A Prague architectural treasure, the Art Nouveau Palace Hotel is located between the Old and New Towns, the UNESCO-
In 1986, the hotel closed to undergo extensive renovations, reopening three years later. Its architectural character was preserved, and the hotel remains a fine example of the Art Nouveau structures that grace this beautiful city. In this architectural style, sculptural figures and flowing ornamentation, ideally suited to wrought iron and glass, were the hallmarks of the early twentieth century. The entrance to the hotel embodies these elements and the warm colors of the foyer are enlivened by mirrors and crystal chandeliers.
It is a privilege to be a guest at this historic hotel, where history meets modernity, elegance blends with efficiency, and the timeless traditions of hospitality are honored. Beyond the comfort of our bedroom and the pleasures of an abundant breakfast buffet, Prague awaits, the principal sites within easy walking distance. I am delighted to discover the Mucha Museum directly across the street from our hotel. Alphonse Mucha was the most renowned Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist, best known for his distinctive paintings, illustrations, and designs – over 100 of which are on display in this little gem of a museum. It is a great way to start one's visit to Prague and to appreciate the architectural and decorative details of the buildings that adorn the neighboring streets of our hotel.
At the end of the day, I must admit, there is no greater pleasure than eating at home. At home, this evening, is at the Cafe Palace Restaurant of our hotel. The warm deep red color of its walls and carpet encloses us in an atmosphere of cozy and casual comfort and the pop music that plays softly in the background simply relaxes. Christmas lights sparkle inside the restaurant and on the nearby buildings outside our window.
The menu offers a limited but welcome choice of traditional comfort foods that are by no means ordinary. A salad of crisp greens and red radicchio is dressed up festively with spiced pears – do I detect cloves? -
Throughout our meal we study the large display of framed photographs and signatures of the many notable guests who have stayed at Hotel Palace Praha over the decades – musicians, artists, actors, writers, politicians, etc. Yes, this fine hotel has hosted many renowned guests. Who wouldn't want to stay where each guest is valued and made to feel special, regardless of social status or notoriety?
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel
Panská 897/12, 111 21 Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson
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