HOTEL FIVE ARTS.
At the end of the XIX century, Modernism arose in European capitals, a coming-together of artistic trends inspired by nature, which saw the noble arts (painting, sculpture and architecture) being united with applied arts (furnishing and textiles). The Boscolo Prague is a splendid example of this.
Designed by the Austrian architect Wölf, on the doorway of the exquisitely neoclassical façade, which recalls the National Theater and National Museum, there is an inscription: ‘HYPOTECNI BANCA CESKA’, that is the Czech Mortgage Bank, indicating its initial purpose.
During the communist period, it became the headquarters of the Czech Postal Service. After years of neglect it was restored by the Boscolo Hotels and the architects Maurizio Papiri, Adam D. Tihany and Simone Micheli, and is nowadays one of the most prestigious 5-star luxury hotels in Prague.
Traces of the old bank find a surprising rival in the brightness of the new metallic surfaces and the transparency of the glass. The bed heads in the rooms are original, and date from the first half of the XIX century, as do some tables decorated with period frescoes which have been expertly restored.