, West Virginia
October 7, 2004
The building dates from 1578 and was originally a salt storehouse. You can read about its illustrious history that includes a visit by Czechoslovakian President Benes, and see photos of the public areas at the hotel’s website. So refined with traditional dignity, the arched windows on its facade once faced the executioner’s
Features like the stairway and check-in desk reminded me of an old hotel, long ago stripped of its interior, in my own small hometown. Finished wood wainscot and pedestaled arches in Hotel Slunce's public areas are hints of its former grand design, but the establishment prides itself on its modern touches, too, such as an elevator, air conditioning, and free internet access. They’ll even loan you a laptop!
All our rooms were booked by our tour handlers, Czech Walking. In every hotel we stayed, we had huge rooms. At Hotel Slunce, I could have scooted my table and chairs to the corner and had a dance party!
With a desk and a chair, plus a table and two chairs, I had plenty of room to spread out brochures and read all my tourist literature -- and write journal entries! All this clutter was without confusion, for my clothing and personal belongings were stashed in my private hallway, another attribute of every hotel we visited in Moravia. The only small room I had all week was in Prague. (There’s a point here!) I had a fridge, and rooms were nicely furnished with newer items in keeping with the antique character of the
Everything was immaculate and perfect, including lighting. The bath was well-stocked with personal items.
I loved the roomy breakfast area and the selection on the buffet: eggs, ham, sausages, cheeses, potatoes, waffles, fruit, breads, juice, and great coffee -- the arrangement covered three long tables. It was all delicious and is included in the price of rooms. Waiters were very attentive, even at a buffet!
A sunlit cafe (just off a shopping arcade), a candlelit restaurant (not expensive) and piano bar, and a wine room that prides itself on its selection complete the guest facilities. Some rooms have a view of the old-town square with gothic and renaissance steeples. Mine overlooked sunroofs of the shopping arcade.
In the far south of Moravia, you can’t do better than Hotel Slunce. Near local shopping, it appears to be one of the small city’s main institutions for dining and functions. I highly recommend it for anyone touring the cities and mountain spas or enjoying the sports of the area.
From journal Moravian Minerals, Music, and Mountain Wine