If arriving by car, you will find yourself weaving through steep wooded roads before you lay your eyes upon Grandhotel Tatra’s stoney structure, calmly overlooking the valley below. There is a freshness in the interior design once inside, with incandescent bulbs warmly lighting wood and stone, neatly complemented by the warm bright smiles of the reception staff, keen to get your stay off to a glowing start.
Up in each room, guests will notice a host of delicate and thoughtful little touches that seem to be as plentiful as the number of places you choose to look, giving you the unmistakable feeling that you have lucked out and found a gem of a place. If you are after an uber posh mountain schloss with fad food diets, this is not the place for you; but if you love wholesome organic seasonal ingredients in your food, real wood in your fireplace and staff who are sincere, relaxed and welcoming Grandhotel Tatra is the home away from home that you are looking for.
Breakfast is an open buffet, and you will be hard-pressed to find an item that doesn’t contain an element that is unique to the region - home-made jams and speciality cheeses from local villages to go with freshly baked bread; thin pancakes or fluffy waffles topped with blueberries and thick lashings of honey from the local bee-keeper. Not forgetting the most delicious and ever-changing array of home-made cakes, all accompanied with organic tea, grown in local meadows and mini green and red smoothies packed full of fresh fruit and vegetables from local gardens. Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant is similarly brilliant in how effortless and tasty it makes healthy eating. A post-meal saunter to the lobby bar for a nightcap may be all one can manage before getting in to plush, cosy beds for a restful night’s sleep.
Waking up refreshed, guests can jump on a BMW electric bike and explore the steep winding roads, through the Jezerné valley, leading to Karlov lake. This enchanting spot has been the scene of local legends and even inspired a fairy tale by Karel Jaromír Erben. It is a wonderful spot for a picnic too. Or if here in Winter, Grandhotel Tatra is a great base for avid skiers, with beautiful vistas to feast your eyes upon. After a busy day of exploration, you will want nothing more than to relax in the hotel’s private spa, or simply bask in the heat of an open fire whilst soaking up the lush green panoramas of the surrounding valleys from the hotel terrace.