General press information
With its 44 hotels, the Danubius Hotels Group, based in Hungary, is one of Europe’s most significant hotel enterprises. The group’s characteristically high standard health and wellness resorts are located in Hungary, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.
Hungary – the Danubius Hotels Group’s 23 three, four and five-star hotels welcome guests to the most popular Hungarian tourist destinations such as the well-known thermal spas of Hévíz, Bükfürdő and Sárvár, not far from the capital, as well as in large country towns and Lake Balaton.
Great Britain – since the summer of 2005, the hotel group is represented in Great Britain by one hotel. The four-star city hotel is located in the centre of London in the immediate vicinity of Regent’s Park.
Czech Republic – Danubius guests can enjoy the features of the world famous spa and resort of Marienbad (Marianské Lázné) where there are 8 three, four and five-star health and wellness hotels. The town owes its reputation to its beautiful location its natural thermal springs and to its unique complex dedicated to medical treatment.
Slovakia – there are 6 three, four and five-star Danubius thermal hotels in the famous spa town of Piestany as well as 3 hotels in Smrdáky, at the foot of the White Carpathians. Piestany is one of Europe’s most popular spas and owes its reputation to the thermal waters, the naturally curative effect of the mud and to its tranquil surroundings. Smrdáky is situated 60 km from Piestany. Its specialisation is above all the treatment of skin diseases in combination with diseases of locomotive apparatus through use of the unique natural sources - hydrogen sulphide mineral water and sulphurous mud.
Romania – there are 3 Danubius hotels located in Sovata, one of Transylvania’s most famous spas, in the heart of the Sóvidék (Salt Region). Due to continuous renovation, the hotel complex at Sovata welcomes guests wishing to relax or improve their health with newly developed curative therapies.
The hotel group was established over thirty years ago by the then Ministry of Internal Trade with the aim of creating and developing health tourism in Hungary. The company was state owned at the time and started business in April 1972 with the Grand Hotel Margitsziget already in operation along with the Hotel Helikon in Keszthely and building permission for the Hilton Budapest. The company became a joint stock company in July 1991 under the name Danubius Hotels Rt. and its shares were floated on the Budapest Stock Exchange in December 1992. It put in a successful tender to ÁPV Rt. for 85% ownership of Hungária Szálloda Rt. (HungarHotels) in 1996 and acquired 100% ownership in 2004.
The company first moved abroad in November 1999 with the purchase of 100% ownership of the Hotel Villa Butterfly in Marianské Lázné (Czech Republic) and 65% of Lecebne Lázné a.s. (Marianské Lázné, Czech Republic) a year later. Danubius then proceeded to acquire 31 properties, 4 spa complexes and 40 thermal springs. In 2001 the company put in a tender when the joint stock company in its sphere of interest and registered in Romania was privatized. This move helped to secure hotel rooms for 1000 occupants and other properties at Sovata Spa in Romania, as well as 82.17% ownership of the health project. Danubius obtained its hotels in Slovakia in 2002, with the purchase of 67% of the Slovenske Liecebne Kupele a.s. thermal baths complex at Piestany.
In the summer of 2004, Danubius became a partner, then in 2009 full owner of the world famous Gundel Restaurant and the company running associated businesses (the Bagolyvár Restaurant, the Borvendéglő, wine cellars at Mád and Eger) and at present owns two-thirds of Gundel.
DEATILED INFORMATIONS ABOUT THE DANUBIUS HEALT SPA RESORTS, MEDICAL SPA’S
Spa tradition at Danubius
We have over 40 hotels in 5 countries, and you will find that each of our locations has its own individual atmosphere, scenery and traditions. What they all have in common, however, is belief in the healing power of the earth's natural resources and a way of life that is built around ‘spa’.
Whether you are seeking the trusted results of our rehabilitation therapies, wish to relax and enjoy the soothing effects of nature’s wonders or simply want to escape to a pretty and exotic location, then we are waiting for you – with a warm welcome.
In many of our locations you will see this spa tradition reflected in the beautiful architecture of our properties. In the past these were actually therapy centres for the treatment of medical conditions.
With the ever-changing culture of spa, we have also moved with the times. In addition to effective therapies for the treatment of medical conditions, we also offer a wide range of pampering and
Whether you are visiting for medical reasons or to relax and destress, you will instantly sense the tradition and confidence behind our procedures and the execution of our treatments – treatments that have been tried and tested over centuries.
What is a medical spa? How does it work?
Therapeutic stays are based upon a complete spa treatment plan that includes a medical consultation and individually prescribed treatments to take into consideration your specific health condition.
On arrival at a Danubius Health Spa you will be booked in with one of our highly experienced spa doctors. During this consultation you will be able to discuss your particular health or medical needs. Based upon these, the doctor will then design your personalized treatment plan. Plans combine natural treatments with physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, medical packing and massage to achieve excellent results. Depending upon progress, the doctor may subsequently adjust
the treatment prescription. We also offer a wide range of relaxation and well-being treatments beside the medical treatments to ensure that you leave feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Treatments in our spas take advantage of the natural resources found in each of these countries, ranging from thermal mineral waters to sulphuric mud, spring waters and natural gases. Use of these natural resources has a tradition and history, which we combine with our medical expertise to offer effective results.
If you are staying with us on one of our longer spa stays, the doctor will make a final examination and lifestyle recommendation. To benefit effectively from the treatment you are advised to stay for between 2 and 3 weeks.
We offer treatment for:
- Rheumatism (soft tissue and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis of spine and joints)
- Chronic inflammatory degenerative diseases of the muscular
- skeletal system
- Back pain
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Metabolic disorders
- Rehabilitation after surgery or accident
- Chronic periferical circulatory problems
- For serious rheumatic, degenerative non-inflammatory rheumatic, nervous and orthopaedic disorders
- Respiratory conditions
Medical wellness or ’disease prevention’ means adopting lifestyle behaviours and medical therapies to improve your well being, boost your health and possibly lengthen your life expectancy. Our doctors – experts in traditional spa therapies and their effects – will tailor a personal ‘medical wellness’ programme for you, especially designed to put your body and spirit back on top form. After this diagnosis the doctor will prescribe a programme based on your own personal goals and
A medical wellness / disease prevention program could have several purposes:
- Weight loss
- Stress management
Our well-being stays range from 2 days to 3 weeks and are focused on relaxation and rejuvenation. In our resorts you will discover a wide range of relaxation and beauty treatments, as well as many opportunities to improve your physical fitness.
Many of our traditional medical treatments are also effective as part of a prevention programme; similarly, many of our natural resources have revitalizing and re-energizing effects. You will also be impressed by the superb pool, sauna, hydro and wellness complexes in some of our resorts.
We offer Waterworlds:
A variety of swimming pools, thermal bath complexes, hydro pools, sunbathing areas, saunas and steam rooms.
Aside from the obvious benefits of providing relaxation and relieving stress, treatments such as massages and baths provide numerous physiological benefits as well. Whether your body’s aches and pains are the result of work, sport, or day-to-day stress, a wellness treatment like a massage will relax tense or aching muscles and joints. Arthritis, rheumatism, and chronic back pain can also be relieved.
Fitness clubs and exercise classes:
We take care of your fitness and health needs. Fully equipped fitness centres and personal consultations alongside the numerous exercise classes like aqua fitness, yoga, Pilates, tai chi and Nordic walking enable you to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility. Our friendly and helpful instructors cater to all ages and fitness levels, making sure you experience an enjoyable, safe and effective workout.
At Danubius we recognize that if you want to feel your best, it helps to look your best. As part of our modernization process we have created an exciting new beauty and wellness concept under the name Emporium. We offer personal attention, expert advice, unparalleled service and triedand-tested treatments in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Danubius Healthy Choice: healthy menus to complement our delicious local cuisines – low-fat and caloriecounted.
|THE HOTEL BRANDS OF THE DANUBIUS HOTEL GROUP|
The hotels belonging to Central Europe’s leading spa hotel group, Danubius Health Spa Resorts brand, in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, are primarily four-star health and wellness hotels which offer extensive bathing facilities, numerous health and wellness treatments, as well as beauty treatments and fitness services.
The hotels of the Danubius Health Spa Resorts are unique within the international realm in that the treatments are based on natural elements: the classified thermal waters of local natural springs and the mineral-rich mud have outstanding and proven curative powers. The hotels offer guests indoor and outdoor pools, thermal baths and saunas. In addition to health services they also provide extensive wellness treatments and sports and leisure facilities.
Besides providing guests with high standard health and wellness services, the Danubius Health Spa Resort hotels also serve as excellent venues for conferences as rest and relaxation is available on the spot to recover from the strains of work.
Spoken languages at the resorts:
Mainly English and German. In special cases (Russian, French, Israeli, Arabic languages) the company is working very close to medical services provider travel agencies who are supporting our spa/medical personal.
The TÜV Rheinland Group, developed an internationally recognized quality assurance system in the medical wellness field. Health Spa Resorts of the Danubius Group were among the first to receive the TÜV certificate. Under the implemented system from day one through checkout hotel guests enjoy quality services under quality circumstances in the participating hotels.
Danubius Health Spa Resorts in Hungary:
- Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget (Budapest)
- Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget (Budapest)
- Danubius Health Spa Resort Helia (Budapest)
- Danubius Health Spa Resort Hévíz (Hévíz)
- Danubius Health Spa Resort Aqua (Hévíz)
- Danubius Health Spa Resort Bük (Bükfürdő)
- Danubius Health Spa Resort Sárvár (Sárvár)
|THE OTHER HOTEL BRANDS OF THE DANUBIUS HOTEL GROUP|
Danubius Hotels four-star city hotels are located in Budapest and London. These exclusive hotels guarantee high quality services including 24 hour room service, fast check-in and check-out, Business Centres, Wireless Internet connection, first-class conference venues, Danubius Executive rooms and apartments, organized leisure activities and private parking.
Danubius Hotels are an ideal choice not just for business and incentive travellers but also for those wishing to go sightseeing.
- Danubius Hotel Gellért (Budapest)
- Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget (Budapest)
- Danubius Hotel Astoria (Budapest)
- Danubius Hotel Flamenco (Budapest)
- Danubius Hotel Arena (Budapest)
The Classic Collection denotes those classic and historic Danubius Health Spa Resorts and Danubius Hotels which enjoy an excellent reputation both at home and abroad. A mention of their name brings to mind instantly the historic hotel building, its sophisticated interior, its elegance and an atmosphere reminiscent of the 19th century.
- Danubius Hotel Gellért (Budapest)
- Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget (Budapest)
- Danubius Hotel Astoria (Budapest)
|ADDITIONAL HOTELS IN THE DANUBIUS HOTELS GROUP|
Additional three, four and five-star members of the Danubius Hotels Group offer a variety of services based on local features. In Budapest, these include the Hilton and the Radisson BLU franchise.
|GUEST LOYALTY PROGRAMME|
As an appreciation of our regular clients, of those who will become regulars in the future and of their loyalty to the hotel, Danubius EuroPoints has introduced a guest loyalty programme. Within the context of this programme members can collect points while paying for Danubius services. These points can later be exchanged for any Danubius services in Hungary thus making it possible to repeat a memorable experience as our gift to you.
|THE GUNDEL RESTAURANT AND ASSOCIATED BUSINESSES|
The Gundel Restaurant has been a popular dining spot since the era of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in the 19th century; in the years between the two world wars it became one of the most famous restaurants in Central Europe.
It was built in 1894 in the City Park, in Hungarian Art Nouveau style, according to plans by the architect, Ervin Bauer.
The brilliant Károly Gundel invented numerous classic dishes which are still on the menu today. They include the famous Pike-Perch à la Gundel and the famous Gundel Pancakes. The distinguished executive chef, Kálmán Kalla, has created sophisticated versions of traditional Hungarian dishes and brought up to date several dishes in Central European aristocratic cuisine. The sommelier at Gundel has collected a rich selection of Hungarian wines from the various wine regions in Hungary as well as wines from Gundel’s own vineyards.
In addition to the restaurant and the elegant Queen Elizabeth ballroom where diplomatic, social and business meetings are held there are seven intimate, private rooms in the building which are furnished in fin de siècle style. In summer an enormous shady garden and a terrace are available for guests to use.
A few years after taking over the lease of the city park restaurant, Károly Gundel decided to open a family restaurant next door for visitors to the zoo.
In December 1992, George Láng and Ronald S. Lauder, the owners of Gundel, decided to resurrect the Bagolyvár (Owl’s Castle) and restore it to its old magic. The renovated restaurant opened its doors in May 1993. The furnishings evoke the bourgeois dining rooms of the early 20th century, the tables are covered with heavy damask tablecloths and drawings and engravings decorate the walls.
The idea for the revival was ‘simply genial’: the flavours and foods that accompany us through life are mostly connected with women. So let it be exclusively women who do the cooking and serving at table here!
The 1894 Food and Wine Cellar was developed in the wine cellars of the Gundel Palace and opened its doors to the public in the spring of 2002.
As we arrive, two wine cellars appear before us: one bears the name of Zsuzsanna Lorántffy, consort of the Transylvanian prince, in whose Tokay district vineyard Tokay Aszú was first made in the mid-17th century, the other that of St. Orbán, the patron saint of vineyards and wine cellars.
Everything one could wish for is to be found here beneath the ancient brick arches of the Food and Wine Cellar: fine wines and delicious food can be enjoyed in pleasant company. Guests can sip as they please from over one hundred wines made by Hungary’s best winemakers and the Tokay and Eger wines from Gundel’s own wine-cellars. On entering, the guest can start with a glass of wine, take part in a wine-tasting, a dinner accompanied by wine or the countless other forms of enjoying wine.
|LIST OF DANUBIUS HOTELS|