During our recent trip to the Czech Republic, we spent the night of the 9th to the 10th, September 2012 at the four-star design hotel Chateau Kotěra, located in the hamlet of Ratboř u Kolína, our base camp for visiting Kutná Hora with surroundings.
The chateau was designed and furnished by the modernist Czech architect Jan Kotěra in a style somewhat resembling Jugend style (see photos 23, 20, 22, 21). The main building and orangerie are situated in the middle of an English style park. There is a restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine.
Ratboř is a remote hamlet and the road zig-zaging along ploughed fields where the hotel lies is not numbered in my up-to-date navigation system, so it took me a little extra time to find it. The plus side is the bucolic serenity and silence of the site, only broken by the whistling of distant trains and the occasional driving by of a tractor.
We hired two-persons' room 118 (photos 17 & 18) and one-person room 121. As can be seen from the pictures, our room was large and was furnished and decorated in a personal style. Both rooms costed with breakfast 4,790 CZK, which is not particularly cheap for Czech but can be justified by the place's originality. Breakfast was standard but the coffee was as tasty as anywhere in Italy.
Automatic, strong, fast and free internet connection.
Visits to the chateau for non-residents interested in early 20th century architecture fetches a price.
The personel and I, both did our best to understand each other in Czech.
During our stay a company conference was going on: Chateau Kotěra features facilities geared to corporate customers.
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