November 12, 2014
The president of the Czech Republic paid an official visit to the Moravian-Silesian Region. The Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava became his temporary home during his stay from 10 to 12 November 2014. The president's busy agenda was, as always, scheduled down to the minute. That's why the president appreciated the hotel's perfect location for journeys to Ostrava, Havířov, Opava, Krnov, Kopřivnice and the Osoblažsko Region, where he officially met with regional representatives and citizens.
The largest suite of the Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava, which provides not just a comfortable bedroom but also a spacious conference area, ensured the requisite level of luxury and facilities for the head of state. Right in the hotel, an official dinner was held by Miroslav Novák, the Moravian-Silesian Region Council President, at the occasion of the visit of the Czech president to the Moravian-Silesian Region, on November 10. The menu, created by the hotel's chef Otta Kokoszynsky, included rabbit's back wrapped in smoked pancetta, prepared sous-vide with carrot purée and fava beans.
"The head of state's stay here is a prestigious event for the hotel, requiring flawless coordination, a perfect level of services and proper security measures," said Radim Bereš, the hotel's managing director. "I believe that, besides the gift of a silk tie, the president will take away only positive impressions from our region and hotel." Before he left, Zeman found a few minutes to take a photo with the hotel's staff and managing director, and he did not forget to write a note in the hotel's visitors book, where he wrote: "Thanks for the excellent services." Clarion Ostrava has received many statesmen and important people. Besides Miloš Zeman, Madeleine Albright, John Major, the Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar and former Czech president Václav Klaus and his wife have used Clarion's services in Ostrava.