Hotel Zlatá Váha is the right place for anyone seeking accommodation the very centre of Prague, a rich breakfast in the form of buffet and a friendly staff. A beneficial ratio between price and quality of the services we provide and the accommodation in one of our 92 rooms together with great transport availability are some of the big advantages of Hotel Zlatá Váha. Many shops, restaurants and sights are situated in the near of the hotel. History of the house and of the whole Senovážné náměstí goes back to 1348, when it used to be a hay and cereal market.
History of the square Senovážné náměstí goes back to the year 1348, when it was founded in a hamlet called Chudobice as the main square of Nové Město (New town) where hay and cereaůs were being sold. On the square, then a market, was also a hay scale, that’s how the name was created (in Czech, hay = seno, scale = váha; Seno – vážné). The name of the square was changed multiple times over the years. From 1896 it was called Havlíček square, Soukup square, Maxim Goethé square and its original name returned no sooner than in 1990.
The owner of the house and his 2 significant sons.
The house on Senovážné náměstí, 981 was purchased by Václav Špott, a storeman who worked on the Fruit market, for 17 000 gold. The then house, owned by Špott was called “U Zlaté Váhy” (“At the Golden Scale”). It had one floor, it was spacious, it had a large garden and there was free space around the house.
In the house, 2 sons were born to Václav Špott, Karel (1811) and Jan (1813). Both of them were doctors, who were interested in natural therapy and hydrotherapy. Jan was an associate professor at orthopaedics and hydrotherapy at the Charles university and a pioneer of hydrotherapy. Karel founded a somewhat water spa in Panská Týnice, where he worked as a district physician and he was also an expert at veterinary medicine.
The busy centre of Prague, only a couple hundred meters far from the hotel can offer a number of sights: The Wenceslas square is only 500 m away, the Old Town square with the historical astronomical clock circa 850m away, and to reach the Prague castle, you can have a quick walk under 1 hour long (it’s 3 km far)
Even the closest surroundings of the hotel offers many háistorical sights, Senovážné náměstí, a then home of the Knights of the Cross, vendors and workmen, is today and attractive place full of interesting objects, restaurants and cafés.
A dominant feature of the quare is the Saint Henry’s bell tower, a building from late gothic from the 15th century. It is the tallest independently standing bellowert in Prague (65,7m) with the eldest bell in Prague. What is interesting; the bell is called Marioa, it weighs half a ton, it’s from 1518 and the clock in the bell tower works without malfunctions for nearly 450 years. Make sure to stop by on a walk, listen to the chimes, look at the city centre form the tower…
On the opposite side of the train track, in front of the bell tower, more architectonic masterpieces are situated. One of them is the Saint Henry’s and Saint Kunhuta’s church, a gothic church from the second half of the 14th century. Only a couple of steps further, between the houses in Jerusalem Street, one might bump into the Jubilee synagogue, the biggest and youngest synagogue in Prague. The colorful facade in Art nouveau style makes it impossible to be left unnoticed.
During the visit at Hotel Zlatá váha, you can’t miss the small green oasis right in front of the hotel, in the east portion of the square. The dominant element of the park in the middle of the square is a charming fountain known as the Dancing fountain (also called The Czech musicians or Prague Spring). The fountain with dancing bronze statuettes (each of which represents one of the world’s rivers : Gange, Amazon, Danube, Mississippi and Nile, which is standing aside) was placed on the square after a reconstruction in 2001. The fountain is a work of an academical sculptor Jan Wagner, the statues were made by Anna Chroma.