Best hotels and hostels in Lake Balaton & Southern Transdanubia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pécs

    Adele Boutique Hotel

    Inside a 200-year-old heritage building with a granite portal, this delightful new boutique hotel has just 19 rooms and is well worth the splurge. The rooms – all creams and charcoals – are large and contemporary, the service is attentive and professional and breakfast is extensive and varied. It's very central, but doesn't suffer from street noise.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pécs

    Hotel Arkadia

    This Bauhaus-style hostelry, spread across two buildings, has plenty of polished steel, exposed brick and Corbusier-style furniture in its public areas. The 32 guestrooms follow in the same vein with lots of straight lines and solid colours, but thick throws and ample doses of natural light lend them a cosy vibe. Avoid the mansard rooms at the top.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tihany

    Kora Panzió

    A five-minute walk from the waterfront, this delightful B&B is drowning in flowers just off the side of the road towards Tihany village. The rooms are spotless, quiet and comfortable, there's a small pool for fending off the summer heat and the owners are delightful. Good English spoken and maps of Tihany provided.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Keszthely

    Ilona Kis Kastély Panzió

    With its pointed turrets, this delightful pension resembles a miniature castle. The five rooms might be on the compact side, but some have balconies, while the apartments are positively spacious. A generous, varied breakfast is included.

  • Lodging in Keszthely

    Bacchus

    Bacchus’ central position and immaculate rooms – each named after a grape variety – make it a popular choice with travellers. The 26 rooms, some with terraces, are simple but inviting with solid wood furnishings. Equally pleasing is its atmospheric cellar, which includes a lovely restaurant that has wine tastings. Bacchus indeed. The service, however, can be Fawlty Towers –esque on occasion.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Nap Hostel

    This welcoming hostel has three dorm rooms (each with between six and eight beds), a double with washbasin and a three-person apartment on the 1st floor of a former bank (dating from 1885). One of the six-bed dorm rooms has a corner balcony, and there's a communal kitchen. Enter through the main entrance of the hostel bar.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Corso Hotel

    The Corso is a prime choice if you want the amenities of a business-class hotel within a 10-minute walk of the town centre. Its 81 rooms are inviting (though air-con is rather weak), with plush carpets and velvet curtains, and all suites have their own outdoor terrace (one features a private sauna). There's a decent international restaurant on-site.

  • Lodging in Keszthely

    Tokajer Wellness Panzió

    Spread over three three-storey buildings in a quiet area of town, Tokajer has slightly dated rooms, but they’re spacious and have balconies. Added extras include three pools, free use of bicycles and a fitness room. Wellness centre perks are the steam room, salt room, hot tub and Finnish and infra-red saunas.

  • Lodging in Keszthely

    Párizsi Udvar

    There’s no closer accommodation to the Festetics Palace than the 'Parisian Courtyard'. Rooms are a little too big to be cosy, but they’re colourful, well kept and look on to a sunny and very leafy inner courtyard (a corner of which is taken over by a decent daytime restaurant and beer garden).

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Pilgrimage House

    A tranquil place next to the cathedral, Pilgrimage House is just that: a quiet place to bed down when you're not looking for major creature comforts. Rooms are segregated by gender and shared, and there's a communal kitchen for guest use. It's no-frills, but super-central and cheap. Book ahead.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Hotel Főnix

    The Főnix appears to be a hotel too large for the land it’s built on and some of the 13 rooms and suites are not even big enough to swing, well, a phoenix in. Still, the welcome is always warm and the Mosque Church is within easy reach. The suite has a large open terrace.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Hotel Palatinus

    With a grand entrance set back from the main street, this hotel promises more than it delivers. The location is undeniably terrific, and the original art deco features really shine, but the rooms, while well-presented, seem rather dated, and service can be erratic.

  • Lodging in Keszthely

    Silatti Panzió

    This quiet, centrally located guesthouse offers a cluster of cosy rooms that vary in size; stay in a spacious one on the ground floor, or roost in the attic. There's a small outdoor pool and sauna, and breakfast is served on a sunny patio.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Szinbád Panzió

    A cosy, standard pension with excellent service and 27 well-maintained, snug wood-panelled rooms with cable TV, just outside the walls of the Old Town. The warm welcome from the staff is much appreciated.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Diána Hotel

    This very central guesthouse offers 20 spotless rooms and two spacious suites, with comfortable kick-off-your-shoes decor. It’s a great choice overlooking the synagogue, and staff are extra friendly.

  • Lodging in Tihany

    Adler Hotel

    Large, whitewashed rooms; the more expensive come with balconies. The two-bedroom apartments are good for families and perks include a jacuzzi, sauna and restaurant (half-board available).

  • Lodging in Tihany

    Centrum Vendégház

    This family-run guesthouse offers simple but tastefully decorated rooms with polished wood floors in thatched houses a short hop from the main sights.

  • Lodging in Tihany

    Club Tihany

    This massive resort has over 300 hotel rooms in a 1970s brutalist building. Decor is dated, standard rooms have no air-con, and its 150 bungalows are simple affairs, though the superior rooms are more comfortable and have lake views from their balconies. Half-board only. Great for water sports but otherwise reminiscent of Fawlty Towers. Twenty minutes of free wi-fi per day! Overpriced.

  • Lodging in Pécs

    Aranyhajó Fogadó

    Aranyhajó Fogadó claims to be Hungary's oldest hotel, and judging by the lovely, listed medieval building it's situated in, we're ready to believe it. The rooms are traditionally furnished and basic, but clean and very neat. It feels like a grandmother's home that could use a revamp, and air-con would be welcome in summer. Otherwise, it's central and good value.

  • Lodging in Keszthely

    Ambient Hostel

    This hostel is only a short walk north of the palace. The pros? It has basic, cheap dorms and doubles, each of which comes with its own en suite bathroom. There's little in the way of cooking facilities outside the apartments, but the colourful, modern roadside cafe is a hub for the under-30 crowd in high season. Pay extra for towels.