Art is the use of the imagination to make things of aesthetic significance. This can be conceived in various aspects of culture, technology and design. Prague hotels as a whole have many aspects of design. from Gothic, Renaissance down to Art Nouveau.
This form of art is an international style of art, architecture and applied art. It cuts across a wide range of objects from buildings, jewellery, decorations, utensils, dining sets, cutleries to the clothes we wear just to mention a few. It was most popular between 1890-1891. Prague hotels take us through some of these objects. It was a reaction to the academic art of the 20th century. The basis was the natural forms and structures particularly the curved lines. These lines could be of plants and flowers. It became very popular with artists. A good example is the works of the Czech Painter Alfons Mucha. In different environments, it is known by different names for example in the Czech lands it is known as Seceze. The philosophy of the art is that should be a way of life.
By 1910 from Prague hotels we understand that it was already out of style. It was replaced by Art Deco which from Prague hotels we see in the architecture of Colloredo-Mansfield in Prague. It is relevant therefore from the architectural point of Prague hotels to highlight some of these structures built in Art Nouveau style.
Hotel Paris It is one of the Art Nouveau Prague hotels located in the centre of Prague’s Old Town. It was built in 1904. In 1984 it was declared a historical monument.
Palace Hotel Another of the Prague hotels of significance built in Art Nouveau style. It is located in the very centre of the city, just on the borderline between the historic Old and New Towns. The area of land where the constructed was first mentioned in the archives in 1378. It was then the residence of one of the Aristocrats of King Wenceslas IV. After this, it was transferred to different families at various times. At the end of the 19th century, it was demolished. In 1903 it was developed in Art Nouveau style and completed in 1909. In 1924 it was acquired by a new owner who turned it into a luxury hotel. From this time onwards it became the focal point of the cultural and social life of Prague.In 1986 it was closed down for renovation and reopened in 1989 just in time for the Velvet Revolution. It has been the choice accommodation for a long list of world-renowned visiting dignitaries.
Francouska Restaurace One other interesting structure of the Prague hotels is the Fracouska Restaurace(French Restaurant). Built in 1912 it is situated in the right wing of the Municipal House. It has a stunning interior decorated with a ceiling of stucco geometric ornaments and paintings from famous Czech Sculptors. It boasts of high-quality food accompanied by jazz or live piano music. It was twice given International Awards for good hotel management.