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There are many excellent boutique hotels in the Czech capital Prague, ranging from the site of a former nuclear bunker with views over Wenceslas Square in Old Town, to a converted Augustinian 14th-century brewery right by Prague Castle, via a retro-furnished design hotel in Malá Strana.
This unique spot in Malá Strana is packed with retro furnishings that hark back to the heyday of lava lamps. Vintage Design Hotel Sax is one of the quirkiest boutique hotels in the city and offers concierge services, including sightseeing tours, theatre tickets, local excursions, boating on the Vltava River and a range of massages. A great option for keen sightseers, the 23-room hotel stands roughly midway between Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
An ideal spot for lovers of 20th-century architecture, this stunning hotel is a landmark in its own right. Built at the height of art nouveau, its ornate, yellow-brick facade looks spectacular. Everything inside Ventana Hotel matches perfectly with its outward appearance and the rooms are lavish but never overdone. The hotel stands on the eastern corner of Old Town Square, right next to the Church of Our Lady before Týn.
Inside the top floor of a late 18th-century rococo palace that runs parallel to the baroque masterpiece Church of St Nicholas, this secluded hotel has nine large rooms ranging from deluxe two-person lodgings to junior suites that are suitable for small families. Though it has been renovated to meet modern standards, the hotel features many historical elements, including exposed ceiling beams and wooden floors. It is close to Charles Bridge and in a peaceful neighbourhood that rarely experiences heavy footfall.
Offering services that are above and beyond what most comparably sized hotels in Prague’s Old Town do, the Emblem also ranks among the most aesthetically pleasing spots in the city centre, thanks to its keen eye for art and design. Though the hotel’s rooms aren’t huge, they are meticulously put together and often feature a one-of-a-kind design or an original artwork. Luxurious but down to earth, the hotel has many additional facilities including a private smoking lounge and rooftop whirlpool tub.
Housed inside Žižkov Television Tower, One Room Hotel offers unrivalled views across Prague and its surroundings. Though you’d be forgiven for booking a room here just for the view, the hotel looks amazing inside too, with rooms featuring an open-plan layout and furnished with king-size beds and two-person-sized bathtubs. A great choice for a romantic getaway, rates are not cheap but are well worth the extra cash if you’re planning something special.
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Tom Coggins.