The hotel is accessible from Starý Smokovec by a funicular (7 minutes) or on foot along a green tourist trail or an asphalt road (about 45 minutes). As it is located in the 5th zone of nature protection, the access road can be used only by service vehicles with permission of the Tatra National Park. Hotel guests can park their cars at the Grandhotel in Starý Smokovec or in a surcharged underground or guarded car park. The accommodation price includes a non-transferable funicular ticket which is valid during the whole time of stay. Guests of the mountain hotel Hrebienok can use the Wellness & Spa of the Grandhotel in Starý Smokovec at reduced prices and services of experienced masseurs with 20% off. For more information, please visit www.hotelhrebienok.sk.
“Mountain hotel Hrebienok is an ,added valueʻ for clients in the Tatras as well as for our hotel network of TMR hotels. Having it in our portfolio means offering another quality level of accommodation. It is meant for clients who prefer a unique location with beautiful views of surrounding peaks and a friendly mountain atmosphere to a higher standard which is typical for 3- and 4-star hotels which are located in settlements of the Tatras. We hope by opening this hotel we will meet the demand of clients that is related to the main summer season and Indian summer, which is the most beautiful season for tourists,“ said Katarína Lukáčová, the business-marketing director of TMR hotels.
The settlement of Hrebienok is an attractive destination for visitors to the Tatras and a tourist centre that serves as an ideal starting point for trips to the valleys of Malá Studená dolina and Veľká Studená dolina, or to Mt. Slavkovský štít. Since last year, there has also been the so called zone of pleasure with comfortable deckchairs and wooden bears in Hrebienok. This summer, it was the ninth time that the popular family festival called Bear Days was held here, in winter, Hrebienok becomes the centre of art and beauty of ice thanks to the Tatra Ice Temple and an international ice sculpting competition. In good snow conditions, visitors can enjoy adrenalin day and night sledging along a 2.5km-long track from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec.
The development of settlements in the Tatras was closely related to the Košice-Bohumín Railway in the past (section Žilina – Poprad in 1871) and later to the Tatra Electric Railway and a funicular that started to operate to Hrebienok in 1908. The lower funicular station was built near Grandhotel Starý Smokovec and the upper station was a simple one-storey building with a covered platform and a restaurant-café kiosk next to it. The kiosk was changed to a simple hostel with guest rooms later. After WWI, the funicular was taken over by the Prague Bank of Czechoslovak Legions, which had a so called folk hotel built next to the already mentioned kiosk at the upper funicular station. In 1928, the hotel was opened and named “Sport hotel“. It was connected to the restaurant kiosk and the funicular building. After WWII, the funicular was taken over by state railways. Since 1947, the Sport hotel was owned by the Revolutionary Trade Union Movement (RTUM) and was renamed “Zotavovňa ROH Hrebienok” (sanatorium of RTUM Hrebienok). The upper funicular station was moved 200 metres under the hotel and rebuilt in 1970. The hotel underwent several renovations and changes of owners. After the last 11-year-long renovation, it was opened as 2-star SOREA Hrebienok hotel on 14/6/1999 and offered 112 beds in suites, single and double rooms with extra bed possibilities. The rooms were furnished like standard hotel rooms, the hotel featured two restaurants, a café, lounges, a sauna and a common room. On 13th January 2001, the attic was engulfed in fire. Since the wind calamity of 2004, the hotel was in red numbers and that is why the SOREA company decided to open it only in summer (June – October). Since November 2015, the hotel in Hrebienok was closed. TMR is launching a trial operation for now.
Tatry mountain resorts, a.s. (TMR) is the leader in tourism in Central and Eastern Europe; it owns and operates attractive mountain resorts
and hotels. In the Low Tatras TMR owns and operates the resort Jasná Nízke Tatry and hotels Wellness hotel Grand Jasná, Boutique Hotel
Tri Studničky, Chalets Jasná De Luxe, Hotel Srdiečko, and Hotel Rotunda. TMR is also the owner of Aquapark Tatralandia, the largest
Slovak aquapark with year-round operation, which besides water entertainment includes Tropical Paradise, a special tropical indoor hall with
sea water, as well as Fun Park, and accommodation in bungalows and apartments of Holiday Village Tatralandia. In the High Tat ras TMR
owns and operates the resort Vysoké Tatry with mountain areas of Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec, and Štrbské Pleso, which TMR co-manages. In the High Tatras TMR also owns hotels Grandhotel Praha Tatranská Lomnica, Grandhotel Starý Smokovec, Hotel FIS
Štrbské Pleso and Horsky hotel hrebienok. TMR also owns a 19% share in Melida, a.s., which leases and operates the resort Špindlerův Mlýn in the Czech Republic. In
Poland TMR owns a 97% share in the mountain resort Szczyrkowski Ośrodek Narciarski S.A. (SON) and a 75% share in a company that
owns and operates Silesian Amusement Park (Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko). TMR also owns and leases hotels Slovakia, Kosodrevina, Liptov
and Ski&Fun Záhradky a Bungalovy to third parties. By the end of 2015 EUR 206 mil. had been invested into development and
modernisation of TMR’s resorts. TMR shares are traded on three European stock exchanges – in Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw.