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.
Bestowed upon the Grand Hotel Evropa is an architectural beauty that has drawn filmmakers, authors, and the intrepid traveler to its doorstep. The stunning Art Nouveau structure was originally built in 1872 in the Neo-Renaissance style before being reconstructed and redesigned in 1889. The iconic hotel has been featured in films and has been the site of a public reading by one of literature’s most enigmatic literary figures.
Located in Prague’s famed Wenceslas Square, the Hotel was first rebuilt in the geometric Art Nouveau style between 1903 and 1905. At the time, it was named U Archivevody. In 1912, the Hotel became famous as the site of author Franz Kafka’s only public reading in the city.
In 1951, the Hotel became nationalized and was renamed the Grand Hotel Evropa. It’s yellow, green, and red fasade remained a striking feature and the Hotel offered 90 rooms and two suites designed in the Louis XVI style. Later, decades of neglect led the Hotel to fall into disrepair and in 1989 it was restituted.
Nearly 30 years later, the Austrian Julius Meinl purchased the Hotel and has started a major restoration on the beloved building – when completed, it is slated to be a five-star luxury hotel.
Although the Hotel has undergone a series of redesigns and reconstruction, its allure has endured years. The ornate interiors of the Hotel have been used as locations for films such as “Mission Impossible”, “Titanic”, and the Czech film “Men in Hope”. Currently, the Hotel is closed for renovations but is scheduled to reopen in late 2020Know more? Share with us!
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