This 18th century Baroque mansion, once home to the royal Rákóczi dynasty, now features three lavish suites with many of the original details — three-foot-thick walls, ceiling frescoes, wooden flooring — and period furniture. Attached to the building is a modern winery that also belongs to the Barta family and offers a free tasting to hotel guests. A guest house on the other side of the estate provides more modest accommodation at lower price points.
This is a six-room, all-inclusive boutique hotel complete with a sauna, jacuzzi, and tennis court. The generous breakfast is most enjoyable from the outdoor terrace perched above Mád, the heart of the wine region. On Sunday mornings, you can watch as locals gather for service at the medieval Roman Catholic church across the street from the hotel.
Despite its small size, the wine region actually boasts a five-star luxury hotel in the village of Tarcal. Part of the building, which dates back to the 18th century, was a manor house of various aristocratic families (the corridors display black-and-white photos from their happy days). Today, the 41-room hotel comes with a swimming pool, a spa, a beauty salon, and there’s also a long wine cellar underneath. The hotel has changed hands in the past years, currently being owned by the real estate company controlled by the son-in-law of the Hungarian prime minister.