The Emblem Hotel captures the spirit of Prague – the richness of its history, and its dynamism today. Located in a turn-of-the-century, former communist government building across from City Hall, and within steps of the Old Town Square, the hotel creates a luxurious and intimate experience for locals and international visitors alike.
The Emblem offers big hotel amenities within the intimate space of a boutique inn. It welcomes guests into the lives of the creatively engaged family that built it, and surrounds visitors with the art, people and ideas that will infuse their memories for a lifetime. The lobby contains a series of rooms, including a two-story grand entrance hall highlighted by champagne silk wall coverings, leather-bound 16 foot doors and a modern crystal chandelier – which if you look closely, holds the hotel logo. Beyond the entrance, the guests find a bi-level salon covered in rich walnut panels, featuring custom designed glass screens, and a deep brown marble fireplace. The hotel’s George Restaurant transformed a cold, cavernous cafeteria for the Communist government into a welcoming setting. Tucked away from the main dining room, which is light and airy, one finds a private room with a chef’s table. Accessed through a portal behind the bar, the focus of the room, is the wine wall which serves the dual purpose of creating textural interest and showcasing the restaurants’ superb collection.
Each of the hotel’s 59 guestrooms is designed to be a visitor’s home away from home. A folding, linen-wrapped headboard, custom-designed bronze table lamps, a burl walnut desk, sumptuous taffeta drapery, silk wall coverings, rich velvet sofas, and weathered oak floors. Bathrooms feature Italian marble and custom-designed, beveled-edge, three-way mirrors. This eclectic mix of textures builds a unique character and mimics a luxurious home rather than an anonymous chain hotel.
Looking to escape from it all? A ‘secret’ bedroom on the top floor of the hotel is hidden behind a bookshelf. As a nod to Prague’s rich literary tradition, the concept of this attic space was a writer’s secret domain. The dark and rich purple silk room, a stark contrast to the others, features an opulent marble bathroom with a floating copper tub.
- Project facts
Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Completed: October 2013
Collaborators: Ondrej Píhrt of RAP (Architecture) Alexandra Rohacova of AED (Engineering)
Builder: Prumstav (member of Vinci Group)
Client: Valtr Family
Cost: $3 Million (Interiors only)
Achievements & Awards
Interior Design - Best of Year Awards - Honoree, Hotel Adaptive Reuse
Hotel Design Award - Best Spa or Pool - Air Canada Enroute Magazine