It's a pain to get to Heviz from Budapest but worth it. Plan on a 5 hour trip. When you land in the airport, take the 200E bus to the Metro Station. Take the (blue) Metro 3 towards Ujpest, varoskapu. Exit at Deak Ferenc ter station. Transfer to the (red) Metro 2 and go towards Ors vexer tere. Exit at Keleti palyaudvarto get to the train station. Buy a ticket to Kesthely. The regular train tickets are in cars without air conditioning. There are compartments with ac. Make sure to sit in the first 4 cars on the train because near Lake Balaton, the last cars go somewhere else. The train ride is between 3-4 hrs. When you arrive at Kesthely, the bus station is right there - the one to Heviz is the first one. We took a cab which was pretty inexpensive. If you take the bus to Heviz (and are facing the driver), head to the right. The hotel is in the middle of a walking street about 3 streets down. You can also take a bus directly from the Metro station to Heviz which has ac and takes a little over 3 hrs. We did that on the return trip. With the train, you get beautiful views of Lake Balaton and the countryside.
There is a local airport - Fly Balaton with flights into some German cities.
There is a little store across the street from the hotel. The hotel has a jacuzzi, hot sauna and nice restaurant. Tourist info is close to the hotel as are many clothing shops. Other than the front desk, not many people speak English but it all works out.
Fantastic! I especially liked the front desk man with glasses - he was so friendly, funny and helpful.
The rooms are clean and comfortable. Our room overlooked the pedestrian street so we got to hear the street violinist play every night. What a treat.
We went every day. You can buy a cheap pool noodle everywhere or borrow one from the hotel. The hotel sells 4 hr tickets for 10% discount. The Lake Balaton card sold at the Tourist Info isn't worth it - there is a deposit but no fee.
Make sure to see the Roman ruins at Egregy. We took a nice walk there to see the wineries, the old church from the 13th century and attached graveyard. There are amazing fields of sunflowers but you have to go through the path above the church and the hobbit house. The path is to the right through the trees. Stay on the right every time there is a fork. When you see a sign (I think it directs left to Heviz), go straight and the fields will be there.
Overall, a very relaxing vacation. We checked out a day early, took the 9:20 am bus and visited Budapest for the day. We stayed overnight at Bo18 and had a relaxing time getting to the airport the next day.
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