The baths at the Hotel Gellert may be the most famous of the Budapest bathhouses and it is certainly a good example of Hungarian Secession Art Nouveau being constructed between 1912 and 1918.
The Gellert Baths are delightful from the entrance hall on. Once you enter, your first stop is a large pool surrounded by columns surrounded by a Solarium overlooking from the second-floor balcony. Past the pool, there are the woman’s and man’s thermal bath areas. These baths are rich with mineral waters and are situated in magnificently high ceilinged tile rooms. These areas are definitely a bit more interesting and relaxing.
In the warmer months, there are three outdoor pools; unfortunately, they were closed for our visit in winter.
As with all the bathhouses, you can also enjoy a massage or any of the many treatments offered. You can even join the local ladies with their Healing Aqua-Gymnastics class in the main pool; though while visually stunning the main pool was not large enough to accommodate the crowds the days we were there. Perhaps in the summer when the outdoor pools can draw off a bit of the crowd.
The baths at the Hotel Gellert are truly astounding in their design and scope. Yes, they are a bit touristic, but they are also easy to visit and staffed with English speakers who are ready to hold your hand if needed.
Spa & bath House
(36) 1 – 466 6166
H-1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4
6:00 – 19:00 Monday – Friday
6:00 – 18:00 Saturday & Sunday