Location: In the northern part of the spa centre of Karlovy Vary
Period of construction: Between 1967 and 1976
Architect: Věra Machoninová and Vladimír Machonin
Official opening: 1977
Accessibility: Accessible during opening hours
How to get there
Route 1: You may reach the Thermal if you walk from the Hot Spring in the spa centre along the Teplá River and the Mill Colonnade. This route, which offers a pleasant walk through the city centre, is approximately 1.1 kilometres long and it will take you about 20 minutes.
Route 2: If you decide for the second route, take Bus No. 2 from Divadelní náměstí (Theatre Square) in the spa centre to the "Tržnice" (Market) city bus terminal. From there, you will walk about 500 metres up Varšavská Street and continue along Nábřeží osvobození (Liberation Embankment). After you reach the Main Post Office, cross the bridge and you will be directly in front of the hotel complex.
History of the structure
The modern hotel complex and spa sanatorium known as the Thermal Hotel was built in Functionalist style between 1967 and 1976 according to the design of the Czech husband-and-wife team of architects Věra and Vladimír Machonin. The whole Chebská Street with its 19th century urban buildings had to make way to the construction of the hotel. Valuable structures, such as the Art Nouveau Alice House, Mattoni's Villa, the Pošta Hotel, or the School of Jan Ámos Komenský disappeared. The grand opening of the Thermal Hotel took place in the spa season of 1977.
The modern 19-storey reinforced concrete structure built in Functionalist style is complemented with a convention centre with the total capacity of 2,000 seats. In addition, the hotel complex may boast stylish restaurant, a café, a night club, a car park, garages, a car repair shop, and a car wash. Every year, the Thermal Hotel is the central venue of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.