Hotel Růže is also known as the Pearl of Southern Bohemia. Located in Český Krumlov, it has a long and rich history going back as early as 1584. In that year, William of Rosenberg, Knight of the Golden Fleece and the highest burgrave of Prague brought the Jesuits to his headquarters in Český Krumlov and built them a community. Looking from a distance at Hotel Růže, you can see this history still today.
The foundation stone of the Jesuit College was laid on March 19th of 1586 and on May 18th of 1588, William handed the keys of the finished building and the Charter over to representatives of the order.
Things remained pretty much the same for over 200 years when in 1773, Pope Clement XIV cancelled the Jesuit order and the College was transferred to military administration. The building was used as a barracks from 1777 until 1887, when troops were withdrawn from Český Krumlov.
In September of 1889, new owners of the building (which is the largest and most beautiful home in the city) opened a hotel that they called Růže (Rose).
This gorgeous hotel thrived until 1938, when the German occupation of the Czech borderlands drove almost the entire Czech population out of the town.
During the Second World War, it was used by German officers, and after the war, it housed a popular restaurant and cafe.
In 1950 the facilities were closed because no one was willing to invest in the extensive renovation of the dilapidated buildings.
After the fall of the communist regime in 1989, the building was on the market for a long time until it caught the eye of Mr. Jan Horal.
Horal saw it’s beauty and was able to complete all renovations in just six months.
On June 28th of 1999, the five-star luxury Hotel Růže made its debut. With rooms ranging from simple singles, to grand deluxe suites. Today, the Hotel Růže is one of the most charming boutique hotels in all the Czech Republic.
It features 70 rooms which are luxuriously furnished with attention to comfort and detail.
Looks great, right? We encourage you to book your room now and make sure to stay there on your next trip to Czech Republic.
The views from the rooms are gorgeous!
The hotel’s restaurants combine classic cuisine with modern trends.
And we love the Medieval banquet halls.
In the wellness center, one can relax with a bubble bath, or enjoy a massage or a soothing peat bath in a wooden tub or swim in the pool.
There is often a Medieval themed event happening at the hotel and this is not to be missed as the atmosphere is just perfect for such an evening. Of special mention are the Rožmberk festivities. When this takes place you are literally transported back in time to the 16th century where you enjoy listening to period music over a medieval banquet in medieval costume, entertained by a belly dancer, fakir, jugglers and a magician. Fencers and a Renaissance dance troupe also show off their skills. The programme is even accompanied by a heraldry expert in Czech, English and German.
But perhaps the true star of the show is the Medieval Feast!
Of course, Český Krumlov is a magical and picturesque city as well. And for those of you who don’t know, Český Krumlov is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Český Krumlov hosts a number of festivals and other events each year including the Five-Petalled Rose Festival (the name is derived from the Rožmberk crest of a 5 petal red rose), which is celebrated on the weekend of summer solstice in June.
The downtown area is recreated as a medieval town with craftsmen, artists, musicians, and local people dressed in costumes from the Middle Ages. Various activities such as jousting, fencing, historical dance performances, and folk theatre take place at the castle, local park, and the river bank, among other places. The festival is concluded by a fireworks show above the castle.
The International Music Festival Cesky Krumlov is one of the summer’s cultural events. The Festival begins in July and ends in August, and features International music from varied musical genres.
In addition, various other festivals are sprouting up throughout the year.
Summer music festivals in Cesky Krumlov also include the latest blues, rock, and soul festival Open Air Krumlov, which is held annually in late June at Eggenberg Brewery Garden in Cesky Krumlov.
Of course, wintertime is beautiful as well.
Especially at the hotel.
Since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, over eighty restaurants have been established in the area. Many restaurants are located along the river and near the castle.
There is also a museum dedicated to the semi-precious gemstone Moldavite in the city center.