Wife and I stayed for 3 nights in a Deluxe Room during mid-December. We thought the property was one of the better hotels we've seen in Europe, and would have given this 5 stars except for one issue.
Locaton: In the Lesser Quarter, across the river from the Old Town. Now people can have different opinions about whether it makes more sense to be in Old Town versus Lesser Quarter, but after this trip I am firmly convinced that the Lesser Quarter is the place to be. It is quieter, less tourists, beautiful, and late at night or early morning you get the quintessential Prague experience of mystery, mystique, serenity. Old Town is too busy in my mind, full of tourists. Also the Lesser Quarter is much closer to the Castle.
Room: Deluxe Room is actually more like a junior suite. Spacious, tastefully decorated.
Property/Ambience: The hotel is a converted monastery, and is very cool. We really liked the decor.
Spa: Excellent spa, one of the best we tried in Europe. Located in the lower levels in the bowels of the old monastery, there's nothing better than this spa to recover from a full day of walking on cobblestone streets.
Concierge: Restaurant recommendations spot on, and arranged a lovely day trip to Cesky Krumlov (a must try).
Restaurants: Here's the thing. Aside from the typical buffet breakfast, we were not tempted to try Essensia (main restaurant) or Barego (lounge). Essensia provides no view (in a city like Prague!), Asian-theme menu(really?), seems very pricey, and Barego looks like an airport lounge. They are both very weirdly located right next to the main elevators, so this fine-dining experience is littered with hotel guests in shorts and slippers walking by. We're not picky people, wife loves convenience over all else, but I could not convince her to try one of these two places (her argument - why waste an evening here? We only have 3 nights).
Aside from the issue with restaurants, this is a very luxurious and beautiful property in an ideal location.
- 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:
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