Tiszavirág Hotel in Szeged: style meets history
About the Tiszavirág Hotel
Sleeping in one of the oldest houses in Szeged it’s like a dream come true for an architecture nerd.
The Tiszavirág Hotel is the formerly known Balassa House. The Balassa House was built in 1859 in romantic style. The house survived the “great flood” in 1879, when the water destroyed 90% of the houses in the city. The city has been rebuilt since the flood, but some of the houses built in 19th century are still standing today. One of them is this house: we basically slept in one of the oldest houses of the city 🙂 During the past century, the building was used as a shoemaker’s shop, then a restaurant, even a law firm was operating from it.
“The Balassa-house had been a part of the great Balassa estate, including Kistelek and Sándorfalva, before becoming state-owned. Salamon Politzer goldsmith built it in 1858-59. The Balassa House is one of those romantic-style buildings from the 1860s, where little is known about those craftsmen who demonstrated splendid taste and knowledge in architecture, applied arts and decoration. The building’s balcony is volute, and the stair’s bannister reflects renaissance influence.”
The historical building has been beautifully renovated in the past years: the design of the hotel is in perfect harmony with the historical past of the building. They have kept some of the original decoration of the house too. This blending of modern elements with the faded walls of the staircase it’s truly an eye candy.
As you enter the hotel, you enter into a different world: the sliding glass doors hide a nostalgic and charming place, where every art piece and decoration is on point. The unique style of this boutique hotel is also represented in their kitchen: they are blending the modern elements with tradition even in the kitchen. Not to mention that the kitchen is an open space, and you can see the “show” of the chefs.
I could spend days reading in the common spaces of the hotel! It looked like a trendy, nordic living room with elements from the past, contemporary artsy decoration and a symphony of colors. It might sound cheesy, but it looked that awesome! I took pictures not only to show you the design, but secretly I was taking saving them in my collection of living room ideas.
The hotel is in central area of Szeged (Hajnóczy utca), making a good spot if you’re going to explore the city. The Votive Church of Szeged is at 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel, and the main pedestrian street (Kárász street) is 4 minutes away. There’s an exchange nearby, and ATM’s and banks can be also be found within a walking distance.
If you’re visiting Szeged by train, this hotel is also ideal for you: it’s 20 minute walking distance from the train station. You can also take the tram to get there. The main bus station is 8 minutes away.
The hotel has its own underground parking place on the nearby street (1 minute away from the hotel). It’s a closed garage that comes with a key (ask the staff for directions), and it’s free to use for the hotel’s guests. I was surprised that it had its own garage (most of the centrally located boutique hotels don’t have one), and we didn’t have to keep the motorcycle on the street.
The location of the hotel was perfect for us: everything was close, you can’t really get lost (not that we tried to get lost 😀 ).
The hotel has 12 rooms: standard double rooms, junior suite, two-room suite. Every single room is different from the other, the overall comfort and design however resembles. The price of the room includes breakfast and coffee too (see below).
All the rooms are equipped with the following: air conditioning, LCD tv, minibar, desk, hair dryer, WIFI (which actually works), organic toiletries.
The fresh and young atmosphere somehow melted with the grandiose rooms built in romantic style.
We loved the “natural feeling” of our room: everything was made out of wood, glass, marble or linen, making it a cozy place.
The king sized bed was all we craved after being on motorcycle all day: it was veeeery comfortable, huge and with anti-allergic bedding.
The bathroom had a clean and modern design. The bathrooms of the hotel are equipped with either a walk-in shower or a bath. The hotel deserves bonus points for the organic toiletries and the fact that they don’t change the
super fluffy towels daily (they are only changed if you leave them on the floor)!
The only thing that was bothering us was the see through glass of the bathroom. They wanted to separate the bathroom from the rest of the room without making it a closed and dark place (also you can’t build or demolish walls in a historical building)- but the lack of privacy might be an issue for some. But hey, it looks cool 😀
The hotel offers a great range of facilities too. Unfortunately we didn’t try them out, as we only spent a night there. But just in case you’ll have more days to spend, here are some of the hotel’s facilities you can use:
- bar and restaurant
- conference room
- SPA (sauna, steam cabin, tepidarium, sea-climate room)
- dog friendly place 🙂
The check-in time in the hotel is from 2PM, you’ll have to check out before 11AM. The 24-hour reception is also a good point!
The Tiszavirág hotel has it’s own restaurant, which is the best in town- at least according to the Gault&Millau 2017 restaurant and hotel guide. They use local ingredients to prepare the food: a perfect mixture of international and local gastronomy. If you’re a foodie, be sure to eat a dinner here.
We opted for a traditional “szegedi halászlé” (fish soup) in a local restaurant, but I would be curious about the food the hotel. Next time I’m going to taste it!
You can have breakfast indoors or on the terrace/courtyard. We chose the sunny terrace (a former hat shop)- perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. We had a continental breakfast (pastry, jam and butter, sausages, salami, prosciutto, Gouda cheese) and an omelette with latte and fresh orange juice. Everything was great: the coffee, the atmosphere, the breakfast, the service. I wish I could start every morning like this 🙂
Staying in a hotel with personality is really a blast. In the days when most of the hotels look the same, it’s so good to spend some nights in a place that feels like someone poured out their heart to design your room to make you feel welcome.
And the details were really on point! You know those places that instantly feel like home? Yeah, the Tiszavirág Hotel is one of those places. We got some yummi home-made cookies as a gift in our room, and there were even Negro sweets on the nightstand! It totally felt like a visit to my grandma 🙂 Need I say more?
The staff was friendly and welcoming, everyone was smiling, the breakfast area was full of cool people having their morning coffee. It felt like we were on a vacation in our newly renovated apartment and just grabbed a coffee from our favorite coffee shop near the corner. Probably that’s why I will return to this hotel.
The details and comfort of this hotel is so on point, that we often felt like we were spending a night a friend’s home. A really cool friend’s home. Who also has talent in interior design.
My overall feelings and opinions about the Tiszavirág Hotel in Szeged can be described with this single picture:
Special thanks to Tiszavirág Hotel for hosting us during our stay in Szeged. All thoughts and opinions are my own.