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“Great Day Relaxing”

Szechenyi Baths and Pool
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Szechenyi Spa Visit with Hotel Pickup
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Private Entrance to Széchenyi Spa in Budapest with Optional Massage
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Szechenyi Bath Entry with Gourmet Dinner at Gundel Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 116 Spas & Wellness in Budapest
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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: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great Day Relaxing”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Great Day relaxing in all of the different temperature pools, both outdoor and indoor. There is no longer entrance fee for half day even though the website suggests. The fee is only for a day which is still very reasonable. The architecture of the buildings is amazing and in the evening the outside is very pretty with all the lights from the pools and poolside.My friend and I had agreat time trying all of the different temperture pools and the saunas. It was very relaxing. We booked a relaxing massage, but in truth it was a little painful and not as we hoped. There are different kinds and we were advised against the tai massage, as we were told it can be painful, maybe we should have tried it! I would definately recommend the main spa, but not the massage. We hired a private locker/cubicle which was worth it. Will be going back again on my next trip to Budapest. Getting there is very easy using the metro and buses.

Visited November 2012
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“Do not miss it (and go in the late afternoon)”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

You should not leave Budapest without soaking your tired (from all the walking and visits) body there. The building and the facilities are a little beat, but inside, the baths are beautiful and you are immediately transported in the 19th century there is a lot of space (which is good because the place is very popular with tourists in the summer months) and it is easy to navigate even if you are not fluent in Hungarian.
In the summer it is a nice late afternoon treat as the light is beautiful + you will not be getting "baked" in the sun (there is not that much shade if you go around noon). I would be curious to experience it again in the winter.

Visited July 2012
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“The outdoor warm pools are unforgettable”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We went on a Friday evening to the pools, and it was clear that locals and tourists alike wanted to relax in the wonderful setting of the inside and outside pools. There are so many steam rooms and saunas, it takes some getting used to explore the whole place. The main outdoor pool is heated to 34 degrees in winter, making it wonderfully warm. There are fountains in some parts of the pool where you feel like you're getting a free massage from the bubbles. The centre of the pool has a really fun whirlpool that pushes you around a circle with jets. There are hot pools and freezing cold pools, all of which make you leave feeling relaxed and completely chilled out.

We took our own towels and paid for the cheapest entry, which was fine. You must take your flip flops as walking between pools outside in winter is (unsurprisingly) freezing. Although guidebooks seem a little vague, it was around 1 minute from the metro station.

I'd agree there isn't a lot of English - and the staff didn't seem to (want to) answer questions but the water will make you forget your troubles!

Visited November 2012
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“When in Budapest, do as the Hungarians do --- bath!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

And the buttercup color, palace like Szechenyi bath is the best!
There are three giant pools outdoor, and 10+ small pools in different temperature indoor. It's actually a social daily event for a lot of locals. Guys even play chess in the pool, very serious too! It's a "MUST" Budapest experience!
We talked with some locals and travelers from other countries which was fun and memorable!

Not a lot of people work here speak English, but it's not hard to get around. They have a very smart and easy system to work with.
When we walked in the lobby, went to the ticket booth, each ticket comes with a locker. I was told about cabin, family could share a cabin. So I told the ticket lady, we want one cabin, extra charge.
And then she handed us two blue wrist bands, told us which one is the one with cabin. That's it, put on our wrist bands and walked in, either side of the lobby. I asked the first lady I saw, simply said "cabin?" She pointed us to a hallway lines with small cabins.
There are sensors on the wall, just put the wrist band (the one with cabin) over the sensor, it assigned us a cabin number automatically. (See, very smart!) And then just went to our cabin.
There is no lock on cabin door, there is sensor, again, use wrist band to open the door, when you shut it, it will lock the door automatically.
We changed, left our stuffs in the cabin, and went out there having a wonderful time!!
If you forgot the cabin number, simply place wrist band on any sensor, it will show your cabin number.

There is a restaurant/cafe serves food and drink. We had chicken, veggies and rice which was pretty tasty! You could bring in your own food and drink if you like.

Highly recommend bring your own towels, (we took it from hotel), otherwise you could rent it in downstairs with some deposit. But the line is long, and you'll have to get it and return it.....

Visited October 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Ahhh - The Antidote for Too Much Sightseeing”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

At the end of a day of traipsing all over the city, there is nothing more relaxing than the big, warm (not hot,) outdoor pool. Within the pool there is a jacuzzi-like center section, a rushing current section around it and various water jets from the sides and bottom of the pool. You can go from one to the next, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view of the yellow, classic building that surrounds it. We had no difficulties getting in and out. We did pay extra for a private changing room, which was worth it to me. We brought our own bathing suits and towels. It's not that difficult: You pay the fees at the window in the lobby. They do take credit cards. A wrist band is issued to you which is activated to give access to the changing room area and will show you the room number of your changing room. When you are finished using the facilities, the wrist band is deposited into a slot by the exit turnstile. It's a great experience and well worth it.

Visited October 2012
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