Admittedly, I had super high expectation of this hotel stay, and I have been wanting to experience this place since I first moved to Germany. Why? Mostly – because of its’ history. I will be writing a separate post talking exclusively about the historic significance of Berchtesgaden.
Let’s start off with some historic gossip about this hotel. A couple of years back this hotel was owned and operated by the Intercontinental hotel gurus, subsequently sold to the Kempinski empire. After some upgrades and a full menu revamp, including the addition of a 1 Michelin star restaurant, the Kempinski hotel was ready to be opened to the public.
My own personal experience with the hotel can be described in three words : 5 star comfort!
I am a detail oriented person, which means I notice a lot of small things. Some examples: fresh flowers adorned the entire hotel blending perfectly to the surrounding Bavarian Alps; Complementary still water GLASS bottles using local water from the Alps; A notice in the bathroom asking us politely to note that bedding will be changed only every other day out of concern for the environment; All food served came with a short biography of which local farm it came from. AND a house-blend alpine tea made from local herbs found around the hotel property. LASTLY, no sight of any hunted piece of animal or it’s skin as decorations or anything remotely symbolising that (check out their version of animal art – no animals harmed). Simply, put the Kempinski cares about the environment and animals, using local sustainable ingredients where possible, while still maintaining the feel of comfort.
My personal recommendations :
- experience the heated outdoor pool towards early afternoon and you will have it all to yourself.
- experiment with the selfie camera in the hotel lobby (it’s so much fun)
- absolutely the 35Euro/person breakfast IS TOTALLY WORTH IT!
- sign up for the early morning run with the general manager (bonus: it’s free)
- relax by booking a massage
- book a dinner at the JOHANN GRILL restaurant (caters to many food restrictions). They managed to whip up a delicious gluten-free and vegan chocolate cake that’s not even on the menu at 10:30pm, to appease my late night sweets cravings.
The hotel has a total modern flair with hidden pockets of warmth and comfort. The beautiful Bavarian Alps backdrop shows up all over the hotel.
YOU should expect a 5 star experience! And that’s what you will get!
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