Prague expansion for Rocco Forte Hotels

Rocco Forte Hotels is opening a five-star hotel, in conjunction with the Bank of Scotland, in the Czech Republic. The Prague Hotel is due to be completed in 2007.
The five-storey hotel will consist of 83 double or twin rooms and 18
suites.  All of the rooms will be generously proportioned (measuring in excess of 40 sq m), with the majority having 5-piece bathrooms that include a walk-in shower. 

In addition to the guest rooms, the hotel will offer the following facilities: a
90-seat restaurant; a bar (occupying the monastery’s barrel-vaulted double-height
hall with views on to one of the formal garden squares and outside seating on the
cloister terrace in summer); a second bar-cum-restaurant with 130 covers; a 150 sq m
function room (with own pre-function lobby) in a protected double height vaulted
hall; a purpose-designed meeting facility with business centre, four meeting rooms
and two boardrooms, with some having direct access to private garden areas; and a
sizeable health and fitness centre with 80 sq m gym, four treatment rooms, sauna,
steam room and relaxation area.

Rocco Forte Hotels is working on the Prague hotel with locally-based architect
Martin Kotik, a partner in Architects Studio Omicron-K, and London-based interior
designers, RDD, who have also been assisting on Brown’s Hotel in London.  The
interiors will be overseen by Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Design Olga Polizzi
and will very much reflect the hotel’s location, a characteristic of all Rocco Forte
Hotels. 

The positioning of the property in the Lesser Town (or Mala Strana) quarter of the
city could not be better.  It is ideal for both business and leisure travellers,
being within walking distance of Prague’s commercial district, the Czech Parliament
and Senate, key embassies, shopping areas, entertainment facilities and key
historical sites, such as the Charles Bridge and Wallenstein Gardens, where
classical open-air concerts are held between April and October. 

Prague’s Ruzyne International Airport is approximately 10km away, representing a
taxi journey of between 20 and 40 minutes, dependent on traffic conditions.  Access
to the underground and other public transport systems are all nearby.

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The Prague property is the 15th hotel to join the Rocco Forte Hotels collection.
There are currently nine in operation, with Brown’s Hotel, the collection’s flagship
property due to open on 12 December 2005.  Another three properties are under
construction in Germany (Villa Kennedy opens in Frankfurt in early 2006, Hotel de
Rome in Berlin in July 2006 and Hotel Ludwig in Munich in 2007) and work has
recently started on the Verdura Golf Resort & Spa, which will open in Sicily in
2007.

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