The Kempinski occupies a formal noble residence that's more than 500 years old and once stood on what was arguably one of the most prestigious streets in the city, which is on the approach to the Powder Tower and the entry into the Old Town. These days, it's a five-star brand that caters mostly to corporate clientele and the occasional Hollywood star. With that list of superlatives, you'd expect the rooms to be fabulous, but in fact they're merely very good. Most of the rooms are suites and have separate living rooms and modest kitchen facilities. The decor could best be described as a kind of tasteful contemporary, with lots of dark woods, dark leather and browns and beiges. The hotel has two things important things going for it: very friendly, attentive service and an enormous garden at the back that's the perfect place to chill out in the evening over a cocktail. Note there's no fitness room on-site; hotel guests instead get a voucher to go to a nearby club. The Le Grill restaurant is easily one of the best in the city.
- Mark Baker