My husband and I stayed here over the Christmas period, our first visit to Karlovy Vary (and Czech Republic). We arrived from Prague airport to the Karlovy Vary bus terminal, where we found that most people could not speak any English to direct us toward a taxi. In the end, we rang Savoy who were very helpful and sent their hotel van to pick us up (took less than 10 minutes).
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a well lit, festively decorated hotel. Front desk staff were excellent at English and were very helpful. Our room was in the Rusalka wing (initially right next to the lift, however, this was soon rectified) and was very beautifully decorated and spacious. We had a view of the woodlands opposite and of the front of the hotel.
It is true that communication in English was difficult. Most staff spoke either German, Czech or Russian. Having said that, they were never rude, but tried to assist us where-ever possible (with my limited German) and by calling the front desk to interpret.
Breakfast was included in the room rate and is a good spread of breads, cereals, cold meats and hot foods (sausages, scrambled eggs, eggs made to order, porridge). We also attended the mandatory Christmas Gala dinner on Christmas eve, which, was a little disappointing for the price, as it was a fairly regular buffet dinner.
The spa side is not as luxurious as I was expecting, honestly, it was a little bit "clinical". My husband and I had a Lavender Mineral Bath which was very relaxing, followed by the sauna, jacuzzi and a light swim.
The hotel is located a little further out from the main town. It is not that far away though as there are two ways of walking. The first way, is a gentle slope downhill, through streets of large hotels and shops - it takes about 5-7 minutes to walk down to the river. The second way is a much steeper downhill and leads to the other end of the river (closer to Hotel Pupp), is less scenic, but in my opinion is much closer.
Overall, our stay was relaxing and fun. We are glad that we stayed here and for those who want to get away from a large, commercial hotel, Savoy Westend is a good option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern spa hotel is located in the old prestigious residential quarter of Karlovy Vary. It was built in 1897 and many well known people enjoyed their stay at the hotel. Among them – T. G. Masaryk,the first President of Czechoslovakia, Mussafer Eddin – the Shah of Iran and many others were the guests of the Savoy Westend Hotel. The newly reconstructed hotel has maintained many original architectural features, and it off ers an exceptionally high quality of services to its guests adhering to the highest international standards.- Spa resort with the total area 7.000 m2- It consists of fi ve Art Nouveau villa houses: Savoy, Artemis, Kleopatra, Carlton, Rusalka- All villas are directly linked to the balneal centre- 3.000 m2 modern balneal centre Spa Afrodite- 1.200m2 summer resting garden- 2 air-conditioned restaurants- 2 air-conditioned bars- Sports centre- Conference rooms- Supervised car park and underground garage for 62 cars ... more less
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