Meetings With A Magical View
With its glacial lake, Štrbské Pleso is the most popular skiing, tourist and health resort in the High Tatras. The Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras made its way into the magical landscape and created something very special. At an altitude of 1,351m, the mountain fresh air makes it a climatic health spa, perfect for treating respiratory diseases. The hotel consists of three mutually connected accommodation units. As a whole, the hotel fits nicely with its surroundings and it is known as one of the most prestigious Kempinski hotels, suitable for even the most demanding of congress guests.
The road accessibility from Košice Žilina and Bratislava is excellent. Good infrastructure surprises at every corner, especially in Poprad, the largest city in the Špis region with its own airport and with international connections improving every year. Wizzair flights from London‘s Luton airport are a sign of improving connectivity with the world. The Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras offers transfer from the airport by limousine, helicopter or private jet, upon request.
COLD APPETIZER - Architecture and Aesthetics
From an architectural standpoint, the three buildings look very in-sync despite the fact that they are of three different styles, from historic to the modern style of the 1920s. The most striking is probably the Kriváň hotel building, designed by architect Guido Hoepfner who worked in the times of Belle Epoque. From 1953, the hotel was used as a health resort until it slowly began falling apart. In 2003, the renovation plans for a luxury hotel were first made. The renovations had to be carried out very carefully as the hotel is a historical monument and sits in the middle of the Tatra National Park. The renovation work was finished in May, 2009 when the High Tatras proudly opened the most prestigious hotel in that part of Europe.
WARM APPETIZER - Staff and catering
The magic of visiting top-notch restaurants isn‘t just great food and an excellent selection of wine, but the whole experience. This kind of magic can be experienced in the Kempinski, where things are spiced up by amazing views and unbeatable hospitality in a space that feels like home. Tomas Tejbus and Jozef Breza are the chefs responsible for the exquisite cuisine, which includes local ingredients and seasonal menus, and where traditional Tatra-style bryndza pirogues can also be sampled. A truly impressive selection of wine, which complements every dish, is presented by a sommelier, Matus Hamara.
MAIN DISH - Conference hotel service
The interior of the hotel features sophisticated furniture, prestigious paintings and sculptures, rich materials, colorful Mediterranean tiles, and a pleasant color palette. Every space in the hotel is unique and looks like its part of an art gallery. The rooms offer views of the beautiful valley, the glacial lake, and the mighty Tatra mountain tops. There are two conference rooms available for congress events. The largest, the Gerlach, has space for 120 guests and the smaller, Krivan, for 80 people. The Grand Restaurant is available for receptions and banquets with space for 200 participants. The hotel is filled with special nooks for receptions or outdoor teambuilding programs.
DESSERT – The extras
The picturesque location, with views of the High Tatras, can be appreciated from the luxurious Zion spa which streches over 1300m2.
FLOP – NEGATIVE SURPRISES
The offer of the High Tatras doesn‘t quite match the level of the Kempinski hotel, where guests are offered everything they need for a pleasant stay.
TOP – POSITIVE SURPRISES
There are numerous options for teambuilding activities and which are available throughout the year. A nearby golf course, the Black Stork Golf Resort, and skiing, walking and biking are a small part of the possibilities the destination has in-store for active congress guests
OVERALL IMPRESSION AND CREDIBILITY
The hotel is an attractive Slovak tourist icon, in a picturesque location, which makes everything look like a fairytale. It is a simple hotel which awakens the imagination, raises the heartbeat and is perfect for congress events of the highest order. It is an institution where guests can relax in the wellness center, indulge in culinary treats from the chefs, taste some excellent wine or fully focus on meetings and events with a view. Lovers of culture will certainly appreciate the artwork throughout the hotel. The staircase of the hotel is adorned by paintings by Julie Haluzova and is a perfect spot for a photo. The Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras has won multiple awards which are justified by the experience it offers.
FINAL GRADE: 4.91 GOLD RESORT MEETING HOTEL
GOLD final score from 4.81 to 5.00
SILVER final score from 4.61 to 4.80
BRONZE final score from 4.41 to 4.60