This floating castle appears to be from an enchanted fable, but in actuality it is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle.
The Opera Hotel is a six-story Neo-Renaissance hotel with 67-rooms and commercial space built in 1891 in the the UNESCO-protected historical part of Prague, Czech Republic. It is a family-owned and operated hotel with a four-star rating.
At the time of construction, the only commercial space was a restaurant on the first floor. Then during the first half of the 20th century, the floor-by floor hotel conversion took place after the current owners’ ancestor, Karel Ceska, bought the building in 1918.
Shortly after seizing power in 1948, the Communist Party nationalized the Hotel without Karel’s consent and without compensation. While under state control, the Hotel fell into disrepair due to neglect and mismanagement, and it wasn’t until 1992, after the fall of communism, when the Hotel was returned to the Ceska family.
A major renovation then took place, and but the Hotel still needed to continue operations. Renovations would take another 12 years to complete. Today, the Hotel is best known for its restaurant, cited as the second-most visited in Prauge.
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