In this part of Prague 6, Kellner already had the Václav Klaus Institute, which, thanks to him, found a home right in the Hanspaulka chateau. In addition, Kellner has its own headquarters here, but it has not grown. Kellner started investing and bought Hotel Praha. However, it demolishes as a hotel complex has its own bold plans.
New facilities for an exclusive school
A private park of the Open Gate school, which Kellner wants to exhibit in the lower part of the complex, should be built on the site of the Hotel Praha. This prestigious school for exceptional children already has its campus in Babice, but now it is preparing for expansion – billionaire Kellner is fixing the opening of its Prague branch.
Kellner’s plans for the Hotel Praha have been known for a long time, but Vladimír Mlynář, PPF Group’s director of public sector relations, through whom Kellner bought the hotel, told the details today at a meeting with journalists.
“The Open Gate School building will grow down in the adjoining area of the former Canadian ambassador’s residence, as well as where the garages are now dilapidated. According to an optimistic estimate, the demolition work should take six months.” Mlynář stated, adding that the necessary authorizations were awaited.
Monuments of the municipality: This is clearly not a valuable monument
However, a number of civic associations are opposed to the demolition of the Hotel Praha. They want the originally top communist hotel to be declared a cultural monument. The interesting thing about this hotel is that in the local apartments, oriented in one direction towards Prague Castle, a number of foreign communist delegations found a roof over their heads.
However, according to the authors of the proposal to declare the hotel a monument, the hotel is primarily a work of art of timeless architectural and artistic values. However, the magistrates do not think so – according to them, the hotel is a quality modernist building, but the dimensions go beyond the given part of Dejvice and the building cannot be “unambiguously and unconditionally assessed as an architectural-urban contribution of its time”.
The wild past of the communist hotel
The construction of the hotel began in 1975 and was opened in May 1981. After the revolution, its capital city was divested and one of the subsequent owners, the Armenian company Maraflex, closed down in January 2013. He eventually sold the hotel to Kellner’s PPF. In mid-June, she announced plans to demolish it.
“We took over the hotel completely vacated. The former Armenian owner sold all the hotel’s furniture, such as all the armchairs, sofas or even removed the golden taps. Everything they took away was taken away.” stated by Mlynář today.
According to Mlynář, valuable chandeliers by Stanislav Libenský or Pavel Hlava were dismantled and are now stored in the hotel building. “We offered them to the Museum of the Capital City of Prague, the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague and the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague, but no one was interested in most of them,” says Mlynář.