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February 6, 2015

Hotel Paris: A jewel in the city

Landmark hotel offers a century’s worth of history and modern convenience

The hotel, just a short walk from Old Town Square, has 86 rooms and suites, each decorated with Art Nouveau elements. The deluxe rooms, some of which have balconies, offer Art Nouveau-style furniture, along with heated floors in the bathrooms. Executive rooms are more spacious and often have superior views of the city center.

Even higher in class, the junior suites offer a king-size bed, more luxurious furnishings and additional space. For those who want the best, the hotel has three luxury suites. The most impressive of these is the Tower Suite, which is actually built into the hotel’s tower and has a winding staircase leading into the spire where guests have a private 360-degree view of the city’s rooftops.

The Mucha Suite is also on the top floor of the hotel and offers views onto Prague Castle and Old Town. It is ideally suited for travelers who also want a place for small, private meetings.

The third is the Klimt Suite, is the largest of the three, with a king-size bed and sofa in the bedroom, armchairs, sofa and TV corner in the living room and two dressing rooms

The hotel’s restaurant and café are also big attractions. The Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant is named for the famous French actress who was the subject of posters by Alfons Mucha, the Czech artist who helped bring Art Nouveau style to the world. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner.

The interior of the non-smoking hotel is one of the jewels of the city, with antique mosaics and real gold trim on the walls. What matters more in a restaurant, though, is what is on the plate.

The menu offers French and modern versions of traditional Czech cuisine made under the supervision of Executive Chef Karel Hynek, using seasonal ingredients. Guests can choose from an à la carte menu or opt for the tasting menu or Alfons Mucha menu. The restaurant also has an extensive list of Czech and French wines by the glass and by the bottle.

Another option is the Café de Paris, which is open until 2 p.m. and serves a lighter menu and express lunches. The café evokes the atmosphere of the 1920s, which was a fondly remembered time when Czechoslovakia was newly independent. It is also a time when café culture was popular all across Europe.

The café’s signature dish is its Paris cake, which comes from a recipe from the hotel’s original owners. The dome-shaped cake has a cocoa base with peach compote and a thin marzipan covering, sprinkled with powdered cocoa. It is one of several cakes that can also bought for take-away.

Both the restaurant and café are ideal locations to conduct business. The Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant features two lounges that can be used for business meetings, presentations or private corporate events. Both lounges are accessible by separate entrances, are soundproofed and luxuriously furnished.

The Petit Salon can accommodate up to 20 people, while the Violet Salon has space for 55 people. Both can be set up in a variety of configurations.

The hotel itself is centrally located, next the Municipal House and both metro and tram stops. This makes it ideal for business meetings, especially if partners from out of town would like a chance to do some sightseeing along with their meetings.

The same advantage can be used by tourists, as many major sights are close by. The hotel’s guest list includes film stars such as Audrey Tatou, Pierre Richard and Jan-Claude Van Damme, to musicians ranging from the Pet Shop Boys to Karel Gott, and world figures including the Dalai Lama, Václav Havel and Joschka Fischer.

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