Luxury and Boutique Prague Hotels

a smart guide to hotels in prague

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When you plan on visiting a city, it’s always hard to find the right accommodation. Usually you swim, or rather drown, in an ocean of options. Unfortunately, hotel star ratings aren’t always helpful and prices in our imperfect world don’t always reflect the relative value of one property over another; independent reviews, while useful, can be a tremendous task to go through and often force you to read between the lines. You’d probably prefer to have someone you trust make the choice for you. We share that feeling. As Prague experts, we have tried to stand in your shoes and pick some hotels for you to consider. These are hotels that offer something extra besides their own facilities: like a good location, for example, near a restaurant, a cafe, or something else that we believe could make your daily experience as a Prague visitor more enjoyable. We call this a smart guide; it is, of course, our arbitrary interpretation of smart. If you find it useful, please share it. We have another section of the guide for budget and cheap hotels, so please make sure you check that one out too: some properties offer incredible value for money.

Hunger Wall Residence

Hunger Wall Residence

Prague 1, Malá Strana, Plaská 8

These are beautiful managed-residence apartments, with spotless, tasteful rooms sporting elements of Secession and early-Modern architecture. The residence is also the home of an American coffee roaster called DoubleShot and serves one of the best espressos in town. This is one of the few coffee places to serve a classic English breakfast.

Why stay at the Hunger Wall Residence?. We’d come for the coffee alone, served in a small but atmospheric interwar coffeehouse. There’s a bunch of great restaurants in the immediate area, including Ichnusa Botega Bistro across the street, the Boucherie Moderne, which is good for lunch, and a traditional Czech place called Kolkovna Olympia. Another sumptuous coffeehouse, Cafè Savoy, is five minutes by foot and serves the best weekend brunch in the city. See hotel on Booking.com

Alchymist Hotel

Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa

Prague 1, Mala Strana, Tržiště 19

This luxury boutique hotel is located on a quiet corner of Prague in one of the most beautiful quarters of the city. It occupies four former townhouses, the oldest of which dates back some four centuries, which have been updated with modern amenities, while retaining the original baroque frescoes and interiors. This is a fantastic place to book for small events upstairs. It’s home to a small but beautiful spa with mosaic tiles.

Why stay at the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa? The location, midway between Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, doesn’t get much better. There’s a convenient Starbuck’s on nearby Malostranské náměstí, For night-time fun, check out the Blue Light cocktail bar or U Hrocha (Thunovska 20) a smoky, traditional Czech pub a couple streets away that serves great beer. See hotel on Booking.com

Hotel Aria

Aria Hotel

Prague 1, Malá Strana, Tržiště 9

This luxury property in Prague 1, Malá Strana was named by TripAdvisor in 2012 as one of their top 10 best hotels worldwide. The ‘Aria’ in the name plays on Prague’s reputation for classical music, and this is the only hotel we’ve ever seen with a ‘music concierge’ to advise on in-room music selections. Each of the rooms is named after a famous musician or composer. We like both the Mozart and Beethoven suites, which have dreamy views out over the Vrtbov Gardens next door.

Why stay at the Aria Hotel?. The Aria’s little known rooftop restaurant offers gourmet dining with some of the choicest views out over Prague 1, Malá Strana. The location is near a handy Starbuck’s as well as numerous restaurants and cafes on nearby Malostranské náměstí. U Malého Glena, around the corner, could possibly be the world’s smallest jazz club; nevertheless, the club draws big names from the local scene and beyond. See hotel on Booking.com

Boscolo Hotel

Boscolo Hotel

Nové Město, Senovážné náměstí 13

The Boscolo, now a member of Marriott’s ‘Autograph’ hotel collection of unique properties, occupies a grandiose 19th-century neoclassical palace that must be seen to be believed. Several classes of rooms are available running from comfortably luxurious singles and doubles to the ultra-fabulous presidential suite. All rooms feature marble baths and entitle occupants entry to the hotel’s fantastic spa in Roman style, with columns and waterfalls, steam room and sauna.

Why stay at the Boscolo Hotel?. The hotel is conveniently located near the main train station and on several tram routes. The Slovanský dům shopping center, with the city’s best multiplex cinema, and the popular Kogo restaurant are just a few minutes’ walk away. The top of Wenceslas Square is about 10 minutes by foot. See hotel on Booking.com

Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel

Prague 1, Old Town, Veleslavínova 2a

This is arguably the best of the corporate chains in the city, with an enviable riverside position. Many rooms offer fantastic views of Prague Castle in the distance. The hotel has been carved out of four historical townhouses in Neo-Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical style. This is a first choice among visiting movie stars when in Prague on film shoot.

Why stay at the Four Seasons Hotel?. The central Old Town location is convenient to both Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. The Rudolfinum, home to the Czech Philharmonic, is across a small square about 100m away. For fine dining, try La Finestra (one of the best restaurants in town) and La Bottega di Finestra (an upscale bistro and wine bar) that serves some of the best coffee in town and has an incredible wine list. See hotel on Booking.com

Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel

Prague 1, Old Town, Rybná 20

The Marriot is a top business hotel, with an excellent location close to central Náměstí Republiky and the full complement of business facilities to assist blue-suited road warriors. There are several onsite restaurants and cafes and an excellent fitness center.

Why stay at the Marriott Hotel?. For your time off, enjoy a concert at the nearby Municipal House, home to the annual Prague Spring classical music festival. Across the street from the hotel is the highly regarded La Gare restaurant. An unexpected treat: below the hotel is a great French wine bar, Merlot d’Or, which features one of the world’s top-rated sommeliers. See hotel on Booking.com

Barcelò Old Town Hotel

Barcelò Old Town Hotel

Prague 1, Old Town, Celetná 29

The Barceló occupies a 17th-century townhouse, just next to the Gothic ‘Powder Tower’, the former gate to the Old Town and the traditional start of the coronation route for Czech kings. It’s a medium-sized property with 62 fashionably appointed rooms, some with original period touches like wood-beamed ceilings. The ‘Family Room’ is an exclusive suite with a large living room and designed for families with children.

Why stay at the Barcelò Old Town Hotel?. The central location is perfect for sampling the best the city has to offer, such as the Wine Food Market bistro and wine bar next door and nearby Divinis Wine Bar. Locanda Marino is a short walk away and has great pizza. Around the corner from the hotel, enjoy a concert at the Municipal House, home to the Prague Spring music festival. The Municipal House has a beautiful café on the ground floor and an expensive, but wonderfully atmospheric French restaurant. Another café worth visiting is the Grand Café Orient, across the street, with original cubist interior from the 1920s. See hotel on Booking.com

Hotel Intercontinental

Intercontinental

Prague 1, Old Town, Pařížská 30

The Intercontinental is a modern high-rise that dates from the 1970s. Its former status as the city’s top hotel has long since been eclipsed; nevertheless, the management has tried hard in recent years to update the hotel’s look and feel. Upper story rooms overlook Old Town Square in the distance (those on the northern side overlook the river). There’s a beautiful terrace on top, where you can have brunch. The hotel boasts one of the best hotel fitness centers in town.

Why stay at the Intercontinental?. Pařížská street, Prague’s most exclusive shopping area, is right at the doorstep. Old Town Square and Josefov, the former Jewish quarter, are just minutes away on foot. For quick eats, Pepe Nero (one of the best pizzas in town), is just outside the main entrance; the winebar and restaurant Bilkova 13 is 2 minutes walk away. See hotel on Booking.com

Hotel Josef

Hotel Josef

Prague 1, Old Town, Rybná 20

The Hotel Josef was one of the first boutique hotels on the Prague market and features a stark, contemporary design, the work of London-based Czech architect Eva Jiřičná. The lobby and public areas are a simple but chic fusion of glass, chrome and white. The style carries over to the rooms, which are smallish but done out in the same smart minimalism. Clients range from business travelers to upwardly mobile couples and professionals.

Why stay at the Hotel Josef?. The location is just a minute’s walk from Dlouhá třída, a lively street with many great restaurants and bars. Michelin-star fans will want to try nearby La Degustation. Lokál, run by the same outfit as La Degustation, is a reasonably priced Czech pub, with arguably the best Pilsner beer in town. There’s a great little juice bar in the nearby Kotva shopping center called Dante Fresh, and Prague’s best shopping center, Palladium, is a few steps away. See hotel on Booking.com

Red Blue Design Hotel

Red and Blue Design Hotel

Prague 5, Holečkova 13

This beautiful design hotel gets high marks from clients for ultra cleanliness and great breakfasts. The hotel occupies a 19th-century townhouse that’s been thoroughly renovated and upgraded inside and out. The location is a bit out of the center and requires 100m climb along a steep road from the closest tram stop, but it’s manageable and you can always taxi back after a night on the town.

Why stay at the Red and Blue Design Hotel?. This part of Prague along the border with another neighborhood called Smíchov, is home to several excellent restaurants, including the Sardinian Ichnusa Botega Bistro and the French La Boucherie Moderne, the latter being best for lunch. The Nový Smíchov shopping center is a short walk away, and has tons of shopping possibilities and a multiplex cinema (movies in English!) in case you get caught in bad weather. See hotel on Booking.com

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