Where do I start? No doubt you are just beginning on the journey of review after review of hotel after hotel, just as I did prior to booking my latest trip. Please, don't waste your time reviewing the others, instead just book for the Hotel Le Palais. From the moment the concierge greeted myself and my girlfriend, to the moment he waved us goodbye, our stay at the hotel was sheer perfection.
Unlike my previous visits to Prague I decided this time to stay on the outskirts of the city centre, something which I've seen labelled as a criticism of Le Palais. However with the increasing popularity of Prague and the Stag-Do culture, in my opinion the location of Le Palais is ideal. Located in a quieter part of town, it's no more than 15 minute walk from Wenceslas Square, and 25 minute walk from Old Town Square, and with weekend breaks to Prague all about walking and sightseeing, Le Palais' location only adds to this enjoyment.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the Hotel Concierge and the Hotel Receptionist, who's friendliness, professionalism and willingness to help at all times was typical of all members of staff. Our cases were quickly swept off to our room, while even with our midnight arrival we were given a tour of all hotel services and amenities. From the luxurious reception area, through the 24 hour bar and seating area, to the stunning library complete with log fire, and then to the palatial breakfast room and restaurant. All were decorated, furnished and maintained to the highest standard, and although the hotel website is fairly representative of the hotels features, they just don't do it justice!
After our tour of the hotel we were then showed to our room, and again provided a quick brief of it's facilities. This included a complimentary mini-bar, programmeable safe, underfloor heating, tv, dvd, ample wardrobe space, luxurious bathroom, all complimented once again by the stunning decor and furnishings that are now typical of all areas of the hotel.
After a most comfortable sleep, and awaking in such beautiful surroundings, we then went to breakfast (served until 1030 M-F, and 1200 Wkends), in yet again another stunning room of the hotel. We were greeted, as now fully accustomed, with such warmth, charm and genuine enthusiasm by the staff. The breakfast choice included the usual continental choice of fresh meats, cheese, yoghurts, cereals, fresh pastries and fresh fruits (all self service), and was further complimented by the choice of a more UK traditional breakfast. Choice and quality was perfect, likewise service, and hoping not to sound too repetitive the surroundings, cleanliness and attention to every single detail were like never experienced before!
Not wanting to relive every moment spent at the hotel, I think it would be remiss of me not to mention the fitness, health and spa resort, again another fantastic facility of the hotel. Located in the basement and lower basement levels of the hotel, these facilities were manned at their respective reception areas, where again staff were only too willing to help. Although we didnt use the gym or have any of the spa treatments, we did use the sauna, steam room and the whirlpool each day, again facilities built, decorated and maintained to the highest standard and cleanliness. With associated showers, water jets, and aroma showers the health suite was an ideal way to wind down and relax at the end of a busy day walking the beautiful streets of Prague.
I could continue to sing the praises of Le Palais, but to do too much would take away from the surprise that awaits your booking of the hotel. As per my introduction I encourage you to save yourself the time of reading other reviews and reviewing other hotels, instead just book Le Palais.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1841, restored from 1888 until 1897, the luxury Le Palais Art Hotel is a striking example of Belle Epoque architecture. The historic ornamental stucco and magnificent wall paintings help to create an unforgettable impression. A special atmosphere can be found in the spacious rooms and suites at our luxury hotel in Prague. The intimate size of le Palais (72 rooms) guarantees a different approach to our guests, a personal, refined approach in every single detail. This attention to the details, the personal touches and guest oriented assistance distils in a uniquely Italian artistic atmosphere. ... more less
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