BÁL Resort Hotel in Balatonalmádi Reopens After 2 Years
After a complete renovation, the BÁL Resort in Balatonalmádi on the northeastern tip of Lake Balaton has reopened its doors. The 209-room hotel has its own beachfront, extended wellness services, and a rooftop bar has been added.
The two-year project has resulted in a wholly renewed hotel in Balatonalmádi. Since June 1, it has offered 190 premium double rooms and 19 suites with panoramic views of Lake Balaton, a private beach area, and extended wellness services. It belongs to Hunguest Hotels, owned by Opus Global, part of the business empire of the billionaire investor Lőrinc Mészáros, a vital ally of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Located about 112 km southwest of Budapest by road on the “northern” shore of the lake, the Hunguest BÁL Resort is expected to be a popular destination. The Conference & Event Center on the ground floor of the hotel offers nearly 1,000 square meters of natural light event capacity for up to 500 people.
The wellness features have been extensively upgraded with a modern spa area and a wide range of saunas and premium treatments. The former cold-water swimming pool has been replaced by an adventure pool, while an indoor relaxation zone helps guests recharge.
The hotel says higher quality gastronomic units were created, with the restaurant and kitchen areas expanded. The Kakas Brasserie & Grill has a barbecue terrace for good weather. The rooftop Skyrose Bar, available to hotel guests and walk-ins, offers a 270-degree panorama of Lake Balaton and the Balaton Highlands.
“We have reached a milestone in our hotel development program with the opening of Hunguest BÁL Resort, and we are moving at a fast pace towards our strategic goal of developing the hotel chain into the most successful Hungarian tourism brand, offering value-for-money holidays to our visitors in all seasons,” said Ádám Détári-Szabó, CEO of Hunguest Hotels and head of Opus Global’s tourism division.
“Together with the newly reopened Balatonalmád hotel, we will open more than 600 renewed rooms to our guests in 2022,” he added.
Hunguest Hotels says it attaches great importance to preserving local values, and as part of this, it has also renovated the locally protected villa of Dezső Véghely, the former deputy bailiff of Veszprém County.
The hotel’s more than one-hectare garden, perfect for weddings, has also undergone a complete landscape transformation.
The reopening of the Hunguest BÁL Resort is expected to draw more than 80,000 guest nights and tens of millions of HUF in tourism tax revenue annually to Balatonalmádi.
The renovation project was partly supported by the Kisfaludy program, Kisfaludy Development Program, operated by the Hungarian Tourist Agency (MTÜ), which plans to distribute billions of forints to owners of hotels outside of Budapest. The Kisfaludy Accommodation Development Construction Program thus covered 35% of the total cost of HUF 1.454 billion.
This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of July 1, 2022.
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