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“Relaxing and Tons of Fun!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Szechenyi Baths and Pool

Szechenyi Baths and Pool
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Szechenyi Spa Visit with Hotel Pickup
Ranked #2 of 106 Spas & Wellness in Budapest
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The palace-like edifice contains a huge thermal pool where people often play chess while immersed in chest-high, and very hot, water.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Venice, Ca
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Relaxing and Tons of Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We came here around 7:30AM and we were probably the only tourists, and the only people under 70 years old...which was great and made for an authentic experience. It is a bit confusing when you go inside. You enter, and there are several ticket counters. We purchased the morning pass with locker, which was inexpensive. We took the metro and got off at Hosok Tere (Hero's Square) to see Hero's Square, and walked to the baths along the park, which was about a 10 minute walk. They provide you with a waterproof wristband. After the ticket purchase, I was thoroughly confused. Through the Eingang (Entrance) sign, I only saw men. In America, genders are typically separated in spas. However, don't doubt yourself and go straight towards the man in the Eingang area. He will direct you downstairs, where you will find a Men's locker room, and a Women's locker room. I see in previous reviews, people have said to swipe the wristband to lock your locker. However, my experience was different. After swiping all around a locker that was open, I could not seem to lock my locker. A patron there showed me that you have to match up the circle on your wristband to the circle on the locker handle and press in. Voila, that locked the locker. It is very safe and you need not worry about your personal belongings. Make sure you bring a towel, flip-flops, bathing suit and many people also had bathrobes. I would suggest bringing a thicker towel, or a full-size towel if you want to sit in the steam rooms. They are extremely hot, and you will want something to sit on. We only brought thin camping towels and the heat from the wooden seats in the steam room were too hot. Also a swim cap is needed in one of the swimming pools, but that pool was closed when we were there. The building you are in when you enter is the main building of baths/steam rooms. The other building on the other side of the outdoor pool has a small snack room, and private massage rooms. Make sure you just keep exploring different areas in the main building, even if a door/room seems inaccessible. There are doors in the most random of places in corners, and if you go through different doors, you will find tons of niches and steam rooms/pools.
The outdoor pool in October was only lukewarm although the circle wave is really fun. The two outdoor pools are different temperatures---one is more therapeutic and the other is more invigorating. Feel free to ask people that work there questions you may have. They try to be very helpful. The great thing also, is that you can go to all the steam baths and pools with your partner, as it is a mixed gender spa. As for cleanliness, it wasn't dirty by any means, but very rustic and barebones. The water wasn't brown and there were not any floaters, and nothing was slimy. If you want to shower after, bring soap, as they do not provide any luxuries like soap or shampoo. We spent about 1 1/2-2 hours there and it was a perfect getaway.

Visited October 2012
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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

be sure you take towels, flippers and swimming pool hat because bath's are very old and you don't have any modern facilities or services there. take drinking water with you as well.

Visited September 2012
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Beverly Hills, Florida
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“Lots of fun!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

You have to experience the "circle" in the center of the outside pool!!!!! way too much fun for adults!

Visited September 2012
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Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
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“A lovely way to spend the afternoon.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

These baths are a great way to spend a sunny afternoon after walking around Budapest for a couple of days. This is very much a social experience for the locals which was great to see. The only downside to my visit was that I had booked my ticket at the hotel 'to avoid queuing' but it wasn't clear where to go to use my hotel ticket and ended up wasting more time with it than if I had just gone and paid when I got there. Wouldn't reccommend the hotel ticket as there are 3 ways to get in and not huge queues at any of the offices.

Visited October 2012
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Nice and Relaxing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Very good, all but one pool was opened and there was plenty to do. Various different pools and sauna's, very relaxing but one or two pools were a bit smelly(due to the minerals).

Visited October 2012
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