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A hotel in Marienbad is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Marienbad hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Marienbad are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Marienbad hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Marienbad hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Marienbad have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Marienbad
An upscale full service hotel facility in Marienbad that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Marienbad hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
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Full service Marienbad hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Marienbad
Boutique hotels of Marienbad are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Marienbad boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Marienbad may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Marienbad
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Marienbad travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Marienbad focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Marienbad
Small to medium-sized Marienbad hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Marienbad traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Marienbad hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Marienbad
A bed and breakfast in Marienbad is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Marienbad bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Marienbad B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Marienbad
Marienbad hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Marienbad hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Marienbad
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Marienbad hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Marienbad lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Marienbad
Marienbad timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Marienbad often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Marienbad on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Marienbad
A Marienbad motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Marienbad for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Marienbad motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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This article is about the Czech town. For the film by Alain Resnais, see Last Year in Marienbad.
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Wikimedia Commons: Mariánské Lázně
Mariánské Lázně (Czech pronunciation:[ˈmarɪjaːnskɛː ˈlaːzɲɛ]; German: Marienbad) is a spa town in the Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic. The town, surrounded by green mountains, is a mosaic of parks and noble houses. Most of its buildings come from the town's Golden Era in the second half of the 19th century, when many celebrities and top European rulers came to enjoy the curative carbon dioxide springs.
Mariánské Lázně, 1815, copper engraving
German settlers were called into this region by Bohemian rulers from the Přemyslid dynasty in the 12th Century.
Typical buildings in the town centre.
Although the town itself is only about two hundred years old, the locality has been inhabited much longer. The first written record dates back to 1273, when there was a village of Úšovice. The springs first appear in a document dating from 1341 where they are called "the Auschowitzer springs" belonging to the Tepl Abbey. It was only through the efforts of Dr Josef Nehr, the abbey's physician, who from 1779 until his death in 1820 worked hard to demonstrate the curative properties of the springs, that the waters began to be used for medicinal purposes. The place obtained its current name of Marienbad in 1808; became a watering-place in 1818, and received its charter as a town in 1868.
By the early 20th century, approximately 1,000,000 bottles of mineral water were exported annually from Marienbad. The water from the Cross Spring (Kreuzquelle, Křížový pramen) was evaporated and the final product was sold as a laxative under the name of sal teplensis. The modern spa town was founded by the Tepl abbots, namely Karl Kaspar Reitenberger, who also bought some of the surrounding forests to protect them. Under the guidance of gardener Václav Skalník, architect Jiří Fischer, and builder Anton Turner the inhospitable marshland valley was changed into a park-like countryside with colonnades, neoclassical buildings and pavilions around the springs.
The name Marienbad first appeared in 1786; since 1865 it has been a town. Then a second period of growth, the town's Golden Era, came. Between 1870 and 1914 many new hotels, colonnades and other buildings, designed by Friedrich Zickler, Josef Schaffer, and Arnold Heymann, were constructed or rebuilt from older houses. In 1872 the town got a railway connection with the town of Eger (Cheb) and thus with the whole Austro-Hungarian Empire and the rest of Europe.
The town soon became one of the top European spas, popular with notable figures and rulers who often returned there. Among them were such names as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Frédéric Chopin, Thomas Edison, Richard Wagner or Prince Friedrich of Saxony, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, the Russian Czar Nicholas II, and Emperor Franz Joseph I and many others. At those times, about 20,000 visitors came every year.
Marienbad remained a popular destination between World War I and World War II. After World War II, the ethnic German population of the town was forcibly expelled according to the Potsdam agreement, thereby emptying the town of the majority of its population. After the communist coup-d'état in 1948; it got sealed off from most of its foreign visitors. After the return of democracy in 1989 much effort was put into restoring the town into its original character. Today it is not only a spa town but also a popular holiday resort thanks to its location among the green mountains of the Slavkovský les and the Český les, sport facilities (the town's first golf course was opened in 1905 by the British King Edward VII) and the proximity to other famous spa towns, such as Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) or Franzensbad (Františkovy Lázně).
Until their expulsion in 1945 the majority of the population of the city spoke German (see Sudetenland). Nowadays, however, most of the inhabitants are Czechs.
Marienbad: Main sights
Marienbad: Mineral springs and colonnades
The Singing Fountain
The top attraction of the town is its 100 mineral springs (53 of them are tapped) with high carbon dioxide content and often also higher iron content, both in the town itself and its surroundings. Most of them are well-kept and often pavilions and/or colonnades are built around them. The most notable ones are:
Křížový pramen (Cross Spring) - is the most famous spring of Mariánské lázně. A monumental pavilion with a cupola bearing a patriarchal cross and 72 Ionic columns was built over the spring in 1818-1826. Today's concrete building is a copy from 1911–1912, originally it was a light wooden and brick construction. The water from the spring is high-mineralized with a strong laxative effect, it has been used for both curative drinks and baths.
Rudolfův pramen (Rudolph's Spring) - with a wooden pavilion built over the spring, some water is tapped and piped to the nearby colonnade and some is bottled. Its water is low-mineralized with high calcium content and has been used to cure urinary problems.
Karolinin pramen (Caroline's Spring) - named after the wife of the Emperor Francis I, Caroline Augusta. The nearby colonnade was built in 1869, the pavilion is a reconstruction from 1989. The water is low-mineralized, with higher magnesium content.
Ferdinandův pramen (Ferdinand's Spring) - the water from the spring, similar in composition to Křížový pramen, is bottled under the Excelsior label.
Ambrožovy prameny (Ambrose's Springs)
Lesní pramen (Forest Spring)
Zpívající fontána (Singing Fountain)
View of the Anglican Church
Because of the diverse number of visitors the town is able to maintain churches of several denominations. These include the Anglican Church designed by the notable Victorian architect William Burges and founded by Lady Anna Scott in memory of her husband who died in Mariánské Lázně in 1867. The church was constructed in 1879, shortly before Burges's own death. It is no longer in use as a place of worship and is now a concert hall.
Marienbad: Public transport
Trolleybus in Mariánské Lázně, on a terminus near the natural spring called Antoníčkův pramen
See also: Trolleybuses in Mariánské Lázně
The town's public transport is operated mainly by trolleybuses and accompanied by buses servicing the neighbouring villages. There are currently 4 trolleybus lines and 4 bus lines in operation (2016).
The trolleybus system in Mariánské Lázně has been disputed several times since late 1990s by the town's council, claiming high network maintenance costs. Although this is true the current town's representation is looking for ways to keep the system running and asking for state and EU funds to preserve the system. The fact trolleybuses are emission-less makes them more suitable for a spa town than regular polluting buses - or even battery powered buses which are inadequate for a small system with minimal backups due to their low reliability. In addition Mariánské Lázně is one of the smallest towns in the world to operate a trolleybus system and may be viewed as one of the local tourist attractions, rising the value of the town.
Marienbad: International relations
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in the Czech Republic
Marienbad: Twin towns - sister cities
Mariánské Lázně is twinned with:
Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany (1990)
Chianciano Terme, Italy (2000)
Marcoussis, France (2005)
Weiden in der Oberpfalz, Germany (2007)
Nizhny Tagil, Russia (2007)
Malvern, United Kingdom (2013)
Alex Čejka (b. 1970), golfer, born here
Peter Hofmann (1944–2010), German tenor, born here
Maurice Loewy (1833–1907), astronomer, born here
Eduard Petiška (1924-1987), poet and author, died here
Werner Stark (1909–1985), sociologist and economist, born here
Fritz Wittmann(b. 1933), German politician, born in the locality
A number of notable people visited Mariánské Lázně, among them:
Edward VII, British King, took annual holidays here
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman
Frédéric Chopin, Polish composer
Alfred Nobel, Swedish innovator
Richard Wagner, German composer
Franz Joseph I, Austrian Emperor
Mark Twain, American author
Emmy Destinn, Czech operatic soprano
George S. Patton, General of the United States Army
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
Leonid Shamkovich, Russian chess Grandmaster
Mariánské Lázně - Marienbad Waldmühle 1890.
Mariánské Lázně - Marienbad Belle vue. 1890.
Royal hotel Nove Lazně-typical spa house in center town
A typical house lost in green canopy
The main cast-iron colonnade
The entrance to the main colonnade
The central park near Bohemia hotel
Marienbad: See also
Marienbad Elegy, a poem by Goethe
Last Year at Marienbad, a 1961 French film by Alain Resnais
Mayor of Mariánské Lázně, City of Mariánské Lázně, 2016-02-24
Encyclopædia Britannica (1911), "Marienbad"
Smith, Craig S. (2007-07-03). "This Year at Marienbad, They're Still Taking the Waters". The New York Times. MARIANSKE LAZNE. Retrieved 2012-03-17.