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Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Estepona, Spain

Kempinski Hotel Bahia, Estepona/Marbella announces exciting redesign plans

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The five star Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Estepona, Marbella is delighted to announce that the redesign of their lobby and culinary venues will begin at the end of this year, as part of an extensive investment in the hotel.

The Management Team and Architects, Akos Bara, have ambitious plans to create modern, elegant and opulent public spaces, embracing the very essence of Kempinski Hotels, Europe’s oldest luxury Hotel Collection, synonymous with luxury travel worldwide.

The redesign will run from December 2017 to March 2018, and for the comfort of guests, the hotel and spa will be closed from the 11th of December 2017 until the 16th of February 2018.

Closing during this period is necessary due to the impact on public spaces. “Guest experience is paramount to us and we do not wish to dilute it, therefore during the most invasive part of the redesign we have decided to close our doors”, explained General Manager Carla Lopes. “I’m extremely proud to lead this project and we will return to the market in a stronger position as we unveil a contemporary, luxurious environment that also celebrates our hotel’s heritage and beachfront location.”

With a completion date set for March 2018, the hotel will be fully operational for the Easter season. The reimagined culinary venues will boast in vogue dining concepts and the resplendent new lobby will be an elegant space, with every detail anticipated for, positioning the hotel as a leading player within the Costa del Sol when welcoming guests from all over the world. The redesign is part of a wider investment and forms part of the company’s long-term vision for the resort.

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Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

Kempinski Hotels opens elegant five-star hotel in Riga

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Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, Latvia’s first five-star luxury Kempinski Hotel, will open its doors to guests as of October.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features 141 first-class rooms and suites, two restaurants and two bars, six spacious meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, a world-class spa and wellness facility, as well as breath-taking panoramic views of the capital.


The alluring location of Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is not just a coincidence; nor is the revival of the former Hotel Rome site, the most modern accommodation in Riga, dating back to the 1880s. The original building was almost entirely destroyed during WWII, but it took just a few years to rebuild it from scratch.


The newly opened Hotel Riga then housed the first-ever bar in Latvia and served the first cocktail in the whole Soviet Union, where Hotel Riga was considered to be among the best hotels in the whole republic. Today, celebrating the rich history of the great building and its prominent guests from around the world, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga opens in the very heart of Old Riga, reclaiming its position as a social hub that fully meets every guest’s needs.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
The hotel’s modern rooms and suites start at 37sqm for the Superior Rooms and go up to 278sqm for the Presidential Suite. Each room features contemporary wooden furnishings, splendid murals, beautiful French artworks and polished marble flooring.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

Each of the 141 rooms and suites showcases a unique set of pastel tones, while the large windows in some rooms overlook the Freedom Monument, the Opera, it’s Park and Pilsetas canals.

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is a suitable locale for large, international conferences, or strictly intimate celebrations. The majestic Grand Ballroom with its high windows and bright daylight can accommodate up to 300 persons and three events at a time. The hotel also offers five stunning, fully equipped private meeting rooms with daylight, named after famous individual musical movements – Sonata, Solo, Symphony, Andante and Allegro.

Grand Hotel Kempinski RigaLast but certainly not least, located on the basement floor is the Kempinski The Spa – a luxurious 1300 sqm wellness spa with four single treatment rooms, one double treatment room and the unique ‘Pirts Suite’ inspired by the traditional Latvian bathhouse. Wellness facilities feature a luxurious bathing journey of various heat experiences overlooking the vitality pool.

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Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana celebrates 2017 World Travel Awards win

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Kempinski is delighted to announce that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has been honoured by the 2017 World Travel Awards. The new deluxe hotel is the winner of the award for Cuba’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 – for the Suite Presidential Lorca.

The most luxurious and spacious space in the hotel, Suite Presidential Lorca, overlooks the Central Square and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The Suite Presidential Lorca consists of a large living room with four large French doors/windows, a separate dining room, a guest toilet and a small kitchenette. The bedroom features one king size bed, a large walk-in closet and a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, separate rain shower cabin, two sinks and a bidet. The suite connects to a Gran Deluxe Twin Room. Room amenities include high ceilings, flat-screen TV, work desk, coffee and tea facilities, and safe. The Suite Presidential Lorca measures 150 square metres or 1,615 square feet.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

“We are most excited about this win and what it means for our property. Kempinski is one of the most famous luxury brands in the world that represents the best in quality and the highest standards in European hospitality. We are confident in saying that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has already began to set new standards for hospitality in the Caribbean. When making every decision, we strive for excellence and individuality, and we deliver. Cuba hasn’t seen a luxury hotel like the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana,” says Xavier Destribats, Chief Operating Officer The Americas,

Guests can choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 40 to the stunning presidential suite’s 150 square metres – all with ceilings of four to five metres. The rooftop terrace and swimming pool, with views over the old town, are just one of the property’s many dazzling features.

Gallery 1957 at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast

Kempinski Gold Coast Accra at the heart of Ghana independence celebrations

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Ghana will celebrate 60 years of Independence on 6th March 2017, marking the end of colonial rule and the beginning of independence. With this key anniversary, the spotlight is on Ghana and in particular the capital Accra, which has recently been experiencing a new cultural revival with ground breaking development in construction, cultural and tourism perspective.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra is at the heart of Ghana’s thriving cultural scene and is home to the contemporary Gallery 1957. The gallery which will be showcasing Ghanaian-Togolese multidisciplinary performer Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi (also known as crazinisT artisT) and his ‘Rituals of Becoming’ exhibition over this historic anniversary.

Gallery 1957
Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi (also known as crazinisT artisT) who will be producing a site-specific installation at Gallery 1957 which runs until March 12th 2017, created in collaboration with the Amsterdam based international curator Maria Rus Bojan. The exhibition will be using the body as a material and thought-provoking-tool to confront political and social issues. The work will be launched with a performance; extending the gallery’s mission to promote contemporary art in Ghana. Consisting of a theatrical installation that displays multichannel video projections, a readymade sculpture and a performance from the artist, the exhibition explores the assumed distinctions between gender identity, class, political injustice, violence and the objectification of humans.

Destination Accra
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, is surrounded by an emerging cultural scene including Accra’s first wine/champagne bar and private members’ nightclubs in close proximity, and a contemporary art gallery housed within the hotel. Accra has also seen Nick House of London Mahiki fame open the hotly anticipated Carbon nightclub earlier this year, in addition to the construction of Accra’s first green building. Up and coming local Ghanaian designers also are hitting an international audience such as Christie Brown. There are several exciting openings coming later in 2017 including one of the largest spas in West Africa within the Kempinski and Accra’s first luxury mall The Galleria which will be situated next door to the hotel.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

The Galleria Mall
The Galleria Mall, set to open later in 2017 will offer 6,000 sq.m of high-end retail and commercial office space with substantial underground parking. On offer will be a carefully selected tenant mix of both local favourites and premium international brands such as Hugo Boss, Versace and Roche Bobois opening flagship stores for the first time in Ghana.

The Galleria will also house a unique food hall that will combine a traditional market feel with the latest modern interventions. Retail food outlets, dining areas, coffee bars and an outside terrace all combine to create an exciting offering.

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Kempinski La Habana

Project Preview: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

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Kempinski is delighted to announce that it will open its first hotel in Cuba in the second quarter of this year. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana features 246 rooms and suites and is located within the historic Manzana de Gómez building in the heart of Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Kempinski Hotels has just signed a management contract with the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA.

“We are very pleased to be opening this outstanding hotel in the spring,” says Markus Semer, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Kempinski Hotels. “The opening is a continuation of our pioneering spirit as the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana will be Cuba’s first modern luxury five-star hotel. And its location within a famous historic building currently makes it the most exclusive hotel project in Old Havana.”

“For us, it is important to gain new partners who are internationally renowned, to manage our hotels, for this reason Kempinski was selected to take care of our new hotel in Havana,” adds Carlos M. Latuff, Executive President Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA. “With its impeccable 120-year history, European-style luxury and extraordinary quality, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group Kempinski is a perfect fit with the Manzana de Gómez. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, as Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade, it is an iconic building in an important historical area. Together with Kempinski we will make this jewel the city’s leading luxury hotel,” he continued.

Even before it has opened, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is causing much excitement – not only in Cuba. Guests can choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 40 to the stunning presidential suite’s 150 square metres – all with ceilings of four to five metres.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

Sneak Peek: Kempinski Gold Coast City Accra, Ghana

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Located in the heart of Ghana’s thriving cultural scene and the economic hub of Accra, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is perfectly positioned for memorable corporate events.

This vibrant property is home to the largest conference facilities in Ghana and features over 1,750 sqm of sophisticated meeting space, ideal for hosting up to 850 people. The Kempinski Hotel Gold Goast City Accra is the only 5* hotel offering state of the art meeting facilities in the city. The hotel is a truly desirable destination for the corporate traveller and is located in the central business district within close proximity to government ministries and historical landmarks.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Ghana

Conference & Meeting spaces
The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra offers exceptionally high levels of service and style throughout its exclusive spaces. The Grand Ballroom can cater up to 800 guest’s theatre style respectively, while the Executive Meeting Room is a fixed boardroom for up to 16 delegates equipped with cutting edge technology. The beautiful outside function area can be divided to create two individual meeting areas, hosting up to 100 and 250 guests banquet style. Day Delegate packages are also available and include WiFi, room hire, bespoke coffee breaks, stationery and a tailored working lunch. In total the hotel has six meeting rooms between 3sqm and 100sqm, which can be used for presentations, business meetings, banquets or receptions. On the sixth floor, guests staying in the Suites or Executive rooms can enjoy the exclusive privileges of the charming Executive Lounge. The lounge provides an inviting place to enjoy complimentary benefits such as drinks, canapés, newspapers, magazines and two exclusive boardrooms with state-of-the-art technology by day.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

Accommodation
Inspired by the heritage and vibrant colours of Ghana, each room features hardwood floors, luxuriant textiles, and carefully selected artwork. The rooms and suites are spacious; 142 of which have their own balconies. The hotel features 269 rooms including 22 luxury suites and 2 presidential suites. The suites draw inspiration from African artistry, featuring comfortable living areas and ergonomic work stations. Executive rooms and suites have the added benefit of overlooking the pool or city of Accra with access to the Executive Lounge. The Presidential Suites offer panoramic views of Accra and complimentary use of a luxury car chauffeur and 24 hour butler service. All rooms feature complimentary WiFi, Interactive TV, In-room safe, private bar and climate control.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Ghana

The Grand Ballroom
The hotel’s ballroom is the largest and most luxurious in Ghana and the jewel of the conference and event facilities. In total, the ballroom covers 970 sqm, divided between three areas and a foyer, and includes a 50sqm built-in stage. Whether guests plan for a luxury banquet, a musical performance or a glittering cocktail reception, the ballroom will provide a breath-taking venue.

Gallery 1957 at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast

Celebration of artistic flair at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra

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Located in the heart of Ghana’s thriving cultural scene is a brand new five star luxury hotel, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra. The vibrant property features 269 rooms, including 22 suites and 2 stunning presidential suites.

Art is a key focus for the property and this is reflected in the unique pieces located throughout the hotel and in the independent contemporary art gallery located inside the hotel known as Gallery 1957. Taking its name from the year Ghana gained independence; the gallery represents artists such as Jeremiah Quarshie, Yaw Owusu, Serge Attukwei Clottey and Zohra Opoku.

Featured in the hotel’s collection are also outstanding pieces by Agosor, Ni Mills, Krotei Tetteh, Gideon Appah and Ablade Glover.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra encourages both local audiences and international visitors to discover new artists and to gain a deeper understanding of the breadth of their practices through the hotel installations and exhibitions at the gallery. With a range of exquisite dining options and a new spa to open in November, the property lives up to its name as the only true 5* hotel in Accra.

Marwan Zakhem commented, “The gallery evolved from my experience as a collector of contemporary African art. I began building relationships with artists and understanding their creative process better. I decided to found Gallery 1957 to support, complement and highlight the art scene that is already started to grow here in Accra. It wanted to establish the gallery to provide increased opportunities for artists based in Ghana and the hotel provided the ideal location. The work being created here is very exciting, emotive and often experimental and I hope visitors will enjoy the experience of discovering art at the Kempinski.”

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

Kempinski introduces new hotel in Accra, Ghana

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A brand new five-star luxury hotel, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra, has arrived at the heart of Ghana’s capital. The property features 269 rooms including 22 suites and 2 presidential suites with entry level rooms from an expansive 50sqm: the largest room size in Accra.

Home to the brand new Resense Spa due to open in late 2016, the hotel offers world-class conference facilities and a variety of dining options. Just six hours from London with daily British Airways flights, guests will be immersed in a vibrant Ghanaian revival. European luxury at the heart of an African renaissance, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is the centrepiece of a ground breaking ongoing development for the capital; encompassing offices, residential and retail space.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

Rooms & Suites
Inspired by the heritage and colours of Ghana, each room features hardwood floors, luxuriant textiles, and carefully selected artwork. The rooms and suites are spacious; 142 of which have their own balconies. Deluxe, Executive and Superior rooms draw inspiration from African artistry, featuring comfortable living areas and ergonomic work stations. Executive rooms and suites have the added benefit of overlooking the pool or city of Accra with access to the executive lounge. The Presidential Suites offer panoramic views of Accra and complimentary use of a luxury car chauffeur and 24 hour butler service.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

Meetings & Conferences
Perfectly located for the corporate traveller, Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City is in close proximity to the State House, Accra International Conference Centre and the National Theatre. The hotel also provides the ideal venue for meetings and events with more than 1750sqm of meeting and banquet space. From elegant affairs in the grand ballroom to productive meetings and special open-air events, the expertly designed conference facilities are world-class. The hotel’s Ballroom is the largest and most luxurious in Ghana. Eight further meeting rooms and break out spaces feature innovative technology, such as touch panels built into the tables.

Gallery 1957
Gallery 1957 is a new gallery in Accra dedicated to contemporary art situated in the hotel. With an initial curatorial focus on contemporary Ghanaian art, the gallery presents a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the country’s most significant artists under the Creative Directorship of Nana Oforiatta Ayim. Gallery 1957 works with artists currently bridging the gap between local and international practices, including Serge Attukwei Clottey, Zohra Opoku, Jeremiah Quarshie, Ibrahim Mahama and Yaw Owusu.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra

Spa & Fitness
Opening in late 2016, the Resense Spa at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City will transport guests to an oasis of sophisticated relaxation with gold mosaic interiors, 10 treatment rooms, and a hammam. Set to be one of the largest spas in West Africa, the spa invites guests across a dramatic threshold into a lounge with the atmosphere of a chic private members’ club. Guests will also be delighted by the spa menu, based on traditional European treatments, including the Resense bathing ‘Kur,’ combining ancient Roman bathing traditions with a holistic approach of natural therapies. For guests who want to enhance their wellbeing, the Health Club also offers a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, fully fitted state-of-the-art gymnasium, yoga studio, health and beauty salon, tennis court and organic bar.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Ghana

Restaurants & Bars
At Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, guests will enjoy the flavours of Africa blended with international cuisine, appealing to all tastes and occasions from a family meal to a business lunch. The Papillon Restaurant is a vibrant all day restaurant showcasing Mediterranean flavours and the best in local Ghanaian cuisine. The infinity Papillion Pool Lounge offers views over the greens of the Cedar Terrace and a waterfall running all the way down to the Cedar Garden. Cabana style seating offer daytime relaxation, while moonlights and lanterns set the mood in the evening. Meanwhile, in the Cedar Garden, opening in late 2016, you can dine on Lebanese and Oriental cuisine and partake in a shisha experience. Alternatively, the Gallery Bar is the perfect place for guests to socialise. A short distance away, the Gallery Lounge is a comfortable lounge venue to see and to be seen. A place where the guests come for afternoon tea or a glass of wine, while listening to custom designed lounge music or live piano.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Ghana

The Galleria Mall
The Galleria mall, set to open in late 2016 will offer 6,000 sq. m of high-end retail and commercial office space. Substantial underground parking and a carefully selected tenant mix of both local favourites and premium international brands such as Hugo Boss, Versace and Roche Bobois opening flagship stores for the first time in Ghana. The Galleria will also house a unique food hall that will combine a traditional market feel with the latest modern interventions. Retail food outlets, dining areas, coffee bars and an outside terrace all combine to create an exciting offering.

Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra Ghana

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Slovakia

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Slovakia (Patrick Goff)

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I’ve lost count of the number of trips I have made into what we must now call Central Europe over the last ten years. A fascination with the changes being wrought in the formerly oppressed states of what was called ‘Eastern Europe’ has grown into a love of the sense of history contained in the architecture and landscapes.

This, my second visit to Slovakia, was sparked in part by Kempinski’s announcement of the opening of their Grand Hotel in the mountain resort of Strbske Pleso. It was all about driving through the High Tatras, the mountains that span the border between Poland and Slovakia, due south of Krakow, although my ultimate destination was the Angelo in Katowice.

Long a traditional resort for Poles, the area has spectacular scenery of mountains and lakes and the clean air has been seen as a remedy for the ills of city life since the 19th Century. The drive from Austria through the mountains and across Slovakia was beautiful, the roads quiet.
The Grand Hotel started life as a great residence visited by European royalty and morphed into a sanatorium in the peoples republic. It has now become a people’s playground again, albeit with a level of luxury that was probably undreamed of by previous users.As we drove up the mountain road there were tantalising glimpses of turrets and roofs along the hill crests.

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Slovakia

The main building has been painstakingly restored with the help of the discovery of light fittings and original colour schemes protected first from invaders and then from state confiscation. The development has been extended along the lakeside by the addition of apartments that will be serviced from the hotel once completed, sharing with the hotel spectacular views across the lake to the mountains in one direction and over the valley in the other. All around are B&B’s and hotels under refurbishment.

Time warped hotels await attention as the state struggles to identify the descendants of owners long gone. Many died in concentration or labour camps or fled from repression. The task is complicated by destroyed documentation and forged documentation alike, so there are still boarded up hotels with hints of previous glories perhaps from the 1930’s lining the roads through an area that even in winter is served by an efficient mountain railway and roads I am told are nearly always passable.

The local community has now taken possession of a ski jump built to service Olympic competitions but then allowed to fall into disrepair. The redevelopment of the ski trails and the infrastructure to create another fine European winter sports area is now well under way, with Kempinski leading the the way with this impressive property.

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Slovakia

The status of the hotel was marked by a pale blue Bentley parked in the entrance as we arrived, and the area was thronged with families enjoying a stroll around the lake behind the hotel. The views are spectacular, indeed Slovakia is very beautiful, the mountains even more so, rising to over 9,000 feet/2,700 metres in this region. In the typically changeable August weather we were able to watch lightning playing along the mountains peaks across the lake from the windows of our bedroom.

The Soviet influence is now only apparent in small ways – the hat worn by the porter for example being one of those outsized round Soviet style peaked army hats, an outsized wagon wheel of a hat. Behind the reception counter the striking red dressed Kempinski ‘woman in red’ stood ready to answer all our questions as we checked in. Welcome was five star and one of the memorable things about this hotel was the GM, Gerd Ruge, who’s wealth of experience made a distinct difference to how the design worked, and who stamped his personal style on the hotel as the best GM’s do.
The reception lobby is large and stylish with a traditional reception desk down one side. Guests are offered a welcoming drink and are then shown to their rooms.

Proximity key cards are used but amusingly one of Herr Ruge’s angry moments was when I asked why it showed a red housekeeper when the room was ready to make up, and he revealed he had repeatedly tried to resolve the working of the indicator panel outside the room door as the colour was showing wrongly. I remember reading once how fatalities were caused in hospitals because engineers use red and green in the reverse way to most people, causing confusion with operators. Green means all OK no action needed, red that something needs doing in this reverse thinking, and it seems the well engineered product adheres to this rather than orienting for us normal mortals for whom green means go, red stop.

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Slovakia

The buildings are long and straggling, producing changes in level as well as twisting as they follow the line of the lakeside. The forests around the lake have a scattering of villas, some abandoned and overgrown as the state struggles to establish normal ownership patterns. Lakeside paths are busy but on normal workdays and early morning/late evenings a few joggers are all that disturb the wild life. With windows open the room echoed mainly to the sounds of bird song and raindrops, and the tradition of the buildings as a sanatorium suits it well to be a spa resort. The twisting of corridors and changes in level made this an interesting building to walk through and corridor view lines were always short.

The bedrooms are well laid out and furnished, with rugs laid on timber floors. Although the wardrobe was large there was not quite enough drawer space – but then travelling for weeks by car does leave me with quite a large amount to place in an hotel bedroom. The timber floors were broad real timber planks, a little spoiled by faulty maintenance, with the cleaning liquid used leaving a kind of bloom over the plank and not cleaning it effectively either. The bathrooms were truly luxurious, well planned and laid out with soaking tubs and separate walk in showers. The impressive iteration of this in the room for those with disabilities gave one of the most luxurious versions of a DDA room I have seen.

The use of timber in the schemes was extensive and successful and the sophisticated luxury feel was harmonious and restful – no shrieking colours to scream and assault the eye yet the variety of colour tone and texture gave sufficient interest to the eye for the rooms to appear very stylish.
This subtlety in the use of materials continued throughout the public areas, the restraint allowing the real fire in the bar lounge for example not just to register visually though its rosy glow, but to literally glow against the traditional polished timber wall panels, its crackling logs providing an aural and olfactory experience to match the visual sophistication.

The restaurant was on the first floor along with the function room dining and the kitchens, its own log fire burning in the evenings. In the restaurant the skill of Herr Ruge shone through. He had created a small play area for children to one side of the restaurant and whilst they played the tables around were filled with their families , parents acting as a barrier between their offspring and other guests. It was subtly done by the staff, but seemed to work to the benefit of children (who became engrossed in each other) their parents (who watched but rarely needed to intervene) and the other guests.

Grand Hotel Kempinski, Slovakia

The restaurant was on the front of the hotel and at first floor gave spectacular views across the valley. The layout, positioning of the waiter stations, separation of the tables and its height gave a sense of space and luxury. The light fittings had been rescued from where they were hidden in 1938 and restored again grace the room. Note of caution – if anyone offers you a Slovakian spirit aperitif beware, damn things remove your throat lining!
Private dining ranged from a wood panelled room with views across the lake to a small turret room offering romantic dining for two at the very top of the hotel with 360° panoramic views all around. In addition there is a healthy eating area in the spa and leisure complex.

The spa and leisure complex is large and comfortable. The pool has views to the mountains and the lake and there are plenty of loungers and small cabana style areas for day long lounging. The reception desk bar counter an office are grouped together , minimising staffing needs, and there is a small gym and well designed treatment rooms for massage and other therapies.

Kempinski have a gem of a hotel in a fantastic position. Location, location, location is the mantra, and this is wonderfully located to take advantage of developments in the High Tatras, one of Europe’s remaining underdeveloped scenic areas. As the popularity of this area grows and it increases in prosperity so the hotel will inevitably prosper.

© Words and Pictures Patrick Goff. From a visit in August 2010