Royal Spa Meetings
Congress guests’ tastes are changing. In particular, the female audience responds well to a combination of meetings with pampering. For such pleasures, Hungary seems to be ideal, because their thermal springs are one of their greatest natural resources. Western Hungary is a true spa paradise, where in the last decade many modern spas and water parks were created. Sárvár has a rich thermal history and is also known as Royal Spa City.
Sárvár is located south of Vienna, east of Graz and west of Budapest. Like other health resorts, it is far from the major cities and motorway connections. Nevertheless, the Vienna International Airport is only 130 km away or two hours drive. From the capital city of Budapest it is 200 km and less than 3 hours drive. In view of the excellent air connections with the world of Vienna, Sárvár is easily enough accessible for international guests.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
In creating the resort, architects gave vent to create probably the most modern spa in Hungary. The exterior nicely fits in the green surroundings and with the hotel park and lakes acts convincingly. Air ambient is most felt right at the spa, and especially in the world of saunas, which is really comfortable and luxuriously decorated. Everything is subordinate to the comfort of the guest and arranged with great taste.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
It is necessary to recognise that the Spirit in terms of friendliness of the staff and serving service is a pleasant surprise. The hotel breakfast buffet is inspiring and one of the best in the region, suitable for the most demanding guests. Especially romantic is a part of the restaurant with large glass surfaces, which gives the impression that you eat breakfast in the middle of a forest. A great selection of local wines is the icing on the cake, it is rich and varied and full of fine details. The ambiance of the Restaurant Onyx is diverse and full of fine details, this is also followed by the culinary offer, to which gives a finishing touch an excellent selection of local wines.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
While the emphasis is on spa and wellness offer, an important part of the hotel is also that it has a conference centre with a multi-functional and technically well-equipped hall. In the largest setting it can accomodate up to 500 participants, but otherwise it can also be divided into five smaller halls and a foyer in the middle. Conference halls are named after the five elements: air, water, earth, fire and “spirit”. The rooms are modern and properly equipped with elegant, earthy colours, but without special additions that would make this part of the hotel offer stand out from similar upscale hotels.
DESSERT – The extras
Delightfully arranged and maintained garden can be an excellent venue for conference participants’ reception. For event organisers an important piece of information is that in colder days for evening receptions a part of the spa can also be used – the Oxygen bar.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
It is clear that the focus is on the spa offer, while meetings and incentive part of the offer has a lot of untapped potential, also the great story on five elements.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
The hotel took a great advantage of the natural mineral water spring from a depth of over 1.000 meters, both for pampering and for a range of pre- vention, health and beauty programmes.
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
The hotel Spirit certainly represents a new chapter in the rich history and culture of spa tourism of Sárvár, which is currently the “flag ship” of the city. Hotel Spirit is elegant, spacious and because of all this an impressive hotel. It is certainly not perfect. Anyone wishing to take advantage of everything the hotel has to offer will have to deal with a relatively high price for this part of Europe.
FINAL GRADE: 4.54 BRONZE SPA MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60