Kempinski Palace Portorož Slovenia
Kempinski Palace Portorož
Obala 45, 6320 Portorož,
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
Thies Christian Bruhn was appointed General Manager of the Kempinski Palace Portorož on 1 September 2008.
He has started his professional career in the hotel industry in 1985. He joined the Kempinski Group in 1991 after managing several hotels in Germany and working for the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line in the USA. His first job as a general manager of a Kempinski hotel was in 1999, when he took over the helm of the Kempinski Hotel Rotes Ross in Leipzig. He successfully managed this hotel until he was appointed General Manager of the hotel Kempinski Palace in Portorož.
5 star Luxury
The Kempinski Palace Portorož continues to be positioned as the leading lifestyle 5 star superior Seaside Hotel at the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia, while continuing to extend our leading position in terms of the product, level of service, food quality, pricing strategy and finally value for money, for both our leisure and business travelers, which has already reflected in our online reputation.
Kempinski Palace Portorož
History & Story
The Palace hotel was built during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a tourist facility of the highest category.
Along with Grado, Venetian Lido and Opatija, Portorož was the most important European seaside resort and health spa.
Upon its opening on 20 August 1910, after the Excelsior Hotel in Venice the Palace Hotel was the largest and most beautiful hotel on the Adriatic Sea. The development of tourism in Portorož stems from the discovery of the healing power of the mud and brine of the local Saltpans, the clean sea, the sheltered position of the town and its close proximity to Trieste.
The hotel’s design was conceived by an Austrian architect of Italian origin, Johannes (Giovanni) Eustacchio, whose idea was to create a colossal building blending various architectural styles with the elements of the Vienna Secession.
The Palace Hotel was closed for the first time in 1980. Three years later, some parts of the hotel were proclaimed cultural monuments (the architecture) and man-made landscape monuments (the park) by the Municipal Decree on the Proclamation of Cultural and Historical Monuments in the Municipality of Piran.
In 1987, the Palace Hotel was closed for the second time; after reopening for a short time, it closed for good in 1990.
The renovation of the Palace hotel started in 2005, and after 3 years Kempinski and Istrabenz Hoteli Portorož signed an agreement for the 20-year management of the hotel in June 2008.
In August, Thies C. Bruhn was appointed General Manager of the Kempinski Palace Portorož. The official opening ceremony of the Kempinski Palace was held on 18 October, 2008.
The hotel was reopened on the 18.10.2008. The traditional part was renewed and the modern part of the hotel was additionally build and opened. The interior designer was Jean Claude La Ville.
Date added extensions
Main Strengths, Special Touch
The only 5 star superior hotel in Slovenia
Amazing location on the Adriatic Sea between Italy and Croatia
Unique combination of traditional and modern design
Cultural heritage of the Palace
Lavish breakfast buffet in the magnificent Crystal Ballroom until 12:00
Remarkable restaurants and bars with innovative cuisine
Great excursions in the area and daily boat trips to Venice
Beauty and world class treatments in our Rose Spa
Kempinski level of service and standards
The Kempinski Palace enjoys a unique location in the very heart of Portorož with a fantastic view of the Adriatic Sea.
Close to the medieval pearl, the town of Piran and just a short drive from Trieste, Ljubljana and Venice, the hotel is ideally positioned for leisure, business and adventure.
Key sites/activities in the area
Portorož is the most important tourist centre on the Slovenian coast.
It is famous for being host to more than one hundred years of Spa tradition, as well as its mild Mediterranean climate, the beautiful surrounding hills and the friendly, outgoing people. It is only a stone’s throw away from the medieval pearl, the town of Piran, and two of the greatest Slovene tourist attractions known throughout the world: the mysterious underground world of Postojna Cave and the beautiful cultural and historical monument that is the Lipica Stud Farm.
The location is well known for its extraordinary cuisine based on local olive oil, wine and truffles. Remarkable wine tasting tours, olive oil tastings and truffle hunting are only few of many activities in this region.
Coming up for air takes on real meaning when the beauties of the Mediterranean can be explored by scuba diving and snorkeling; go boarding, jet-skiing, water-skiing or sailing over the waves, or get a bird’s eye view from a hang glider.
Serve for an ace on one of the many tennis courts or putt for a birdie on the nearby championship golf course.
In its rich history, the hotel has hosted many important statesmen and film celebrities, including Sophia Loren, Josip Broz-Tito, the film actors Marcello Mastroianni, Yul Brynner, Pierre Brice and Lex Barker, the American actor and film director Orson Welles, the Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelić, the Greek composer Mikis Teodorakis, as well as the popular Italian singers Rita Pavone, Patty Pravo, Mina, Adriano Celentano and Bobby Solo.
Kids room is available.
There is a possibility to hire a babysitter.
• Superior single/double room, park view (number :67/ 30 m²)
• Superior twin room, park view (number : 40/ 30 m²)
• Superior single/double room, sea view (number : 17/ 30 m²)
• Deluxe single/double room, park view (number : 12/ 40 m²)
• Deluxe single/double room, sea view (number: 18/40 m²)
• Grand Deluxe single/double room, sea view (number: 10/ 40m²)
• Rose suite, sea view (number : 4/ 50 m²)
• Piran suite, sea view (number : 1/ 85 m²)
• Palace suite, sea view (number : 4/92 m²)
• Laguna suite, sea view (number : 2/65 – 70 m²)
• Venice suite, sea view (number : 5/65 – 70 m²)
• Presidential suite, sea view (number : 1/230 m²)
All rooms and suites are spacious, superbly furnished in either modern or traditional design with a park or sea view and equipped with individually controllable air-conditioning, bathrobes, selected toiletries, a mini-bar, an in-room safe, LCD TVs and complimentary broadband Internet access.
The rooms and suites in the palace wing of the hotel have a vintage look, which is reflected in the chosen furniture and the warm colour scheme. On the other end of the spectrum, the styles of the rooms and suites in the modern part of the hotel have lively colours and a large picture of a rose above the bed. Every floor in the modern wing is presented in a different colour of fuchsia, violet, orange and light pink.
Restaurants & Bars
The hotel is known for its exquisite cuisine, its innovativeness and its mouth-watering mélange of culinary delights. The hotel restaurants offer refined Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by local ingredients and flavours from all around the world, as well as a delicious collection of desserts.
• Restaurant Sophia
Taste the Mediterranean cuisine in Gault Millau awarded restaurant and spoil yourself with variation of meat and fish specialties. If you want to experience an unique culinary experience our chef had prepared a degustation menu that will not let you down.
• Restaurant Fleur de Sel
Try the Italian cuisine that will wake up taste buds and will convince you to the point that you will want to come back for more. From pasta, meat or fish, Fleur del Sel has all prepared for you.
• Crystal Hall
Breakfast like a royalty with environment of magnificent Chrystal hall that will not let you down. Beautiful terrace with the view to the park will enchant you. And if you are planning a special event, Chrystal hall is the place to be.
• Hotel offers bed & breakfast plan or half-board plan.
Daniel Pause has been with the Kempinski hotels for a long time. He has joined Kempinski in 2000 in the banquet kitchen operations where he has worked his way up to Executive Sous Chef. He gained further experience throughout Germany before joining the Kempinski Hotel Adriatic in Croatia as an Executive Chef. Having worked in the chain for a long time, Daniel is the perfect candidate to continue ensuring that the Kempinski credo of F&B experiences is reached by keeping the international standards high and complement them with the local touch points and flairs. Daniel is proud to have a unique cooking philosophy, in which he gives his all expertise to a single dish and is determined to make the visit of every guest a unique and unforgettable culinary journey.
He was handpicked to run the Sophia Gourmet Restaurant, where he created a menu that was an instant success in Slovenia and abroad. Today, he and his dedicated team of qualified chefs strive each day to prefect the dishes they make and are prepared to cater to every desire the guest has. Additionally, the kitchen team has their own herb garden on the rooftop of the hotel with an irrigation system during the summer months.
Portorož has been famous since the 13th century for its rich spa tradition, where the Benedictine monks treated their visitors with seawater and salts. In the 19th century, the cream of European high society came to “take to the waters”.
Today, the Kempinski Rose Spa, spread out over 1,500 sqm on two floors, offers luxurious and quality services. It is located in the modern part of the hotel. Interconnected indoor and outdoor swimming pools filled with seawater, Jacuzzis and a sauna area that features a Finnish herbal sauna, an aromatic steam sauna and an infrared sauna, can be found on the ground floor.
Next to the pool is the pool bar with a wide selection of high-quality bottled waters, fresh fruit and snacks.
The spa reception is located on the upper floor along with the fitness facilities and ten treatment rooms, all named after the Latin names of flowers.
The designer Jean-Claude Laville, who created the interior, took his inspiration from the rose, choosing vibrant colours and a fresh and welcoming design and luxurious amenities.
Additionally, the spa’s name pays homage to the rose, which is also the symbol of Portorož.
The Rose Spa menu offers different choices of facial and body treatments, massages, peelings, beauty treatments and baths from well-known luxury cosmetic brands, such as Carita (French) and St. Barth (Caribbean).
Corporate & Celebration Events
From conferences and seminars to team building activities, product presentations and gala dinners, we have the perfect venue for every event. The Kempinski Palace has six meeting rooms with natural daylight, a selection of breakout rooms, a unique ballroom, the Crystal Hall and a private 5000 sqm park for car launches and fairy-tale weddings. State-of-the-art facilities and a dedicated team will ensure that every event becomes an unforgettable experience. The explicitly Mediterranean province offers an abundance of opportunities with excellent wines, food and nature for incentives and team building.
• Meeting room Levante, 161,5 m², maximum capacity in theatre set up: 150
• Meeting room Ponente, 76,5 m², maximum capacity in theatre set up: 70
• Meeting room Mistral (Levante & Ponente), 238 m², maximum capacity in theatre set up: 225
• Meeting room Libeccio, 77 m², maximum capacity in block set up: 40
• Meeting room Tramontana, 66 m², maximum capacity in block set up: 24
• Meeting room Bonazza, 42,5 m², maximum capacity in theatre set up: 20
• Meeting room Presidential room, 44 m², maximum capacity in block set up: 20
• Crystal Hall Ball room, 275 m², maximum capacity in banquet set up: 180
• Crystal Hall terrace, 306 m², maximum capacity in banquet set up: 200
• Restaurant Sophia, 210 m², maximum capacity in banquet set up: 80
• Sophia terrace, 160 m², maximum capacity in banquet set up: 80
• 5th floor terrace, 345 m², maximum capacity in banquet set up: 80
Extra Notable Features
Golf course Adriatic, Trieste or Smlednik in nearby
Diving in the Adriatic sea
Horse riding in Lipica
Wine tasting tours
Hotel & Restaurants Awards
• Winner of «2016 Traveller’s Choice Award» by TripAdvisor 2016
• Best seaside hotel for conference and meetings ( 100 – 200 rooms) by SEEBTM
• Best Slovenian congress hotels by Congress star
Winner of « 2014 » Traveller’s Choice Award » by TripAdvisor 2014
Top 3 Resort Meetings Hotels – Luxury (Finalist of the year 2014) by Central and Southeast Europe Meetings Industry Magazine
Winner of « 2013 » Traveller’s Choice Award » by TripAdvisor 2013
Top 10 Resort Meeting Hotels finalist 2013 by Central and Southeast Europe Meetings Industry Magazine
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