Rocco breaks new ground in Prague

Sir Rocco Forte has attended a ground-breaking ceremony in Prague
to mark the start of construction at the old St Thomas monastery, which is being
converted into a five-star hotel. The yet-to-be-named project will connect the
monastery, its brewery and outhouses to create a 100-bedroom, luxury hotel.  Located
in the Lesser Town, at the very heart of the city, the property boasts spectacular
views over Prague Castle and the Wallenstein Gardens.

Working in conjuction with developers SC * Master s.r.o, a joint venture between
Waldeck Capital LLC and Raiffeisen evolution, Rocco Forte Hotels has undertaken “one
of the largest and most complex reconstructions of historic buildings in Prague”
according to architect Martin Kotik.  With a history dating to 1285, this will be a
highly sensitive conversion, retaining and incorporating the building’s unique
architectural idiosyncrasies, with interiors by RDD, overseen by Rocco Forte Hotels’
Director of Design, Olga Polizzi. 

A spa and fitness centre will be located in the basement, and a function room will
be created out of the famous grotto that was previously part of the Wallenstein
Garden.  The ground floor will house a large reception hall, restaurant, bar, tea
room, private dining room and the conference rooms.  The property’s upper floors
will comprise 71 rooms and 29 suites, including one Presidential Suite and one
Honeymoon Suite with spectacular 360 degree views of the city.