An enchanting air envelops a city of ancient bridges and cobbled streets, where one can time travel back to the gothic, baroque, and neoclassical eras.
Charles Bridge is full of myths and legends with incredible gothic statues that truly come to life at dusk when the shadows play over the Vltava River. Praha is also home to a fairy-tale castle and a world-famous astronomical clock - Prague Orloj, a mystic timepiece built-in 1566 that tells the time, the day of the year and the position of the sun and moon. Attractions such as this are just some of the wonders of this City of a Hundred Spires.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Prague:
Four Seasons Prague – 9/10
The Four Seasons Prague is located in the middle of Old Town and entwines Baroque, Renaissance, and Classical elements in its design. Guests can choose from 157 rooms designed by legendary Pierre-Yves Rochon. Grand Renaissance Rooms are 47 square metres and feature blue upholstery, traditional panelling, stencilling and a bohemian crystal chandelier. Bathrooms feature Lorenzo Villoresi amenities. The 75 square-metre River Suites are decorated in beige and gold and feature a king bed, rollaway sleeper, foot chair and bar. Over double the size, at 155 square metres, the Charles Bridge Presidential Suite has a vast living room and dining space, while the bedroom has a stunning view of Prague’s most iconic landmark.
Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the Gallery surrounded by Czech modernist paintings. Meanwhile, Italian delicacies and fresh seafood await at CottoCrudo and delectable Japanese cuisine at Miru. Ava Spa is a serene oasis to escape the buzzing city – complete with five treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and vitality pool.
Mandarin Oriental Prague - 9/10
Built on the site of a former 14th Century Dominican monastery - in the heart of Malá Strana – sits the Mandarin Oriental Prague. The hotel features 99 rooms and suites. The spectacular 62 square-metre Moser Crystal Suites in the Baroque wing boast arched ceilings and stunning chandeliers in both the king-sized bedroom and living area. The large bathroom has Quintessence amenities and children’s toiletries, bathrobes, and towels. Enclosed in its own private tower, the vast 150 square-metre Presidential Suite features a master bedroom on the ground floor with a king bed and a bathroom - with a walk-in shower. There is also an expansive terrace with panoramic views of the city’s unique skyline.
Climb upstairs and find a dining space for ten and a living area with comfortable sofas. For a delicious meal, Spices Terrace offers fine cuisine against the atmospheric backdrop of Prague. For a special occasion, there is a private dining and wine tasting experience in the cellar – set among bare brick walls. The Mandarin Spa is located in a former Renaissance chapel that dates back to the 16th-century. Here you can indulge in a full pamper and beauty experience including a scalp massage, facials, and aromatherapy treatments.
Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa – 9/10
The Alchymist is a historic hotel that casts a spell on guests with its Baroque style and rooms that radiate opulence and class. This boutique hotel offers a sanctuary from the busy Malá Strana in its 46 rooms. The most stunning of all is the 70 square-metre Alchymist Suite which is perfect for couples. Lie back and admire the romantic gothic ceilings from your four-poster bed. There are also flat-screen televisions and an enormous marble bathroom with heated floors and if you need some air, step onto the Italian balcony and survey the beautiful gardens. Also, at 70 square-metres, the Tower Suite features two bedrooms – one with an observatory looking out over the magical city and another with a corner bathtub.
Aquarius restaurant invites guests to dine like royalty among glorious marble pillars, art, and antique furniture, with à la carte fine dining on the menu. San Carlo specialises in Italian cuisine and is decorated in warm hues. It has a sun terrace for the warmer months. And a celestial spa experience awaits when you walk down the renaissance staircase to an ancient temple. The Ecsotica Spa’s natural Balinese wood conjures up the essence of Indonesia as one indulges in milk baths and relaxing body massages.
Aria – 9/10
Huddled in the Malá Strana is an extravagant hotel that hums to the tune of luxury like a symphony. The Aria features just 51 rooms designed by Rocco Magnoli and Lorenzo Carmellini - famed for designing Versace stores. Their eclectic style sees the juxtaposition of grandfather clocks and musical note mosaic tiles. Music is a central theme throughout this hotel. Each guestroom is named after prominent composers - even the iPads have access to a music library catalogue - while the hotel has its own musicologist. Technology is at your fingertips with Apple televisions, work desks and a minibar. Inside the spacious bathroom is a rain shower and a tub along with Molton Brown products.
The huge 90 square-metre Mozart Suite features master and twin bedrooms painted pink and two bathrooms. The living area is filled with art and sculptures and a designer sofa. This room overlooks the garden. Coda, helmed by David Šašek, serves international and local cuisine, and has a grand piano and a rooftop terrace. Family-friendly films are streamed in the hotel’s theatre to entertain children while adults can blissfully drift away in the wellness suite – which offers spa treatments and a steam room.
Sitting just below Prague Castle is the fabled Augustine hotel. It sits within a 13th-century monastery that shelters four monks as well as guests. This Luxury Collection hotel features 101 luxury rooms and four exquisite signature suites. Rooms are assembled from former monks’ cells and other working parts of the Augustinian monastery. Many unique features set this hotel apart, including a private library and tours of the Baroque St. Thomas Church. The gigantic 149 square-metre Presidential Suite overlooks the sundial garden and includes a dining room furnished with an exquisite library, a living room and a bedroom complete with a four-poster bed. The suite boasts a spacious marble bathroom with Bvlgari cosmetics. Two more bedrooms can be added to this suite.
The Augustine restaurant serves locally sourced fine Czech food that can be savoured while listening to live piano music. At the Refectory Bar, guests can enjoy the ambiance of a place where monks used to meet and drink their own St. Thomas beer. Guests can sit under Baroque ceiling frescos or on the cloister terrace. Light snacks or à la carte lunches and dinners are available in the bar. Guests can enjoy quiet contemplation as they indulge in a traditional foot cleanse or a massage in one of the suites.
Buddha Bar Hotel - 8/10
Buddha Bar Hotel is a few steps from Old Town Square. With 35 luxury rooms and three exquisite suites showcasing striking oriental headboards and bold red and gold tones with Chinese ornaments, and silk prints. Many suites feature a private lounge and a jacuzzi bath and L’Occitane amenities. Each have 40-inch Bang and Olufsen televisions and sound systems linked to Buddha Bar’s own music collection. The Dharma suite at 58 square-metres is a haven of luxury. Find rich furnishings, a spacious open plan bedroom, sitting room and a bar.
The 62 square-metre Sangha Suite has a king-sized bedroom that leads to an expansive lounge, separated by an Oriental screen complete with a Buddha statue. There is a separate bathroom and dressing room too. Downstairs in the restaurant, head chef Jan Voráček puts his own stamp on pan-Asian cuisine. Meanwhile, at the spa, La Sultane de Saba products are applied during ancient Oriental beauty rituals. Aside from a magnificent hammam and Jacuzzi, there is a fireside to relax by as you soak up the peacefulness of this Oriental oasis.
Grand Mark - 8/10
The Grand Mark is a regal place to stay in the City of a Hundred Spires. There are 75 guestrooms inside this historic Baroque palace. The Bohemia Suite occupies a 139 square-metre penthouse overlooking the rooftops of Prague. There are two bedrooms, a living area, and a large terrace, all lavishly furnished. The bathroom has a deep soaking tub and is perfectly located for views of the city. Just a notch up the luxury scale is the 190 square-metre Presidential Suite - one of the largest in the city – and comes complete with two bedrooms, a living room, and a large terrace with a Jacuzzi.
There is also a family suite, spanning 65 square-metres, with a bedroom, spacious living room and dining area – complete with a kitchenette. Guests can appreciate traditional food at Le Grill restaurant or a cocktail in the garden at Two Steps Bar and Lounge. Escape to a Finnish sauna or take a plunge in the hotel pool, which features a hydro-massage.
BoHo - 8/10
BoHo is a vision of modernity in this historic city and is close to Old Town Square. Choose from minimalist standard, superior and family rooms and suites splashed in blue and light grey hues. This design hotel has chic wooden floors and mood lighting to convey an aura of tranquillity. Superior rooms occupy 35 square-metres, containing a bed and elegantly arranged furniture, while the family rooms have a queen and a double sofa bed as well as a sitting area.
Standard suites are ideal for those who crave more space, occupying 52 square-metres. There is a bedroom and sitting room with flat-screen television and the latest gadgets. The bathroom has a walk-in shower and double basins. Guests are treated to a live display of cooking by chefs in the hotel restaurant. Work off extra calories at the fitness centre, or enjoy the sauna, indoor pool, steam room and treatment rooms.
Emblem Hotel - 8/10
True to its name, the Emblem Hotel serves as a badge for all that is good about Prague. It is classical and welcoming all at once. Accommodation is spread across 59 rooms including four junior suites and three luxury suites. Writers will appreciate the stunning Library Suite, with a collection of books and a typewriter. A secret passageway leads to an attic bedroom with a spectacular copper bathtub and king double bed.
This dreamy space will inspire thinkers and is an ideal retreat for creative people, with a wonderful fireplace to curl up in surrounded by dark oak furniture. Guests at the Emblem should treat the hotel like their own home, with four living spaces. The M Lounge, a living room area, The Pantry, kitchen, The Salon, The Games Room, and The Drawing Room. Go to the top of the hotel for a heavenly spa experience with iconic views of Prague Castle from the rooftop Jacuzzi.
Pashtuv Palace - 8/10
Be transported to a world of finery at this palatial hotel where you will be treated like royalty. Pashtuv Palace is a 50-bedroomed property comprised of Baroque neoclassical and medieval architecture, set upon the riverbank within walking distance to Charles Bridge and the Old Town. Legend has it that Earl Karel Pachta once confined Mozart to one of the rooms. Suites range from 35 square-metres to 120 square-metres, with an average apartment size of 67 square-metres. Inside, find original frescoes and vaulted ceilings, herringbone floors, period fireplaces and shimmering chandeliers and some feature four-poster beds.
Interiors are splashed in rich tones designed by Jane Wilson, who recently refreshed The Dorchester in London. The largest two-bedroomed suite has curved ceilings, a bed, seating area and a separate bedroom. In the bathrooms, some of which have tubs, there are L’Occitane amenities. Massages are available in-room or in the hotel's massage suite, using Sisley products. Guests can relax at Cafe La Creme or Atelier Kalina overlooking the river – enjoying French and Czech cuisine or retreat to the Chapel Cigar Club dating from 1628.
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