Prague is the kind of city best experienced rather than just seen. Wander slowly around its historic streets, stopping to admire its stunning architecture and take frequent breaks at its lively bars and atmospheric cafes, before retiring to a hotel with a difference. Staying in a conventional hotel in Prague takes something away from the magic, so here are some Prague hotels that could certainly never be called ordinary.
Embrace the enchantment of the Middle Ages with a stay at the medieval-themed Hotel Detenice. Located about an hour’s drive from Prague city center in the pretty hamlet of Detenice, the hotel is an exceptionally detailed homage to medieval times, with simple wooden furnishings, candle-lit rooms, and staff in period dress. There is even a medieval tavern serving old-style banquets and beers brewed on site. Expect entertainment from jugglers, swordsmen, and dancers. They don’t take the medieval theme to extremes, however, and you will find that every modern amenity is catered for behind the historic facade.
Hotel U Zeleneho hroznu (Hotel At the Green Grape)
A TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2013 winner, the Hotel At the Green Grape (U Zeleného hroznu) is a historic gem tucked away in the charming Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana), halfway along the Royal Route between Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, so you could not ask for a better location.Among its original features are a Renaissance log room, vaulting from the same period, and Baroque frescoed ceilings. All this history is housed in 21st-century comfort, with large bedrooms and bathrooms (some with double showers), luxurious linens, and WiFi as standard.
Romantik Hotel U Raka
Another TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2013 winner, Romantik Hotel U Raka is an exceptional boutique hotel hidden away on Cerninska, a cobbled street within walking distance of Prague Castle.The ideal retreat for couples seeking a peaceful break (children must be over 12 to stay), it is housed in an 18th-century log house with a cozy hearth and beautiful winter garden. The staff are exceptionally helpful, and all speak some English.
Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa
Housed in a UNESCO-protected Baroque wonder in the beautiful Lesser Quarter, the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa is certainly not low-key. Its filigreed designs, koi pond, gilded interiors, and centuries-old staircase are completely over the top, but that is what makes the Alchymist great.Luxury details include sumptuous bedding, painted floors and ceilings, a wonderful little spa, and complimentary afternoon wine and cheese tastings.
And now for something completely different: For a budget stay that does not cost the earth, stay at Mosaic House. This combined hostel and hotel prides itself on being one of the most eco-friendly hotels on earth. It bears the distinction of being the first hotel in the Czech Republic to rely entirely on renewable-source electricity and biogas, and it employs a greywater recycling system with heat recuperation technology, among other eco-friendly features. Don’t expect a scruffy hippy vibe, however: Mosaic is impeccably clean and spacious. If you’re looking for a quiet night, it may not be for you though, as it tends to attract a lively, younger clientele.