Mercure Tokaj Center (Tokaj; [email protected]; +36 47 352 344) Opened recently, the 55-room Mercure is the first nice hotel within the city of Tokaj (four-star superior). The rooms are comfy and sizable, and come with high-quality furnishings and bathroom appliances. They also provide a panoramic view onto the confluence of the Bodrog and Tisza rivers. A wellness room with sauna and a pool, a restaurant, and private parking are also available.
This 17th century Baroque estate, 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, which also belongs to the Barta family and offers a free tasting to hotel guests. A comfortable 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.
Once a winery school, today this grand building is home to a four-star, elegant 21-room hotel outside the village of Tarcal. The restaurant is full service, rooms are spacious and high-ceilinged, but the highlight is the giant park attached to the estate, complete with vineyards, a winery, tennis courts, and a pool. Don’t miss a hike up to the charming, gleaming white chapel of St. Teréz on the hilltop. Hotel guests can opt in for a tasting of Degenfeld’d own wines.
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.