Hotel opens in Dancing House
Two floors of the landmark are now a four star hotel
A new 21-room four-star hotel has opened in the Dancing House in Prague. Two floors that had previously been used as an art gallery were converted over five months into hotel rooms that offer views of Prague Castle or the Vltava River. The rooms are aimed at a foreign clientele.
The hotel is operated by Luxury Suites s.r.o. and one of five owners is football star Vladimír Šmicer, who played for Czech team Slavia Praha as well as RC Lens, Liverpool F.C. and FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He was also the first overnight guest in the hotel.
The Dancing House, one of Prague's modern landmarks located on Rašínovo nábřeží,celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. It was designed in 1992 by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić working with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The “new baroque” or deconstructivist-style building was completed in 1996. Václav Havel, then president of Czechoslovakia, was instrumental in getting the project started.
The lot had been empty since the end of World War II, when a residential building that had been there was destroyed in an air raid. The Havel family owned a building adjacent to the empty lot. Václav Havel had long hoped to build a cultural center on the site.
The building is sometimes called the Fred and Ginger Building after Hollywood screen dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The static and dynamic parts are meant to represent a society undergoing change.
The official opening of Dancing House Hotel was Sept. 20, but the hotel had already been running in a test mode to fine tune details. “The highlight for guests are apartments in the towers named the Ginger Royal Suite and Fred Royal Suite, which offer direct views of Prague Castle. All rooms are double and can have extra beds, and some rooms can be connected. Reviews and testimonials have been very positive, with most guests singing the praises to our Dreambeds brand beds,” hotel manager Ivana Peterková said.
“The hotel offers full service including the classic 24-hour reception. For breakfast with a view, guests can relax in the Ginger & Fred restaurant, located on the seventh floor. We also cooperate with Glass Bar and the art gallery. Dancing House works in a unified manner, although its services are operated by several subjects,” Peterková added. The Glass Bar on the eighth floor offers views of the city on an outdoor terrace. The Dancing House Gallery now occupies the entry level and lower level of the building.
Some of the rooms such as the Ginger Suite and Ginger Royal Suite have floor to ceiling curved glass windows, while others like the Fred Deluxe Room and Fred Royal Suite have more traditional windows, depending on which part of the building the room is in. The hotel may be expanded to more floors in the future.
Investor Václav Skala bought the Dancing House in 2013 and has been transforming it from being solely offices to finally meeting the original concept of Havel and the architects, which was to have a multifunctional space with cultural events and public access.
Dancing House Hotel www.dancinghousehotel.com
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