Although only taking in a spot as no. 117 on TripAdvisor's list of hotels in Prague at the time of booking we took the chance as the first reviews were very very positive - but there was only a few (as the hotel is BRAND new).
and we were not let down...
Location: The hotel is situated directly to the Repuplican Square - just opposite of Prague's largest mall - with appr. 200 shops/restaurants. It is literally just 50 m away. The main shopping street starts only 300-400 m away - so you could not ask for a better location if you are there for the shopping. The hotel is situated so absolutely central that all of downtown is within walking distance - main square is no more than 500 m away, etc.
Hotel: The building is a beautiful old Prague building that has been carefully restored. The reception area, restaurant and lobby bar are all very contemporary in their design with beautiful contemporary chandeliers, furniture, art, etc. This style is much more to our liking that a more traditional (like i.e. Marriott).
Room: Unfortunately an upgrade was not possible - but the room we had was fine. We were however quite disappointed with the "view" as our 2 windows were quite small and placed quite high. There was an OK view of the dome of the next door concert hall which was beautifully lit at night. The rest of the room is in same style as the hotel - contemporary - with stylish furnitures etc. All amenities (iron/ironing board, safe, kettle for tea/coffee, etc.) are there - and even WiFi is free of charge (with very good connection and speed). We were taken to the room by the bell boy - and given a tour of the room and amenities.
After a long day of travelling and exploring the city we decided to eat at the hotel and spend the evening in the room with a good movie - however the in-room entertainement system proved to be somewhat of a challenge. Only movies starting with A, B or C were available - and the inhouse technicians could not fix it. Apparently (we were told the next day) the system was not yet 100% fully installed - and the rest of the movies would be available within 1-2 weeks... Too bad. Despite a bit disappointed the hotel staff again proved to be uniquely service minded - and cancelled the fee (€13 for the full package).
The bathroom is beautiful as well - nice marble and seperate bath and shower (with 2 shower heads). The overall impression of the bathroom was good and all accessories are there - however there are 2 things that I need to comment - 1) The light... The light in the bathroom is quite powerful and bright - which is perfect when getting ready for dinner - but when stumpling to the toilet in the middle of the night you are completely blinded! Furthermore it was quite impossible to create a relaxing/cosy atmoshphere when taking a bath. Often you have a 2 stage light - or light dimmers - to adjust to your "needs". 2) The bath... I decided to take a bath after a long day of walking and a lot of fresh air - but the bath is simply too small. This is a common mistake in hotel rooms - however in this case it is not only short - but the bottom is leaning (down towards the drain) quite a lot - which has the unfortunate effect that in the head end of the bath the water is very shallow. I am not a big guy (180 cm) - but I could not cover more than 30% of my body in the bath - no matter what I did. Even when lying completely down (and my legs out of the water) the water was so shallow it could not even cover my chest/stomach (and I am not heavy either...). So my ambition of a nice relaxing bath was cut short... spent only 10 min. in there.
All in all the room was very nice - with a few minor disappointments (the biggest being the small windows). The decor is super - and the bed was really really nice - a genuine double bed (and not just to single beds pushed together!).
Restaurant: We decided to eat in the Meating Point restaurant on the first evening as were simply too tired to go out. The restaurant is public and has a nice cool stylish look. The staff were (again) super friendly (although a bit confused - but everything was handled with a smile and therefore forgiven immediately). The food was quite average to be honest - in my opinion a 5 star hotel with big ambitions should aspire to something more than what they have now. I am not asking for Michelin Star food - but a bit more upscale would be appropriate for the hotel. Breakfast was also served in the restaurant - buffet - and was complete and fresh. Only remark would be the yoghurts - that are placed in glass bowls with no cooling... Otherwise very nice - several different sorts of bread to choose from - from regular toast to dark rye bread.
Spa: We went to the spa and had the Thai Massage (60 min.). The spa staff was amazing - sooo sweet and all about service and making sure that you enjoyed your stay there. My wife and I really wanted to have the massage together - which was no problem - and the massage itself was good. These thai girls were not holding back - and the massage could be somewhat painful - but the effect - wauv!! I was feeling so good afterwards (although a bit sore). Afterwards we had some green tea in the lounge area - and I went to the sauna. Unfortunately the Finnish steam bath was broken - but the sauna was just fine (but they should put up a termometer...). We then both went into the swimming pool. The pool is fitted with a jet stream to create a current and making the pool endless. You can swim directly from the pool into the jacuzzi - a small mistake in my book. The water for a jacuzzi should always be nice and warm - but it had the same temperatur as the swimming pool - making you feel cold quite quickly. But all in all the spa is fantastic. There is also a small - but well equipped fitness room.
The final verdict for the hotel is that is certainly deserves the 5 stars - and with a correction of some minor issues this hotel could be absolutely amazing. I am sure they will fix many of them over the coming months - and I will be happy to return. My warmest recommendations all the way around - especially because of the very friendly and helpful staff...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rendezvous with Prague's history, modernity & lifestyle!A historical, neo-Renaissance-style building has been gently and tastefully transformed from the former prestigious seat of the Czech Chamber of Commerce into the contemporary deluxe 5 star Prague Hotel KINGS COURT. Our central Prague hotel opened in November 2009.This Central Prague Hotel provides luxury accommodation in 137 guestrooms, unique conference facilities, including a magnificent ballroom suitable for all type of company events, special occasions & weddings.Our modern Brasserie mEating Point offering French, Czech and International cuisine, boasts all year round operated terrace with beautiful view of Republic Square. Vodka Lobby Bar is a very lively place with an exclusive selection of world's finest Vodkas.SPA KINGS COURT features cozy pool with Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fitness.All clients will appreciate free Wi-Fi connection throughout the entire property. The Kings Court Hotel is known as one of the best hotels in Prague, due to its high level of service, beautiful designs and comfortable accommodations. ... more less
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