From start to finish, we felt treated like royalty in our 6-night stay at this hotel.
The location is superb, in the quiet, beautiful neighbourhood of Mala Strana, just a 5 minute walk to the Charles Bridge. It is walking distance to just about everywhere. The two places we wanted to visit that were too far to walk were easily accessible by the tram, which is a 2-minute walk from the hotel. We appreciated being able to leave the craziness of the old city, jam-packed with tourists, walk across the bridge and suddenly enter a very different world. And there are lots of very nice small restaurants nearby. The location was wonderful.
And the hotel is lovely! Our room was on the top floor, with a beautiful view of the Prague Castle. It had a vaulted ceiling, was bright and spacious with a very comfortable bed and bedding. All the furnishings were charming, thoughtfully chosen and arranged, and everything was spotlessly clean. Nice, spacious and bright bathroom, too! The room was very quiet -- the street has really no traffic on it, and we were never bothered by noise. There was always complementary bottled water in the room, provided at no charge, which we very much appreciated.
But above all, what made the hotel so wonderful was the staff and service. We opted to be picked up at the airport by the hotel car, which was great. (The hotel had kindly emailed us various options, including cheaper ways to get to the hotel. We decided jetlag justified the small premium to be picked up,) When we arrived, we were offered glasses of sparkling wine in the garden, just across the narrow cobblestone street from the hotel entrance. What a wonderful way to begin our holiday! The garden is beautiful! Every morning we chose our breakfast from the buffet (excellent assortment including cheeses, meats, eggs, fruit, and the best homemade yoghourt I have ever tasted). Then we took it across to the garden, where we were served pots of fresh coffee. A wonderful way to begin every day!
Back to the exceptional service: We asked about music in Prague. Zuzanna at the desk researched it and gave us a 6-page printout of concerts during our stay. When we wanted to go to the Prague Castle, the wonderful young woman at the desk suggested a route, highlighting things we might want to see along the way, including where she likes to go to eat when she does that walk. Tours to sites outside the city, a great jazz boat dinner trip on the river we did on our last night -- everyone was happy to help with suggestions and make things easy and enjoyable for us. Small touches, like homemade chocolates on our bed every night (and a box of them when we checked out), to more sparkling wine in the garden when they discovered it was my husband's birthday. All the staff were so welcoming, and went out of their way to be helpful.
Prague is a beautiful, incredibly interesting city to visit, and this was absolutely the perfect base from which to do that. We loved our stay there, and absolutely recommend it without any hesitation.
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