History of our Art Nouveau Hotel
Charming, historic hotel in the Old Town of Prague
Hotel Paris was built by the renowned architect J. Vejrych in 1904, the hotel interior was designed by A. Pfeifer, and the ceramic mosaics used mainly to decorate the hotel restaurant’s interior are by J. Köhler. Hotel Paris has preserved its unmistakable look of a First Republic, pompous neo-Gothic building with bold elements of Art Nouveau for almost one-hundred years.
Until the end of the 1950s Hotel Paris was considered a symbol of success and wealth for the city of Prague together with several other buildings. However, over the following years the Hotel was condemned to merely surviving. Nevertheless, Hotel Paris was declared a historical monument in 1984 and was thus rightfully added to the ranks of the most notable monuments in Prague. After the “Velvet Revolution,” in 1991 this historic hotel returned back to the Brandejs family in restitution.
However, it is a pointless effort to try and characterise Hotel Paris, which was well described and with greater confidence in a fit of light impression by writer Bohumil Hrabal in the book “Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále” (“I served the English King”). The words of the main hero speak to us in a language full of admiration and respect: “Hotel Paris was so beautiful that I almost fell over. So many mirrors and so many brass banisters and so many brass door knobs and so many brass candleholders and so polished that it resembled a golden palace.”
Our charming Hotel Paris is definitely the right place in Prague Old Town, which will provide you with plenty of luxury and comfort, surrounded by finest art nouveau style, while you are away from home. We look forward to your visit in our hotel.
Selected from chronicles and old press:
From time immemorial, the surroundings of the Horske (Mountain) Gate (later on the Powder Tower) have always been lively. Long ago the building Mikuláše stood here, of a member of the most influential and respected family the Velflovics. Later on, King Václav IV bought the building and also bought the other surrounding buildings, establishing a royal building complex here – curiam regis – where he lived almost constantly when the Prague Castle burnt down in 1383. During the time of great unrest in 1414, Mister Jan Hus nailed his own proclamation to the gates. The Taborites were accommodated in the royal courtyards prior to the battle na Žižkově.
After King Václav IV Zikmund resided here, followed by Albrecht and Ladislav. When Jiří Poděbradský became king, this place was occupied by the parliament in 1492. The new king Vladislav II only briefly resided in the royal courtyard and moved to the castle during turmoil in 1483.
Since these times the building fell into disrepair. In later years the buildings were at least somewhat maintained. In 1631, Archbishop Arnošt Harrach bought everything and established a seminary there. When the Saxon troops invaded, the buildings were burnt down and plundered. After repairs in 1635 lectures were once again held here, a grammar school, library and printing house for the Archbishop were also there. When the seminary was transferred to the Clementinium, it was replaced by barracks called Králodvorský and then a cadet school was established here from 1869 to 1900.
In 1694 Jan Count Valdstein added the Church of St. Vojtech to the extensive building. In 1899 both cadet school and church were bought by the Živnostenská banka and in 1902 the demolition of all of these monumental buildings began, leaving only the name of the street Králodvorské as a memory.
Dr. Tichý, Lysá n. L.