Hortobagy fogado

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Kossuth utca 1, Hortobagy, Hungary
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ik-ben-10eke ik-ben-1…
67 reviews
The only pension in the village Jul 05, 2008
All right, this was the only accomodation we did not made a reservation for. We tried, several times by fax and phone, but it did not work out.

Why not?

Well, that is obvious, the language.

OK, this village is a tourist attraction, because of the National Park, which offers guided tours on the puszta, demonstrations of old fashioned herdsmen crafts and a lot more. So, you might expect that the only pension in this place has some staff able to speak at least a bit german, if not english. But... alas, no.

The fax machine in this pension is still connected to a phone, and you have to ask them if they will pull the switch to the fax machine. The modern faxmachine at my sister's office did not have a handset anymore which made it impossible to connect to the pension's machine. And even when calling on the phone, the simple word "fax" did not ring a bell.

The other 4 phonecalls to simply ask for accomodation had no result either, so we decided we would look for accomodation in this village when we got there, we would arrive halfway the afternoon, so plenty of time to look around, maybe we had to go to one of those bed & breakfast addresses after all.

But the location of this fogado is right next to the information center of the National Park, at the main street of the village. So we thought we should at least ask if they got room available.

The man in charge could only speak Hungarian (we are pretty sure he was the same person on the phone...), but he managed to find some girl who could speak a bit german, and so we had our conversation, with an interpreter.

It turned out he got a room for the four of us, for 14,000 Huf, but that included breakfast, or as he called it früstuck (he knew that german word!).

We had to go through the restaurant part of the fogado (which is beautifully furnished with long tables and carved benches at the wall) to the back yard, where the farming equipment was located. There we had to climb outdoors stairs to the first floor, where the rooms were. We got an old fashioned key, and had to try it for the right depth in the keyhole, but we managed to open the door.

And there was our room, with a solid wooden floor in a fishbone pattern, a street view, and a balcony full of nests with baby swallows as well! The kids were thrilled of all those birds flying on and off to feed their little ones.

Don't mind the dust, don't mind the odd sized curtains, and don't mind the bird shit on the balcony.

There was a big chest as well, but we simply took some furniture from our room to the spacious hall outside, so we got plenty of room for all of our luggage.

The room did not look to clean, but the sheets were.

The toilet did have a harmonica door, and the shower had one of those plastic curtains to keep it from the room, so there was even a little privacy ;)

When we tried to close the window-curtains, we found out they did not fit at all, there was just enough to cover half of the window, but we were at first floor and no big buildings in front, so who cares.

The next morning we had breakfast in that beautiful dining room, we got a menu to choose from, and it tasted pretty good. Ehh... not the menu ofcourse, but the food.

Because we would leave not until late afternoon, we needed a place to store our luggage, and the guy told us (with the help of that girl again) that there was a place which would be locked so we could store it there till we actually had to leave for the train.

This place was not the 5 star hotel accomodation my nephew was used to, but he enjoyed the location, maybe just because it was so different, and the baby swallows made such an impression :)
The curtains in our room
The dining room
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