Turn-of-the-century grandeur; you are swept back in time. Since we came without towels and were tired from many hours of travel from the U.S., we opted for the spa package that included plush robes, a 30-minute massage in the "penthouse" oasis, complimentary fruit (a lovely fruit salad bowl prepared fresh each time -- as much as you wanted), hot tea, and a quiet relaxation area with hammocks, lounge chairs and magazines. Prior to our massage, we visited the various interior pools, saunas, and steam baths. My favorite interior pool looked like a traditional Turkish bath with gorgeous maroon marble columns. The vibe is convivial and relaxed throughout. Morning and afternoon are good times to visit; by evening, there are loads of people who come after work. We had our massages and were very impressed by the skill of the masseurs. The Palmahaz staff are professional and very gracious. After more relaxation in the oasis, we ventured outside to the pools in the courtyard. (If you've got flip-flops, take them! There are tiny bits of gravel in the courtyard!) We enjoyed lounging in the large, warm outdoor pool. Our absolute favorite pool was a fast "lazy river" feature in the center of the other main outdoor pool. You jump into the current and off you go, round and round! A total party and everyone was having a good time. Szechenyi Baths came highly recommended by a friend who grew up in Budapest. They are clearly a local favorite and a great way to immerse yourself in the local scene (pun intended). We stayed for about 5 hours and left happy, clean, and very, very relaxed!
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