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Art Deco Hotel Imperial
Ranked #44 of 670 Hotels in Prague
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
“Good 5 star alternative in Prague”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2009

We stayed 4 nights at the Imperial. BTW it's not really known and the Art Deco Imperial, just Imperial Hotel. It is housed in a restored art nouveau style building built in the early 1900 but I would not say it is the best example of this form of architecture. I think quite a lot of the interiors were mock ups and so it was not entirely aesthetically appealing. For example, the dining room looked to me like a large high ceilinged turkish sauna with its glazed art nouveau wall tyles and mouldings. Then again this is a matter of taste.

Our stay was pleasant and enjoyable but as my Czech friend had warned us, "Service still needs improvement". For a 5 Star hotel it tried hard enough but we found service variable - some staff were better than others and there were definitely rough edges that could be polished off here and there.

The rooms were large and adequate and very comfortable, but bathroom toiletries were not up to expectation. There is a nice reataurant on the ground floor which serves meals throughout the day where the food is really not bad. Try the Czech Sauvignon Blanc Binder.

It is located on the edge of the Old Town so it's a 15 minute trek into the town square - not an issue if the weather is good (as there are nice buildings all along the way) but on a rainy day this can be a set back.

Trams, metro trains and buses leave from a stop (Namesti Republiky) about 5 minutes down the road from the hotel where you can go to most places in Prague, including the cathedral and castle on the hill across the river - helps if you've done the tourist walk before and don't really want to do it again. Lots of shopping around and a 10 - 15 minute walk to Wenceslas Square.

The sauna and gym are little old and they really need an upgrade on gym equipment. Otherwise clean and adequate.

L_I

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2009

We stayed here in May 09 and had a great time, the hotel is fairly central and only a few minutes away from Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. The hotel is next to a huge new shopping centre, it even had M & S (probably the cheapest place to buy wine).

The room was ok but truthfully spent little time there. For what we paid the hotel could have been more memorable, I do remember the door was very stable like (clutching at straws I'm afraid) and there was a shoe shiner near the lifts. In all fairness I can't say anything negative so surely that's a good thing.

We ate out in Cowboys on Nerudova Street near the castle, the name nearly put me off but glad it didn't, we asked for a table with a view over all of Prague which was absolutely spectacular. This would not be suitable for somebody who couldn't climb hundreds of stairs, I am unsure if there was a lift but fairly sure there wasn't. The food was excellent but very expensive!#

Prague is a truly lovely City which was absolutely packed with visitors, you will love it!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2009

Got into Prague from a late flight and had the hotel send someone to pick me up with their service. They sent an italian looking supermodel :P that whisked me to the hotel in his mercedes. No joke. So it was a great start to my trip :) Check in was very quick and when i got into my room on the 3rd floor...i was very very relieved that it was 5* quality and more. Plush bed, over-exuberant fixtures and bathroom...definately a match for my very high expectations. Not a great view but room was top-notch. Breakfast was very good. Simple spread but with quality and decor of every part of this hotel is amazing. Can't say enough. Pillows could have been more firm, but to each their own.
Great location...walking distance to all sites and 10mins to Old Town.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2009

We visted Prague this April as a family and stayed at the Imperial Hotel .
We had visited the city 4 years ago and stayed in an apartment but this time we treated ourself to some 5 Star luxury. The children are aged 10, 12 and 14 so we were concerned that they would not enjoy the visit as much as the first one when they were younger but were , in fact, proved wrong!
Prague itself just hits you with fantastic images and architechture being so very different to Britain. The pinks and yellows of the buildings plus the vast spread of red roofs is very pleasing on the eye and I love turrets and the carving detail on the stonework. Not an expert but just appreciate the difference and it reminds me of Grimm fairytales!
The hotel was gorgeous. Located on a corner with lovely ornate external detail you then enter a fabulous world of Art Deco luxury. There is a spacious reception with a bar just to the side . When we saw the dining room, or Cafe Imperial as they call it we were just blown away! There is a mass of fantastic tiling and figures of an almost Egyptian style at the pillars and even the ceiling is covered in tiny ceramic tiling in a gorgeous pattern. You need 3 courses to be able to look at it all. The food was wonderful with a choice for every palate and the children especially loved the ice cream bomb where sorbet in a dark chocolate ball is melted away with a hot coconut sauce.It gave us the chance to let them experience a very special meal at a very reasonable price and a menu which would suit the adventurous and traditional. We tried Czech wine as recommended to us by our friend and it was excellent. If I could remember or pronounce the name I would add it...and try to get some though I doubt I would be sucessful in Britain! Breakfast was in the same dining room and in the form of a buffet with every possible choice freshly topped up.
Our rooms were perfect. The children shared a room next door to us with an en-suite bathroom and a seperate second toilet while we had a corner room with gorgeous alabaster tiling and underfloor heating. After walking the cobbles of Prague for 6 hours this was welcomed by my sad feet! Also a huge bed and crisp white sheets to sprawl around in after sightseeing and a good meal. My husband and eldest son were also delighted to have internet access, essential for the former to be in touch with work .
I also indulged in a massage in the hotel spa for a full 90 minutes .After a lot of walking that day the therapist took all the pain away with some wonderful reflexology massage. The children also enjoyed the spa though waited until later in the evening so as not to annoy adult guests!
The location was excellent too as it was a short walk to the main Old Town Square , a large shopping complex called The Palladium and my favourite, The Municiple House.
This is just incredible in terms of Art Deco style with a cafe accessible to everyone and the most wonderful restaurant for a very special (and quite pricey) meal. This is more of a romantic adult only treat partly the cost and partly to enjoy the surroundings. It is essential to at least look at this place!
We walked miles and the children were happy to be back revisiting places from the previous trip as children seem to enjoy the novelty first then the familiarity. St Vitus cathedral was worth a trip , The views over the city are excellent. It was easy to explore the city without getting lost with maps and the river as a guide. Charles Bridge is another tourist must with great artists to draw your portrait. Look st what they are doing for accuracy before you choose one.
We are fortunate enough to have a Czech friend who was able to show us how to use the tram system and even go on a train adventure or two but the hotel reception would help you with any queries like this too.
With children 4-5 days is probably enough and they will have a mixture of sightseeing , eating , enjoying the markets and visiting the zoo. More time than this needs a car and some local knowledge! Overall I think we were all very happy and would love to return again. I would not hesitate to recommend Hotel Imperial!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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Derbyshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2009

This is a really nice hotel. The staff were excellent, the rooms were large, beautiful and very clean. Easy walk into the old town. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2009

Our travel agent booked this room for us, so I was expecting a comfortable room but not much more. We also had an outdated copy of the Prague travel guide and it listed the Imperial as a hostel without air conditioning. This building underwent a massive restoration in 2006-2007 and it's obvious that they spared NO expense in their rebuilding. WOW were we surprised when we opened our room (#103) and saw the luxury that awaited us! Thick terry cloth robes and slippers, a comfy bed, lovely furniture and accessories, and TWO bathrooms-one with a toilet and sink and the other with a shower, tub, toilet, and large sink. We didn't want to leave the room-but we were there to see the sights of Prague.
The front desk staff is excellent and very helpful. The concierge helped with directions to the Prague Castle, and had metro tickets for us too. She was very helpful in smoothing out an issue with the airport transfer service and spent more than 10 minutes on the telephone so we would be taken care of the next day. Recommendations for restaurants were plentiful and all great.
The hotel itself is in a great location-just 5 minute walk to Wenceslas Square and the Old Town area. There is a metro station at the corner and the Palladium Mall is conveniently located. The hotel has a decent restaurant-the Imperial Cafe-and a bar area too, if you are tired of navigating the streets to find a place to eat.
Breakfast was excellent and included with the room charge. They do serve non-hotel guests from their menu during the same hours, so they will ask those patrons to sit in a certain part of the restaurant and the hotel guests in another part. The breakfast buffet had lots of choices-including pancakes and even a separate omelet station if scrambled eggs didn't do it for you!
The only things that they could possibly improve upon is providing complementary local phone calls and internet access from your room (the 2 other hotels we stayed in Europe offered these things so we were surprised that the Imperial did not). However, we discovered the final night of our stay that they have 2 computers for hotel guest use just to the right of the front desk if you needed to get online.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2009

My husband & I stayed 3 nights at the Imperial in November 2008.We chose the hotel mainly due to its location, (being a stone’s throw from Old Town), and we weren’t disappointed - a few minutes walk to Old Town Square and the designer shops of Josefov and another 10 mins walk to New Town.

We couldn’t fault the hotel which is stylised in décor with an art deco feel and sits well with historic Prague. We paid a bit more for an Executive double and found it to be spacious and comfortable. Some reviews have complained of tiny bathrooms but ours was fine, decorated in marble, well-lit, lots of mirrors and underfloor heating! The room was scrupulously clean, had nice touches like lights inside the wardrobe and no street noise.

The hotel staff were friendly, the ground floor café is great for drinks/snacks and people watching/atmosphere as it is populated by the locals as well as tourists and the breakfast buffet was well stocked. I would recommend this hotel to anyone and will certainly stay there again on future visits to Prague.

As to Prague generally, there is plenty to see and do and most of it is easily accessible on foot. We liked the Old Town, not so keen on New Town which is ok for some bars (like Hot - www.hotrestaurant.cz ) but otherwise holds little appeal. Avoid eating at the eateries bordering Old Town square - costly & the food is bland and unimaginative. Better to stray down the winding streets around the Square. We found a good Italian on Hlavsova Street, enjoyed a traditional Czech meal at U Modre Kachnicky (http://www.umodrekachnicky.cz) and for coffee/cakes in style head to Municipal House (www.obecni-dum.cz ). Concerts are also held here and there is a restaurant which is housed in a beautiful opulent dining room – we had some of the best food we have ever eaten here but it is very costly and be prepared for a rather brusque and snooty maitre `d`! Consider a horse & carriage ride around the Old Town (find them near the Clock Tower) and even if, like us, you`re not opera buffs you might like to spend an evening at the state opera house – fantastic historic building, reasonably priced (approx £30 per seat in a box) and we used the hotel car to get there which was a bit cheaper than a taxi.
Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Art Deco Hotel Imperial
Address: Na Porici 1072/15, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Region: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Nove Mesto (New Town) , Praha 1
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Business Hotel in Prague
#27 Romantic Hotel in Prague
#39 Family Hotel in Prague
#40 Luxury Hotel in Prague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Art Deco Hotel Imperial 5*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imperial Hotel is a luxurious choice of Art Deco accommodation. Centrally located 5* property in historic ambiance of an original building from 1914. The magnificent rooms of Cafe Imperial boast exquisite ceramic mosaics, the tile-decorated walls and pillars overflowing with rich floral and animal ornamentation. All 126 elegant rooms with historic high ceilings offer high-speed internet, safe, mini-bar, flat screens and marble bathrooms with heated mirrors and floors, bathrobes & slippers. Complimentary Internet, Fitness & Wellness. ... more   less 
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