It looks and feels more like a castle more than it does a hotel, with its majestic panels, high ceilings and lofty stairs leading up to the entrance. My favorite part of staying here was breathing in the spectacular views of the mountains every morning from my fourth floor balcony; as the clouds would lift, the visual impact is so dramatic that you might just find yourself in awe more than once. Gratitude is bound to set in.
All of the shots below were taken from my hotel room balcony in September.
Hotel Imperial is roughly a kilometer from the Mill Colonnade, which contains a number of Karlovy Vary’s hot springs, is 1.1 kilometer from Grandhotel Pupp, which hosts the city’s annual film festival, and 17 kilometers from the medieval Loket Castle which we also visited on our adventure through the countryside. It’s one of the more decadent hotels in the area, with its large colorful and refined rooms, long list of amenities, which include a separate fitness center, and formal dining rooms. All of the rooms feature free Wi-Fi, minibars, and bathrooms with bidets and upgraded rooms have sitting areas, and suites offer dual-basin sinks. I’d recommend booking a room on one of the upper floors to take advantage of the property’s breathtaking views. Below are a few room shots to give you an idea of what to expect.
If you really want to go upscale, then they have two luxurious suites on the premises that are oh so divine — ask for the Deluxe Suite when you book! Unlike all other rooms Deluxe Suite has not only separate living and sleeping areas but a Jacuzzi tub and its own kitchen. Another odd quirk is that you can choose from three kinds of pillows and four sizes.
Then of course there’s my favorite getaway: the swimming pool and alongside it, were two hot tubs, though they were more like warm tubs rather than hot. I later learned that this is the case throughout most of the Czech Republic countryside — their jacuzzis tend to be a lot cooler than the traditional American hot tub which often exceeds 100 degrees.
Above three photo credit credits: Hotel Imperial.
The lobby area is equally decadent and luxurious.
There are two restaurants on the premises that serve Czech and French food, and there’s a Viennese-style cafe and an English-style bar. Breakfast is included for all guests and it’s buffet style — below is a shot taken of my colleague’s dinner when we first arrived since I went for a simple salad which I thought might be a bit too boring to post. There were a wide variety of options to choose from, however, including cut meats (ham, turkey, chicken, beef), potatoes, fish, salads, veggies, cheeses, a dessert table and more.
Outside, the lawns and bushes are well manicured and its gardens are brimming with colorful flowers and herbs. International flags hang from the top giving it an even more austere and grand flavor. Because of the prestigious early guests who came from aristocracy, politicians, businessmen and financial magnates, suddenly tennis courts, golf courses and a race course were all built in the area, so Karlovy Vary continues to attract an upper class clientele.
Below are a few shots of the front entrance of the hotel! Majestic in every way, the property demands your attention the first time you make your way up her stairs, and every time after…
Below, the property from a distance.
One of the natural medicinal resources in the area is Spring Vřídlo, which gets cooled down to 50 ° C and is available to guests to drink. You can find it on the top floor of the hotel lobby. Thermal Spring Water is mainly used for medicinal purposes, therefore they consume an average of 10,500 liters a day, which corresponds to approximately 21% of total daily consumption of mineral water in Karlovy Vary. Other natural resources they use include muds and medicinal gas (carbon dioxide). Medical specialists at the Imperial include internal medicine, physiotherapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, pediatric neurology, surgery, gastroenterology and sonography and they cooperate with external doctors who specialize in cardiology, dermatology, psychiatry, acupuncture, cosmetic surgery, urology, dentistry and ENT. Refer to my more extensive write-up on the Imperial Spa, which includes a little more background on what to expect from booking a one, two or three week stay.
Below is a shot of their external gym, a mere few minute walk from the main building.
Useful Articles and Links for Spa & Wellness Travel in the Czech Republic
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- Chateau Mcely, For Luxury & Serenity in the Czech Countryside
- Hotel Imperial Spa & Health Club in the Heart of Karlovy Vary’s Hot Springs
- Medical & Wellness Spa Programs at Karlovy Vary’s Imperial
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Note: I was hosted on my trip however all opinions expressed are my own.