First; what it is not: If you are looking for a big name-brand hotel and spa, right by the hustle-bustle of Charles Bridge with a night-club and a bar – then this is not for you.
But, in terms of attention to detail and creating a wonderful and wonderfully intimate experience of and in Prague, this hotel is "it". I can say for myself and my wife that we have never stayed anywhere around the world in any hotel (more expensive, less expensive, in any country or on any continent) that delivered such a warm and welcoming experience.
For the location: You are right by the gardens, by the palace. Indeed, you cannot drive a large car to the front door, because it is nestled "into the wall", accessible through a very small street (of course, they will fetch your luggage from the car, etc.). From the hotel restaurant you have a "secret" pathway to the gardens, and up to the castle and the cathedral (this is closed in the winter). You are approximately 10 minutes walking (max) to Charles bridge, and 10 minutes (uphill..) to the palace and cathedral. The hotel is also right by the parliament and close to various (beautiful! Embassies), so you will feel extra safe even late at night because there is security around everywhere (not that we ever felt we needed it). You are also 10 minutes from the subway, and there are several small traditional bars and restaurants, and various small convenience stores nearby (ask the hotel staff; they may not be easy to find because they don't have big "shiny signs" [luckily!], but they are there). You are also minutes away from magnificent cathedrals and churches, concerts, and so on.
This is a historic building with many very interesting architectural details and treasures. So don't expect large shiny windows everywhere; but of course the inside is fully updated and impeccably clean. Most importantly, the views from the various balconies is nothing short of breathtaking. We will forever treasure the evenings on the small terrace below the restaurant which we had to ourselves practically every evening during our stay in the Spring. I am not exactly a "romantic guy", but this will bring the romance back into your live: It is sheer beauty and majesty to look down on the ancient city of Prague, enjoying a glass of wine (or Czech beer) and sitting on a comfortable couch with your loved one. These are experiences that are truly priceless.
And then there is the service. The crew at the Golden Well defines service-orientation. There isn't much else to say: Whatever you want or need, or have questions about: They are there for you, enthusiastically assisting you to guarantee you get the most out of your vacation or stay.
We personally also loved the "happy hour" from 4-5 in the "lounge". There is complimentary wine, snacks, seasonal sweets, etc. It is really fun, and because the hotel is small, you will actually get to know interesting fellow travelers from all over the world, and learn about their favorite cathedral, concerts, etc.
There are many other things I could add: The complimentary real-live Christmas tree and champagne in our room during our last stay; the wakeup coffee and croissant delivered to your room; the incredible breakfast buffet, the wonderful staff at breakfast, the incredible restaurant, etc. etc.
Anyway, we won't ever stay anywhere else, and it is because of this hotel that Prague will be a revolving destination for our travels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming traditional retreat in 16th-century Emperor's residence, set beneath the walls of Prague Castle. Wander up the cobbled, traffic-free streets to The Golden Well (U Zlate Studne), clinging to the wall in the shadow of Prague Castle, and you will uncover one of the city's best kept secrets. This modest collection of little inter-locking houses was once home to Emperor Rudolf II, and later the astronomer Tycho de Brahe. Sensitive renovation - has created a cosy yet refined hotel. The result is a pleasing balance of mod cons - internet access, satellite TV - and old style elegance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Golden Well (u Zlate Studne) Hotel Prague