Billionaire Kellner had the Hotel Prague cut: The Communist Palace of Luxury disappeared in 3 months!
The owner, the PPF company of billionaire Petr Kellner (50), will restore the park in its place. “Modern technology of” cutting “with special construction machines was chosen for the removal of buildings,” commented PPF spokesman Radek Stavěl.
The rubble is now being removed and then the pits will be transported around the buildings. “As a top layer, it will use quality soil and landscaping will be completed,” said a PPF spokesman, adding that the original greenery would be preserved on the land. Only three trees will not be saved.
It was a five-star hotel
● Hotel Praha started construction in 1975, it was opened in 1981.
● It was built for 800,000,000 CZK.
● It had 136 hotel rooms and a presidential suite of 400 m2.
● All rooms had a view of Prague Castle.
● Served for the needs of the Communist Party, to accommodate government and party delegations.
● After the revolution, it operated as a five-star hotel, but often changed owners. PPF bought it as devastated in 2013.
● Some architects were against demolition. The building was considered unique, albeit megalomaniacal.
Rest under the trees? Only for the chosen ones
The hotel has had a large park on the site since the 19th century. But it will be new only for the chosen ones. “It will become part of the Open Gate primary school and grammar school complex, which will be located in the southern (lower) part of the plot, instead of the dilapidated garages at Evropská Street, “ the owner explained.