We've been to Piestany several times, always staying in the neighbouring Balnea Esplanade and so far had only very few complaints. Then we found this great online deal for Palace and thought - why not, let's try it. The standard package included 4* standard room, half board and 6 treatments for 6 days. All Danubius spa hotels are located on an island on river Vah in a park ideal for jogging. Golf and tennis are also available, however, we didn't try.
Our room was spacious and comfortable. Despite this hotel being a little bit cheaper than the 4* Esplanade, we found the rooms to be in a better shape - renovated quite recently. Beds had very nice hard mattraces which I particularly liked. You get a big fluffy robe to walk to your treatment rooms and pool area. There is a small TV with a reasonable selection of channels in various languages. I particularly liked the shower - a simple walk-in, no-tub corner with a rolldoor - size of a regular bath tub. Finally a shower in which you can actually move without touching walls or curtains.
As this is a medical spa (muscles and joints) and now yet quite a wellness facility, you should probably adjust your expectations accordingly. The treatment center is located between the two hotels (Explanade & Palace) and is accessible all via indoor corridors. They have done quite some renovations of the hydromassage & massage area which has now lovely wellness look and feel (jetted tubs include a changing colored lights), the mud-pack area and the hot sulfur pool still have an "old hospital-like" feel. One thing at a time I guess. Treatments are great, a deep tissue massage is a true deep tissue massage, hot mud and hot pools will relax your muscles and make you sweat a little - and many of these treatments are followed by a "dry wrap" - a 15-minute snooze wrapped in a blanket like a mummy. You can also book treatments outside of the main Palace/Esplanade area - either in an outdoor treatment house Napoleon or in the 5* Thermia Palace.
Four things I do not particularly like:
- food (goes for Esplanade too) - timeslots for breakfast and dinner are very restrictive and not very compatible with a relaxing vacation - breakfast must be finished by 9:30, dinners only between 18:00 and 20:00 which is a bit early; breakfast was always satisfactory, there are always various choices for dinner (you have to order a day in advance from a standard menu) but salad buffet gets boring after 3 days; don't expect a 4* food, but a reasonable average (there are some alternatives outside, such as restaurant Elizabeth between Esplanade and Thermia)
- little scheduling flexibility - you will have a very little say as to when you want to schedule your treatments; they are usually very busy as they have to accomodate the "light wellness" programs as well as "serious medical" treatment including many procedures; your appointments can be scheduled for as early as 7:20 am! But if they are not massively overbooked and you ask politely, they might move some appointments around for you. Same goes for additional treatments - it is not always possible to get all you want and it is usually easier to get extra treatments (in particular 1-hour massages) Monday to Friday. Limitations apply particularly during longer weekends and holidays - we stayed here last year during Easter and would never do it again
- overcrowded facilities - Indoor/outdoor pool as well as saunas are somewhat small for the capacity these two hotels provide
- not much to do for young people besides treatments - if you're looking for a swanky bar or hip coffee place, you will need to leave premises; hotel is set up to offer only "classy" services in a fairly old fashioned style
And one more thing - not putting it on the list of things I don't like because I'm used to it and not bothered but I thought it might be good to mention - sometimes you might get a feeling that the staff is not in their best mood or don't smile enough... It's nothing personal and it does not mean they are not going our of their way to serve you. It's just the way they are and if you treat them with smile and respect, they will surely return it.
We love coming back once a year and we will not hesitate come again next year. You get plently for your money.
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