Nikola Todorov: the new Executive Chef of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko

Nov 21, 2019 No Comments by

Not only has the Kempinski got a new General Manager, Christian Ruge, it also has a new Executive Chef, Nikola Todorov. Nikola’s childhood dream was to become a chef and he has not stopped pursuing his goal. He graduated from the Professional School of Tourism in his home-town of Varna, majoring in Culinary Arts. He […]

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How To Make Shopska Salad. Kempinski’s Signature Dish

Jun 02, 2014 No Comments by

The Shopska salad, The Bulgarian culinary tradition, is now the signature dish of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko. Bansko regulars will be very familiar with the national culinary icon; the Shopska salad but, like me, will not know it’s history FULL DISCLOSURE: Kempinski Grand Arena are sponsors of Bansko Blog, whilst I never recommend anything […]

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A look at The Kempinski Grand Arena in pictures

Aug 21, 2013 No Comments by

The Grand Arena Hotel Kempinksi in Bansko is a landmark building representing a modern Bansko. Its scale, its roof line and woodwork reflect an architecture that is more sympathetic that many of the other new buildings. Due it’s location and five star status, The Kempinski Grand Arena Bansko plays a flagship role in the fortunes […]

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The Orlando Stefani, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena General Manager interview

Sep 15, 2012 No Comments by

Orlando Stefani has seventeen years experience in the hospitality business including six years as a General Manager. He is the first interviewee of a regular series to be posted here on Bansko Blog. Orlando Stefani, a Swiss national, has been with the Kempinski group for more than ten years, in three continents. He has been General Manager in Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko […]

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Bansko Ski Season Opening: Win a Car

Dec 13, 2011 2 Comments by

The Bansko ski season officially opens on Saturday 17th December, and I’ve just been informed by the Kempinski Grand Arena in Bansko some interesting news. News, that is almost as exciting as fresh snow — the prospect of winning a super sexy Audi A1 motorcar. You must act NOW. Go to to register — just 900 participants. […]

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The Kempinski Grand Arena Hotel Review (From Suite To Spa)

Aug 17, 2011 2 Comments by

As I pulled the car up outside the Kempinski Grand Arena, Bansko I was greeted with a smile, and an offer to take our bags out of the car. When asked about parking, I was offered a 5 lev a day option. This is summer time and I replied…  “Alternatively I can park across the […]

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Kempinsko Hotel Grand Arena Bansko Wins Bulgaria’s Leading Hotel

Nov 13, 2008 No Comments

Kempinski Hotels shone brightly once again on the world stage as its portfolio of luxury hotels and resorts harvested a number of awards at the recently concluded World Travel Awards and received honours from the Conde Nast Traveller List (US edition). At the World Travel Awards 2008, one of the most respected award-giving bodies in […]

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