Irish property company Ballymore has opened its 5 star Kempinski Hybernska in central Prague.

The hotel. Development required restoration of a 17th century listed building. It comprises 100,000 sq ft and includes 75 rooms and suites.

It was opened by Pavel Bem, Mayor of the Prague, and president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus.

Bem said: 'I am honoured that Prague has attracted such a prestigious investment. The building, a focal point in central Prague and within walking distance of our most important cultural and historical sites, has now been carefully restored.

The hotel features grand, high-ceilinged rooms and its garden, which covers 1,800 square metres and houses more than 2,500 new trees, is an oasis in the heart of our beautiful city.'

Sean Mulryan, founder of Ballymore, said: 'I Ballymore has built a reputation for attention to detail and is rightly proud of the care taken in the restoration of this impressive building.'