Meet the Staff
Interview with Balázs Cserháti, Royal Spa Lifeguard
How long have you worked at the hotel?
My first day in the hotel was 20 July 2012, as a temporary swimming pool attendant. Later, in August, my contract
was made permanent.
Which areas have you worked in, and where are you now?
I started work as a lifeguard in the hotel’s SPA section and I am still working in this position.
What are your duties?
My job is extremely varied; first and foremost guests should be 100% satisfied with our services. We create the
appropriate atmosphere for rest and relaxation. In the pool area, I supervise the appropriate, safe operation of
the jacuzzis, swimming pool, saunas and steam cabin; I check water temperatures and monitor the prescribed
temperatures of the saunas, resetting them if I find any problems. It is also my duty to ensure that there
are always sufficient quantities of textiles in the SPA area for guests and therapists. We devote a great deal
of attention to the safety of guests, which is our primary task. We provide immediate first aid or lifesaving
procedures in the case of an accident (which can happen at any time). Our duties also encompass keeping the
fitness room tidy and seeing that the exercise machines pose no hazard and can be operated safely.
What was your happiest experience in relation to the hotel?
The happiest memory I have in relation to the hotel was an experience of a lifetime. It was my first staff party.
When the first prize was drawn for the raffle there was a pause and then my name was read out! The prize was a
trip to the London Corinthia hotel, including the airfare. This was probably one of the biggest surprises and one
of the best experiences of my life.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I use my leisure time in different ways, but sport and exercise are essential to me. I am a great fan of active
recreation. I like being outdoors as much as possible. If time allows, I’ll go cycling or running but what I like
most of all is horseback riding, which I have done since I was a child. For me this represents rest, relaxation and
rejuvenation. Currently I have really got into reading as well, but I am still a beginner in this field.
What is your favorite food and drink?
The truth is that I am not a choosy type, I eat everything that is tasty. But perhaps what I really enjoy and could
eat every day, in any quantity, is lángos (fried dough with various toppings). As regards desserts, I love pancakes.
Since I come from a wine growing region I enjoy a glass of fine wine now and then.
Do you have a favorite travel destination in Hungary and abroad?
I’ve travelled a lot in Hungary but not everywhere, that’s why I would like to see the whole country. I am
especially interested in the Northern Range and the castles that are located there. I am fascinated by history. I
would willingly travel to those parts of the world that have become famous throughout history. I am attracted
to the ancient civilizations, which is why I would love to go to Egypt, Asia and South America.