Danubius Hotels on the Margaret Island (Budapest, Hungary)
DANUBIUS HEALTH SPA RESORT MARGITSZIGET****SUPERIOR
DANUBIUS GRAND HOTEL MARGITSZIGET**** SUPERIOR
In Budapest's finest green spot, on the Margaret Island (Margitsziget) lie our hotels, the island is located in the middle of the river Danube between Margaret Bridge and Árpád Bridge. Originally there were three islands here, the islands of Spa, Pictor and Rabbits. These were framed with a common concrete shore as part of river regulation efforts in the 19th century and so the 2.5-kilometre-long island was formed.
The island was already inhabited by Roman times; in the Middle Ages monks preferred the island for its calm and kings for its excellent hunting. The island bears the name of Margit (Margaret), daughter of King Béla IV (Adalbert), who renounced the world and entered the island's convent after surviving the rampage of the Tatars in the 13th century. The Turkish occupation in the 15th century put an abrupt end to the cloister island's blossoming.
After centuries of neglect, the island was reborn in the 19th century when an open park and entertainment centre was opened to the general public. This was made possible by the Margaret Bridge embranchment built to the island in 1900, opening the island to pedestrians.
Today, the 100 hectares of parkland is kept peaceful and quiet by being sealed off to most vehicular traffic. Park your car at the northern end of the island and rent a "family bike" known as a Bringóhintó Cycle Car
(a pedal-driven four-wheeler for two or four passengers, an ideal means of transport for roaming Budapest's largest park area, Margaret Island), or take a healthy walk through the island. Budapest joggers plan their routes along the island's embankments.
The park is beautiful and very varied: century-old chestnut avenues, English, Japanese and French gardens alternate with ruins of a nunnery, an old water tower and a wide range of sports facilities. The island has the largest open-air swimming complex in Budapest, the Palatinus, and a fine outdoor theatre.
The northern section of the island is home of the turn-of-the-century Danubius Grand Hotel Margitsziget and the modern Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget, the latter offering thermal spa and state-of-the-art medical services using thermal water springs on the island to cure different types of locomotor disorders. The location of the two hotels in Budapest is incomparable.
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. To this brand belongs our hotel: the Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget as well.
The hotel was built in 1979 in a calm surroundings, in the most beautiful park of Budapest, close to the inner city that determines its unique character. This is the first cure hotel in the heart of a capital. In 2001 it was renovated, the health centre and the executive rooms in the 8th and 9th floors have been established. For executive guests slippers and beauty set in the bathrooms are available free of charge and they can have breakfast in the executive lounge, where they can enjoy the wonderful view from above.
All the 267 rooms have a balcony overlooking either the Danube or the park. The rooms are air-conditioned, are equipped with colour satellite TV, minibar, direct dial telephone, wireless internet access, free coffee and tea maker, safe, hair-dryer, use of gown.
The restaurant offers dishes of the various Hungarian, international cuisine, in the evenings with mild harp music, except on Thursday when the gypsy band is playing.