The Art Deco Imperial stands on the outskirts of the Old Town and has recently rediscovered its former prestige. Following a long period of renovations completed in 2007, visitors to the hotel can now enjoy the superb facilities this historic hotel has to offer. The guest rooms here are large and the facilities perfectly pleasant, whilst the restaurant serves fine Czech cuisine in a wonderful setting.
The hotel is located in Prague 1, just on the edge of the Old Town, and benefits from good public transport links. The closest metro station is Namesti Republiky, just a 5 minute walk away, whilst the city's tramway lines also pass right in front of the hotel. The city's finest Art Nouveau building, the Municipal House, is also just 5 minutes away, as is the former gateway to the city, the Powder Tower. The former Central Station is just alongside, whilst the airport is some 11 mi away, with a transfer time of 30 minutes.
The hotel operates as part of the Worldhotels Deluxe Collection.
This wonderful establishment originally opened in 1914. The two brothers who founded the hotel were big travellers so the decor here combines their taste for all that is oriental with Egyptian, Moroccan, and the Art Deco and cubist influences of the day. Following the collapse of the Communist Bloc, the hotel closed for a period of several years before reopening in the 90s. A full renovation of the hotel in 2007 restored the property to its former glory. As soon as you set foot in the lobby you'll be struck by the atmosphere of the place, starting with the Egyptian-style figures and frescoes. The lobby has a cosy, intimate feel to it, with many works of art adorning the walls and the various nooks and crannies, such as the area behind the reception desk. Just alongside this desk and the concierge desk is a bar that is open from 3:00pm until 1:00am.
A stroll around the hotel will prove a real treat for those who appreciate elaborate earthenware work, tiled pieces, and mosaics, among other things. The communal areas are spacious and include a wonderful gym on the basement level. Open 24/7, it is well-equipped, complete with a sauna, a whirlpool bath, and a jacuzzi, all of which guests can use free of charge. The hotel also has a conference room.
The corridors leading to the guest rooms are spacious and somewhat enchanting, although it has to be said that it's a shame the decor on the walls consists merely of a series of rather irrelevant colour photograph prints. The hotel's 126 guest rooms come as deluxe (the majority), executive, junior suite, and imperial suites and are generally spacious, with the deluxe rooms boasting an average floor area of 24m². The decor reflects the ambience of the hotel, with lots of gold (curtains, lamp bases, etc.), friezes, and noble materials.
The amenities are in keeping with this standard of hotel: a large safe you can use free of charge, an ironing set provided in the wardrobe, a well stocked minibar, a kettle, individual air-conditioning, a large flat-screen television facing the bed, and cable and Wi-Fi Internet access (for which there is an additional charge in the deluxe rooms). Room service can be ordered from the full menu of the ground floor restaurant until 11:00pm, after which a selection is available for the rest of the night. The luxurious bathrooms, meanwhile, come with either a bathtub or a shower as well as a hair-dryer and are done out entirely in Onyx marble from Pakistan. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided. Rooms in the executive category have an average floor area of over 30m² and tea and coffee-making facilities are provided. They all have large windows which allow plenty of natural light to come in.
The Café Imperial also serves as a restaurant, featuring impressive decor complete with large columns supporting the ceiling and plenty of mosaics and oriental touches. The ceilings here are very high and the lighting carefully chosen. The menu, meanwhile, consists of a wide selection of fine Czech specialties, and whilst this isn't the most gourmet of restaurants, the menu is certainly not to be sniffed at. Breakfast is served from 6:30am to 10:30am, after which time the main restaurant menu is available until 11:00pm.
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