I've been to the Spirit Hotel probably around 15 times by now. One of those stays lasted for ten days in a row.
My visits started shortly after the hotel was opened. Before i discovered the Spirit Hotel, i was a Spa-hopper in Austria and, with that being my primary point of reference, i have to say that if those Austrian Spas allow themselves 5 stars, then the Spirit Hotel deserves at least 5+2!
The Spirit Hotel has managed to create a perfect equilibrium between the feel of a hotel and a Spa. From the moment you enter the lobby, you find yourself in a wonderfully maintained and tastefully furnished environment that despite its sheer size manages to provide an immense feeling of comfort and warmth.
The receptionists are attentive and skilled. On each of my visits they have responded to my every request without hesitation or difficulties. Even more so, during my last stay i was given not only a gift for my customer loyalty, i also received a high quality red wine as a birthday present. Furthermore when i left, those wonderful guys took me a bit too literally when i asked for takeaway-breakfast. I was unable to eat and drink up all of what they provided.
Communication works flawlessly and the check-in process passes very quickly. You get a free welcome drink upon arrival (for each person).
The rooms are tastefully set up, clean and well maintained. Rarely did i find something not working and i knew, would i even dare to communicate it to the front desk, they'd have it fixed in an instant or move me to a different room immediately. Even the rooms with the lowest rate (Premium) are more than enough for a one-person stay.
If you can afford it and you come as a couple, i recommend the King Room - you get a whirlpool in a very spacey room. Place some candles around the room, dim the lights and you're set for a most romantic experience.
A general downside may be the fact that if your neighbours are of the loud type, you might hear them through the walls. Also there may be some music pushing through from the cozy bar area close to the lobby, but they usually stop playing before any sane person would decide to enter dreamtime.
The Spirit Hotel offers rooms for allergic visitors as well. These feature wooden floors instead of carpets, as well as special bed linen.)
The thermal bath and swimming area are simply huge, yet always clean and inviting. The real thermal water features a rich combination of minerals and trace elements. You can swim outside through a little door, or dive underneath it.
If you do sports swimming, there is a huge separate pool for that, which features a beautiful setup of decorative measures on the ceiling. Those are great for orientation when you do backstroke swimming. Hitting your head on the end of the pool becomes a real difficult task - so it is just great.
There are more pools and another huge outside pool, next to a restaurant and bar that sometimes offers a nice brunch buffet and a huge variety of other snacks and drinks a'la carte. Don't worry about the plastic glasses. The hotel can't risk the one broken glass ripping open the foot of the next child running across. Plastic got the vote here, rightfully. But coffee still comes in a classic and proper ceramic cup.
Speaking of children, i have never ever felt molested there by a kid's noise or anything alike.
The Spa itself is massive. There are doctors, ionizing baths, salt chambers and much, much more. You can go to the floating tank (actually a huge bathtub that is filled with high saltwater) and go for the experience of temporary sensory deprivation. Anti-gravity for the win!
You can also get a colon-hydrotherapy done if you feel in for the ride - and at a VERY reasonable price, too.
The choice of treatments is massive. From basic massages to very oriental and exotic methods - they have it all. And all the beauty and cosmetic treatments, not to mention the dermatologist that comes to the hotel at least once a week. I tried none of all that, so i can't say much about it.
The Spa receptionists are a sweet bunch of well trained ladies with proper English language capacities. They will answer all your questions and book your treatments. There's a younger, very nice lady who gets my vote, as she provided me with information far beyond the hotel grounds - gave me hints on where to buy what in town back in January 2013.
I tried classic massages, Ayurvedic massages, Thai massages, Foot reflex ... all of them were not only highly effective but also very "traditionally accurate". Even though the Ayurvedic massages are done by Hungarians, those guys have the skill. I have been to a multitude of resorts in India and i can tell a bad Ayurvedic massage from a proper one. However, the ones offered in the Spirit Hotel are more the wellness-type massages. If you need more force, i am sure that asking the therapist will get you there.
The Thai massage is done by actual Thai ladies who know their trade. Be warned though - this is not for the sensitive ones!
The hotel offers a huge program, a large variety of gymnastics, yoga, meditation and other things. You can play tennis outside, go for a nice run across bridges that cover the surrounding lakes, take a walk, go for a bike tour – no limits!
There is a free fitness center with a huge choice of cardio and muscular training devices. There is also a hairdressing salon on the first floor, which until recently featured a very talented girl who gave me one of the most proper haircuts i received in a long time. Like seriously - perfection. Its a shame she is gone.
The restaurant offers a massive buffet for breakfast and dinner, both of which are included in the room rate (as far as i am concerned). I am vegetarian and during my longest stay was, on top of that, following a strict gluten-free and lactose-free diet. But even then, the staff in the restaurant managed to satisfy my every need. They served me specially prepared dishes and i was not charged separately for them (which is fair, considering the fact that i was unable to eat about 80% of what was offered in the buffet).
But just for the record: they do mark lactose and gluten in the meals on little signs they place above or next to the food bowls. The cooks are true bosses. Everything is of high quality, very clean ... and i never had the feeling they were using low-quality ingredients.
There are multiple bars, for instance at the lobby or next to the restaurant, the latter offering a nice musical entertainment program on many evenings, with a very cool piano player who is named Roland and plays his music on a Roland piano, a guy who really knows how to handle his instrument! Very comfy couches and chairs. And a real fireplace, best during the wintertime.
Downstairs there is another bar which also features a bowling alley and a pool billiard table. I didn't look for darts but i wouldn't be surprised if they had that, too.
Recently the management has changed. Mr. Hackl, who ran the show for some years, left the stage. The new manager promised further improvements in one of the newsletters they sent out. I was sceptical at first but now that i have returned, i believe she's going to do a great job!
All in all, the Spirit Hotel simply is the best place within the 2 hours driving range from Vienna, Austria. And on top of that, it is more affordable!
Without taking political sides i would like to state that the onrush of Russian guests has changed the overall atmosphere of the place, at least a tiny bit. Years ago i heard people speak German, English and Hungarian. On my stay before my most recent one, the majority of visitors was Russian, it seems. Most of them i do not notice, but more often than not i see a lack of basic respect and manners in them, like for instance a lady who just ran against my leg tonight in the bar, while i was seated - and did not even have the decency to look at me, let alone to excuse herself. They also have a tendency to smoke in non-smoking areas and to quibble and complain about a whole lot of stuff. I think its great if the Russians bring good business to Europe, but they should do so with appropriate behaviour and a respectful attitude. I have seen Indian resorts lose literally all of their European clients because of their Russian guests. A horrible destiny for a spa, resort or hotel. Keeping a cultural equilibrium should be on a hotel's agenda, even if its the marketing that accounts for that result.
Anyway. If you look for a top-quality Spa to totally relax and lean back, to have some good treatments done, to swim in hot, real thermal water after sipping an almond-honey-carrot milkshake, at a comparatively good price: look no further!
ROOM TIP: Dogs are allowed in rooms on the first floor, which also holds the anti-allergic rooms. And some people just don't love their dogs enough to not lock them up in the room for multiple hours. Make sure you're not the neighbour.
Conclusion: The Spirit Hotel is the absolute best!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Spirit Thermal Spa***** in Sarvar, Hungary's latest five-star-hotel, opened its doors in March 2008. Offering 273 style furnished hotel rooms and suites, the newly built unique hotel of Europe meets every requirement of the five star level. There is a spa- and wellness area of more than 10.000 sq m with 22 pools and a large therapy, beauty and medical spa centre. The medical services are based on the thermal water of Sarvar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spirit Hotel Thermal Sarvar