Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia – Hotel Review

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The marble bathroom was truly grand, with a large tub and separate stall shower. DSC_0493 There was ample space near the sink for organizing toiletries, and plush towels were provided as well.  Hooks next to the tub were adorned with hanging robes, and a heated towel bar was a welcome amenity.  Unfortunately, there were no hooks or towel bars, heated or not, next to the shower.

The hotel isn’t air conditioned, and I arrived on what was probably one of the hottest days of the year in Central Europe [when I left Vienna, the city had just achieved an all-time record high of 39.9° C (104° F)].  It was unusually hot in the mountains as well.  My room was a bit warm but a combination of a large fan supplied by the hotel at my request and cool nighttime mountain air made it comfortable for sleeping.

THE VIEW

Although it was dark upon arrival, I was able to glimpse the lake and mountains, a small taste of things to come.  The next morning, with the sun shining and a wonderful blue sky in the background, I had my first real view of the majestic High Tatras, and, in particular, the two peaks of Vysoká (literally “tall” or “high” in the Slovak language),DSC_0505 the second highest mountain in the Little Carpathians, and one considered by many to be the most beautiful in both the Tatras region and in Slovakia as well.

ROAD WARRIOR SUPPORT

A relatively small wooden writing desk was between the wardrobe and the alcove.  It was a bit crowded (lamp, large phone, leather-bound hotel information portfolio,) but there was just about enough room for my MacBook Pro and iPad on the elegant black leather desk pad.  An electrical outlet (two if you unplugged the desk lamp) was located at desk height and was convenient for providing power to the laptop and for charging other devices.

The desk was paired with a non-ergonomic wooden chair that was nonetheless reasonably comfortable for limited stints of work.

The Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras has multiple possibilities for meeting rooms, DSC_1005ranging from the view tower (which towers above the hotel and has the best views) that seats four guests for intimate dining and eight for drinks, to the Grand Restaurant, which seats 140 and can accommodate 250 for cocktails. Both the Gerlach and Krivan ballrooms provide excellent views.

WELLNESS

The Fitness Centre offers an impressive array of equipment although it’s the one area in the hotel without mountain or lake views, while the indoor pool at the Zion Spa has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that more than compensates.  The spa also houses a sauna, steam room, salt bath, and a hydrotherapy body shower.  A variety of treatments are available, ranging from traditional and Thai massages to relaxing facials.

Even more impressive are the many hiking possibilities available in the High Tatras mountains, all of which include the fresh and invigorating mountain air at no additional charge. Segues are provided for guests’ use in and around the property.

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