Where to Stay in Prague for a Local Experience

Luxurious rooms await at the Four Seasons Hotel in Prague
Luxurious rooms await at the Four Seasons Hotel in Prague | Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Prague / Expedia
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5 January 2021

Easily explored on foot, the capital of the Czech Republic is high up there among Europe’s most stunning cities, with mighty city squares, cobbled lanes and ornate churches to explore. There are legendary time-warp cafes, restaurants and thrumming beer halls. Take a cruise on the river or a ride on the funicular; climb up to the hilltop castle or one of the city’s many towers for a panoramic view across historic spires and bridges. And, when you’re ready to rest your feet, make sure you’ve booked one of the best hotels in Prague to return to.

BoHo Prague Hotel

Opened in 2015 on a quiet back street among the colourful houses and looming gothic vibe of Prague’s old town, clean lines and contemporary decor are keynotes in BoHo’s brand of understated luxury. Light-filled rooms favour shades of slate and charcoal with glass-walled en-suites and large black-and-white photos of the cityscape outside. The spa is sophisticated, the staff are attentive, and the Instagram-worthy 15th-century Powder Tower is only a 3-minute walk away.
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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Emblem Hotel

Modern design with an art-deco flavour fills this renovated early-20th-century affair, lined with striking works by more than 20 artists. Generous communal lounges compensate for the snug bedrooms, so pitch up on a sofa in the Games Room to play Scrabble and Monopoly – or an armchair in the Fumoir, with its self-service bar and library. There’s even a hidden room behind a bookshelf, a rooftop Jacuzzi-terrace and an opulent steakhouse-style restaurant, serving lobster salad or innovative cocktails like lavender whisky sours. You’ll be tempted to stay put the whole visit.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge

The Grand Mark Prague

No two rooms are alike at the Grand Mark, but they mostly have a maximalist flavour with big, colourful abstracts and swags of silk and brocade. There are spacious family suites and duplexes, where a spiral stairway winds up to the bedroom. Special-occasion weekend? Consider the two-bedded penthouse Bohemia, with views across the city’s spire-studded skyline. The dining scene likes to propose similarly elegant decadence: rich seasonal menus use king oyster mushrooms, blackcurrants, venison and lashings of romance-conducive chocolate.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Mandarin Oriental

Sandwiched between the baroque Nostitz Palace and the Czech Museum of Music, this five-star oasis overlooks the narrow, cobbled streets and hidden gardens of the left-bank Malá Strana area. The structure, once a Dominican monastery, retains architectural features from six centuries and some of the 99 stylish rooms and suites reveal spellbinding views of Prague’s ancient castle. With a two-floor spa and barbecue on the terrace, the Mandarin Oriental is an ideal base from which to embark on strolls through Kampa Park to the wide Vltava River.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

NH Collection Prague Carlo IV Hotel

Hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, art-nouveau details and flamboyant Italian chairs furnish the older, fancier suites in this late-19th-century Renaissance-revival palace. Only a 5-minute walk from the edge of Prague’s Old Town, the hotel has a modern wing of simpler rooms in warm, calming neutral colours. Relax like a royal under fluted columns and ornate plasterwork in the palatial lobby – or maybe in the soft-lit, vaulted spa with its 20-meter-long (66ft) heated pool and steam room. Parking is limited and costs extra, but there’s a Metro station over the road, while the central station is a short stroll away through Vrchlického Garden.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • Golden Well Hotel

    In the shadow of Prague’s vast Bohemian castle, the 16th-century Golden Well backs onto the creeper-draped, steep-terraced royal gardens that rise to its ancient walls. (In summer, guests can go through a private rooftop doorway.) From the terrace of the hotel’s fourth-floor Italian-designed restaurant, diners have unbeatable views across the city of a hundred spires. The foodie-friendly menu features creamy Czech kulajda soup, venison with rowan berries and a scrumptious pumpkin cheesecake.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Buddha-Bar Hotel

    For the chill-out sounds and Far Eastern look that have become hallmarks of this global boutique-hotel chain, seek out the Buddha-Bar on cobbled Jakubská, in the Old Town. Sip miso soup in the Siddharta cafe or pear brandy in the bar, where a DJ spins lounge sounds and you might enjoy a night of burlesque. The locally much-loved-Sunday brunches include all-you-can-drink concoctions laced generously with the strong stuff. Bedrooms are heavy on the scarlet and gold, with decorations such as dragons and orchids, mosaic baths and glowing lanterns: full of Eastern promise.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Four Seasons Hotel Prague

    Overlooking the Vltava River and iconic medieval Charles Bridge, with boat trips leaving just steps away from the hotel entrance, this grand outpost of the international Four Seasons label has fancy rooms: some in old-school chandelier-hung cream and pale gold, others in more contemporary designs. The hotel spreads over four buildings, showcasing the city’s distinct architectural eras, from vaulted baroque to 21st-century cool, via a neo-classical factory and Renaissance-revival fish merchant’s mansion. Something for everyone to love – and photograph for the folks back home.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa

    Every space in the Alchymist, a baroque 16th-century building, is a study in opulence. From the courtyard, cascading with flowers and ivy, to the rooms, overflowing with fringed brocade and rococo gilding. A lavish Italian restaurant and palatial spa complete the glitzy picture. The surrounding Malá Strana area is all picturesque alleys, rose-washed mansions and quirky galleries. You can check out Soviet memorabilia at the KGB Museum or stuffed cats and books of spells at the magic Museum of Alchemy.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on January 5, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.