Returned to Prague this month, this time with Mom and sister to celebrate birthdays and visit heritage sites in Europe. Could not decide whether to return here (had fabulous experience in 2008 with husband, see previous TA review) or try the Four Seasons. I likely could not have gone wrong either way. I ultimately chose this not only because I knew how great a property this is, and because the hotel was offering a pay two nights/third is free deal but because the Four Seasons is located in the heart of the very- packed -with -tourists central area of Prague, and comparatively this Mandarin is an oasis, in a quiet corner of gorgeous splendid Prague.
Additionally, the hotel has a truly unique vibe---it is very different from other Five Star properties, it feels like a true boutique property. ( I do note that the lobby of the FS is much more luxurious and spectacular if you need that). Also, the spa is beyond wonderful; I enjoyed one of the best massages of my life. Extraordinary in fact. Breakfast excellent. Staff at hotel is super attentive and helpful. Location and setting magical.
Only complaint is what you may have read already: I felt nickel and dimed by hotel's need to charge 99 Euro for third person in room even on the free night; somehow this does not feel right.
Suggestions: pack only flat comfy shoes-impossible to walk on cobblestoned streets in anything else; splurge for the spa; beware of "highway robber" taxi-drivers at train station and airport, better to arrange for hotel to send taxi to meet you instead; book with platinum Am Ex card for great benefits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mandarin Oriental, Prague is an intimate hotel located in a former Dominican monastery set amidst the palaces and gardens of Prague's historic Mala Strana district. With a former Renaissance chapel housing the award-winning Spa, an inventive selection of delicious Asian dishes and mouth-watering cocktails at Spices Restaurant and Bar, and understated contemporary design blending local history with modern luxury, the hotel is a private oasis of sophistication and style in the very heart of Central Europe's most beautiful city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental, Prague Hotel Prague
- Mandarin Prague
- Prague Mandarin Oriental