Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia Budapest

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Karpat u. 62 - 64, Budapest, 1133, Hungary

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Good For Families
  • Families96
  • Couples77
  • Solo75
  • Business55
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    A Mixed Bag -- Some Good, Some Bad


    I stayed here for 4 nights in August 2008. I chose this hotel due to its location being a compromise between the inner city and the Sziget Festival site. I did not really use any of the thermal facilities. My room was okay, good wheelchair access in the bathroom. Good breakfast.

    Up to this point, I'd give the place a solid "satisfied" rating. However, there are cons to be reviewed: First of all, the air conditioning is not working well -- when it gets hot in Budapest -- and it frequently does so during summer -- this is a problem. It was always too hot in my room even though I set the airconditioning to maximum level -- the technician which I had called told me it was working fine, just not performing any better.

    The next negative thing is the inability of the management to take responsibility for mistakes by compensating their customers for them. In my special case, I had ordered an early room breakfast on my day of departure -- there was a special form for it which I filled out and handed it to the check-in on the day before. On the morning in question, nothing was brought to my door, and due to my early departure, the buffet restaurant wasn't open yet.

    Mistakes do happen. What discerns good standards from poor ones, however, is the way they are dealt with. My complaint was dealt with in a way that you could compare either with Fawlty Towers, or the earlier Communist Regime covering up a mistake, or Donald Rumsfeld's very special way of showing responsibility when apologizing for errors without doing anything about them.

    I got a totally inadequate reaction as they first simply denied the facts, then said they were sorry but that was it for them. I asked that the price for one breakfast be deducted from my bill which they refused by repeatedly stating that I had an all-inclusive price. This really made me mad because it showed they simply did not understand what I was demanding and why I was demanding it. Instead, I was offered a piece of cake for my trip to the airport. Fawlty Towers, indeed!

    Unique Quality: Pros: Thermal facilities, good breakfast, good all-round value

    Cons: a/c too weak, out of town, management has Communist customer relationship attitude

    You will find better value for money, especially if you don't need the thermal baths.

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    Hotel Helia


    This is a large conference hotel which was very quiet during my stay. Most rooms have a view over the Danube to Margaret Island. The rooms were a good size and very comfortable. A massage and also an aroma bath treatment was included in my stay, as well as breakfast and a lunch or dinner each day. (Lunch and Dinner is normally priced at 4900 HUF)

    Although the hotel is out of the city centre, it is only about 5 minutes walk from Dozsa Gy ut Metro station on the blue line, and trolley bus 79 stops just around the corner from the hotel outside a convenient supermarket. This bus also goes past Heroes Square and the City Park.

    Unique Quality: Dentist, Hairdresser and Spa and thermal pools on site!

    Directions: From Dozsa Gy ut metro station, take the Drava ut exit and walk in the direction of the Danube. Turn left at the Profi supermarket and you will see the Hotel on the opposite corner on Karpat utca. Trolley bus 79 stops outside the supermarket.

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by mona28

The Hotel Helia is especially suited for conferences and is also well equipped for business travellers.
The spa and conference Hotel Helia is situated on the embankment of the River Danube with views on the Buda Hills and Margaret Island (Margitsziget). The Hotel is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by a park. Most rooms overlook a lovely, refreshing park and the river. The hotel is within easy reach from the city centre with good access to public transport.
general info:
The four-star Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia spa, wellness and conference hotel, built in Scandinavian style, was opened in 1990 and last renovated in 2006. Natural thermal water is pumped to the hotel spa from springs on the nearby Margaret Island, which is famous in Budapest for its high quality medical and relaxation services.

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Travel and hotel and thermal baths

by eastrunner


Has anyone stayed at the - Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia there are different reviews? is the location too far from the city centre. When they say thermal spas, are they natural? They quote a very reasonable price pf 44EUR so it looks attractive. If this isn’t great can you recommend a hotel that has spa/thermal bath attached for that price range.

Do you recommend a spa attached to a hotel vs. public spas and bath houses? (I can see the obvious benefits but is there like an out of the world thermal bath out there :) that’s a must do.

Also for 3 days do you recommend the Budapest card, or is it cheaper to buy like a 3 day pass just for transport. And pay the museum entrances as we go?

Thanks & Excited


Re: Travel and hotel and thermal baths

by JeanneHart

Hi - not sure about the price range but the famous Gellert Hotel has the most amazing spa/bathing area. Check it out on on the website - it really is amazing with various pool/spa areas in art nouveau style. I went there 2 years ago just for an afternoon visit and the decor was just fantastic. there's also an outside swimming/bathing area which has wave machines turning on at various times. Hope this helps.

Re: Travel and hotel and thermal baths

by Durfun

Gellert is indeed the best for it's styling, to loofk & admire - you can use it even as a non-guest. 6.00AM-7.00PM weekdays; 6.00AM-5.00PM on Sat and Sun.

The full entrance price to both the swimming pool and the man and woman thermal facilities is 3500 HUF (approx €13), which also includes a cabin rental, where you can change clothes and a towel (bed sheets style - hence own towel suggested!!).

The other very famous one is Széchényi Spa! A more fun experience
Location: Pest, Állatkerti krt. 11 (right next to the Zoo; metro: Széchenyi fürdő, M1 yellow line),
Timings: Indoor part open daily from 6AM to 7PM; outdoor 6-10PM
Entrance: 3.400 HUF entrance fee, includes rental of a changing cabin (locked by a key). 300 HUF refund for leaving within 2 hours.

Outdoors: Two hot soaking pools (30 degrees C and 38 degrees C) and one swimming pool (26-28 degrees C) are all open-air (even in winter), and form the center of the baths.

All facilities are shared by men and women (except shower and toilets).

There's a swimming tube (a whirling corridor): round- (outdoors) or rectangle-shaped (indoors) pool with artificial flow, a feature difficult to find elsewhere.

Another specialty is a tradition to play chess while sitting in the water - even in winter. One or two cafes/juice bars are available directly from the swimming deck, near the cabins, year-round.

Indoors: Several saunas, one steam bath. Cold-water pool, hot tubs, aqua-gym pool with weights. Northern part of indoors baths is more modern and clean.


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Address: Karpat u. 62 - 64, Budapest, 1133, Hungary