Many hotel chains claim to offer the same quality in every town they are present. This continuity can be attractive for people who travel a lot but if someone is looking for a temporary home in a hotel they will often miss the personal touch. How nice that the Janus Boutique Hotel in Siófok offers something different.
The building designed by Imre Makovecz is one of the highlights of Hungarian Organic Architecture, a style that was basically created by Makovecz himself. Actually the building reminds us a little of Antonio Gaudi’s works in Barcelona from the outside. The impression is the same in the interior, while the two inner courtyards provide the house with a discernible Mediterranean atmosphere.
There is an island for those people who want to indulge their vice for nicotine and a sunny terrace for those who want to fill up their vitamin D reserves. The second courtyard is well-designed with free coffee, plus beer and a self-service bar with soft drinks.
However, the southern atmosphere does not necessarily continue in the rooms, since here every one is individually designed. According to the guest’s wish, they can choose between two categories and 27 different designs.
The Janus Boutique Hotel offers 18 comfortable rooms in different sizes. Ranging from the colourful room inspired by Thailand, where the numerous elephants are supposed to attract luck to the visitor, to the room designed strictly in black and white, to the chamber reviving the pompousness of baroque, the rooms are able to fulfil many kinds of wish.
The Janus is a so-called boutique hotel, which aims to offer a temporary home to every guest and suits their individual taste the best. If someone likes to feel the touch of art, he can choose the room arranged in the style of the Secession, one inspired by Alfons Mucha, one carrying Salvador Dali’s signature, or one designed as a homage to Leonardo da Vinci.
If someone prefers a bit more space, the suites are the right choice, and they also have art items. We can choose between the Austrian Jugendstil-artist Gustav Klimt and the Spanish representative of modernism Gaudi. The sleeping area is situated in a maisonette in both suites. The rooms are designed to the smallest detail with a lot of love, and you can especially note this in the Klimt suite. Besides the prints of the artist’s popular works there are also pieces of furniture, such as a dresser or a wardrobe, which are decorated by hand, in order to give a really nice atmosphere.
If you would not like to dry up in the sun on the Balaton beach, which is only 500 metres away, or if you only have bad luck with the weather, you will be happy about the wellness department that the hotel offers. There is a swimming pool, which might not be Olympic proportions but can be very romantically lit in the evening, and a roomy whirlpool and two saunas, which can all be used by guests free of charge.
The wellness area is in the basement and since the Janus Boutique Hotel is relatively small with its 27 rooms as compared to other hotels, it is unlikely that one’s rest will be disturbed due to other people being noisy.
However, even the best hotel is just as good as its employees. This is where the Janus can be considered a real gem. Although the hotel is part of the Best Western international chain, you feel like you are visiting friends already upon entering. This impression is strengthened by the friendly, almost familiar greeting of the receptionist, who is happy to answer any questions. So are the other colleagues, such as simply where to find a good restaurant nearby.
Best Western Janus Boutique Hotel & SPA
Fő utca 93, 8600 Siófok
Tel.: (84) 312-546 / (+36) 30 500-6315