!Situated only a few minutes far from the Lake Balaton, and 10 minutes from the thermal lake of Heviz, this resort is a great starting point for any vacation throughout the year. ... more less
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