For Prague, this is an unusual 5* hotel. Most reflect the baroque and roccoco splendour of this wonderfully romantic city. The Aria however is very contemporary, with modern decor but this doesn't detract from it being very stylish and in its own understated way the Aria achieves everything that a five star hotel should do and with great success.
We arrived at the hotel mid morning and were immediately shown to our room, The Dvorak Suite. The porter took time to show us everything in the suite and how to work the music system and all the other mod cons. The suite consisted of a living room with small kitchenette with hob, microwave and fridge, a computer with free wifi access ( something that should be standard in hotels but rarely is) and flat screen tv. The bedroom was huge with two large wardrobes, proper hangers, and a huge bed. Both rooms had views of the beautiful gardens. The bathroom was a good size with a large selection of Moulton Brown products including pillow spray, eye cream and lip balm. The only think I though unusual for a suite of this quality was the lack of a walk in shower, the shower was a large rain shower over the bath but still very powerful as was the hand shower.
I loved having the ipod in the room which is given to each guest and the selection of music will suit everyone.
The hotel arranged drivers and guides for us and all were excellent.
Breakfast is very good, with a large selection of fabulous breads and wheat free products, cheeses, cold meats, fruit and yogarts as well as smoked salmon and various meats. Guests can also order a fully cooked breakfast and this was excellent too. The only quibble with breakfast was there were never any cereal bowls put out, we had to ask for them each morning we were there, they arrived immediately but this was odd.
Due to the volcanic dust cloud we had to leave earlier than expected so missed our meal in the Coda restaurant which I was really upset about as the menu looked delicious and the restaurant was lovely.
We did eat at David's restaurant which is just up the road from the hotel and also Le Flambee, which is supposed to be the best restaurant in Prague - it was good but really not exceptional and in my opinion a bit passe, personally I would have prefered to eat at Coda in the hotel but it was not my choice.
I did have a massage and this was good although the room was a bit pokey. If the hotel lacks anything it is a spa to match all its other excellent facilities.
A weekend in Prague is not enough time to see this beautiful city - I do plan to return and as much as I like to try different hotels I would go back to the Aria. The location is perfect, a few minutes walk from the Charles Bridge, walking distance to the Prague Castle but in a a quiet street. I liked the fact the hotel is contemporary because there is so much opulance in the buildings of Prague, the hotel offers a calm and tranquil retreat from the splendour of this busy city.
We went to the Prague State Opera and saw Madame Butterfly which was excellent - there is so much music in Prage and art too - every street and square has a concert or art exhibtion so there is always something to see or do.
We had a sightseeing tour which was booked by Grande Touriste through the hotel. our guide was excellent and the tour was just at the right pace.
We had to check out in a hurry because we had to get back to the airport due to an earlier take off so I didn't check out bill. When I got back to the UK I noticed the hotel had charged us for limo services to and from the airport which had already been paid for. I contacted them and they said they would refund this and I am waiting for confirmation from them this has been done but apart from this error there is nothing to fault about this hotel at all - the staff super , willing to please and very professional. I look forward to returning in the near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aria is Prague's world class Luxury Hotel. An Oasis for the Jet Set knowing this priviledged place with its Baroque Garden, world famous Panorama Terrace and 51 unique rooms; each celebrates an Artist of Music. Designed by Versace's genious Magnoli. Introducing the treasures of a private collection of original masterpieces by Chagall, Picasso, Braque or Dali. A peaceful serenity over the rooftops of the City of 1000 Spires. Reward yourself! ... more less
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