Interview with Dr. Nino Altomonte, new owner of 5 Star Hotel Le Palais in Prague
The new owner of the historic Le Palais Art Hotel in Vinohrady has big plans for the future
The new owner of the historic Le Palais Art Hotel in Vinohrady has big plans to turn it into Prague’s most luxurious hotel and a new art destination in the city, offering a VIP experience for guests that will include, among other things, a limousine chaperone service with their white Rolls Royce Phantom, and a luxury car rental service for day trips.
Dr. Nino Altomonte, an Italian Prague-based luxury real estate developer, bought the 72 room hotel six months ago and has run the hotel since.
“I initially bought the hotel as I wanted to change the direction of my real estate development projects, but then I fell in love with the hotel - its beauty and uniqueness – and decided I wanted to run it,” says Nino.
Nino has a vast amount of experience in property development and hotel management. A former broker who has owned hotels in France and elsewhere in the Czech Republic, Nino moved to Prague in 1994 where he founded his company Torino-Praga Invest. The company recently won 1st place in the residential category of the Czech Republic’s 2013 Best of Realty Awards, held annually by ARTN (Association for the Property Market Development), for Residence Rivergate – a unique renovation of an Art Nouveau building constructed in 1904 in one of the most prestigious address of Prague Janackovo Nabrezi area.
He looks set to continue his success with Le Palais Art Hotel. He intends to transform the hotel into Prague’s number one destination for the luxury traveller offering a five star experience that will include services such as a luxury airport shuttle bus, a collection of stunning artwork from artists like Le Corbusier and Miloš Reindl, and a helicopter service that will provide transportation to destinations like a tour of the Czech Republic’s castles tour, golf courses, and Karlovy Vary.
Most importantly, Nino’s passion for Le Palais and the experience with which staying at the hotel will provide guests is palpable.
“For me, running a hotel shouldn’t just be about providing accommodation but more about providing an amazing experience for your guests and at Le Palais Art Hotel we aim to make each and every guest feel as though they have our special attention,” explains Nino. “There is a dedication to detail and a personal touch at Le Palais Art Hotel which you don’t find everywhere.”
Nino has already completely re-trained the hotel staff to ensure they are fully schooled Le Palais’ new direction and will launch a new hotel website in mid-August. Le Palais Art Hotel will also feature a revitalised restaurant, to be named Botticelli in keeping with its new art-oriented focus, with a new Italian executive chef and an exclusive wine and champagne list, and will see its rooms upgraded.
He also intends to offer packages that include wedding celebration services, security for VIP guests, meeting rooms for corporate companies and events for locally based culture lovers such as auctions of its artworks.
Though as Nino states, the true beauty and inherent class of the hotel means that not many changes are required.
“We are adding our own personal touches of beauty to the hotel – to make our own mark, so to speak. But really I think the hotel is beautiful as it is and the building speaks for itself,” says Nino.
“Or course, we are aware that there are a number of beautiful hotels in Prague, and the five star hotel market can be very difficult to crack and very competitive,” continues Nino. “That is why at Le Palais Art we have decided not to rival our competitors in terms of price, but what we can offer guests in terms of their experience while staying here."
Though what Nino really feels will be the true driving force behind Le Palais Art Hotel is its location in his adopted home - the beautiful city of Prague
“I think Prague is a special city – there is a certain sort of magic here. I fell in love with its magic when I first came to the city, and in the 20 years I have lived here that feeling has not changed,” says Nino. “And when people stay here at Le Palais Art Hotel they will truly feel as though they are in Prague – an experience you just don’t get at generic hotels.”
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