< CZECH REPUBLIC | PRAGUE: Hotel Paris
Built by Brandejs family, Hotel Paris opened its doors to the public in 1904. Neo-Gothic building with bold elements of Art Nouveau was designed by the renowned architect Jan Vejrych, while Antonin Pfeifer was in charge of its interior. Ceramic mosaics used mainly to decorate the hotel restaurant’s interior are created by Josef Köhler.
Until the end of the 1950s Hotel Paris was considered a symbol of success and wealth for the city of Prague together with several other buildings. However,
over the following years the Hotel was condemned to merely surviving.
Nevertheless, Hotel Paris was declared a historical monument in 1984 and was thus rightfully added to the ranks of the most notable monuments in Prague. After the “Velvet Revolution,” in 1991 the Hotel returned back to the Brandejs family in restitution.
Today, Hotel Paris is one of the oldest hotels in Prague. with its mosaics, staircase with a decorative iron railing, brass motifs, etched glass mirrors, windows, chandeliers, it feature some of the most beautiful Art Nouveau enteriors in Prague. Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant, as well as the Cafe de Paris are also popular public spaces where one could enjoy the turn of the century atmosphere.
During the latest reconstruction, modern design are also introduced in the historic ambience, mostly visible in the opulent space of Royal Tower suite. Designed by Martin Kotik, one of the interventions included also replacement of the clock on the hotel tower with a large windows and creating a spectacular 360' watchtower on the entire city.
Guest book include names of: Joschka Fischer, Maxim Sostakovic, Oliver Stone, Pet Shop Boys, Vaclav Havel, Adolf Born, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Karel Gott, Joseph Fiennes, Jan Zelezny, Dalai Lama, Jiri Menzel, Tomas Bata, Arnost Lustig, Fujiko Hemming...
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