We spent 4 days at the estate with our two little daughters. We were in the Manor House on the first floor which is called "Étage de la famille", dedicated to families with young children. There was no elevator though for strollers. The room was spacious with laminated flooring, but it was designed in an extremely distasteful way and the decoration was piss poor. For example, there was a brown and gold striped wallpaper in the bathroom, already peeling off where it meets the tiles. The same cheap vinyl wallpaper covers the walls of the castle that I saw from the restaurant and the interior design is generally atrocious. There was a mobile bed for the baby without a mattress, which is very inconsiderate and uncomfortable. Our baby slept between us on the double bed.
On our first two days dinner was at the Knight's Hall which was surprisingly nice. The walls were covered with digitally printed, huge pictures of Italian artworks and the place had the atmosphere of a museum. But the two following days dinner was served at the castle's restaurant which looked like a cheap all you can eat restaurant filled with loud, noisy and underdressed people, I was shocked by the low standards of the place even though I know it's a sad tendency that people show no respect toward others and show up in training clothes or wife beaters for dinner. It's OK with small kids, there's also professional babysitting nearby the tables during the meals, but DO NOT come here for romance.
Food was good, similar to what we make ourselves at home, no complaints here, nothing fancy. They serve a jug of lemonade for half of the price of mineral water.
There's a separate bath house and it must be very inconvenient to approach it in bad weather, even though there are dressing rooms. Bathing facilities are a lot smaller than they appear on the pictures. Kids under 14 are only allowed at one part of the bath where the floor is constantly swimming in water. The big pool was nice and lukewarm. The walls are painted orange, smeared with yellow, you feel like in the '90s, terrible.
Staff is generally kind, there was only one waitress at breakfast making faces at us while cooking our eggs.
The theme park is not a big deal but it was nice and there were also horses training for a horse show. It must be interesting for older kids (about 7-14 yrs). There were children and adults walking around in costumes. There are also two nice, smaller playgrounds, but there's a better one beside the village hall near the resort.
We will never go back, but it could have been worse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puchner Estate-Bikal (Puchner Castle Hotel**** and Renaissance Theme Park): The Puchner Estate is situated at the feet of the Mecsek Hills, and extends on an area of 14 hectares. The hotel awaits its guests with accommodation and restaurants in five different atmospheres, three wellness facilities and the first interactive adventure park of the country. ... more less