Prague Art Deco Imperial Hotel was built during 1913-14 as a luxury hotel and its geometric Art Deco exterior with cubism components conceals an interior embellished by precious late-Art Nouveau mosaic. The extraordinary entrance hall with its colourfully tiled walls and mosaic ceiling is garnished by floral and figural decorations inspired by Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures, while the grand marble staircase complements the imposing space of the lobby. The magnificent rooms of the Café and Restaurant Imperial boast exquisite ceramic mosaics, and the superb tile-decoration of the walls and pillars overflow with rich floral and animal ornamentation recalling oriental and Moorish arts.
Since its opening, the hotel has been recognised for its excellent service and hospitality, and the Café Imperial has long been rated as one of the most sought-after places in Prague.
As a result of its outstanding art & architectural value, the Prague Art Deco Imperial Hotel was classed amongst the citys historically listed monuments and thanks to the extensive reconstruction, with special attention to the historical details, this treasure of turn-of-the-century architecture has been restored to its former splendour and is ready to satisfy even the most sophisticated travellers.
Back through the centuries
One of the prominent owners of the hotel was Barbara Serafinova, who generously sponsored the charity activities of her sister Anna Naprstkova, and as a part of her inheritance the Hotel At The Black Eagle became the property of the Naprstek family. This provided the hotel with its most famous owner in 19th century - Vojtech Naprstek - the famous Czech writer, politician and patron who devoted much of his time and experiences to travelling and collecting valuable items worldwide. Later in the19th century the hotel came under ownership of the Czech Industrial Museum Foundation, established by Vojtech Naprstek, but was later demolished as a part of Prague´general urban renewal in 1913.
During 1913-1914 the architect Jaroslav Benedikt designed and built the luxury Art Deco Hotel Imperial, the magnificent ceramic interiors being designed by Jan Benes complemented by plastics from Josef Drahonovsky.
The hotel enjoyed many years of glory, until it became popular place for German soldiers during World War II and was abandoned by the Czech visitors as a consequence. However after the end of World War II the hotel regained its prominence amongst Prague premier hotels.
From 1948, when the Trade Unions´ Association had taken over its management, the hotel provided preferential accommodation for the guests and members of the trade unions, until its operation as a hotel was disrupted in the1980s. In 2005-2007 extensive reconstruction work was undertaken to restore this precious and internationally-recognised unique gem of 20th century architecture to its former glory, re-establishing the Prague Imperial´s reputation as the most outstanding and spectacular luxury hotel in the city.