This is the 2nd time we have visited Lake Balaton, both times out of season, so everything was closed up. The Hotel was open, but deserted. The receptionist was the most depressing young lady ever, and took an age to book us in. Most of the downstairs of the hotel was in darkness which gave it a depressing feel. The Manager was most helpful, even going to the effort of showing me how to get back into the hotel if we went out via rushing outside to demonstrate how the key card worked (I don't speak Hungarian, and he didn't speak English).
The room was moderate in size, but had a small balcony with a view across Lake Balaton. The balcony had an electric shutter, which automatically closed if you left the room. The room was nicely decorated, but only had a shower. No coffee making facilities in the room, but according to my partner, Hungarians don't do kettles ! There is Internet in the room via a cable, which you pay a deposit for. As I had an iPad, and my partner had a computer, I had to sit in the darkened ground floor of the hotel to pick up the wifi - which was not very good. He got to lounge in the comfort of our room on his computer :(. The room was very clean.
I was woken up at 6am, by the next door hotel cutting grass that did not need cutting. The chap just seem to be driving round and round for the hell of it. I was not amused.
Breakfast was included in the room price. We had not enquired what time it was served. But as soon as we exited the lift, the Manager instructed the receptionist (a different, more friendly young lady) to assist us with breakfast. The coffee was good. The cold meat served to my partner was off! There was cereals and juice, but I declined after my partner's experience.
The Manager came to advise us that the hotel's pier was open, so we took a quick wander to the Lake edge. Seems that you can walk a long way out and the water remains very shallow (great for kids).
I would imagine that in season, this is a good Hotel. It's location is fantastic, right on the lake's edge.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Balaton Siofok, Somogy County, Hungary