Hotel Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož *****
In Portorož we always stay in a hotel called Hotel Kempinski Palace Portorož *****. The hotel has become very dear to us. Did you know that the hotel was formerly known as Palace Hotel and it was first open in 1910? Even Franz Ferdinand has thrown balls there. The history is just amazing.
The hotel was built since 1908 upon the plans of the Austrian architect Johann Eustacchio and opened on 20 August 1910 at the time of Austro-Hungarian Empire. At that time it was a tourist attraction of the highest quality. Portorož was, together with Grado and Opatija, categorized as one of the most important coast resorts and spas on the Austrian Riviera. The construction of the hotel was completed in 1912. At the end of 1983, it was proclaimed a cultural monument, and a park in front of hotel was called a monument of designed nature.
The hotel was closed in autumn 1990. In the 2000s, the Slovenian owner, coastal company Istrabenz Hoteli Portorož, signed a contract with a German hotel chain Kempinski to run and manage this hotel for at least 20 years. When they renovated the hotel, the front side was kept for historical reasons and everything else was demolished. The renovation was planned by Slovenian architects Sadar + Vuga and cost about 70 million euros. The hotel was reopened on 18 October 2008.
I remember when we first went to Portorož, it was in 2007 I think, we stayed in Grand Hotel Bernardin *****, I don´t remember much about that hotel, but I know that it is quite far from the center, like really far, so I wouldn´t go there when you want to be in the center. We only went for a walk in the town for two times. So both of the times we looked at the building, where Hotel Kempinski Portorož ***** is now, and thought that someone should renovate that building, because it was so beautiful! We never thought that someone will do that. Fortunately they did and the next time we were in Portorož, we stayed there. 🙂
Read about the history below as well and watch a cool video too!
TIP! I just looked at the webpage of the hotel and I saw this add for the New Year´s Eve. I really, really want to go there!!!! Well, If I´d have a lot of money, I´d definitely go there, may-be you can go? I´ll write about it here:
The Great Gatsby New Year’s Night with a celebration in the magnificent Crystal Hall Ballroom
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Kempinski Palace Portoroz and count down to 2015 enjoying the atmosphere of the Golden Twenties!
The New Year’s Eve package with a celebration in the magnificent Crystal Hall ballroom includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation in a Superior double room park view
- A bottle of sparkling wine in the room upon arrival
- The gala buffet dinner and party with live dance music
- A spectacular firework show
- The New Year’s party with midnight buffet
- The daily lavish buffet breakfast until 12:00 noon
- Free entrance to the Rose Spa (indoor swimming pool,sauna area and fitness facilities)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
This package starts from € 499.00 based on single occupancy and € 774.00 for double occupancy in a Superior double room park view, including VAT. The City tax of € 1.01 per person per day and parking charges of € 18.00 per vehicle per day are not included.
So finally about the hotel. 🙂
|Reception and welcome||Welcome is very nice and friendly. Reception is beautiful as well.|
|Welcome drink||Sometimes we were offered and sometimes we weren’t.|
|Free upgrade||No, I asked.|
|Valet and parking||Yes and yes. Parking was arranged very fast. I even think that may-be parking was for free? Valet as well?|
|In general||This is a hotel where I just love breakfasts. First of all, the breakfast hall is amazing, very beautiful and luxury, just wow! I love it! The food is great, you can have anything you want. They also have fresh grapefruit juice and also you can order eggs a la carte. Breakfast is the best!|
|In general||The room is very beautiful, clean, big and nice. Very luxury as well. I do have to say that I like the rooms in the new building, they are more modern, I guess it is the same about Boscolo Budapest, Autograph Collection *****, where I think rooms in the new building are better. But that only depends on person´s taste! 🙂|
|Room type||Deluxe Double Room Sea View: http://www.kempinski.com/en/portoroz/palace-portoroz/rooms-and-suites/rooms/deluxe-double-room-sea-view/|
|Surprise in the room||Yes for the guests that have stayed in the hotel for a few times, they surprise them with a fruit plate in the room. 🙂|
|Blanket and the blanket case||Yes and yes. Very comfortable bed!|
|Carped||Yes, fully carpeted.|
|Amenities and bathroom||Good ones. Bathroom was really nice and light.|
|Are the TV speakers in the bathroom too?||Yes.|
|Bath salt and bath||Yes and no.|
|Slippers and robe||Yes and yes.|
Hotel area (spa, dinner etc)
|The pool area is really cool but there is no view to the sea. What I love about the pool area is that there is a spa in the inside too and also there are saunas and also a small pool near the saunas and a huge pool in with the possibility to swim to outside pool. There is also a Jackuzzi in the spa. So basically you can swim around a lot and also walk to the saunas, relax there and have a swim there as well. In the sauna area you can drink water and eat apples too, they are complimentary.I recommend to eat outside of the hotel, the prices in the hotel restaurant are quite expensive and the food isn´t that special. Thought the service in the hotel is spectacular.|
Location Excellent, the hotel is right in the centre and there is a promenade right when you go out the hotel.
I visited July 2013, 2011, 2008 or sth like that.
Would I go again? Definitely.
Value of money Good.
Purpose of the trip Vacation.
Nights 5 nights at a time.
|Luxury||9 out of 10. I wish the balcony was a bit cleaner and that there would have been a comfortable chair or sth like that.|
|Drive through||10 out of 10. Amazing!!!!|
Something about the history (you know that I love history of old and grandiose hotels!) 🙂
Today, the Kempinski Palace Portoroz bears the most important testimony to a flourishing thermal town of Portoroz. It was designed by the Austrian architect Johannes Eustachio and opened in 1910.
The Hotel of that era was something out of the ordinary. The opening itself was a social event and something unique. The Habsburg Vienna had a significant influence on the hotel’s architectural image and its offer; the events, parties, services and offers were suited to its requirements.
The luxury Hotel was built as a wellness and tourist centre, with an exceptional SPA infrastructure for that period.
The history of the hotel was influenced by famous names such as Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Marcello Mastroianni, Mina, Yul Brynner, Tito, Bobby Fischer and many other celebrities.
Due to its architecture, a mixture of various historical styles with elements of the Vienna Secession, the old Palace Hotel was declared as cultural monument in 1980, whereas the surrounding idyllic park gained the title of a manmade naturalwas closed in 1990 and reopened in 2008. Renovation cost was about 70 million euros. Central place of the hotel is Kristalna dvorana, or Crystal Hall.
The renovated Hotel Kempinski Palace Portoroz now has kept the legacy of the architecture and architectural characteristics of the old Palace. The respect for history and tradition is intertwined with the newest guidelines of the present and future.
I also found this video about the opening of the hotel:
And I found another article that is really, really interesting: http://www.portoroz.si/en/portoroz-and-piran/portoroz/483
On 20 August 1910, one of the finest hotels on the Adriatic coast, Hotel Palace, opened doors. It was a charming pearl with 175 rooms, a large dining room and a multi-purpose hall, a large open terrace, a luxurious reception lobby with a magnificent Glauco Cambon picture and a lounge for reading and for games. The spa area with mud baths and seawater pools was connected to the hotel with corridors and the entire spa complex was equipped with the most modern therapeutic devices of the time. In front of the hotel, a new sandy beach with 200 cabins standing in a semicircle was arranged and designed by the renowned architect from Trieste, Lodovico Braidotti. Hotel Palace was renovated and upgraded to a five star superior hotel in 2008. At that time, the hotel was also renamed in Kempinski Palace Portorož.
Portorož hosted in 1913 almost 7,000 guests and it started to become internationally renowned. World War I and II slowed down its development, however, its revitalisation started once again in 1954, when the Spa centre in the old Hotel Palace was renovated. In 1975, the Palace Spa acquired the status of a natural spa. Ten years later a new Thalassotherapy Spa Portorož connected to four hotels, that have recently further improved and enriched their offer, was built.