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Catch us doing it right!

Great service comes from the heart. To us “PARKHOTEL Praha people”, this means that every day, every little action we make is motivated by our internal ethos and its four elements.

1. BE authentic

Be yourself

2. SHOW empathy

Listen, try to understand, take action

3. TAKE ownership of issues

What you hear, you own

4. MAKE it personal

Kindness, care, fun

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Socialism with a human face

Since 1967, the year of its construction, PARKHOTEL Praha has seen all the dramatic changes which have taken place in Prague, the very heart of Europe. Take a look at some of the milestones as summed up by our friends at Local Lingo.

  • The 1960s
    The 1960s were a time of greater political and cultural freedom and changes were made in the Communist Party itself. Alexander Dubček, secretary of the Communist Party, attempted to create a more humane version of socialism, “socialism with a human face”, that would guarantee people’s basic rights and reduce the amount of political persecution in the country. The changes culminated in the spring of 1968 (known as “Prague Spring”) when changes reached the government. The growing political freedom in Czechoslovakia was seen as a threat by the Soviet Union. On August 21, 1968, five Warsaw Pact member countries invaded Czechoslovakia and Soviet troops continued to occupy the country until 1989.

  • 1968 to mid-1980s
    The period from 1968 to mid-1980s was the period of “normalization”, the purpose of which was to put things back to the way they were before the attempted Prague Spring reform. Any sign of disapproval of the regime was persecuted and opposition moved underground or became limited to isolate acts of protest, such as the suicide of Jan Palach, student of Charles University, who lit himself on fire on Prague’s Wenceslas Square in January 1969.

  • 1989 — present
    The Russian perestroika that was introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev in the mid-1980s marked the last years of communism in Czechoslovakia. The late 1980s are characterized by public demonstrations. A week after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the Velvet Revolution brought an end to communism. Václav Havel, former dissident, was elected president during the country’s first democratic elections in January 1990. On January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two independent countries, Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Havel was elected the first president of the Czech Republic.