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Leslie M
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Warm haven in da freezing Tundra
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 Feb 2024via mobile
Ok, so the tundra was an exageration😎 But during my stay, temps reached -40 several times, without the wind chill.

I knew I was going to be long term (15 nights) so I opted for a more expensive suite. It was a great room, in a grand hotel. The only thing that stood out, and it’s really no big deal for me, is the room doors are about 6’4”, instead of the standard 6’8”. Im 6’1”, so I noticed it, but again no big deal.

The room has radiators, and they kept the room toasty as well as two humidifiers, to give back the moisture. The bed was a king with a footboard also, and I had asked for extra feather pillows, and the ‘Lady’s in Red’ made sure my request was met.

Breakfast is very good, normal egg station, the omelets were great and large. A variety of meats are available, cooked to order. There are also hot dishes, usually chicken, beef or pork or sometimes several. And of course rice. Pastries ( I stayed away from that table) breads, fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal, juices ( ask for the fresh squeezed) abound.

I opted for a half board, which on afterthought was expensive as the KK Lounge/Restaurant is not expensive. I like most of the dishes that were prepared for me, and some were excellent. I recommend the Salmon, the Tenderloin, and of course the Beef Stroganoff.

The hotel will arrange for transportation to local venues, and most of the drivers speak ‘some’ English. Bring your Apple tv, as this is the only weak spot. NO ENGLISH tv, period.
Date of stay: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 January 2024

Of course, the hotel is excellent, but the brightest shining light during my Kempinski experience was the help provided to me by Billy, at reception. Other than by flying, I was not sure how to get from Ulaanbaatar to Ulan-Ude. She understood my interests and arranged for exactly what I needed. Thank you, Billy!

Date of stay: January 2024
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Zaharan Shariff, Other at Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Ulaanbaatar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2024

Dear balloonbill,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Kempinski Hotel Ulaanbaatar. We're thrilled to hear that our hotel exceeded your expectations, and we're especially delighted to know that Billy's assistance stood out during your stay. We'll make sure to pass on your kind words to Billy. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional stay.
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Dirk Bansemer,
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Reviewed 12 November 2023

We stayed for seven nights and from check in to check out we experienced exceptional service and engaging staff. Our room was very large with a great street view and onwards to the skyline. It snowed on the third day which was very exciting so waking to see everything covered in snow from your hotel room and the white topped mountains were beautiful. There are lots of local restaurants close by as well as convenience stores and local shopping. It is about a 15 minute walk to the city centre and it is probably quicker to walk than to drive as the traffic is really bad. The breakfast was delicious with green juice and ginger power shots on offer as well as everything you could think of for western or eastern style breakfasts. Really enjoyed the stay and this was the perfect base for exploring Ulaanbaatar.

Room tip: The higher the room, the better.
Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zaharan Shariff, Other at Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Ulaanbaatar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2023

Dear Persia69,

We are thrilled to read about your wonderful seven-night stay at Kempinski Hotel Ulaanbaatar! It warms our hearts to know that you experienced exceptional service from our staff contributed to making your stay memorable.

We're delighted that you enjoyed the spacious room with its great street view and the breathtaking snow-covered scenery. It's fantastic to hear that our location, served as the perfect base for your exploration of Ulaanbaatar.

Your appreciation for our breakfast offerings, including the green juice and ginger power shots, is truly valued. We look forward to welcoming you back for another delightful stay whenever your travels bring you to Ulaanbaatar.

Sincerely,
Dirk Bansemer,
General Manager

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Reviewed 3 November 2023 via mobile

Staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Helped us with travel and tour arrangements. Accomodations were excellent for the price. Breakfast buffet was very good.

We have traveled 36 countries in 10 years and this hotel is in our top 5 worldwide.

Date of stay: November 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zaharan Shariff, Other at Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Ulaanbaatar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2023

Dear michelledS8340EK,

We are overjoyed to receive such a positive review from well-traveled guests like you! Your A++ rating and kind words about our exceptionally friendly and helpful staff mean the world to us.

Knowing that you consider us one of the top 5 hotels worldwide in your extensive travels is a tremendous honor. We're truly grateful for your recognition and hope to continue exceeding your expectations in the future.

Thank you for choosing Kempinski Hotel Ulaanbaatar. We can't wait to welcome you back for another exceptional stay!

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Dirk Bansemer,
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Reviewed 18 October 2023

We were so happy with our stay at this well-located hotel that we booked it again for the end of our trip. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, in particular the lovely young manager at the front desk who went out of her way to make sure our stay went smoothly. (I apologize for having lost my notes so I can’t thank people by name.) The hotel has a great housekeeping team and our room was kept spotlessly clean. Our bed was very comfortable and we had strong wifi so we could work. We also appreciated how strong the shower was, especially after returning from a week in the Gobi! The bkfst buffet had a great selection and waiters worked hard at keeping things stocked and guests happy. The dinner menu was quite good, too.
Our only suggestion is that we wish the Kempinski chain would stop using disposable mini plastic bottles for toiletries and water, considering the plastic waste crisis, and transition to the greener use of dispensers, as other hotels are doing.
Thank you for a good stay!

Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zaharan Shariff, Other at Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Ulaanbaatar, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2023

Dear nycSafariNjema,
We're delighted to hear that you had a great stay with us and that you enjoyed our well-located hotel. Your kind words about our friendly staff, housekeeping team, comfortable rooms, and dining options are greatly appreciated. We value your suggestion regarding eco-friendly practices, and we will certainly take it into consideration. Thank you for choosing to stay with us, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Dirk Bansemer,
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

The great location of the hotel is making it an easy 20-25 minutes walk to the main square. Rooms are very clean and spacious. The staff is in particular attentive to you especially at breakfast time. I find the hotel a gem in Ulaanbaatar and I am always and exclusively returning to Kempinski as I feel like at home.

Room tip: Ask for GOBI Cashmere store 10% discount card (sister company) and save when you are buying the best quality cashmere in the World :)
Date of stay: October 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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Bolor Jambaldorj, Revenue Management at Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace Ulaanbaatar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2023

Dear hrvojem741,
Thank you for your wonderful feedback! We're thrilled that you appreciate our fantastic location, clean and spacious rooms, and our attentive staff. We're honored to be your choice in Ulaanbaatar, and we can't wait to welcome you back "home" at Kempinski Ulaanbaatar.
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Dirk Bansemer,
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