We booked a one night stay at the Buddha Bar hotel after meeting their representative at a London travel fair a few months before and being wowed by the photographs of the interior.
On arrival, early on Saturday morning after a very early start from London, we were warmly welcomed by the reception/concierge guys who were expecting us and had details of our booking in front of them immediately. They had noted our requests regarding our room and although it was only 10am, they said our room would be ready in approximately an hour, way ahead of the anticipated check in time, and offered us a complimentary welcome drink and suggested a route for us to take a quick walk. As we had also been given a voucher at the travel fair they did everything they could to accommodate our request for the massage this entitled us to, being as flexible as possible with timings etc to be helpful to us.
We took our welcome drink in the lovely cafe and then went for a stroll as suggested. On returning around an hour later we were whisked up to the room after an explanation of the layout of the hotel and its facilities had been given.
The room, oh the room. It was fantastic. Really spacious, gorgeous sumptuous decor and great bathroom with huge bathtub and tile vision tv.
Welcome chocs and water had been left for us with a thoughtful handwritten note from the director of the hotel - just one of the many personalised touches which really made our stay.
The concierge made a dinner reservation for us at a restaurant we had eaten at 9 years before without any fuss and arranged a car to take us there that evening.
Every time we left or entered the hotel the concierge/reception staff were smiling, polite and wished us a nice day - in fact, all of the staff were like this. Just great.
We had post dinner cocktails in the bar on Saturday night, very cool indeed with a great cocktail list. Maybe a price list for the cigar humidor could have been helpful rather than the waitress having to walk backwards and forwards quite so often to enquire but that's a minor issue. The waitresses also seemed quite irritated that we wanted to add their tip to the bar bill and charge it to our room as they informed us that this meant they didn't receive the tip and it went to the hotel instead and so they preferred cash, however, as we were staying in the hotel and had left our coats/wallets etc upstairs we didn't have any cash with us - they seemed quite annoyed about this but that was hardly our fault...
Breakfast on Sunday morning was a leisurely affair, served until 11am which was lovely!
Sunday night rolled around just too soon and after a fantastic Thai massage we checked out at 8pm, an easy and quick checkout with non of the usual queuing or bill queries.
Would we recommend this to other couples looking for a luxurious, romantic break? Yes like a shot! Go you won't regret it.
Anything we thought the hotel could improve upon? Well, the bathroom had an offputting damp smell but this seemed to be generally around that area of Prague rather than just in the hotel... maybe some incense sticks in the bathroom might help though??
Tile vision tv and the B&O tv in the bedroom were great but there were very few English channels... not too relaxing or romantic to watch Sky News in the bathtub... would have been great to have a music channel like MTV perhaps... though the Buddha Bar music selection which you could play through the bedroom tv was fantastic - for some reason you couldn't have this in the bathroom which was a real shame.
Other than those really minor niggles - we would revisit for definite and thanks for making our weekend so lovely!!
- 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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