Prague’s historic Hotel Carlo IV reopens after a makeover – Robb Report
It’s not often that a neo-Renaissance palace is transformed into a luxury hotel. Carl IV of Praguehowever, has been welcoming guests to its protected heritage site since 2003. Now, after renovations that began in December last year, the five-star property has fully reopened after a well-deserved facelift.
Located in the heart of Prague, changes to the 152-room hotel were overseen by the city’s heritage office and international architecture studio Sulitze Munos. Its stately lobby, restaurants, bar, and sought-after wellness and spa facilities have all been revamped to respect the hotel’s distinguished history while incorporating modern updates. Tasteful changes have even been made to the rooms in the “historic wing” which, thankfully, retain the high ceilings and wooden floors in place.
The five-story palace opened as the first mortgage bank in former Bohemia in 1890. Its lobby now pays homage to the bank’s former terminal with renovated wooden frames over the original cashier’s window . A new lobby bar has been added to the opulent room, serving cocktails, coffee, and live music. Fans of the hotel before its revamp, however, will be pleased to know that its elegant seating, frescoed ceilings, and Ionic columns haven’t changed.
When it comes to dining, you’ll find that the hotel’s signature restaurant, 1890, has undergone its own makeover. Located just behind the reception hall, it offers a new tasting menu focused on the plate. The lobby bar will also serve platters to share, but with a new twist on Czech staples.
The wellness and spa facilities at NH Collection Prague Carlo IV also gained a good reputation before the renovation. The 66-foot-long heated pool and two hot tubs haven’t gone away. They have just been updated with new tiling for a fresh new look. The hotel also plans to update its sauna and steam rooms in the second phase of the renovation later this year.
“We wanted to reinvent the place and prioritize the needs of the modern traveler while preserving the historic elements, ensuring there was comfort whether the guest was traveling for pleasure or business,” Sander Creemers , Regional Director of Operations at NH Hotel Group, said in a statement. “The hotel’s transformation was based on our long-term research into new travel trends introducing co-working spaces, gourmet open spaces with intimate nooks, and easy access to modern conveniences, such as easy charging in the public areas and bedrooms.”
The NH Collection Prague Carlo IV offers several room options, ranging from a standard Superior Room to a sumptuous Presidential Suite. Rates start at €204 (about $214 at the current exchange rate) per night and go up from there. Visit the hotel website for more details.
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