Husband and I just returned from Prague where we stayed 3 nights at the Imperial. Clean, spacious room, spotted the 2nd, separate toilet immediately on entering the room and silently shouted "Hooray, one for him and one for me" but then my heart sank when I saw the main bathroom. Yes, lavish marble tiles, underfloor heating if required, clean fluffy towels, basic shampoo/soap as required but then my heart sank as I looked at the extremely high sided bath that had the shower over it. With 2 bad knees and no step on which to climb, getting in and out of that bath to have a shower was going to be almost impossible for me, especially trying to step onto a wet marble tiled floor. (The hinged small glass screen clearly was not going to prevent splash from the shower getting onto the floor).
I immediately went down to reception to see if I could get another room but the extremely disinterested receptionist (who even had the gall to roll her eyes not once, but twice, as I tried to explain that I couldn't get in and out of the bath without assistance because of the high sided bath that almost came up to my hip) just told me that all the baths were like that in the hotel. The only "disability friendly" room was already taken and I would have no option but to struggle in that room.
Imagine my annoyance, when talking to other guests the next morning at breakfast, to be told that they had rooms with separate walk in showers in addition to the high sided baths. No mention of those was made by the receptionist the night before.
If you have any form of mobility problems, please make sure you book a room that has a separate shower because you're going to be faced with big problems getting in and out of a bath that has the shower over it. Luckily, my husband was able to help me in and out of the shower but even with his help, I felt very vulnerable to falling.
Oh, and if you have a room on the first floor facing the front, you're going to hear the trams trundling past the hotel all night. Ear plugs or sleeping tablets if you're a light sleeper.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Art Deco Imperial Prague
- Hotel Art Deco Imperial