Famous hotel, famous guests

Famous hotel, famous guests

  • Hotel Imperial

The Hotel Imperial is an important Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) landmark. It's history goes back to the beginnings of the 20th century. Even then, it belonged to the most important and most luxurious hotels in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). And it still does.


There are only a very few spa hotels in the world which have hosted so many famous personalities as Hotel Imperial. Some of the famous guests of Hotel Imperial are:

  • Bulgarian Tsar Ferdinand I
  • Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich Romanov (son of Russian Tsar Alexander II)
  • Prince Friedrich Leopold (brother-in-law of German Emperor Wilhelm II)
  • Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria-Tuscany (son-in-law of Emperor Franz Josef I)
  • George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (best known as the benefactor of archaeological excavations in Egypt that lead to the discovery of the famous Tutankhamun's tomb)
  • Grand Vezir Hussein Hilmi Pasha
  • Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa el-Nahhas Pasha
  • Members of the Rothschild dynasty (Maurice de Rothschild, Henri de Rothschild…)
  • William Steinway – world-famous piano maker
  • Prague factory owner Kolben
  • Jan Antonín Baťa – entrepreneur
  • Mary Pickford – actress
  • Douglas Fairbanks – actor
  • Gustav Machatý – film director
  • Oskar Straus – Viennese music composer
  • Seal – singer
  • Pál Schmitt – Hungarian President (2010 Visegrad Group meeting)
  • Bronisław Komorowski – Polish President (2010 Visegrad Group meeting)
  • Ivan Gasparovič – Slovakian President (2010 Visegrad Group meeting)
  • Václav Klaus – President of the Czech Republic
  • Miloš Zeman – President of the Czech Republic

Hotel Imperial is famous thanks to Lord Richard Westbury.