I stayed at the Imperial at the end of June 2012, travelling solo.
I want to get this out of the way first and foremost. One thing I noted in the negative reviews here, is that the staff has been unfriendly and unhelpful. This could not be in more stark contrast to my experience. For me, the staff was fantastically helpful and generous in answering questions.
Locationwise the Imperial is perfectly situated. You can get everywhere quickly either by foot or by tram, and finding my way from the airport was quite easy. Protip though: Only take the 1.1.1. or AAA taxis from the airport, as other smaller companies are likely to inflate their prices and fleece you. You will also be able to get a discount on the return trip to the airport.
The room itself was absolutely spotless, but I will say this: Unless you really like the art deco style (as I do), you will probably have issues with the visual of the Imperial. If you do enjoy art deco, you are in for a treat. The style is prevalent eveywhere, from the lobby to the café, from the hallways to the bar.
The bed was large and very comfortable, just the right balance between hard and soft.
I had requested a smoking room away from the street, and the hotel was quite able to accomodate my wishes.
The edge to the shower/bathtub was a bit high, which was not a problem for a tall lanky fellow like myself, but I imagine it may be an issue for shorter folk.
I hung out quite a lot in the bar, and both of the gentlemen manning it were polite, quick, and mixed excellent cocktails.
I also had dinner in the Imperial Café one night which was also fantastic. I had pleasant banter with the waiter, and he was eager to ensure that everything was satisfactory.
I can also highly recommened choosing to include breakfast. Opposed to others I did not find it at all crowded (perhaps because I usually eat breakfast at around 9:30?), and I found the variety of food and drink quite good. Try the mini pancakes, they were delicious.
The concierge was effective in helping me to book the tour I wanted, but I have to say, be careful with booking a tour with "Premiant Tours" that the hotel recommends. I went on two tours with them, and on one tour our guide had to say everything in both Italian and English (and his English was not too good, I must say), which made the whole experience feel rushed. The other time, our guide spoke in such monotonous tone I felt like she was trying to hyponotize us. It was not the most positive experience for me.
There were few negatives with the Imperial, but there were indeed some. Apparently there was some sort of construction work going on at the hotel, so one morning I woke up to a bald constructing worker standing on some scaffolding right outside my window. It would have been nice, and courteous might I add, of the hotel staff to have informed me of this possibility.
The only other negative that I can think of would be the mini bar in the room. I usually clear it out so I can put my own drinks and foodstuff in there, but at the Imperial they use an electronic system to see what you have taken out. The space in the fridge that is provided for guest use is simply too small, and I found it rather annoying. Not to mention that the whole "We're keeping track" thing suggest they do not trust their guests. It was odd, to say the least.
But overall, I would absolutely stay at the Imperial again. I'd give it 9/10.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imperial Hotel is a luxurious choice of Art Deco accommodation. Centrally located 5* property in historic ambiance of an original building from 1914. The magnificent rooms of Cafe Imperial boast exquisite ceramic mosaics, the tile-decorated walls and pillars overflowing with rich floral and animal ornamentation. All 126 elegant rooms with historic high ceilings offer high-speed internet, safe, mini-bar, flat screens and marble bathrooms with heated mirrors and floors, bathrobes & slippers. Complimentary Internet, Fitness & Wellness. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Art Deco Imperial Prague
- Hotel Art Deco Imperial