My husband and I enjoyed a memorable post-New Year stay in Prague, thanks in large part to our choice of hotel. We stayed at the Alchymist Residence Nosticova from January 1 to 3. I booked a winter package that included a welcome bottle of wine and complimentary use--including one free massage--in their spa and Health Club at their sister Alchymist Grand Hotel. Everything was smooth and trouble free, from the reservation that I made over the web and by email (efficiently handled by Adela), the taxi pickup at the train station pre-arranged by the hotel (great for avoiding hassles of calling a taxi when you're already there, and you're sure to get a clean car), check-in and settling in the room. The train from Vienna arrives just before noontime, too early for the hotel check-in. No problem. We left our bags with the hotel staff and walked around the area. There are many restaurants a short distance from this hotel, open even on Jan. 1, since it's under ten minutes walking distance to Charles Bridge, the US Embassy area, and my favorite destination, the Church of Our Lady Victorious (Panny Marie Vítezné) in Malá Strana, which is a pilgrimage site for devotees of the infant Jesus of Prague (Santo Niño de Praga). After a leisurely lunch and a brief stop at the church, we were back at the hotel to check into the room. The complimentary red Moravian wine was excellent, and there was also a complimentary bottle of water.
Prague city holds a grand fireworks display over the Vltava river every year at dusk on Jan. 1 (as well as Dec. 31). By sheer luck we were in our room when the fireworks began, and we had a magnificent ringside view from the windows of our top-floor room (even from the bathroom window). Aside from the fireworks, this room had an unobstructed view toward the river area, and in daylight we could see the buildings lining both banks.
The hotel's restaurant is gorgeously decorated in Italian style. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season, so we only had breakfasts there. The antique furniture and opulent surroundings certainly added a touch of class to the generous breakfast fare that included cold and warm selections. My husband and I particularly enjoyed one of the
bread selections in their bread basket (can't recall the name now), which I learned was baked at their sister hotel. The staff at breakfast were attentive and prompt, but discreet.
I'm not sure if we got the standard room or something else. Our room on the top floor had a huge bathroom with bathtub, almost the same floor area as the bedroom (which is not small, by European standards; we and our luggage had plenty of space). All of the lighting in the bedroom and bathroom was provided by crystal chandeliers, what a luxury!
Instead of the small massage room in the Residence, we opted to walk a short distance to the sister Grand Hotel. I was not disappointed. The spa is HUGE! It had separate changing rooms with lockers for men and women. Guests are provided robes, towels and slippers for their stay. There's a choice of several kinds of Indonesian, Swedish and other styles of massage. There are dry and steam saunas. On a tip, we went at noontime which is the least busy time. In fact, there were no other customers, so my husband and I had the place to ourselves. The spa receptionists were very helpful in guiding me to select a massage, and as nobody was around even gave my husband any myself a tour of the facilities before we made an appointment for the massage. The masseuse was very professional.
Kudos to this fine hotel. We'll definitely be back, and we definitely recommend it.
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- Alchymist Residence Nosticova Prague
- Alchymist Residence Nosticova Hotel Prague