Kempinski Tirol & Steinberg (Jochberg, Austria)
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol is a luxurious five star Kempinski hotel located in the heart of the Kitzbuehel Alps, just 7 km south of the town of Kitzbuehel. The property is easily accessible by car or plane. Surrounded by the great Austrian Alps, mountain activities are the main goal when visiting this region.
In winter, there are 54 ways to go up the mountains, from cable cars to conveyer belts. No less than 170 kilometre of slopes guarantee snow fun for everyone, and the snow itself is guaranteed from October until April. In winter, one can even ski-in / ski-out from the hotel. However, it is not only winter that attracts visitors to the region: summer is a splendid time to visit the Kitzbuehel Alps too.
The rooms & design
The family- and dog-friendly hotel opened in 2011 after an extensive renovation and today, it is an architectural milestone in the region with its concrete façade with wooden shingles and lots of glass.
The style of the rooms is classical, luxurious Austrian, with warm tones, red and golden colours and lush fabrics. Sleek and modern Alpine elements are combined where a lot of wood and light and fresh colours.
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol features no less than 156 rooms and suites, including one penthouse suite of no less than 1.000m2 – one of the most luxurious in Austria!
In the common areas, the Alpine atmosphere is extended with lots of wood, fireplaces, cosy carpets and local materials such as leather and artworks. Of course, as in all Kempinski Hotels, luxury is the standard here.
A nice feature is the Mercedes car lounge & showroom where one can discover some of the car brand’s most special models.
The Kempinski hotel brand celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2017. Since 1897, the brand has travelled the world in search of ultimate hospitality experiences, combining excellent service, luxury and gastronomy. Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol is no exception. The property features two excellent restaurants: Steinberg, where Chef de Cuisine Caspar Borg serves reinterpreted classics but also serves modern Tyrolean dishes, and Sra Bua, where guests enjoy a culinary trip to Asia.
Executive Chef Caspar Bork knows the gourmet industry very well. The Berlin born chef cooked five years with Henrik Otto in Berlin. Casper Borks has a profound love for the Mediterranean cuisine, but he also enjoys preparing the Tyrolean cuisine with down-to-earth philosophy and the use of fresh produce. The chef lifts up classic dishes with light touches and focuses on gluten-free dishes. Whether you enjoy à la carte meals, menus or buffet dishes, you will experience high quality, pure and genuine products.
Guests can opt for a half-board option which includes a daily four-course menu, choose for à la carte dishes, or even opt for an eight course chef’s tasting menu. The à la carte menu features a wide mix of classics with regional Tyrolean inspiration and some timeless dishes from all around Europe.
An impressive breakfast with top quality products is also served at restaurant Steinberg – the perfect start for a sportive day in the mountains. For quality drinks and snacks, one can head to the Piazza il firenzini café, the Rubin Bar and Cigar Lounge, and several ‘pop-up’ bars around the pool in winter and summer.
Mountain wellness is the next important asset of Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol. The spa area covers no less than 3.600 square meters and features different saunas such as a lava sauna, steam baths, relaxation rooms, and an indoor and outdoor pool.
There is also a fitness centre and the big outdoor pool with sun deck and garden is a great place to relax in summer and winter.
The spa offers some unique treatments like a massage with mountain crystals. Perfect to relieve the muscles after a day filled with winter sport!
The Belgian Taste Buds Experience
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol combines the best of the Austrian Alps with the known assets from the Kempinski brand: top hospitality, excellent service, European flair, luxury and culinary highlights. A stay at Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol guarantees an indulging mountain experience with outdoor activities, wellness, gastronomy and heart-warming hospitality.
Tirol is easily accessible by plane or train, but the best way to explore the region is by car. The roads are in great condition and the surroundings are stunning. We hit the roads with a Forester 2.0i CVT Premium that Subaru lent us exclusively for this trip. A great and spacious 4×4 and a perfect choice for your winter or summer family holidays.
Thanks to options such as the Driver assist technology, which helps to automatically maintain distance from other cars, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control System, which detects strange behaviour from surrounding drivers, our trip became safer, easier and more comfortable.
Pictures in this article were made with the Fujifilm X-T2 Camera, our favourite compact, lightweight and robust camera with endless creative possibilities. Used lenses: XF 35mm 1.4 R for food shots, and XF 10-24 mm F4 R OIS for interior and outdoor pictures.