Art Deco Imperial Hotel, Czech Republic

An architectural goldmine in the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague’s towering arches, gothic church portals and classical baroque buildings Monday, 31 October 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

An architectural goldmine in the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague’s towering arches, gothic church portals and classical baroque buildings instantly answer the question as to why the capital — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is known as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Among the cobbled courtyards and winding alleyways, the shard-like rooftops of age-old cathedrals and synagogues create a jagged skyline of Prague’s religious and cultural history.

Millennia-old stories live on in the Old Town buildings, luring travellers in to discover the secrets of the city and its enduring influence as one of Europe’s economic, political and cultural hubs. Located at the convergence of Na Porici and Zlatnicka, the Art Deco Imperial Hotel’s existence as a guesthouse dates back to the 17th century. Behind the facade of this listed national monument, a sweeping marble staircase and elaborate golden-blue mosaics bring the lobby’s high ceilings and thick columns to life.

From intricately carved wooden panels to vividly coloured murals, the characteristic flourishes of Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces blend seamlessly with modern refurbishments and contemporary art.

Perhaps the most famous aspect of the hotel is the iconic Café Imperial. Cafe culture — a Prague trademark — adds another dimension to the city’s European legacy. Sanctuaries of tranquility, the plethora of grand cafes dotted around the Old Town have instilled inspiration in some of the 20th century’s most innovative and creative of minds, from writer Franz Kafka to former president Václav Havel.

Food lovers wanting a taste of the finest regional cuisine needn’t look any further than the Café Imperial, which also serves as the hotel’s world-class restaurant (bookings in advance are recommended). Blends of traditional flavours and modern aromas are the focus, cooked up using home-grown ingredients and prepared under the watchful eye of celebrity chef Zdenek Pohlreich. The ample kitchens have become the perfect set for his culinary television show, a weekly hit that has captured the nation’s hearts — and stomachs.

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A three-course dinner prepared under the stewardship of celebrity chef Zdenek Pohlreich in the classically lavish Café Imperial

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 126 guest rooms and suites
• Café Imperial
• 24-hour reception
• Concierge service
• Limousine service
• Valet parking
• Fitness and wellness centre

Contact Information

hotel-imperial.cz
T: +420 246 011 600
E: info@hotel-imperial.cz

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