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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.