Architecture and Artistry
While some cities are renowned for one particular architectural style, the beauty of Prague lies in its incredible mingling of styles and eras. Four Seasons Hotel Prague has achieved a similar marriage of architectural styles, bringing together three historic structures and one new one, to create a unified building that is cohesive while still respecting the unique beauty of each style represented.
The Neo-Renaissance House
Originally commissioned by a fish merchant named Podhorský and designed in 1883 as an apartment house with on-site shops, the neo-Renaissance building features domes topped by a double-sloping roof. Today, guest rooms are located on the upper floors, while the ground level offers a selection of retailers. The original, richly-embellished facade was meticulously restored.
The Neo-Classical House
Dating back to 1827, the neo-Classical building was first designed by J. Ripota as a factory, and converted into an apartment house in 1846. In the 1960s, the building was converted to office space, resulting in major changes to the original layout and the elimination of the eastern facade. Today, only the northern and western facades remain, along with the walls’ original elegant cornices and fine flat plaster details. Throughout the building’s guest rooms and suites, elements such as windows and fixtures were restored where possible, or replaced with original-style replicas.
The Baroque House
Dating back to 1568, the Baroque House was built on a bank of the River Vltava, behind the Abbey of the Knights of the Cross and within the Old Town walls. Visitors can witness the meticulously-restored sandstone statue of St. John of Nepomuk, which faces the riverbank, as well as original cross-vaulting, stone architraves and masonry vaults, wooden doors and hand-forged ironmongery. These assets make for an unforgettable conference and event setting on our ground floor, while our four-bedroom Presidential Suite encompasses the entire second floor.
The Main Building
Combining delicately-hued ochre sandstone from a Czech quarry and pale plaster facades with dark roofing – which ensures a stylish synchronization with the historic buildings – the contemporary Main Building and its guest rooms and suites act as the unifying piece in this stunning, complex marriage.