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Hotel Karos Spa
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Zalakaros
Budapest, Hungary
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121 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“„ Enjoyable””
Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Hotel is laying beside the main road of Zalakaros near the medicinal baths.
This Hotel consists of two wings. Between two wings there are a connecting passage under the ground. In the Hotel there are very nice, clean rooms, which are well-equipped ( air-conditioning, TV, wireless internet, hairdryer, refrigerator, mini bar )
Int he Hotel there are some inside and outside swimingpools and thermal pools. Saunaworld is very excellent there are sauna for pros and amateurs.
The Hotel is family friendly, there is children swimingpool, and a children play room in front of the restaurant.
The restaurant is very clean and cultured, the foods are most delicius.
Altough the choosing should be larger. The staff of hotel is very friendly and kind.
The parking is allowed int he garden and garage.
Int he end this is a very enjoyable hotel without large extras.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Positive:
- The hotel is an ideal choice for families with children.
- They offer animation programmes too.
- We had an apartmentroom which was clean and wide. No complaints about that,
- The restaurant offers a good variety of foods, we could always find something tasty to eat.
- Booking and payment process well organized.

Negative:
- Crowd-tourism, at least when we stayed there in middle of August. There wasnt' enough place in the pools or around them.
- The restaurant is always busy and noisy.
- The drinks are expensive.
- There is only one trampouline outside so the children always have to wait the queue.
- The playground at the back of the court is also very small.
- No airconditioner working in our room

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2013

The hotel itself was good, but in the restaurant it was not always possible to get the attention of one of the English or German speaking waiters. The staff at the desk had a passable command of both German and English.

In general the acoustics of the restaurant were pretty bad, the restaurant was at all times noisy. The food in the restaurant was good and diverse, but the vegetarians didn't always have a choice and were one day even stuck on soup alone. In the restaurant the waiters were always very quick to clean our table, a couple of times they were even too quick as we were going to the bar and found our table cleared and a scarf we had explicitly left on the table brought to the lost-and-found. Upon further inquiry it seems we needed to keep our roomkeys on the table as an indicator to show we haven't left yet.

As for service, the staff didn't complain when we told them we hadn't parked on the premises all days because we went to see family one day. Also we didn't have to pay for a drink the waiters had cleaned from our table, and we had the ability to split the bill into two parts: one part in our remaining Hungarian Forints and one part in Euros.

Concerning the different (spa-)services the hotel offers, we only used the pool and some of the entertainment offered there. The in- and outdoor pools were great, and the entertainment in the pools was nice. One downside was the face that of the nice beach-chairs offered alongside of the pool were of two types, and the best ones were filled quite fast, but even though we found two chairs for ourselves. We did try the heated pool a few times, but we were warned by other users not to stay in for more than 20 minutes at a time. This however wasn't shown anywhere around the pool, but it seemed like good advice.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Szentendre, Hungary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We were there before with a good memories so we tought its could be good again.Dissapointed! Very expensive for the quality.Food very bad quality.Breakfast ok.No hot water in our room.Needed managment change.More like a 3 star.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Having read a number of reviews about Karos Spa Hotel before we arrived we were very pleasantly surprised...

Arrival:
Four people on reception with one of them an English speaker. Our room was ready and when we got to the apartment another member of staff was waiting for us and greeted us (her English was good) and she explained everything that we needed to know.

Apartment:
We booked a one bedroom apartment and were again pleasantly surprised with the accommodation. Two large single beds that we were able to push together into an acceptable double bed. A large shower/hot tub room and a more than adequate sitting room with comfortable furniture and "half" kitchen. Microwave, sink and utensils.

Food:
We opted for the buffet breakfast and evening meal. Great value and variety, but you need to be someone who is happy to experiment and try anything. Again, for most of the time we were not disappointed.

Pools:
two outside and a number inside all excellent.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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67 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

impolite service, terrible business / customer understanding . Boring. Socialist house. Nothing special food. Few, crowdy pools, limited possibilities.Managers replacement necessary, Otherwise hotel will fail. Opposite hotel is much better

  • Stayed August 2012
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2012

This hotel is disappointing. The hotel facilities are ok but the details are not what you would expect to find in a 4 star hotel. For example the gym has 3 cardio equipment, one all purpose but very old weight device and free weights, half of which are missing. You cannot get a workout. The hotel rooms are ok, but we left traces of coconut oil on a table and the result was aant invasion. The massages are very well marketed on the brochure and get you excited about paying a premium price, but the truth is you a subpar experience. I had a full body massage and it was ok but the pedicure + foot massage was rushed and far from relaxing. It was way overpriced by Hungarian, even international standards. To make matters worse the lady was 30 minutes late for my girlfriend's massage.

To sum it up, this is an ok place but if it were half the price.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Karos Spa
Address: Alma utca 1., Zalakaros 8749, Hungary
Location: Hungary > Western Transdanubia > Zala County > Zalakaros
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Zalakaros
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Karos Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 298
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel is largest not just in the popular holiday resort, Zalakaros but in the region, too. The spacious rooms, the huge green park between the two buildings of the hotel and the peaceful location guarantee relaxing days. The real time off can be enjoyed in a giant water world, which only a few hotels in Hungary can be proud of. Among the 5 indoor and 2 outdoor pools everyone can find where relaxation the best is. In the sauna park there are 5 different saunas, a steam bath and an ice cave which offer several possibilities. The wellness experience becomes fully perfect by the different massages, gastronomy, sport and other programs of the hotel. The secret of our success is found although elsewhere. ... more   less 
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