Prague’s Parkhotel is to be considered for protected status after a group of experts from the Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture filed a petition with the Ministry of Culture. The 1960s structure, one of the city’s leading hotels when it opened, is located in the Holešovice district near the Výstaviště exhibition grounds. The ministry can take several months to decide whether to make a site a cultural historical landmark.
Hotels, pensions, and camps across the Czech Republic enjoyed a bumper year in 2016, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Czech Statistical Office. The total number of guests came to 18.3 million, 6.9 percent up on the figure for 2015. The total of overnight stays was 5.4 percent higher year on year. The biggest increase in guests occurred in the Karlovy Vary region with a 13.2 percent rise. The Ústí region had the biggest rise in overnight stays at 10.6 percent.
One of Prague’s landmark hotels is changing hands. The US investment company Blackstone has sold the Hilton Prague Old Town to Singapore based M&L Hospitality Trust. The news was given by the consultancy company JLL, which helped Blackstone with the transaction. The five star hotel is located not far from Náměstí Republiky and has just over 300 rooms. Blackstone acquired the hotel in 2007. The Hilton names is used for another hotel on the banks of the Vltava river in Prague but is not affected by the latest sale.