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The long journey to find well-designed hotels during wintertime has somehow become an annual ritual for me.


Bratislava, Slovakia

Kempinski Hotel River Park

The Ultra Modern

To me, Kempinski is a hotel brand that likes to emphasize luxury and sophistication at unique and often historical establishments. In Bratislava, Kempinski Hotel River Park stands as the place where business and society meet. Opened in June 2010, this hotel by the Danube river is actually a newly built establishment, but it is quite obvious that they are setting the luxury standard in Bratislava.

Designed by award-winning Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat, the Kempinski Hotel River Park is the heart of the ambitious River Park development project, which was finalized in the same year. The L-shape building, completed in a combination of glass, metal and wood, oozes the spirit of ultra-modern design. The spirit continues to the interior where clean lines in sleek and sophisticated surroundings of red and gold catch the eye. Slovak renowned interior designer Zuzana Cambelova from CADE bound these elements together and added Italian fine furniture, black marble, rosewood flooring and velvet to give a solid total look to the modern design theme.


Featuring 231 guest rooms and suites in over 7 floors overlooking the Plaza and or Danube River, this hotel has a warm crème and brown colour scheme combined with high-quality wooden furniture, while the use of sandstone in the bathrooms creates a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. As for the 31 suites, Zuzana created a slightly different ambience by using onyx, black marble, silk fabrics, teak and gold mosaics together with the latest technical equipment to add to the suite’s grand atmosphere.

Found throughout the hotel, I also noticed rose motif as ornamentation – even printed on the carpet. Chosen by Slovak artist Peter Rusnak, the rose is the central leitmotif of the hotel. The inspiration came from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in particular from one empress that once ruled the Habsburg dynasty, known as Maria Theresa. As the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bohemia, Mantua, Milan, Lodomeria and Galicia, the Austrian Netherlands and Parma, Maria Theresa was known for her obsession with the rose. At Kempinski Hotel River Park, the rose motif is used decoratively in elevators, on central pillars, restaurants, doors and the main door to the presidential suite.

As the most luxurious hospitality institution in Bratislava, Kempinski Hotel River Park design lives up to expectations.



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