St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

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St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool

St. Gellért Thermal Bath and Swimming Pool
3.5
Historic Sites • Spas • Thermal Spas
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Located in the Gellert Hotel, these grand, early 20th-century thermal baths are surrounded by mosaic-covered terraces and marble balconies.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Gellért Hill
If you want to treat your camera to some amazing scenery, Gellért Hill is a must on your itinerary. A funicular journey from the Chain Bridge along the hillsides provides a fast connection between Buda and Pest, hoisting visitors to panoramic vistas. Once on top of the hill, you’ll find the Citadel dominate the landscape with its imposing 19th century construction, a site that’s hard to keep your eyes on without being distracted by the phenomenal view over the Danube and the eight bridges crossing. Once on Gellért Hill however, one mustn’t miss the famous Gellért Baths. Budapest is renown for its thermal waters and its baths, and the Gellért Baths are housed in an impressive art nouveau structure. Its interior design, with its many mosaics, recalls the preceding relationships the city has had with healing springs and saunas, traditionally used within this neighborhood since the Ottoman Empire.
How to get there
  • Szent Gellért tér • 3 min walk
  • Fővám tér • 6 min walk
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Tracey
Ireland6 contributions
Mediocre - nice building but layout was terrible
Sep 2021 • Friends
Beautiful building with numerous baths. Overall the experience was mediocre however. It's like a maze inside. Everytime I passed a member of staff they were directing customers around the building. Also I think the use of camera phones should not be allowed or at least monitored; there was an older gentleman on his own nearby our group who placed his phone in the corner of the bath as thought he was recording and did the same when he went into another bath. The mosaic tiles are nice to look at but the railings around the baths are green and look grimy.
Written September 21, 2021
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aleksandra.sl
Bielsko-Biala, Poland7 contributions
Would visit again!
Aug 2021
Most of negative reviews seem to be written by people expecting this place to be an aquapark. Complaining about St. Gellert Thermal Bath being old makes absolutely no sense, maybe you should just google what art-nouveau style is.
Written August 29, 2021
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Kitty K
Southampton, UK76 contributions
No dignity in service, agressive staff lied to our face
Aug 2021 • Friends
Disappointing mainly because of a lying and aggressive staff

If you hate your guests and can't treat them with dignity, shut the doors and don't play if you were providing service to them.

This place used to be a culturally and historically valuable and exclusive entertainment place for anyone who paid an extra fee to enter according to local prices.

Now it's a shameful place which is derogatory to its history and to its guests.

I'm not talking about this because of the status of the facilities. We understand that. They will do a refurbishment next year by the way. And the wave bath doesn't work until the refurbishment is completed. The pools are open, just jo wave functionality.

So, my issue other than the place is outdated, which I don't care that much. It gives a nostalgic experience to the locals.

It was closing time. My wife couldn't find a place to do her makeup, so she took a shower and changed in time and then came back to the outside area to do her makeup. At the same time we couldn't find anyone to answer a simple question if there is a place where women can do their makeup in a well-lit area.
So, I went to change and she left there to do her quick makeup. This employee came up to her in a manner that showed strong agression and this man was slamming the sunbeds next to her meanwhile she already packed up and decided not to ask the question we had from this big and aggressive person (we learned his name was Tomi). Then she headed to the exit we used throughout the day. It was locked. The other exit next to it was locked as well.
When she wemt upstairs the rude person was pointing his finger to the other direction, meanwhile he was making faces.

When we walked to the exit asked for his name. He just passed by. My wife said him that she felt threatened by him and wasn't even ok with asking him for help. And his answer was: "I don't know you."

Well, I'm someone who used to be your guest since my childhood together with my family. And I am as simple as that a used to be GUEST. And a guest should be treated with dignity. And this historical spa deserves a much better staff than this rude person.

Don't waste your time going there. At least not until the end of the refurbishment. Let's see if anything changes after the refurbishment in the behaviour of the staff as well.

Cashier was friendly though.

Go to Széchenyi Bath or the Rudas Bath if you are a tourist.
And if you are a local, don't bring your money to this business until they resolve the training or replacement of their staff.
Written August 22, 2021
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Matt J
19 contributions
Service from Abebe Hadere
Aug 2021 • Couples
I live in Budapest - I have been twice and I like the baths. It is expensive and some refurbishment would take the experience up a level.

My five stars are for Abebe Hadere. He is an extremely kind, proactive and helpful staff member - his service was exceptional on both my visits.
Written August 21, 2021
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moreira247
Porto, Portugal9 contributions
Dont go
Aug 2021 • Couples
Dirty, old, overcrowded, overpriced, in serious need of maintenance. The staff acts like they're still in the Soviet era.
Written August 21, 2021
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bohemiancho
Paris, France4 contributions
Do not get a private bath here. It’s dirty and moldy
Jul 2021 • Solo
I booked a private bath and massage at Gellert thermal bath and swimming pool and the private bath experience was sickening. I don’t think the bath area has been cleaned for ages and there was rust or mold or something, all over the bath and on the walls. The whole private area was dusty and musty and I couldn’t even relax because I kept thinking that I was going to get ringworm or something. The only clean area was the toilet but unfortunately, I didn’t go there to pee or poop for 1.5hours. I wanted to soak in the bath and relax and I couldn’t do that. The private massage was great but please, do not get a private bath here. Do not waste your money. I wish I had gone to the popular one, Szichenyi.
Written July 31, 2021
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Markus D
61 contributions
Helpful Mr. Abebe
Jul 2021
I wanted to see this famous Gellert-Bath. The building is old, the architecture very noble, but complicated for people they visit it first time (many pools, outside and inside, different floors). I had also a problem with the electronic bracelet that is necessary to open the locker. I was happy to see Abebe from Ethiopia, one of the very few people from Africa in Hungary. This employee was so helpful and found a solution for everything. So the visit was a good experience. By the way: Hungarian is a difficult language: Ferfi means Men, Nöi means women.
Written July 24, 2021
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Ellen V
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK44 contributions
Stunning building
Nov 2019
Stunning building and a great inside to how people used to “take the waters”
I especially loved the super hot baths.
Don’t forget your flip flops.
Written October 25, 2020
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hollyjaane
Dumfries and Galloway, UK54 contributions
Gorgeous architecture
Dec 2019
I really enjoyed our trip to Gellert. The architecture is incredible, I could have spent hours looking at the gorgeous ceilings in every room and I loved the old fashioned wooden changing rooms. There are "normal" changing rooms in other parts of the building but we had a changing cabin to ourselves with a locker for all our things - I would definitely pay for this again as there was lots of space to get ready.

The baths themselves were great, we loved them all and the gorgeous tiles and murals, though found it very hard to navigate round. The signage isn't clear and the staff aren't very forthcoming with where to go and what to do...

We spent a lot of time in the outdoor pool, though the larger one wasn't open in winter. The only downside was the large group of kids running about and screaming, running in and out of the sauna and jumping into the pool, it somewhat dampened the romantic/relaxing vibe outside!

We would definitely go back, though I think knowing a bit more about the different baths and where to go would make a difference next time.
Written September 16, 2020
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Aisling
Ireland7 contributions
Highlight Of My Trip
Feb 2020
This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Budapest! The baths were brilliant and it wasn't too busy. We went early in the morning on a Friday morning in Spring. The big outdoor pool wasn't open but the others definitely made up for it. The 40 degree bath was brilliant but you wouldn't want to spend too long. The pools and surrounding areas were very clean. The decor inside the pools was breathtaking. I would go back to Budapest just for these baths !
Written July 29, 2020
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