The turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe is known as the period called ‘La belle épogue’ in France, meaning ‘The Beautiful Period’. There were no wars, industry and trade were blooming. Railways, press, telegraph and telephone shortened the distances. Modern aristocracy lived comfortably and was financially secure to enjoy their lives. Architects established a new luxurious style that fitted to the period – Art Nouveau.
Until then, the High Tatras were considered mainly a health and recreation resort. But they were about to become the meeting point of European aristocracy. That is why new luxurious hotels in the Tatras were born more than 100 years ago. The unique Grandhotel in Tatranská Lomnica was built by the International Sleeping-car Society from Brussels (Wagons Lits Cook). The construction works at the foot of Mt. Lomnický štít, at the altitude of 908 metres began in 1904 and finished in 1905. The hotel was designed according to the project of architects Quido Hoepfner and Gejza Gyori from Budapest and was opened on 1st July 1905. Its original name “Palota szálló” (Hotel Palace) was changed to Grandhotel Praha in 1919.
Not only did the hotel bring a well-off clientele to the region but it also played a significant role in the development of sport industry in the Tatras. It had toboggan, bobsleigh tracks and facilities for summer sports built, and it was the first hotel that was operating all the year round. Guests can still enjoy its majestic charm that has been preserved until today. It is a true and living legend located in the middle of Slovakia´s highest mountains.
Sonja Henie, the first figure skating Olympic gold medallist was a very special guest, who was staying in the hotel in 1936. Grandhotel Praha was also proud to welcome President Masaryk, composer Béla Bártok, President Edvard Beneš and writer Karol Čapek. Celebrities that have recently visited our hotel include aerobatic pilot Peter Beseneyi and world-famous stars Jean Claude Van Damme and singer Sandra.