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Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras wins two internationally recognised awards.

Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras wins two internationally recognised awards.

Strbske Pleso: Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras has recently been acknowledged by being pronounced an absolute winner in two prestigious categories – Best Historical Hotel and Best Spa Hotel at the International Hospitality Awards Gala Ceremony.

The winners were carefully selected by eight member countries, forming a legit international committee.

In the words of Kathrin Noll, general manager of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras, "It makes us feel extremely proud and yet very grateful for every single occasion when our hotel receives such a prestigious and internationally recognised award. We are delighted to announce that we have actually managed to come first in two categories – Best Historical Hotel and Best Spa Hotel."

An international committee was so impressed by the rich history of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras that there was no other option but to pronounce the hotel a winner in the Best Historical Hotel category. “But before we process the discussion of awards further, we must make you familiar with the hotel’s history, which goes as far back as to the time when Jozef Szentivanyi had a lodge cabin built on the shore of the alpine lake of Strbske Pleso. At the beginning of its operations, the cabin was rather simply furnished, but once discovered by devoted tourists, it quickly received a much-needed refurbishment. At the time, the lodge cabin was actually redesigned to create a spa establishment named Janosik,” Kathrin Noll explains.

The Grand Hotel, built in 1906, was later renamed as a medical institution of Krivan. Soon after WW2, a very modern and luxurious hotel, Hviezdoslav, opened its door to the general public, offering a state-of-the-art coffee lounge featuring comfortable sofas and leather armchairs. A frequent live musical performance was a must during those roaring times and a vast range of spa treatments were made available to everyone. Afterwards, a connecting junction was built to bond all three existing buildings to form one establishment, which changed its mission to be the country’s most sought-after medical institution. Back then, it was managed by the state, arguably quite well, and it served its guests amazingly for a few decades. Oddly enough, after the Velvet Revolution, it began to deteriorate quite quickly, which consequently led to its full closure by the late 90’s. In 2005, an extensive refurbishment was undertaken under the close supervision of experts from the fields of archaeology and geology, and the environment protection authorities. Despite some inevitable deterioration of the property itself, quite a lot of the original fragments had been diligently preserved – balconies, stairways, colour patterns of original pargets and many more historical details that served well during an extensive refurbishment that took over four years to complete.

To bring the report forward, the second category in which Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras has claimed the first place as well is Best Spa Hotel. Its signature ZION SPA LUXURY has been an instant success among guests since it was launched. Harmony and relaxation are meticulously married together in the signature European elegance and style. Without a doubt, this is the country’s best spa facility, offering an indoor swimming pool with massaging water nozzles, spa treatments that can also be enjoyed in private VIP spa suites. Everyone gets easily excited about the breathtaking scenery of alpine lake Strbske Pleso, which is surrounded by the Tatras peaks in the background, topped off with fauna and flora that is the only one of its kind in the world. We consider our ZION SPA LUXURY a truly unique place, where our guests can enjoy themselves by making use of brilliant spa procedures and luxurious skin treatments topped off with the exclusive cosmetics brand Carol Joy.

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious title in the category of Best Spa Hotel. Not only does the ZION SPA LUXURY facility offer the unique and breathtaking scenery of the smallest alpine range in the world, the High Tatras, but there are some spa procedures tailored specifically to the unique Tatras’ environment to meet the demands of our guests. On the other hand, we pride ourselves on using local ingredients from nature to ensure nothing but excellent relaxation for our favoured guests,” said Anna Jarinova, managing director of ZION SPA Slovakia. Although it is not easy to describe spa procedures when it comes to local and traditional ingredients, the Juniper Delight procedure happens to use the healthful and magical effect of juniper. These jewel-like, deep-purple berries carry an exotic, fragrant, spicy, bittersweet taste that is reminiscent of a Celtic forest.

The International Hospitality Awards Gala Ceremony, honouring the best hotels of the year, was first introduced in 2011, and since then it has become a significant challenge to claim victory in each category for every participating hotel property out there. The very recent International Hospitality Awards Gala Ceremony was held in Kyiv in December 2016. By winning two prestigious awards, Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras has proved itself, showing that it truly deserves its dedicated place among the best hotel properties in the world.

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