The Aria is a boutique hotel and ticks all the boxes for a wonderful stay in comfort, surrounded by music and friendly staff.
The hotel was full of surprises. All we knew before we arrived in Prague on that snowy winter's day was that it was musically-themed, to complement the visit we had planned to the Prague State Opera (La Traviata)
Even as you pull up outside, it is obvious that this was going to be different. The outside, the entrance, and indeed the warm welcome, make you feel that you have arrived somewhere special. Having been allocated the hotel by the agency, I had no idea, apart from what was on the internet, exactly what to expect.
Our welcome tour was an eye-opener. Our cases had vanished to the room and we were shown all the facilities, which includes a better than average gym-and-pamper suite, steam room, quiet areas and even two viewing rooms for watching films. Never seen that before.
The bar and restaurant areas are fascinating, full of variety, interesting objet d'art and of course there is excellently chosen music playing.
We were then shown the music library where we were told we could borrow any CD or DVD we liked during our stay. We were issued with our iPod (I am not kidding!) which was pre-loaded with 500 classical, jazz and popular music tracks. There were no headphones but when we arrived in the room, we found out why. There's a docking station connected to the computer terminal (free internet in the room), the wide-screen LCD TV and the Harmon-Kardon HiFi. With large high quality speakers to deliver the sound, we were in HiFi heaven!
For TV channels, there is Czech digital TV, or standard TV with BBC and CNN, or you can play a DVD n the wide screen, the sound coming through the speaker cabinets. Or, you can lie there and listen to, well peace and silence, even though busy Prague is only a little way away.
We stayed in the Tchaikovsky room - the view from the window is included in this review, it speaks for itself. The hotel is spotlessly clean, the bathroom is big enough to hold a party and the room is very well appointed - being very large with plenty of places to sit and relax. There was no in-room tea-making, but with everything else there, it would be churlish to complain about it. The mini-bar was well stocked, the furnishings tasteful, the bathroom had a bath and two showers.
We didn't spend much time eating at the hotel because we had other venues pre-booked, but when we did eat in the bar a coupe of times, the club sandwiches were to die for! Normal five star hotel prices, and service excellent.
The concierge (they shared two shifts) doubled as music experts in the music library and their knowledge of music is considerable, recomending music that you might like to hear.
For location, it could hardly be better - it's a few minutes walk from the Castle-side of the Charles Bridge.
So, who would this hotel suite? A wide variety of guests - musicians, certainly, people who love music - absolutely. People who like high quality places to stay - of course. Prague is an artistic place, there are concerts and performances everywhere, and the city is beautifully ornate. This hotel complements that tradition. A city that has been allowed to maintain it's historic look-and-feel with a complete absence of skyscrapers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aria is Prague's world class Luxury Hotel. An Oasis for the Jet Set knowing this priviledged place with its Baroque Garden, world famous Panorama Terrace and 51 unique rooms; each celebrates an Artist of Music. Designed by Versace's genious Magnoli. Introducing the treasures of a private collection of original masterpieces by Chagall, Picasso, Braque or Dali. A peaceful serenity over the rooftops of the City of 1000 Spires. Reward yourself! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aria Hotel Prague