Veli Bej stepped on stage as a newbie in the Hungarian spa jungle in 2012, though it is a sheer Ottoman product from the 16th century. It has been out of order for hundreds of years until recently, when Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God reinvented it as probably the most modern spa in town.
The so called “ilidje” bath (bath with mineral water) is an easy walk from Margaret Bridge and Elvis Presley square on the Buda side, still it is better to follow your phone or a map since it is not a sight that everybody knows yet. Like many historical buildings in Budapest, Veli Bej is branded by the classicist József Hild, one of the greatest architects from the fruitful era of Austro-Hungarian cohabitation.
Apart from essential sauna and steam rooms the spa offers such tiny micro experiences as weight bath, the Kneipp-basin and experience shower. Be vigilant if you want access to the jacuzzi, it was made for two or three. Don’t forget to get involved in the magic of Kneipp and do some water stepping!
Every way leads to the ritzy flat-surface pool of curative water, which contains calcium carbonate to heal people suffering from rheuma or have had surgeries. The family cabins are open invitations for nice private conversations.
80 people makes a full house, nevertheless the place needs some time to get explored by crowds: I was almost alone when first visited.