In the newly opened Grand Hotel Hradec in the heart of the Giant Mountains nature, we have found a place where everyone who is looking for something unique will feel great. The best accommodation of all is the generously designed two-story suite Sněžka Royal Penthouse, which we had the opportunity to try.
This place possesses a unique charisma. The dominant of the Giant Mountains, located in Pec pod Sněžkou is near the cable car’s lower station, overlooking the highest Czech mountain. The designer Barbora Škorpilová from the Mimolimit studio took care of a unique, modern functionalist building on the site of the former First Republic Hotel – Hradec. The building with a concrete frame and outer shell, which combines glass surfaces, marble, and tanned larch, is mostly self-sufficient. The hotel is heated by geothermal wells and partly by mountain air recuperation.
After a short check-in, we receive a glass of welcome Champagne and a little gift when we enter the reception. With the porter, which will be available to us 24/7, we board the elevator. He opens the door to our room – but the word “room” is a bit inappropriate. The first look into Sněžka Royal Penthouse with 155 m2 suggests that this is an extra league accommodation. Comfortable carpets, which remind us of moss, are tempting us to walk barefoot. We admire the Nordic style interior and are immediately mesmerized by the majestic views of the surrounding mountain peaks.
We are excited to see the light-filled, freshly scented spaces of the generously designed two-story “skybox” with three rooms and three bathrooms. A spacious bed in the master bedroom above the living room, open on three sides to the surrounding nature through tempered glass walls, is almost crying “Have some rest and Enjoy!” But after visiting one of the two huge terraces, we immediately reconsider the plans. We unpack our swimwear, and in a moment, we enjoy a glass of excellent Champagne with a breathtaking view of Studniční hora.
After a short rest, we explore the Sportalm Kitzbühel store directly on the hotel’s ground floor. As we are preparing for a hike the next day, which is an integral part of the mountains, we choose a few good-quality sportswear items.
In the evening, we look forward to the local restaurant Meat & Meet. It relies on modern Czech cuisine inspired by traditional Krkonoše dishes. We have the waiter recommend an old beef steak, and we certainly do not regret this choice. As we learn, beef, fish, and poultry are supplied here by the South Bohemian farm Annovice. The restaurant also takes fresh seasonal raw materials from carefully selected local suppliers.
Accompanied by a sommelier, we have the opportunity to see the wine shop, which hides bottles from around the world and specialties from renowned Moravian winemakers. The sommelier prepared a tailor-made wine list for the entire stay. Those who don’t like wine and Champagne don’t have to despair – in addition to carefully treated Pilsner beer, they also have special beer from the nearby Trautenberk mini-brewery.
The next day we wander mainly on the hills, so after a full day hike, we appreciate private wellness services. We bet on classics, so we relax in the Finnish sauna, but there is also an organic sauna or a large hot tub. Our tired muscles also require the care of a local masseuse, and it must be said that they do their job well.
We are already looking forward to returning to the hotel in the winter season. For the Sněžka Royal Penthouse clientele, they are preparing private transport to the ski slope and then back to the hotel. But there is another way of spending your time there, besides slopes or on the cross-country trail. For active guests, they always have something extra here. The hotel’s concierge can arrange a ski or snowshoe hike with an experienced mountain guide based on an individual approach and the exceptional intensity of the experience.
We are incredibly impressed by the hotel services. They might seem to be trifles, but everything fits together perfectly – starting with fresh flowers, through smiling and attentive staff with a discreet approach to the atmosphere of the place full of positive energy. This is simply the royal pampering of those who know how to live and want to indulge in the best that the Giant Mountains offer. Something tells us that we are definitely not visiting the Grand Hotel Hradec for the last time.
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