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Hotel Szent Istvan

Compact but not bijou

Hotel Szent Istvan is a bit of a mad looking place. From the outside it resembles a  professional footballer's mansion, inside it is like a rabbit warren.

Despite its bizarre appearance, Hotel Szent Istvan shouldn`t be discounted out of hand; it does have some redeeming features.

There are 46 rooms in this hotel!

For those without a car, the Hotel Szent Istvan might not be their first choice as it is about a fifteen minute walk to the town centre. However, there is free public parking at the hotel and the way into town is hardly strenuous.

What Hotel Szent Istvan lacks in breadth is more than made up for in length

There are 45 rooms in the hotel spread out over a number of buildings; due to the small footprint of the plot, a lot has been squeezed into a small space and as a result it is possible to lose your bearings in the maze of corridors.

The rooms are divided into 3 categories: Double rooms (for one or two persons), triple rooms and apartments (sleeping four).

All rooms come with air-conditioning, wifi, private bathrooms, satellite TV and minibar. A illustrated below, rooms are basic but comfortable.

Uncomplicated decor in the rooms

It is fortunate that the Hotel Szent Janos has its own restaurant and bar, as walking to Eger, eating and drinking in Eger and then walking back to the hotel is not something you want to do too often.

The restaurant laid for a wedding

The restaurant serves both Hungarian and international cuisine, accompanied by wines from the Eger region. Although not a great restaurant, it is perfectly adequate for an accommodation provider of this size and rating.


Email: eger@hotelszentistvan.hu
Web: www.hotelszentistvan.hu

The hotel also has a number of wellness facilities and, although they do not match those offered by bigger, more expensive hotels, they are clean and add an extra dimension to the hotel.

There is a jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, solarium and massage services.

Outdoor pool

Szent Istvan Hotel must win the prize for most bizarre facility offered by a hotel in Eger...it  has its own, dedicated chapel/shrine. Just don't ask me why.

The hotel has its own chapel -  for those who discover that their secular holiday just isn't making them feel as good as they thought it would

Hotel Szent Istvan - What the guests say

What you find below are two columns: one outlining the positives of Hotel Szent Istvan and the other the negative, as expressed by their guests. This information is collated from hotel review websites such as tripadvisor.com, booking.com and agoda.com.

Due to the subjective nature of reviews, I have only included positive/negative experiences expressed by a minimum of three separate reviewers. Also, only reviews given in English are taken into account as this site is aimed at English speakers.

The Good

Friendly staff

Good breakfast (included in room price)

Parking availability


Lovely garden

The Bad

Relatively far from the town centre

Rooms a bit too simple

Too many steps inside

Hotel Szent Istvan does not get a score on tripadvisor.com and on booking.com it gets a score of 8.1/10 (calculated from 55 reviews).

From my reading of the reviews, the Szent Istvan is perfectly adequate for a short term stay but its rather unusual layout and distance from town do let it down.

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