Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
May 16, 2005
Our only option seemed to be to investigate Hotel Tiffany, a slightly down-at-heel place close to the railway station but set off the road amongst trees.
The hotel caters mainly to German oldies on package tours, and the receptionist spoke no English, but was quite happy to converse, in very friendly fashion, in German. She didn't mind us asking to see the room before we decided and was generally helpful all around.
We paid around £30 for a double room with private facilities and breakfast. The room was a good size and the bathroom was also comfortable – it was a pity that the water absolutely reeked of sulphur! The bedding, while clean, was pretty thin, and a stashed blanket we tracked down was too small and a bit scratchy.
The television didn't work, and although we weren't really bothered about that, we did mention it only to be told that they couldn't replace it, as they had no more.
Having been up early, we took a nap before heading out to seek some dinner and were soon after woken up by the sound of the returning pensioners back at the hotel after a day trip somewhere, clearly full of excitement, as they had no idea they were making so much noise!
The next morning, our fellow guests had breakfast early and were on their way out before we got to the dining room. There wasn't much left and the staff didn't seem much inclined to provide more, so we feasted on slow-cooked peppers (actually very good!), sweaty cheese slices, very garlic-y sausage and stale bread, watery juice, and strong coffee - it was actually much better than it sounds!
The hotel has a bar, pool (closed at the time we were there due to season), and small outdoor play area for children. It is close to the lake (about a 3-minute walk), the train station, and a small number of bars and restaurants.
While not the cheapest option at Balatonlelle, it wasn't bad under the circumstances, and while it couldn't be described as plush, it was adequately clean, comfortable, and in a good location.
From journal Touring Lake Balaton