On a recent visit to Gellert Baths my partner and I opted for a massage at approx 13 pounds each.
After being in the pool for about an hour we decided to go for massage. I got mine ok but my partner was told to come back in another 2 and a half hours time! She said no and when we came out she went to get a refund but was told they never give refunds under any circumstances!!
This and the overall prision like feel to the baths did not give a good impression and we found the experience to be very dissapointing. The changing areas were also freezing cold and the showers were horrible. Overall not recommended and certainly not luxurious.
A well known spa/pool complex attached to the famous Gellert hotel complex.
The pool complex has indoor and outdoor pools with a wave that goes every half hour or so. There are also mens and womens separate areas and spa's etc.
The complex is open from 6am to 7pm except winter weekends where it closes at 5pm. The grand surroundings make this a very pleasant swimming experience.
Open Mon-Fri: 6 am - 7 pm. Sat-Sun: 6 am - 5 pm. One of the most popular baths for tourists coming to Budapest, decorated with original Art Nouveau furnishings. Entrance fee: HUF 3500=EUR 15. Services offered: 30 min. massage HUF 3100=EUR 13, Pedicure HUF 2000=EUR 13, Facial treatment HUF 10300=Eur 44,Manicure HUF 1450=EUR 6. There are 2 pools with temperatures 36*C & 38*C. Sauna room.
Located inside this beautiful Modernist Secession style building are the Gellert Baths. The Gellert Hills provide a great number of spring accesses, which supply the bath water. The spirngs are rich in magnesium, calcium, sulphate-chloride, hydrogen-carbonate, fluoride ions, and sodium and are suppose to hold medicinal healing properties.
The baths are separated into female and male baths. They are identical with each having a sauna, steam bath and three plunge pools with different temperatures. The pools are beautifully decorated with mosiac tiles.
There is also an outdoor wave pool and a hot pool with medicinal spa water.
The Gellért Hotel & Spa, built in a late secessionist style, is located right at the Liberty Bridge and at the feet of the Gellért Hill, a place, wich since the XIII.century is popular for bathing, since numrous thermal springs flow together. In the medieval there was a hospital here, and the first thermal bath was constructed in the XVI.century, when the turks were occupiing Buda.
The complex, that we see today was built according to the plans of Ármin Hegedűs, Artúr Sebestyén and Izidor Sterk, and it was opened on the 24 september 1918. In the second world war, the Hotel suffered some damages, but the Spa remained completely intact, and soon after the end of the war, also the hotel regained it`s previous splendour, and it was modernized as well. The stirring art noveau ornaments in the Spa are original and in 1993, the main staircase recieved a new decorated window, work of Bozó Stanisits.
Gellert Thermal Bath is very famous in Budapest. The main disadvantage is the seperation between men and women. There are seperate thermal pools and only the central pool accepts both men and women. However, temperature of this pool is not as high as the other pools and serves for cooling down. There are also sauna and steam bath chambers in men and women sections. If you come to Budapest for thermal theraphy, you should visit Gellert too.
My favourite Thermal Baths in Budapest: very beautiful and relaxing!
Budapest is “the City of Spas” (about 100 natural thermal springs).
In fact, in Budapest there are many wonderful thermal baths.I think, one of the most beautiful is Géllert Gyogyfurdo, attached to the hotel of the same name.
After eating a big piece of cake or after climbing the hills of Buda, you must go to a spa!
There are a lot of baths as the Szechenyi, Lukacs, Uj Kiralyi, but the most popular bath in town must be Gellért, near the 'Elisabeth bridge'.
The bath was built in 1918 in art nouveau style. The shallow pools are different temperatures but I think it is most famous among foreign visitors not for its waters but only for its superb Art Nouveau architecture and details (the main hall with glass roof, columns with an accurate manufacturing).
Don’t miss it!
Well, I guess I have expected a bit too much after browsing their website. It's still a pretty spa with lovely architectural features but not quite clean. It just need a general renovation. After a swim, massage, hot steam room session, 18 degree celcius bath then the normal thermal spa, I do feel rather rejenuvated. My skin was a lot smoother as well! Generally good fun!
This is something you have to do while in Budapest, the city is known by its many and nice bath, Gellert is the famoust one, I have to say it's more touristic, I didn't try any other bath but I still found Gellert nice and clean, you have to pay your entry and you can stay as much as you can, beside the bath there is a sauna and a massage room .. it worth the visit ;)
I have just returned from Budapest where, amongst other things, we visited the Gellert Baths. I have nothing to add to the praise already given, it was a wonderful experience. My one disappointment was that I really wanted to see the beautiful blue tiling i had seen on all the postcards but this is in the Men's Turkish Bath so I never saw it - my husband did. The Women's side is not so beautiful. So if, like me, you chose these baths from the many available in Budapest for the tiling, be warned! Ladies, you are in for a disappointment! However, the rest of the experience made up for it. Oh, and get a cubicle! The locker area appears to be run by former Eastern European gymnastics coaches - the Western service ethic has not reached there.
Budapest, the City of Spas lays over 100 natural thermal springs. Many Hungarians as well as tourist come to visit the 12 Bath Complexes for relaxing and their medicinal healing power. The most famous, of the 16th century Turkish baths known as the Szechenyi, Lukacs, Uj Kiralyi and the Gellert
me and three friends(summer travelers) went to the thermal bath on kelenhegyi, and trust me we were not dissapointed. For about 15 US dollars we got an all day pass to swim, sit in the baths, and use the wave pool.(you can also get massages and use the jet baths) the patio upstairs and outside is nice for sunbathing and drinking wine. You also meet alot of travelers there, as well as locals(which is cool if you're a people person)
The Gellért thermal Baths
Your skin will get soft. It is a nice environment. You will (probably) be asked to wear a weird apron... :-)Some of my male friends have been approached in the mens' shower rooms. Good or bad, that's up to you.
However, some people have complained the establishment is not too hygienic. Still it's a classical to-do thing in Budapest.
$1,000,000 dollars is how you will feel after a good 20 min or so in the hot springs... No, a million bazillion kajillion dollars.... First, they give you what looks like a cocktail napkin on a string to change into... then, you hit the baths... butt hagin out and all... there are two sides, one 38o C and 36o C, if i remember correctly... youll end up marinating with plenty of locals and foreigners alike... its a true slice of hungarian culture, and definatly not to be missed.... a rare opportunity to live like the locals... Spend the day walking from the Bazilika, to Parliament, stop at margarets island, then on to buda, then head south to gellert, checkin out buda along the way... End at gellert, and you will be well rewarded for all your walking.... Especially for all us Americans... Dont go all that way and miss out on the mineral baths.
Situated behind the Gellert Hotel on the Buda side of the river - Gellert Baths are one of the most relaxing places to visit in Budapest.
I spent 4 hours here and only left because they were closing.
You can do anything from swimming in a pool, paddling about in the wave pool, relaxing in spa baths, having a massage/facial/mud treatment or for the ladies, get your nails done.
If you want a relaxing day out in Budapest - this is the place to go.