Prague, Czech Republic
A hot-pink confection of Bohemian Neo-Renaissance style, the Hotel Opera stands in the less touristy Nové Město, or “New Town,” quarter of storied Prague.
Resembling an early 20th century Parisian hotel the buttery stonework of the Georgian Terrace Hotel is grand structure in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. A conglomerate of the Fox Theatre Historic District, it has seen numerous famous faces pass through its doors and spend the night in the comforts of their rooms.
The gorgeous hotel was designed by architect William Lee Stoddart in a Beaux-Arts style. Stoddart was well known for designing urban hotels throughout the eastern region on the United States. Construction commenced on July 21, 1910 and ended on September 8, 1911. The official opening of the grand hotel took place on October 2, 1911 and was an exciting debut for the blooming city.
Standing at ten-stories tall grand interiors were fit for the world’s finest guests. It boasted its glamorous interiors through showy crystal chandeliers and expensive marble columns and the exterior was clad in light brick, marble and limestone. Classical architectural details, such as turreted corners, floor-to-ceiling Palladian-styled windows, and wide wrap-around columned terraces were designed in a synthesis of Parisian and Southern inspirations.
The hotel location was specifically chosen as it was on the intersection of where Atlanta’s early trolley rail lines met at the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. It was one of the first hotels built outside of the city’s downtown business district in what was a residential neighborhood at the time.
A new 19-story wing was added in 1991 in order to expand the capacity of guests and modernize its facilities. A major renovation was completed in 2014 that updated the interiors of the event spaces and guest rooms. The Georgian Terrace is now a member of Historic Hotels of America and is dedicated to maintaining its unique historical features.
Over the years numerous famous guests have stayed in the comforts of the Georgian Terrace Hotel. In its early years famed author F. Scotts Fitzgerald and President Calvin Coolidge were among its notable guests. The historic hotel continues to embrace the culture of southern hospitality, and with its three ballrooms and event spaces, continues to be a popular space for the famous to gather when in Atlanta.
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