Xpat Interview 2: Sameer Hamdan, Zuhair Awad, Owners, Mellow Mood Group

  • 8 May 2023 4:32 PM
Xpat Interview 2:  Sameer Hamdan, Zuhair Awad, Owners, Mellow Mood Group
Mellow Mood Hotels has grown from a joint venture of two friends. Our group of companies was founded in 1997 by Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad for the purpose of operating hostels to serve young foreign tourists visiting Budapest. Over the years, their portfolio has been expanded to the operation of a higher and higher level of hotels.

They are the proud owner of 10 hotels in Hungary, so they currently provide jobs for about 600 people. In their different classes of hotels, they have a common point that their guests will come first. Their comfort, feelings, experiences, and desires guide us, and this is how they have shaped the hotels’ offers as well.

They create real and unique worlds in their hotels, from the experience of family-friendly three-star hotels through our four-star units in Downtown Budapest, all the way to the five-star luxury, so everyone can find the perfect fit.

Mellow Mood Hotels can now be considered a major player in Hungarian tourism. In 2000, they started the first three-star hotel, and in 2007, the first four-star hotel. They currently operate, under four brand names (Luxury Hotels, Fashion Hotels, Congress Hotels, and City Hotels), ten hotels and two restaurants.

Click here to read Mr. Sameer Hamdan's first interview.

Click here to read Zuhair Awad's first interview.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how happy are you with your life in Hungary?


What’s the best party you’ve been to while in Hungary, and why?

Formula 1 party at Buddha-Bar Hotel

What’s your favourite drink?

Peach juice

What hidden talents do you have?

We would like it to stay hidden.

What was the most interesting travel trip you have ever taken?

Brazil, because it was our childhood dream.

If you were given a wish that could come true, what would you ask for?

We wish to see our children succeed.

What’s the last book you read?

Gabriel García Márquez – Love in the time of Cholera.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what would the title be?

Start from scratch to success.

What is the perfect pizza toppings combination for you?

Pizza margherita

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, real or fictional, with whom would it be?

There is no such person, we are satisfied.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how unusual are you?


What’s the best website you’ve ever visited, and why?

The website of the Baalbek restaurant, as it is simple and to the point.

Who do you admire the most, and why?

Our wives and family members.

What do you like best and least about living in Hungary?

Hospitality and friendly people - cold seasons

If you won USD 30 million, what would you do with the money?

For travel and donation

If your life had a theme song, what would it be?

Bob Marley – Mellow Mood

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?


In ten years from now what will you be doing?

We will travel and take care of our health.

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