Written by kylebarber on 24 Apr, 2002
The Debrecen Gyogyfurdo, located in the lower levels of the Termal Hotel Debrecen Gyogyszallo, has been in operation since 1960, and a Communist era approach to service and efficiency is still in effect in this blockish building. The range of services are extensive including…Read More
The Debrecen Gyogyfurdo, located in the lower levels of the Termal Hotel Debrecen Gyogyszallo, has been in operation since 1960, and a Communist era approach to service and efficiency is still in effect in this blockish building. The range of services are extensive including massage, mud packs, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, even inexpensive dental work.
I opted for a simple fifteen minute massage, offered at a very reasonable eight dollars. However, the experience was not as relaxing as one would hope. I got lost in the maze-like complex, and asking for directions in English was not as easy as upstairs in the business hotel. When I did locate the massage area, there was no one there to meet me or the four other befuddled Europeans in bathrobes. When a masseuse did arrive she led me to one of the small rooms and in her best English instructed me to lay down.
I love a deep tissue massage and working those pesky knots out, but this lady was brutal from the get go. Though I appreciate her energy level, I was anxious for the fifteen minutes to conclude, and I was bruised the next evening. Another traveler in our group also braved the massage treatment and she seemed to be in worse condition than me the following day.
What I will recommend about the spa are the numerous thermal pools situated in a well lit room. Each was warmed to a different temperature, though all stemmed from the natural spring in the area. The water didn't smell as sulphurous as some of the spas in Budapest but I did make sure to rinse off afterwards after reading the waters are often used to cure "gynecological concerns." Yeesh!