I was able to spend four nights at the Four Seasons Prague recently after a three night stay at the Mandarin Oriental. One night was in a Renaissance room and then the other three a few days later in a Deluxe room. The Renaissance rooms look lovely on the website, and for the most part they are. Very high ceilings and lots of space make them seem huge. A few minor criticisms: the air conditioning did nothing for cooling the room or reducing the stale air; the carpets look like they could be replaced; and the noise from the street was noticeable.
When I returned I was booked in the same room type but decided to downgrade in hopes of getting something quieter. Because of low occupancy I was given a deluxe room much closer to the river that was far enough away from the noisy streets that I could sleep even with the windows open. The room was certainly smaller, but it looked much fresher with its 'modern' decor. Both rooms had all the expected luxury amenities.
I had the buffet breakfast one morning for a whopping 750Kc (about $38). It was nice, but it did not include hot entrees which would have put a a breakfast meal near $50. I also had their lunch special, two courses for 390Kc (~$20) that included a fantastic tomato-based seafood soup and two beef cheeks with interesting pureed cauliflower. I also ordered room service daily once I discovered that their regular decaffeinated coffee was far superior to anything else I found in Prague. It was also a very good value - a large pot for a bit more than five bucks.
I didn't have a lot of interaction with the staff, but they were all very professional and they always greeted me by name.
Perhaps the best feature of the hotel for those who want to be right in the middle of the action is its location, about a block north of the Charles Bridge right on the river. The city center in Prague is pretty compact and I was able to walk anywhere I needed to go in about 25 minutes. The downside is that a number of hotel rooms overlook or are close enough to HEAR the action if you are a light sleeper. I agree with other reviewers who say to choose your room with care.
Yes, the Four Seasons Prague is expensive, perhaps more than it should be given it is in a reasonably priced city, but considering the whole experience I'd say it was worth the price (note that I was on a third night free package in the deluxe room). I don't stay at Four Seasons hotels because they are inexpensive but because they always deliver top of the line service. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat if I could get a comparable value - not likely in the busier tourist season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Prague´s premium location – on the picturesque Vltava River, a stone throw away from the Charles Bridge, overlooking historic Prague Castle – Four Seasons service and comfort interweaves with Czech cultural traditions and centuries of architecture. The interiors of 138 rooms and 19 suites immerse the guests in history with a variety of design and styles. From 15th century Baroque splendor to the contemporary urban design of today, the Hotel bridges the traditions of yesterday with the style of tomorrow. CottoCrudo, an energetic modern restaurant, offers a new interpretation of Italian classics. It's sleek and contemporary design gives it a quintessential urban vibe. CottoCrudo lounge and bar present extensive wine and creative cocktails menu and some of the Czech culinary classics. The new Tea Lounge as the grand centerpiece of the redesigned Hotel Lobby offers a unique light food fare & beverage experience in an elegant and traditional yet lively atmosphere. The new AVA Spa provides the authentic and traditional European wellness experiences, in an intimate and calming atmosphere. 635 m2 of remodeled conference and event space includes private outdoor riverside terrace with breathtaking city views. Flavorful cuisine reflects today's trends bringing together high quality, modern interpretation and great value. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Hotel Prague
- Four Seasons Prague
- Prague Four Seasons