Between Nitra and Topoľčany, at the foot of the Tribeč Mountains,
there is a renaissance manor of the noble Apponyi family in the small
village of Oponice. For almost six centuries, it was the seat of this
important Hungarian family, who, besides diplomacy, was also famous for
their rich family library. After a costly reconstruction in 2007-2011,
the manor house was restored to its original form and a rare baroque
library with 17 324 volumes returned. The books include the works of
Aristotle, Plato, Newton, Macchiaveli, Galilei, Goethe and other major
European authors in the original editions. In the past, the Apponyies'
home was visited by many distinguished guests such as Theodore
Roosevelt, Josephine Baker, the Maharaja of Patiala, or Thomas Cardeza,
an American millionaire from Philadelphia, survivor of the Titanic in
1912. These prominent figures are given attention in the library.
The mansion serves as a four-star hotel today, providing
accommodation in 34 rooms – Comfort Suite type, Junior Suite type and
seven apartments. The hotel complex also includes the Songe restaurant,
lobby bar, bowling and wellnes. It is surrounded by a beautiful
nine-hectare park with rare woods dominated by sets of plate trees and
precious gingko. Since there was a long tradition of tennis, two new
tennis courts and a park lake were built at the site of the original
court. The Appony hotel is a great place for wedding receptions,
birthday parties, corporate events, conferences, seminars, and other
social and stylish events that can be hosted in the magnificent and
spacious halls (Wedding salon, Blue salon and Private salon).