Just returned from a superb long weekend based in the Maximilian. Selected the hotel based on a combination of good reviews on Tripadvisor; having an interest in the modernist style; and, crucially, finding a three-nights-for-two deal!
We were initially looking for a more traditional hotel in the usual beamed-ceiling Prague vernacular, but having tried and failed to find something just right in Mala Strana we decided to try something a little different. Just remember that once inside this hotel you could be anywhere, as a previous reviewer mentioned.
Booking through Expedia we requested a romantic superior room as shown on the Maximilian's website gallery and were fully expecting to be disappointed. Repeated the request when we emailed to re-confirm our reservation two days before arrival, and were delighted to receive a mail by return telling us we had the romantic room reserved for us. Yes *the* romantic room - there is only one! So if you want a balcony, it has to be room 206. Not sure if any other rooms (apart from the suite) have the glass-walled en suite bathroom either, but ours did and it was rather stylish too.
The bed was huge and extremely comfortable, and whilst the room itself is not notably spacious it is not cramped in any way and it was nicely lit and furnished. There were a couple of dings in the wall finish and a squint bedside lamp cover which I didn't expect, but nothing to really detract, and everything was very clean. Good view out of the window across the quiet little square towards the church opposite.
The public areas were all immaculate and the glass-walled library and lounge are pretty dramatic, although obviously rather cool in feel and only lit by skylights and spotlamps. The library is particularly inviting having colourful seating and an interesting selection of books on modern architecture. The honesty bar is a good idea and the complimentary tea, coffee, and cakes are a welcome touch.
Breakfast was superb with most things you could wish for being on offer, all fresh and constantly replenished. It is served until extremely civilised hours too - up to 11:30 weekdays and 12:30 at the weekend. Perfect after succumbing to the lure of Prague nightlife. In theory - and hangover permitting - you could get up and do a morning's local sightseeing and come back to take it as brunch instead.
The location is excellent, not quite drop-dead gorgeous but pleasant and very quiet, with a bit of a neighbourhood feel, and amongst older buildings very close to St Agnes convent. And yes Old Town Square is only 5 minutes walk away.
Hotel staff were very courteous and attentive - no complaints here.
There are a number of restaurants close by, of which we tried Chez Marcel and were impressed - pretty good value French bistro fare. Recommended.
Any complaints? Well, the honesty bar was closed when we returned towards 1am on our first night (yeah I know - lightweights!). This was disappointing, although perhaps not surprising... The night porter said it couldn't be opened. I'm kind of used to the British way of guests being allowed to get a nightcap from the hotel bar pretty much whatever time it is. Never mind - I'll remember to stock up from the mini-market at the end of the street next time, or spring for the mini-bar in the room. Not much else really, maybe the aforementioned need for a quick bit of decor maintenance (a very minor niggle). That's about it.
All in all then thoroughly recommended for mid-range accomodation with some style. You will be looked after and rested, and well placed to explore the city. It's a bit expensive at the full rate, but I would certainly stay again if I couldn't get what I wanted in Mala Strana and the price was right.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small luxury hotel designed by Eva Jiricna, provides a stylish, relaxed and cozy atmosphere in the heart of medieval Prague: 1 suite, 70 rooms, all rooms are equipped with Nepresso Coffee Machine or Tea & Coffee facilities, WiFi connection. Conference room with terrace. Breakfast restaurant: 6.30 - 11.30 on weekends till 12.30 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prague Maximilian Hotel
- Maximilian Prague