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.
The Wildflower Hall luxury hotel was constructed on the site of the former summer residence of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, the British Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Kitchener used the original structure to host events that welcomed some of the most prominent Lords and Ladies of colonial India before the building was destroyed by a fire in the early 20th century.
A new structure was built, but Lord Kichener returned to England in 1909 and sold Wildflower Hall to a private Indian company in 1925, which demolished the residence and replaced it with a three-story hotel.
The property was soon taken over by the Indian Government, and the hotel was run by the Himachel Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation until another fire burned the structure to the ground. The present-day hotel is the fourth building to rise from the ashes of a fire.
It still retains a charming classical style and continues to function as a luxury hotel today.
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