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Hot List 2011
Kempinski Hotel River Park Bratislava, Bratislava
6 Dvorakovo Nabrezie
Tel: 421 2 3223 8222
Many high-end lodgings in Old Europe are often too old for their own good, and many of Central Europe's most celebrated hotels are surviving on fame they earned long decades ago. Not so the Kempinski River Park, part of a development on a Danube embankment. Trimmed in cream with black accents, the 231 bedrooms manage to be stylish yet conservative. The development is about a 15-minute walk from the Old Town, but it has its own vibrancy, with shops, restaurants, and bars attracting an energetic crowd of young families and professionals, many of whom also frequent the hotel's large fitness center and spa. This not-old Central Europe, and the modern feel, can't be overstatedexcept that the generous, extremely helpful staff bring to mind the crisp service of a grand hotel from an earlier era.
Which room to book: You want a Danube view; the building's other side faces a hill and a busy road.
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