May 30, 2017
Thousands of visitors to the first year of the Bosch Fresh Festival, including a professional panel of judges, voted for the best restaurant in Northern Bohemia at the weekend. Of the 10 competitors, the title of the North Bohemian Restaurant in the region was won by the Benada Restaurant at Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev. The restaurant, under the guidance of head chef Robert Sklenář, entered the competition with a three-course menu comprising marinated salmon with fermented beet on herb toast; stuffed veal shoulder with pistachio-rhubarb cream, demi-glace and mashed potatoes; chocolate sauce with fruit confit, raspberry-beet sorbet and gingerbread-almond crumble.
December 9, 2016
Jan Žídek, a student from the Gastronomy and Services Secondary School in Liberec, under the guidance of the head chef of the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev, Robert Sklenář, won the gold medal in the biggest culinary competition in Slovakia, “Žilinská gastronomická jeseň”. As the only representatives from the Czech Republic, they won the Junior category, in which they presented a venison sirloin steak with fresh raspberry sauce and roast pumpkin, chestnuts and walnuts.
October 21, 2016
The biggest Czech hotel group, CPI Hotels, has turned partner to the educational programme Culinary Arts (CA). The company’s hotels in the Czech Republic have undertaken to co-operate exclusively with secondary vocational schools, which guarantee the introduction of an educational programme on Culinary Arts principles. Teaching within this educational programme in the next three years shall also involve hotel chefs and their deputies. The company announced co-operation at the press conference under the subtitle Training of Cooks in Bohemia, version 2.0. In collaboration with the CA Project, Chef Jiří Roith should ensure the vital quality interlink of theoretical and practical training in schools and practice in hotels and restaurants, where the trainees get their first experience and shape their habits into future employment in the gastronomy industry. At present, the partnership has just accomplished its first month of full operation; from September, the first group of first-year students studying in this programme should get an opportunity to test their newly acquired experience at some of the hotels of the Clarion, Fortuna or Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague brands.
October 10, 2016
Extensive renovation of the interior of the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev in Liberec, which is part of the portfolio of the biggest Czech hotel group CPI Hotels, has been completed. The hotel restaurant, reception, lobby and 20 rooms on the 3rd floor got a new look. The design and implementation of the transformation of the Art Nouveau hotel was done at a cost of about CZK 17 million. The current stage continues the overhaul from 2014, which renovated the historical façade, terrace, expanded the conference capacity of the hotel and improved the gastronomic facilities. The completed building modifications have thus brought the look of the hotel as close as possible to its appearance at the time of its opening in 1906, which was also attended by Emperor Franz Joseph I. The new thematic design decoration of the interiors is also focused on the 110th anniversary of the hotel’s opening and its famous guests.
January 6, 2016
The portfolio of the country’s largest hotel group, CPI Hotels, expanded as the group took over the Prague Marriott Executive Apartments V Tůních as of 1 January 2016. It has also been operating the Starlight Suiten Hotel in Budapest since the beginning of December. The hotels will expand the company’s four-star hotel operations. The Marriott Executive Apartments have been renamed Mamaison Hotel Downtown Prague and joined the Mamaison Hotels & Residences brand. The Starlight Suiten Hotel in Budapest is slated to join it at some point in the future.
April 21, 2015
Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev, which is a member of the CPI Hotels portfolio, presented the results of extensive renovation work in the value of 90 million crowns, which included not only restoration of the historic façade and the main entrance with terrace, but also renovation of the restaurant and social hall. The celebratory opening of the Anton Worf salon also symbolically concluded the building modifications, which restored the appearance of the Liberec Hotel to the appearance it had at the time of its completion in 1905 over the course of the last 10 months. University professor and former consultant to President Václav Havel, PhDr. Jan Šolc, opened the celebratory evening from the podium. He reminisced about the fame of Grandhotel Zlatý Lev when he was growing up and wished it all the best during its future business. Guests were also welcomed to Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev by its manager, Miroslav Souček.
April 2, 2015
CPI Hotels organised the 2nd annual Piazza d’Oro Espresso Cup competition for the best barista (bartender) of the group. The Imperial Hotel Ostrava, Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague, Mamaison Hotel Riverside Prague and 8 regional Clarion hotels, including the Clarion Congress Hotel in Vysočany, the venue of the competition, sent their representatives to the competition. An expert jury composed of the representatives of the gastronomy section of CPI Hotels and the co-organiser of the competition Douwe Egberts assessed two competition tasks – the preparation of a standard cappuccino and unrestricted coffee drinks made according to original recipes.
June 16, 2014
The President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, paid an official visit to the Liberec region. His temporary home for two nights was the Art Nouveau building of the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev. The president and the first lady stayed in an elegant suite furnished in Art Nouveau style. "A number of statesmen and important guests have stayed in our presidential suite, they have appreciated mainly its calmness provided by the bedroom area and a separate lounge in contrast to their busy schedules. President Zeman was not an exception to them," said Miroslav Souček, hotel director at the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev.
April 30, 2014
The Miss Liberec Open 2014 final gala night that took place on Saturday at the Liberec Cultural Centre was not only about beauty and charm, but also about helping a good cause. Nikol Červinková, a native of Turnov, won the competition. At the coronation afterparty at the Clarion Grandhotel Zlatý Lev, dolls that were made by the finalists, as part of a UNICEF project, were auctioned off in support of the vaccination of children in developing countries.