I stayed at the Kempinski Hybernska for about six weeks in November and December 2012 before moving to my flat. Hence, I had a pretty extended period of time to check out the hotel´s facilities.
Location: It is very conveniently located, very central and yet just a few steps away from the beaten tourist tracks, it is about 2 minutes walking from the Powder Tower or the Republic Square.
Hotel´s public spaces: the entrance is sort of unassuming, the same applies to the reception and lobby area; in particular the entrance door even looks a bit tacky. Here one certainly could have done a better job. I have to admit I have never liked the overall interior design concept of Kempinski hotels, they try to be special but never produce something really classy and tasteful, that also applies to the Adlon in Berlin and the Kempinski in Budapest or Kuh´damm. Their style is miles away from the likes of Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental or the Rocco Forte Collection.
However, what was really nicely done are the staircase and the corridors on the room floors. High ceilings, thick wall to wall carpets, contemporary art displayed on the walls, good lighting concept.
Rooms: During my entire stay I was lucky to have stayed in three different room categories. All rooms are very well appointed, boast all amenities you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The bathrooms are very large, there is a bath tub and a shower cabin.
Rooms are large, clearly above average of this hotel category. There is no noise coming through the window even if you have a room facing the street.
Rooms are very clean, daily turn down service is provided as well, the larger room categories even had small kitchenettes including an oven and a Nespresso machine.
During the last week of my stay I had a duplex room facing the garden which was particularly nice and quite. The space was big enough to call it an apartment and there was a moment when I thought why not staying here rather than renting an apartment.
Restaurant: breakfast was a delight, there is a buffet style breakfast plus an extensive a la carte choice of eggs. Everything was fresh and nicely presented. Really good.
I also had dinner numerous times. I almost tried the entire menu during the six weeks period and I have to state that all dishes were excellent which is not always the case in hotel restaurants. My favourite was the tomato soup and the beef tartare for starters and as a main course the beef filet. Really delicious. Staff was very helpful, warm and friendly. I would like to highlight James, I think he is the head waiter who was particularly friendly.
Internet: there is free wifi throughout the hotel. This was actually the only point where I was not fully satisfied. For e mailing and browsing the internet wifi worked well but for downloading movies or watching online movies it did not really work. There is a cable internet connection as well which works well but it is at an extra charge.
Summary: Great location, great service, wonderful and spacious rooms. The few critical comments about design in the public areas and the rather slow wifi do not prevent me to rate this hotel with 5 stars. I do certainly recommend it and would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Mark Hotel is situated within a stunning Neo-Classical building, just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town Square. With its 75 large and beautifully appointed rooms, many of them suites, the hotel offers timeless elegance with tasteful contemporary features, furnishings and fittings. To complete the feeling of luxury, the majority of the guestrooms feature a separate bedroom and spacious living area including fitted kitchenette. The Le Grill Restaurant, Two Steps Bar and the hotel's unique private garden with its baroque fountain, offer central Prague's best possible setting for you to relax, enjoy great food and celebrate your special occasion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kempinski Hybernska Hotel Prague