Kempinski Hotel River Park, Bratislava, Slovakia – Review
Bratislava’s central position in Europe has made it a much sought after launching pad for those venturing east and, as I returned from the High Tatras Mountains in the easternmost part of the country, it was a logical place to stop. The city is set in the hills of the Small Carpathians and on the edge of the Danube flats, where the mountains and the Danube River meet.
Kempinski recognized the value of this location as well and opened the Kempinski River Park hotel here in 2010, a move that dramatically changed the landscape of the hotel industry in the area.
Located in the River Park business complex on the banks of the Danube, the hotel is minutes away from Bratislava’s historic Old Town and close to the city’s castles, museums, and monuments.
This was my second visit; I was here shortly after the hotel’s opening, and, as I drove up and saw the hotel’s Rolls Royce parked out front, I had a wonderful sense of déjà vu. Check-in formalities took moments and I was immediately shown to my room.
My Deluxe Suite, located on a high floor, was warm and inviting and had magnificent views of the city. A plate with a single delicious macaroon, several cookies, and berries was waiting for me on the desk along with a small gift-wrapped jar of marmalade.
The suite was comprised of a long and slightly narrow living room and separate bedroom. The living room itself, done in rich earth tones, was divided into two areas, one with a large sofa and two comfortable armchairs around a coffee table and television, the other towards the entrance with an oval desk that could easily serve as a meeting or dining table. Behind the desk was a credenza with an electric water kettle and an assortment of glasses, cups and saucers, and drinks, while a minibar below was stocked with beverages, some complimentary and some available for purchase.