We usually escape for Christmas and New Year to warmer climates however last year we decided to spend Christmas in Prague for sight seeing, culture and Christmas markets.
After conducting plenty of research on the T A website we decided to opt for The Golden Well's - suite Rudolph11, this beautiful hotel is in the lesser old town, which is a perfect setting, within walking distance of the old town Via Charles Bridge but out of the way enough not to be apart of the sometimes overcrowded old town. Our Suite was very opulent and romantic, with windows overlooking the majestic city buildings and the castle grounds. My only quip about the Suite was although there was plenty of space, I had to apply my make up and dry my hair in the hall way as there was no dressing table or mirror in the bedroom, I did mention this fact to Management who have hopefully now rectified the problem.
The suite has a very comfortable lounge area, bathroom, separate toilet and bedroom area, as it was Christmas we also had a beautiful decorated fir tree in the lounge area of the suite which filled the air with it's fresh pine fragrance. We also had a pillow menu which suited Hubby who can go through numerous pillows until he finds the "right one". He was totally indulged as I think he went through every pillow on the menu, not only do you get your pillow changed but along with the pillow comes an entirely different set of bedding. Thought and attention to detail is second to none, turn down service includes a delicious mini dessert. After a long day shopping/sightseeing you can book a luxurious aromatherapy bath for your return.
I hadn't realised the restaurant was voted number 1 on TA until it was to late, so unfortunately we were unable to enjoy evening dinning in the hotels restaurant however we did order room service. The food was outstanding. Breakfast is delicious with an extensive 3 course menu and picture windows overlooking the City, there is also a roof terrace to take in the views and relax with a cigar - blankets are provided if the weather is cold.
The Christmas markets were a little disappointing as the stalls were mainly selling Christmas decorations, but the markets are very atmospheric. The main shops were plentiful, selling unique clothing and not your normal shopping centres with the same old shops. This more than suited us.
Charles Bridge is a spellbinding sight and experience ( don't forget your Love Lock )
Taking in the sights one day we decided to have a coffee break we went into a hotel we just happened to be passing at the time. We asked the waiter if it was possible just to have coffee and cake - of course Sir and Madame please follow me. We followed the waiter to the beautiful dinning area were our coats were taken from our shoulders, placed on a hanger and put into a beautiful wardrobe. The tables were dressed with pristine crisp white linen table cloths, a low stool was placed beside the table for placement of my handbag. The silver hallmarked Cutlery was changed by a waiter wearing white gloves. We were presented with bottled water in an ice bucket which was then poured into crystal glasses by our waiter, whilst we decided on dessert from the menu. When "the Cake" arrived presentation - worthy of a 3 star Michelin restaurant and tasted every bit as Devine. The only other establishment I have received this level of service was The Ritz which was a Day out rather than just coffee and cake, I began to think coffee and cake is going to cost in excess of 75euro and it would be worth every cent, the bill arrived - we could not believe the cost was a meagre 9 euro. The waiter even helped us into our coats before departure. Unfortunately we don't remember the name of this hotel.
We also enjoyed a night of jazz in a small quiet unsavoury looking little bar in a cellar not far from The Golden Well however there was a good mix of people from all backgrounds enjoying the venue - again the service was excellent and the atmosphere was amazing. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Another day after visiting the castle we decided to dine on local Czech cuisine. We ate delicious onion soup, dumplings and beef goulash. Exquisite in beautiful traditional surroundings again I can't remember the name but it's the one with the three violins on it's logo and supposed to be linked to the Golden Well.
I always thought Prague would be bitterly cold however the weather was surprisingly mild and much warmer than the UK at our time of visiting.
Finally we did visit our alternate hotel options but discovered we had definitely made the BEST CHOICE in The Golden Well.
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Thank you very much for having shared such a detailed review. We're glad to have made such a special Christmas trip memorable for you. We can only imagine how romantic all of that must have been! Next time you visit, our front desk team would be happy to point you towards even more fantastic activities and dining options. We also recommend trying our sister property ARIA Hotel, which has an unique music concept and beautiful summer terrace with amazing views of Prague during the summer months.
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your Rudolph the II. Suite with all it's facilities and functions even you missed the dressing table and mirror in the bedroom. We are now working on improving it and I believe that we will solve this issue to the highest satisfaction of our guests soon.
I am sorry to hear though you that you didn't have a chance to dine in our hotel restaurant Terasa as I am sure it would be an unforgettable experience too. However I am sure that the next time of your visit we will find a nice table for you and your company.
I hope to welcome you back very soon and thank you for being the best choice for your Christmas stay in Prague.
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