Hungary’s third-largest city, with its historic centre and riverside location, offers some of the most romantic places to stay in the entire country. Read our guide to the best hotels and apartments for couples in Szeged, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Situated on the banks of the Tisa River, Szeged is also known as the ‘City of Sunshine’ in Hungary. The twin towers of the Votive church are a landmark in the cobblestoned Old Town while eclectic buildings line on all sides of Széchenyi Square. The city centre features a lively atmosphere with atmospheric pavement terraces, characterful cafes and restaurants serving traditional cuisine. Stay in the heart of Szeged and you’ll be close to all the city’s main cultural sights, or book a hotel near the river for romantic walks along the quay.
A romantic-style building from the 1860s, Balassa House serves as an elegant hotel with a high-end gourmet bar and restaurant. The 12 different sized rooms feature contemporary art and murals, exposed stone walls, free-standing tubs, and even bathrooms with glass walls. There’s a show-kitchen in the inner courtyard and a tranquil spa on the ground floor. Tiszavirág sits on the leafy, quiet Hajnóczy Street, only two blocks from the city centre of Szeged. Don’t leave without trying the smoked trout starter and the chai tea.
On a small sidestreet near central Klauzal Square, Dóm Hotel is one block from the cathedral and two blocks from the main pedestrian street in Szeged. 16 warmly decorated rooms come with queen-size double or twin beds and minibars. Couples will love the two-room apartments with a separate living area. The breakfast buffet includes a large choice of cheeses, meats and eggs. After eating, relax in the spa area or on the restaurant’s terrace out on the street.
A Mediterranean oasis in the heart of Szeged, Auris Hotel stands on a tree-lined street 500m (0.3mi) from the Tisa River and only 1km (0.6mi) from the main square in the Old Town. Book your room with a courtyard panorama and enjoy the sunshine from your private balcony or the sundeck, which offers both loungers and an outdoor pool. Upgraded rooms have sofa beds, while suites come with sitting areas and separate bedrooms. Pancakes, pastries and homemade yoghurt are the highlights of the breakfast menu.
Even though Levendula Hotel sits on the edge of Algyő village, it is only 10km (6mi) from Szeged’s city centre. The brightly furnished standard rooms feature large double beds while family rooms also include a sitting area. Enjoy romantic moments amid the nearby lavender plantations before savouring a lavender lemonade served at the hotel restaurant.
At Illés Hotel, you can choose between apartment and hotel living. Book a table at the hunter-style Stüszi Vadász Restaurant and relish the famous Szeged fish soup. The hotel features a pool with a barbecue terrace and is close to the Tisa River, in the quiet Felsőváros neighbourhood, only a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
An eight-minute walk from Széchenyi Square, this casual guesthouse is conveniently located in the heart of Szeged. Rooms feature tile floors, tea and coffee-making facilities and mini-fridges. For a special stay, choose the elegant deluxe rooms, which include a bathroom with a tub and a view to the court. Rent a bike on site and go for a romantic ride on the cobblestoned streets in the Old Town, or unwind in one of the two saunas then head to the solarium.
This is a tastefully decorated, well-equipped apartment, within walking distance of the Old Town. It has a living area, two bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining table for a romantic dinner. The clean, bright rooms feature dark-wood flooring, modern furnishings and colourful paintings. Head for a stroll along Tisa’s riverbanks, only a five-minute walk away, or enjoy a drink at a riverside cafe.
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This riverside hotel is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and all the main attractions in Szeged. Modern, relaxing rooms feature private balconies with stellar river and city views. Start your day fresh with a delicious buffet breakfast on the river-view terrace. In the evening, enjoy a walk on the banks of the Tisa River, head to the fitness and spa centre or rent a bike for a relaxing ride.
The city’s main sights and restaurants are within easy walking distance of the City Hotel. Rooms have king-size beds and colourful furniture, and feature panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. Relish a freshly brewed coffee at the pavement City Cafe on the ground floor then go to nearby Várkert, the riverside park featuring ruins of Szeged’s fortress.
This eclectic hotel sits on the tree-lined Petőfi Sándor Avenue, in the heart of Szeged. Stylishly equipped rooms feature science-themed wallpaper, and some have private balconies with city views or sitting areas. A range of breakfast options are available in the cosy library-style lobby.
That fine balance between vintage chic and old fashioned might be pushed to its limits with Mozart Hotel, but there’s no denying that there’s a certain degree of class about its environments. By dedicating the hotel to famed composer Mozart – despite no real connection to him – the rooms manage to wear their olden-day vibe with panache. The result is a suitably elegant place with a central location, friendly service and a much more personal, intimate feel than other hotels of the area can manage.
Everything about Art Hotel Szeged is contemporary – with fresh, modern furniture, newly fitted beds and clean colours – and all without having to shell out a fortune. Best of all is its large glass windows (something of a rarity in Szeged) that allow plenty of light into the bedrooms and corridors. It also includes an affordable restaurant worthy of five stars, as well as a sauna and gym; many rooms even come with their own balconies for a view of the nearby cathedral.
Although there is a more traditional hotel environment available at the same location, the Soleil Apartman Szeged also offers live-in places with cooking facilities. They’re clean, new and simply decorated, which only helps add to the feeling of homeliness. The building is a former residential block converted into hotel accommodation, and as such the rooms are as comfortable as you might hope your own home to be. A tidy, secluded and newly renovated courtyard creates a relaxed setting in the summer months thanks to a number of plush outdoor seating areas.
Adam Barnes contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on June 19, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.