KRISTÁLY IMPERIAL HOTEL
Hungary’s oldest hotel is the Crystal Imperial Hotel****. The hotel is a historical building and one of the jewels of downtown Tata.
Our hotel offers 68 air-conditioned rooms with individuality and a relaxing atmosphere. A popular attraction for visitors looking for relaxation and excursions, the Old Lake is just a two-minute walk away, while the magical Angolkert and Cseke Lake are just a five-minute walk from the hotel. Originally called the Szarka Inn and later the Esterházy Hotel, it was one of the main stops on the route between Vienna and Budapest. The Crystal Imperial Hotel**** was commissioned by the Esterházy family and built between 1766 and 1769 to the design of Jakab Fellner. Spacious interiors and comfortable rooms with plenty of natural light were designed to meet the expectations of the count’s family. In the 250 years since its foundation, the hotel has provided accommodation for many prominent historical figures thanks to its quality services. On one occasion, the Hungarian Queen Elisabeth Wittelsbach (Sisi) was honoured by the Szarka Inn, which was also known as a horse-changing place.
Our hotel guests have also been:
Blanka Teleky,Lujza Blaha, Mór Jókai, Károly Kisfaludy, Mihály Vörösmarty, Mór Percel, Árpád Feszty, Archduke Ferencz Ferdinánd, Jenő Heltai, Pál Jávor, Gyula Csortos, Margit Dajka, Gyula Kabos and Ottó Habsburg. During the Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence of 1848-1849, General Artur Görgey set off from his headquarters in the inn for the siege of Buda on 3 May 1849.
The hotel has weathered the storm of the centuries. In addition to its fame, it has had its low points, but it has always been a popular venue for local public life. The Crystal Imperial Hotel**** has hosted grand balls and theatrical performances in Tata, as well as the majority of club and party meetings.
Since 2007, the hotel has been undergoing continuous renovation. Today, in addition to the renovation of the rooms in the two historic wings, we have a renewed kitchen and restaurant, a wellness salon and a health promotion/prevention section, the so-called Medical Wellness Salon, for domestic and foreign guests who wish to relax.
A sectional conference room has been created for business travellers. Our Magnolia Room is an unusual combination of almost 250 years of original elements and the modern style, with the elegance, uniqueness and exclusivity of the hotel as a whole.
Thanks to our proximity to Budapest, Vienna and Bratislava, we also offer a direct airport shuttle service for our business guests.
We are proud that the Crystal Imperial Hotel**** is the oldest hotel in Hungary, celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2020, and that it still shines in its splendour in the heart of Tata, as a historical building complex!