Built for the most demanding clientele
- Hotel Imperial
BUILT FOR THE MOST DEMANDING CLIENTELE
The impressive hotel building, carefully embedded in the natural environment of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) and corresponding to the most demanding requirements on spa architecture focused on artistic details and overall comfort, was festively launched in operation on June 18th, 1912.
The idea of building this "dreamy" international hotel came from a Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) banker and entrepreneur, Alfred Schwalb. At the beginning of the past century, he bought the lots Na čihadle, located ideally above the city, which even then did not have enough accommodation capacities for its guests. He hired the experienced French engineer, Ernest Hebrard, who, among other things, participated in the construction of Hanoi or the Greek Thessaloniki. According to his drafts and under his leadership, the city got its new dominant feature on the Helenin dvůr hillside between 1910 - 1912. The Hotel Imperial was, besides others, the first structure within the Czech territory which was built using the new technology of poured concrete.