This year in October, the award-winning Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko marks a milestone anniversary of ten years.
The hotel officially opened its doors on 26 October 2005 with a fabulous party that was specially attended by the President of the country and many international and local VIP guests. Since then, the hotel has accommodated more than 100,000 guests, including Hollywood celebrities, world-famous skiers, sportsmen, statesmen, popular singers and many others.
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko extends over 13,000 sqm and features 157 Alpine-style rooms and suites, the luxury Kempinski The Spa and superb meeting and dining facilities with spectacular Pirin Mountains views. Since its opening, the hotel remains the only five-star hotel from an international chain in the region and currently is the only Kempinski hotel in Bulgaria, offering unforgettable experiences in all seasons.
To commemorate its tenth anniversary, the hotel is introducing a variety of celebratory promotions during the upcoming months, ranging from special accommodation packages to enticing culinary promotions. All loyal and future guests can already take advantage of the special 10 Year Anniversary Room Package, including different accommodation options, complimentary stays for children, attractive discounts on spa treatments, food and beverages, and bonus discounts on future bookings.
In October and November, all guests are invited to taste a celebratory gourmet menu at Come Prima Restaurant, featuring the most popular dishes created by the hotel’s executive chefs over the past decade. The rich menu compiles the top-selling, favourite dishes of the guests throughout the years from tasty salads to homemade pasta dishes, appetising meat specialities and decadent desserts.
The hotel’s creative culinary team surprises gourmands with an innovative mountain-inspired dessert, named after the highest peak in the Pirin Mountains- Vihren. The sweet masterpiece, called “The Golden Vihren”, entices with delectable dark chocolate and fragrant peaches. Guests can savour the chocolate delight throughout the whole winter season at Come Prima Restaurant and the Lobby Bar.
From this month onwards, the Lobby Bar is offering a brand new anniversary cocktail called “Bear Claws” – a delightful mixture of traditional Bulgarian rakia, hazelnut liqueur, honey, cranberries and fresh lime.
Along with the other themed offers, the festive spirit throughout the hotel will be soon further enhanced by an exclusive photo exhibition showcasing the fascinating history of guest and staff experiences from 2005 to the present day.
To find out more about the special anniversary offers, please visit: kempinski.com/en/bansko/hotel-grand-arena/overview/new-defaulthotelpage/
On occasion of marking the hotel anniversary, General Manager Mr Carsten Seubert commented, “To please our guests and reward their loyalty, we came up with all these remarkable celebratory surprises, such as the room package, the culinary promotions and the historic exhibition. We wanted to point out that when they share with us, we listen to them. I am very much looking forward to the future ahead as we continue to offer remarkable luxury experiences with European flair to all our clientele.”
In the last ten years, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko has won multiple international accolades. The most significant ones include: Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel for 2013 and 2014 from World Ski Awards. World Travel Awards honoured the hotel in two categories- Bulgaria’s Leading Spa Resort for 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Bulgaria’s Leading Resort in 2008, 2012 and 2013. This year, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko has been awarded for a fifth consecutive year with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015 and is therefore recognised as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. Among other recent achievements is the highly valuable award for Bulgaria’s Best Hotel Spa by the first World Spa Awards 2015.
Throughout the years, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko has also hosted various major international events, including Prince Albert II of Monaco’s charity gala dinner in 2012 as well as all the special events from the FIS World Cup alpine ski races in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Every summer in August, the hotel supports the International Jazz Festival and has been a general sponsor of Bansko Opera Fest for six years in a row. In addition, the hotel has an extensive social responsibility programme, including various social and charity initiatives with disabled children and the elderly from the local community. Every year the hotel donates one tonne of food to the Dancing Bears’ Park in Belitsa and actively participates in global environmental initiatives.
With its rich history, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko continues to surprise its guests with interesting offers each season and promises many more memorable experiences in the years to come.