From the moment we arrived at the door, our enchanting Buddha bar hotel experience began. The Buddha-bar’s own calming music was playing in the background; smiling staff warmly invited us to sit and chatted to us about Prague as we completed the obligatory forms. We were offered an introductory cocktail, and then given a guided tour of the hotel and our room. We swished up in the glass lift (you have to use your high tech room key to gain access) and turned into the dimly lit corridor, where the room numbers were lit up by spotlight. Ours was a standard room, but it had its own entrance hall leading off into a roomy bedroom, the bathroom (two sinks, huge bath specially designed for the Buddha bar hotel, and separate shower) and the separate WC (with its own sink). The king size bed was comfortable, and it was wonderful to throw oneself back on the huge fluffy pillows and relax watching the huge Bang and Olufsen TV hanging on the wall.
As other writers have observed, the hotel rooms were high tech (it took me a day to work out how to operate the panel of switches by the bed and in the bathroom) and no detail was spared. At the end of every afternoon, towels were newly straightened, and a tray was left on the bed with a “pillow menu”, small chocolates, an orchid and the weather forecast for the next three days. There was a complimentary espresso coffee machine, and mini-bar, comprising two huge refrigerated drawers.
The fitness centre/ Jacuzzi/ steam room was not large, but equipped with the most up to date equipment as well as free weights and a Swiss ball (hint; bring your ipod to plug into the equipment, or at least your earphones, and you can watch your own TV while jogging/ cycling or stepping). There were also as a complimentary water bar and towels in the air-conditioned room.
There are two restaurants; the Buddha bar (which we didn’t try, although the menu looked good) and the Siddharta café. We had breakfast in this café every morning; it wasn’t included in our room rate, and was a little pricey, but worth it for the quality of the service (not quick, but so friendly), food and the ambience. There was no buffet; instead we chose breakfast a la carte (my plate of fresh fruit, yoghurt, and basket of bread/croissants were wonderful). We had lunch in the café once, slightly more expensive than central Prague but high quality and a relaxing atmosphere.
Finally, I must mention the staff. From their first welcome, to their last goodbye, nothing was ever too much for them. Need a list of jazz bars? A taxi? A computer? No problem. Every morning, they stood up to greet us, always cheerful, always helpful, but not obsequious and never obtrusive. More than anything, it was the personalised and professional attitude of all the staff that made this hotel such high quality.
The Buddha bar hotel is situated in the centre of old Prague; about five minutes walk from the Main Square and no more than ten minutes from Charles Bridge. Near enough to enjoy everything Prague has to offer, far enough to escape the huge crowds thronging through the streets at all hours. We will go back as soon as we can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague represents the first property of the new Buddha-Bar Hotels & Resorts chain inspired by the legendary Buddha-Bar brand. Trendy hotel concept goes beyond expectations to ensure a relaxing andrejuvenating experience through its mystical fusion, exquisite designs, highlypersonalized services, state-of-the-art technologies, top-end amenities and culinary delights served at Siddharta Café. ... more less
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