Everything you'd expect from a sumptuous hotel chain, with the bonus of dreamy lake views, the Kempinski is Štrbské Pleso's best address. Elements of traditional Slovak design, like carved wooden headboards, are elegantly placed throughout the rooms, whose large windows offers views of lake or valley. Every luxury is here, from a heated pool with chandeliers to the suave restaurant.
The restaurant (open evenings daily) will steep you in the sophisticated atmosphere of 19th-century Štrbské Pleso. Wild boar, grilled catfish and black truffle ravioli inform a menu that ranges from Tatra specialties to international haute-cuisine (think foie gras and Kobe beef...bring your credit card).