This hotel has fewer than 40 rooms, so guests are well-looked after. The decor of the rooms is exactly like in the photographs; beautifully appointed. If you love the color red, you'll be in heaven here. The rooms were immaculate, the bed fantastically comfortable, the bathroom very luxurious. Every night turndown service included pastries and chocolates, and fresh bottled water. The rooms are not too dark, since there is plenty of lighting once you figure out how to use the controls and many light switches/dimmers. However, the hallways are ludicrously dark. As is the Buddha Bar Restaurant. They bring you tiny flashlights to read the menu, and you need them. The food was wonderful at the Restaurant, but I feel that something is lost when you cannot really see the colors and textures of the food. Honestly, absurdly dark, and the franchise should get over this affectation. When it's that hard to see, your energy is drained just trying to move around.
The music system in the rooms was great, and the location perfect. I was amazed at how right outside and around the corner was the huge old town square, thronging with people; yet inside the hotel was another world, peaceful, quiet, calm. You can walk everywhere from this hotel, including up to Prague CAstle! The people who work at the front desk, including Jakob, were wonderfully warm and helpful; the staff at the Siddhartha Cafe were also wonderful, especially Katerina. Veronika Borovickova, the Reservations Manager, was incredibly helpful and kind, helping me weeks in advance to solve a pre-payment issue.
Take the time to learn some Czech phrases and courtesies. It makes a huge difference, people open up immediately if you simply know how to say "thank you very much" with a proper Czech accent. One last warning: most of what people say about Czech taxi drivers is true. Negotiate and agree upon your fare before getting in to a taxi.
With respect to lodging, I would definitely stay in this hotel again. It is worth the 5 star rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague represents the first property of the new Buddha-Bar Hotels & Resorts chain inspired by the legendary Buddha-Bar brand. Trendy hotel concept goes beyond expectations to ensure a relaxing andrejuvenating experience through its mystical fusion, exquisite designs, highlypersonalized services, state-of-the-art technologies, top-end amenities and culinary delights served at Siddharta Café. ... more less
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