The 5-star NH Collection Prague Carlo IV, housed in a heritage-protected neo-renaissance palace, has revealed a design overhaul to provide upgraded services and an ambience of a past splendor with all modern comforts for its discerning clientele. Under the creative eye of the heritage office and an international architectural studio, the 152-room hotel’s remastering pays respect to its rich history while reflecting the needs of today's traveler, turning it into a vibrant meeting point for guests and locals alike.
The majestic lobby pays homage to the former bank‘s terminal hall, with refurbished wooden frames on the original bank teller’s windows. The ceiling regained its former appearance of square glass panes, affording more light. Elegant seating in beige, light grey, and hues of brown and green mirror the earth colors of the giant palm trees, which adorn the lobby once again as they did when the hotel first opened in 2003. Together with the marble floor, ceiling frescoes and Ionic columns, it presents a timeless look.
The dining venues have also undergone a renaissance. A new lobby bar is a welcome addition to the opulent hall, creating a sophisticated space where guests can unwind while enjoying their favorite cocktails or afternoon coffee, some days with live music. The hotel's multifunctional restaurant, aptly named "1890" after the year in which the neo-renaissance palace opened as the First Mortgage Bank in former Bohemia, is located just behind the lobby hall. It follows its full length and affords ample space for guests with different seating options and intimate corners. A new menu will concentrate on tasting plates, whereas the 1890 lobby bar menu will offer sharing platters and a new twist on Czech staples.
The hotel’s sought-after wellness and spa facilities received brand-new tiling for its 66-foot-long heated pool and two whirlpools. In the second phase of the renovation, later in the year, an updated look is planned for the sauna and steam room.
Last but not least, the guest rooms in the historical wing have received a design update while still keeping their old-time attributes such as high ceilings, soft wooden floors and marble bathrooms. The tastefully appointed rooms in the modern wing exude casual elegance and the bathroom redesign uplifts the guest experience.
“We wanted to reimagine the place and put the needs of the modern traveler first while preserving the historical elements, making sure there is comfort regardless of whether the guest is travelling for leisure or business. The hotel’s transformation
was based on our long-term research into new travel trends introducing co-working spaces, gastronomical open spaces with intimate corners and easy access to modern conveniences, such as easy charging in public spaces and guest rooms”, said Sander Creemers, the Regional Director of Operations, Northern Europe.
Maarten Markus, Managing Director Northern Europe at NH Hotel Group comments “we are proud to welcome guests from all parts of the globe to our hotels. We strived to create an inspiring and refined atmosphere boasting all the right ingredients for a relaxing or productive stay. This project will significantly upgrade the hotel guest experience and we look forward to the impact this renovation will have on the premium NH Collection brand as we embark on similar renovation projects in Central and Eastern Europe.”