My husband and I just completed a nine night excursion to Dresden, Poland, and Prague in honor of our sixth wedding anniversary. The city of Prague in the Czech Republic is a city that we both wanted to see, but going there also served a practical purpose. My husband is a member of the Hilton HHonors program and, over the course of several years taking TDY trips for the U.S. military, he had amassed a number of Hilton HHonors points that he needed to use or lose. Since Prague was close to the two other places we wanted to visit, it seemed a natural choice to use the points on a reservation at Hilton Prague Old Town, one of Prague's two Hilton hotels.
Why I decided to book Hilton Prague Old Town over the Hilton Prague...
I'm the type of person who likes to stay in small but original hotels. The Hilton chain very much caters to business travelers. It's very corporate, so I knew no matter which hotel I chose, it wouldn't exactly be an intimate experience. Both Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town offer a lot of amenities, especially for business travelers. However, Hilton Prague Old Town was just renovated last summer and isn't as large as the Hilton Prague is. It's also located closer to the downtown area.
We arrived at the Hilton Prague Old Town at about 1:30pm, close to the 2:00pm check in time. My husband parked our car in front of the hotel while I waited. A few minutes later, he came out and we started to unload our luggage. A bell hop approached us and asked if we needed help. My husband said yes, but he wanted to park the car first. The bellhop offered to park for us and take our bags to our room. That was very helpful... I'm not sure why we didn't expect it in the first place.
We were given room 426, which was a corner room located close to the elevators. The room was decorated in a very modern style, with a nice king sized bed with reading lights, a huge flat screen TV with a variety of channels, pay per view movies (including porn), and Internet TV, telephone, and a minibar. We had a very nice, large window. Unfortunately, our view was mostly of an alley. There was a desk in the corner of the room, which included a cable for Internet access. Hilton Prague Old Town offers Internet access in three levels/connection speeds, but the cheapest level is about $25 a day. We used the lowest level and found it adequate for our needs. The minibar was, not surprisingly, extremely overpriced. We're talking $6 for a can of Coke.
The bathroom in our room was very small, but it included a combination tub and shower. There was one sink and a toilet, of course. Next to the toilet was another phone. I found myself wondering how many people are so busy that they have to use the phone while they're in the bathroom. The bathroom was stocked with toiletries from Crabtree and Evelyn. Two worn looking bathrobes with slippers hung on the wall. The robes were surprisingly shabby, with belts that were pretty torn up. I was surprised they hadn't been retired.
Hilton Prague Old Town has a restaurant called Maze, which was inspired by Chef Gordon Ramsay, who apparently has a similar restaurant in London. We didn't try it, since we wanted to try some of Prague's local eateries instead. Maze also handles room service, which we also didn't use. Breakfast is served, but we didn't try it because it was expensive.
Hilton Prague Old Town has a small health club that offers locker rooms, treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights. There's also a textile free sauna and steam room, as well as a tiny indoor pool. We tried the pool and enjoyed it, as it has a very powerful jet that offers a good workout and a massage. Speaking of massages, they can be arranged for a price through the health club. There's also a solarium which can be accessed for a fee.
On our first day in Prague, two housekeepers knocked on our door. We opened the door and one of the ladies said, "Small gift!" They had brought us a bowl of fresh, sweet strawberries and a bottle of Czech sparkling wine. There was also a letter from the hotel manager, congratulating us on our 30th wedding anniversary! Of course, if we had actually been married for 30 years, I would have been a six year old bride and my husband would have been a 14 year old groom. Still, it was a very nice gesture that gave us a laugh.
The housekeeper didn't get around to cleaning our room until mid afternoon on the second day. Since we had just come from a walk around Prague and didn't feel like leaving again, we asked for fresh towels and toiletries, and she gladly obliged. We noted that she looked a little harried, as if she was behind in her work.
We came back from dinner both nights to find our bed turned down for us and chocolates left on our pillows. The drapes were also drawn. We were also given complimentary bottles of water each night. The bed was very comfortable, with four huge feather pillows and a soft duvet.
Check out was pretty easy. Once we paid for our one day Internet usage and parking, we were on our way.
We had a wonderful time in Prague and I'd like to visit again, though next time I might choose a different hotel. It's nothing at all against Hilton... I just prefer smaller, more intimate hotels. Still, since we used Hilton HHonors points to pay for our stay, I can say we were pretty satisfied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the in the centre of Prague’s most desirable attractions. Its proximity to the oldest parts of the city offers guests the option to fully explore the surrounding area including Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. The hotel has over three hundred well-appointed guest rooms offering high quality accommodations and contemporary interior design, including non-smoking and accessible rooms. All rooms have been carefully refurbished to offer state of the art facilities with contemporary styling and sumptuous furnishings. Prague’s stylish dining spot, Zinc Restaurant features modern European cuisine with Asian flavours is recommended by the Michelin and Gault Millau guides. In its art deco inspired interior, Zinc lounge & bar seats over 70 people. Zinc lounge & bar serves specialty coffees, snacks with Asian flavours and tempting selection of cocktails. The new Prague meetings & events facilities form a great location for a successful business or leisure event in Prague Facilities include twelve meeting rooms as well as the Dvorak Ballroom, which can host up to 340 people. Other facilities include free access to Health & Fitness Center for hotel guests, 24 – hour Room Service, high-speed internet access, with a choice of a wired or wireless connection (Fee applies), underground parking (Fee applies), laundry services, business center, concierge and limousine services. The hotel was awarded with: Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor 2015 One of Top 35 hotels in middle Europe, awarded by readers of Conde Nast Traveler Awards 2013 One of Top 25 Luxury hotels in Czech Republic, TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2014 Restaurant Zinc - TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2014 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Prague Old Town Hotel Prague
- Hilton International Prague
- Prague Hilton