TORONTO—Lifestyle resort Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden opened on May 1 in Obersalzberg, a mountainside retreat in the Bavarian Alps.
The opening showcases a redesign of the former InterContinental Berchtesgaden to fit the characteristics of the Kempinski brand. The property is comprised of 138 rooms and suites outfitted with a balcony, a terrace or floor-to-ceiling windows.
New touches for two of the three restaurants, refreshed menus in the one-star Michelin Star restaurant Le Ciel and the introduction of The Spa concept in the hotel’s wellness area complete the revamp. In addition, guests can take in views of Alpine peaks and meadows from anywhere within the hotel.
In honor of the opening under the Kempinski brand, chef Ulrich Heiman created three new menus for Le Ciel: Welt (World), Bayerische Alpen (Bavarian Alps) and a vegetarian menu called Kraut & Rüben. Le Ciel will reopen on May 22. The second new restaurant, Johann Grill, serves regional cuisine. The third, Bergstüberl restaurant serves traditional Alpine dishes in a beer garden atmosphere.
For the first time, the hotel offers an onsite Activities Concierge to assist guests with activity recommendations based on weather conditions.
A redesigned lobby features oakwood floors, oversized lampshades, antler lamps and a mounted stag’s head. Materials such as wood, loden and leather dominate the interior design. Guests can sit near the open fireplace and sample hundreds of types of gin and whiskey at the Kaminbar.
Kempinski The Spa is housed within a 15,000-sq.-ft. wellness area,including an outdoor pool. The spa offers 12 treatment rooms where guests can sample La Prairie and Alpienne products and treatments inspired by the seasons.
Hotel Berchtesgaden is the third Alpine resort under the Kempinski umbrella.