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Alchymist Nosticova Palace
Ranked #22 of 670 Hotels in Prague
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“The Alchymist creates magic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2010

We spent the Easter weekend at the Alchymist Nosticova (there are two Alchymist hotels in Prague) for our wedding anniversary. This is not a big, modern hotel chain ~ this is a small gem of a boutique hotel, very old-fashioned, very charming. I'm talking gold tassels on the curtains, sparkling chandeliers everywhere - even tiny ones in the bathroom! - oil paintings and monogrammed sheets and slippers. Unusual decorations; carved wooden carousel horses and knight's suit of armour. Perfect for a romantic retreat. The room was immaculately clean and had all the comforts of slippers, robes, fully stocked minibar, dvd player, etc. We had dinner one night in the Crystal room section of the restaurant - this is a room almost completely covered in many small mirrors, with plush animal-print chairs. By daylight, this might be rather gaudy, but at night by the room is lit by the chandeliers and it's like being inside a shimmering jewel-box. The food was excellent and the waiters very good. All the staff were great, but the receptionist was amazing, the perfect combination of friendliness and professionalism. Every request was performed with a smile and she was a total pleasure to deal with. The location of the hotel is great; in a quiet street away from the noisy, crowded areas but within easy walking distance of all the sights. We greatly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lucie040872, manager at Alchymist Nosticova Palace, responded to this review, 14 April 2010
Thank you very much for the review, it make us very happy to hear such nice words regarding your impression from the stay. Yours sincerely, Lucie, Resident Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2010

I just can't say enough good things about the Residence Nosticova. You know, nice people really do make a diffference, and every person we encountered here was as nice and friendly as can be. We were traveling with our little boy and my parents so we booked two rooms. My parents were on the 3rd floor in Blancha and we were in the special Royal apartment on the 4th floor.
The location of the property is quiet and there is a nice little park with the David Cerney installation Babies just steps from the front door. There was never any street noise in the rooms and the surrounding area was safe and clean.
Peter provided transportation in his van from the train station and to the airport. He was prompt and friendly, willing to answer all of our questions. He was a safe driver.
The ladies who worked at the front desk were all as nice as could be. I wanted to get a massage and they promptly scheduled it and called me as soon as the therapist had arrived-all within an hour.
Our room on the 4th was quite spacious with views of Prague Castle and Petrin Hill. Very beautiful by day and night. My son loved giving piano recitals in the living room and it was nice to have to WC's. The larger bathroom has a large soaking tub with a handheld shower. I do have to say that I thought the bed in this room wasn't very comfortable. It was very creaky and every time you rolled over it creaked. I actually slept a night on the pull out in the living room and it was much better. My parents room on the 3rd floor had a very comfortable bed and did not creak, and their bathroom had a usual bath/shower combination. Their apartment didn't have the space ours had, or the two WC's, or the beautiful views, but theirs would certainly accomodate a family as a child could have slept on the pull up coach.
Breakfast was included in our rate and it was delicious. A very sweet blond girl worked most of the mornings we were there and she was lovely. We had delicious coffee, a meat and cheese plate, bread basket, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and then our choice of one hot item. I had the scrambled eggs with ham and cheese every morning and they were incredible.
We walked absolutely everywhere from the property. Cafe de Paris is just around the corner and we had a wonderful dinner there two nights in a row. I'd also recommend the Cafe Savoy. We found it on our last day; if I'd found it sooner we'd have eaten there twice too!
Again, I can't stress enough how very nice all the people who work at Nosticova are. I'd gladly take the creaky bed again and am willing to give this property perfect marks because it really was magical.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Chellebell
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Lucie040872, manager at Alchymist Nosticova Palace, responded to this review, 27 March 2010
Our most sincere thanks for the review.
Lucie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2010

I never book anywhere these days without referring to Trip Advisor. Having booked the flights I searched Prague hotels and booked this one direct. It can be difficult to find if you use a Google map, as we did, so note that this particular map is incorrect. The hotel is small yet perfectly formed and in a great location for all the sights of Prague. We were upgraded to a suite which had a huge bed in a large sumptuously decorated room with a separate dressing area and modern bathroom. The staff and service provided are all great and your every wish is their command. We did not eat in the hotel restaurant (perhaps we should have done) but can recommend a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar nearby called 'El Centro' for huge portions of tapas and very friendly service. When staying in Prague I would definately recommend this side of the river. It's quieter with a more 'up market' and slightly bohemian feel. That said, its only a short hop over the Charles Bridge to all the other sights. My other recommendation would be to check out the BBC weather report before you leave and remember that central Europe can be more than just a bit chilly to us Brits used to a more temperate zone so get the thermals in the suitcase and wrap up well.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank Ladymaca
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Lucie040872, manager at Alchymist Nosticova Palace, responded to this review, 22 March 2010
Thank you very much!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2010

My fiancee and I stayed at the Residence Nosticova 3 nights over Valentine. We had booked a suite and it was our first trip to Prague. The suite was absolutely gorgeous, a bit like an attic apartment and had a large bathtub/spa bath in the large bathroom and even a Piano in the living room. The hotel itself is very boutique-style, small and personal and has the same old-fashioned charm that so enchants Prague itself. Breakfast every morning was simple but high quality and definitely enough to get full and the breakfast room was cosy. The staff was wonderful and helpful and especially the manager Lucie and receptionist Sladjana made us feel at home! Lucie even wrote us several weeks after we returned to our home country, to tell us that the roses I had ordered for my fiancee had lasted a full two weeks after we left and that in Czech it was a sign of long lasting love. Very romantic and thoughtful of her. Prague by the way is amazing in itself and I we can highly recommend Café Savoy not from from the hotel for a good meal or an excellent Valrhona chocolate milk. One late night we felt hungry went to get takeaway from the thai-place Noi Noi just around the corner. We got a large portion and it tasted great. We will most certainly come back to the Nosticova next time we visit Prague!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lucie040872, manager at Alchymist Nosticova Palace, responded to this review, 22 March 2010
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2010

Reviews can be confusing. Reading the reviews on Trip Advisor it was a toss up whether we chose the Alychymist Residence or the Alychmist Grand as they both get very good ratings, but having spotted the Residence first on my search, and having emailed the hotel for a good price and got a swift reply from Dasa (who was a very helpful young lady during our stay), we decided to book at the Residence.

We were picked up at the airport in the hotel car and dropped at the front door. We had a junior suite Marie Therase which was a nice large room overlooking the road(see pictures at http://www.hotelsprague.cz/).

Generally it was quite and we slept well. The only problem is that by the door is a window which overlooks a walkway to another room, which has a light illuminating 24/7.

Even with the curtain drawn it lit up our room a bit. Maybe they could put the light on a PIR and save electricity ?

One past review had said that there was a kettle in the room but no tea & coffee. We could find no evidence of any kettle and mid afternoon fancied a cup of coffee. We therefore had to ask for one at the reception on our way back to the room. The lady said she would bring us one and when it arrived said that there was no charge.

One night we did order two coffees and two Amaretto and these were billed.

So a bit unclear if coffee and tea is complimentary in room or not.

Still not enough to influence our good rating of the hotel.

The breakfast was nice. A choice of 4 cereals, fresh juice,fruit, ham, cheese,salami and bread and usually Pain Au Chololate, Croissants and occasionally Pain Au Rasin.

There was also a choice of free bacon and eggs, French toast with syrup, scrambled eggs with cheese & ham and one other that I cannot remember, together with some items that you could pay for.

I tried the eggs & bacon and the scrambled egg (twice) which were fine. My girlfriend had the French toast and found it covered in Brown sugar and not much egg so did not eat it as way too sweet.

But overall it was very nice.

The young receptionist and bar staff were very friendly, we also met Dasa but not the manager, although a tall blonde lady kept saying hello in reception but never introduced herself.

As a guest you can use the spa facilites and pool at the sister hotel. This we did on the last day but found the small spa pool a bit cold. Other than that there was a steam room, sauna and a few loungers and a nice double lounger. It was ok but not the best spa we have been to.

It is a further 5 minutes away in the direction of the castle.

However we found the Residence to be in the perfect location in a nice part of town with a lot of embassies and nice restaurants and coffee shops. only a couple of minutes to either Charles bridge or the Petrin Funicular railway.

Out And About

We stayed for 3 nights (4days) in Prague arriving on the Wednesday and leaving Saturday afternoon.

Generally Prague was not busy so a lot of the restauratns and bars were pretty empty which did put us off a few.

We did however come across very friendly service in all the places we ate.

First night we ate in a place called Restaurant MLYNÁŘE which is in the next street to the right of the Grand Spa hotel. While the meal did not set the world alight the service was very good and it was friendly. We had a set menu of mixed cold platter,pork & steak flambe (at the table) in plum sauce followed by what turns out to be a popular prague dish icecream & hot rasperries. Also included was a caraff of wine and a half bottle of the local sec sparkling wine. Total came to around £30 for two.

We stopped for coffee one night just round the corner from our hotel in a tiny cafe called the Little Whale (U Male velryby). It was fairly busy with a nice feel to it and the food looked nice. A young couple with a basic small kitchen but looked good.

Lastly we were after a late lunch one afternoon and wandered into an Italian restaurant to share a pizza and some mulled wine. The waiter was very nice and when the pizza came they had divided it onto two seperate plates as we were sharing.Nice touch. I fancied a pudding so tried the cheescake which was lovely and light. Anyway we got the bill and I notice Tripadvisor stamped on the card. Turns out it was rated No 3 restaurant in Prague. We liked it so much we went back again on our final night and luckily the waiter recognised us because it was bookings only as they were jammed full. We had a lovely meal again (I will write a seperate reveview)

Prague did suprise me. I am not normally into architecture churches etc but it was a nice place to walk around and from our standpoint not too expensive to eat and drink.

The demise of the £ vs a lot of currencies has led to the Hen & Stag party crown heading to other cities.

The Alcyymist is an expensive hotel by Prague standards but we feel that the level of personal service, location and comfort makes it a very good choice if you are willing to stretch your budget.

Our one regret was not being able to eat in the restaurant as it was a bit on the expensive side, but the restaurant does look very nice and the menu looks nice.

But overall a vey nice stay - Well done to all the staff

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RichardHawkins
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2010

Fantastic Hotel. Staff very helpful and friendly - especially Lucie (Manager - who is gorgeous by the way!) Room was beautiful and the hotel restaurant was sublime. Probably the best dining experience we have ever had and a bargain. Can't recommend this Hotel enough.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank Nirvana43
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Lucie040872, manager at Alchymist Nosticova Palace, responded to this review, 22 March 2010
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2010

I was looking for a romantic place to take my wife for Valentine's Day weekend. I did research on TripAdvisor before selecting this hotel, and the recommendations were spot on. The Alchymist has two hotels in the Malá Strana district of Prague, and this is the smaller one, at Nosticova 1, tucked away on a small side street. The other one has the main spa and fitness center.

The service was impeccable; everyone, the manager, the front desk staff, and the maid, was terrific. The service in the restaurant was just as good, friendly and accomodating. Everyone spoke English surprisingly well, although they were kind enough to let us try our halting Czech. I actually know Slovak better than Czech, and that was great because a few of the staff are from Slovakia. They all helped us with sightseeing tips, getting around, and restaurant recommendations. One night we had dinner in the hotel, a degustation menu, and since we were running late for a show, they let us go to return for dessert and coffee, with no problems. It was a super dinner too, btw. Breakfast is very well done also: pastries, yogurt, juices, cheese, eggs, ham, salami, fruit. Very laid back, comfortable and delicious.

The decoration scheme of the whole hotel is jacked-up. Nothing austere or cold about it. Our room was on the first floor, right by the entrance, which was unusual, but it was almost always very quiet. The ceiling had a prominent cross design that followed its curves, and it made the room quite striking and romantic. It felt like being in the nave of a church. The bathroom was large, had a comfortable bath, and the shower was powerful. The bed as well was large and comfortable.

The location of the hotel is rather good. It's about halfway between the Charles Bridge and the Legií Bridge on the West side of the Vltava. Walking to and from the Metro station at Malostranská is no problem, plus there are trams going everywhere in between. It was easy to get around to all the sights, museums, and restaurants. In February, it is very romantic, and it looks like it would be very good in the summer too, being close to Kampa and the Vltava.

It was close to perfect. For about US$150 a day with breakfast included, it is a very good value too.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lucie040872, manager at Alchymist Nosticova Palace, responded to this review, 22 March 2010
Thank you so much...!
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Property: Alchymist Nosticova Palace
Address: Nosticova 463/1, Prague 118 00, Czech Republic (Formerly Alchymist Residence Nosticova)
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Region: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Mala Strana (Little Quarter) , Praha 1
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Prague
#18 Luxury Hotel in Prague
#28 Family Hotel in Prague
#50 Business Hotel in Prague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Alchymist Nosticova Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 16
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