The purveyor of fine hotel reviews and travel advice has just released its 2013 edition of the Hot List, a list of hotels that are setting the hotel world aflame with fresh designs and new concepts or offering a strong new take on classic luxury. Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, established in the heart of Vilnius right next to the Cathedral Square, was selected by the magazine as one of 154 hotels around the world named to the category, “The Best New Hotels of 2013”. Overall, more than 1,000 hotels from different countries around the world were considered and 154 were selected, making the 2013 Hot List the largest one ever.
“Being listed in the Condé Nast Traveler US Hot List 2013 is probably the dream of every hotelier, since experts in the travel trade select hotels carefully and anonymously. To be one of the top 154 hotels opened worldwide is not an easy feat. This is the result of hard work from the whole team. I am so proud that we have achieved so much in such a short time frame, considering we just opened our doors last September. Our aim is to exceed our guests’ expectations though our product offerings and service standards, and we are extremely pleased with the encouraging results of the first months”, said Noel Attard, the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square.
The “The Best New Hotels of 2013” list was created by the experts of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, who travel around the globe evaluating such aspects as the style, location, service, convenience, comfort and luxury of a hotel. All visits are made unannounced and anonymously, meaning Condé Nast Traveler experts experience the hotels in the same way a guest would experience it.
The Hot List hotels range in size, price and style and from the trendy to the remote to the classic. While they may be varied in many ways, all of them have distinguished themselves in luxury and style. To be considered, hotels must have opened between the beginning of 2012 and January of 2013.
Evaluating Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, which opened in September 2012, the experts of Condé Nast Traveler US highlighted the location of the hotel in Vilnius’s Old Town, which is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The classical elegance, impeccable lighting, cleverly designed bathrooms and other sleek modern features were also mentioned as some strong points of the hotel.
According to the experts of Condé Nast Traveler US, “Vilnius is a prosperous and intriguing city, and local pride informs the service of the warm and well-trained staff. Lithuania's movers and shakers can be spotted in the bar and lobby (the Presidential Palace and many government ministries are just out the door). Rooms are good-looking and comfortable, the location is the best in the city, and an outstanding spa with steam room, sauna, indoor pool, and workout room seals the deal”.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.