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The Original Richard & Richard Kučík

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The Original Richard & Richard Kučík

Richard And Richard Kučik

All in the Family

The Miura hotel is many things – a luxury hotel, a bold architectural statement, an art gallery, an attempt to transform a part of the Czech countryside – but it is first and foremost a family business. 

The hotel stems from the minds of two men with the same name, but two very different business backgrounds: Richard Kučík has been running hotels in the Beskydy area since the 1970s, and his son, also named Richard Kučík, is a successful Prague businessman in the energy sector and a passionate art collector. For the younger Richard, however, those differences are what make them such a strong team. “The two of us together works perfectly,” he says. “We respect each other – and it’s brought the family closer together.”

I'd like to follow the path of Damien Hirst. In the beginning, his paintings, like my hotel, weren't understood; people thought they were worthless, or crazy – and today he's a living legend.

Richard Kučík

I'd like to follow the path of Damien Hirst. In the beginning, his paintings, like my hotel, weren't understood; people thought they were worthless, or crazy – and today he's a living legend.

Richard Kučík

In 2008, when the two men first started discussing opening a hotel together in Beskydy, the younger Kučík was skeptical. “I immediately thought it wouldn’t work,” he admits. “There was a lot of competition in the area, and it was a little off the grid, touristically.” But then he came up with an idea: Why not build something completely unique, a hotel that combines cutting-edge design with big-name art and a spectacular natural location? “I wanted to build something that would shock people,” he says, “something that would make people come to an area that they wouldn’t otherwise visit.” It helps that it’s a part of the Czech Republic the Kučíks know very well – after all, it’s where both men grew up, in Čeladná. 

 

But when the younger Richard turned 22, he moved to Prague to pursue his career as a businessman. “I thought I’d never come back,” he says. There, he built up a new life and a successful energy trading company, Ezpada – and then, when he turned 30, he developed another passion: art. It all started when he was looking to decorate his house. “I wanted some paintings and old furniture,” he says, and so he began exploring the art world, and now, he explains, “my art collection is a big part of my identity.”

The father and son decided on a simple division of responsibility: The father, with his decades of hospitality experience, would oversee the management of the hotel, while the son would, as he puts it, manage the “hardware” – the architecture, the design, the furniture and the art. Construction began in February 2010, and the hotel opened just over a year later, a spectacular post-modern building in bucolic natural surroundings. 

 

Now the younger Kučík splits his time between Prague and his hometown – during the week he manages his company, and on most weekends he drives up to Čeladná to make sure the design is just the way he wants it. His father, meanwhile, stays in Čeladná permanently, doing what he loves – managing the hotel, and meeting the guests. In the spirit of a true family project, three other members of the family also work for the hotel.

 

But there’s been another, unexpected, side effect to opening the hotel: The Prague businessman has reconnected with his roots. “Ever since we started working on the hotel, I began coming back to Čeladná more and more often, and discovered it anew,” he says. 

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