This is a great property, a monastery with some original buildings dating back to 14th Century. It was opened as the Mandarin Oriental in Sep 2006 after what was obviously a very extensive and expensive renovation.
My over-riding feeling is that something was slightly missing about the experience, but I can't put my finger on it. The rooms are well appointed, but not exceptional by any means. There are no views to speak of (it's a monastery - so think big solid walls, inward-looking). There are lots of nice corridors with old vaulted ceilings. Conceptually it's more a haven in what can be a hectic town if you're out pounding the pavements with the tourists. The spa facilities are exceptional, and I would think one of their key focuses.
I was helping put together a fairly large (120 people) event which was held at the hotel. This was absolutely faultless coordination on the hotel's part - the staff, the wines, the food, the service was all extremely well done. It is also a fairly new hotel in Prague, so the locals are quite keen to see inside, which is always good for getting attendance at events. I would recommend it hands-down for hosting events.
I was able to view and visit a lot of the bedrooms. Again, they are very well appointed without being exceptional. They are not particularly large. The rooms upstairs in the spa building (there are only a few) seem to struggle with very noisy airconditioning vents.
I had a very early morning departure in a group of 4. When our car arrived, the hotel had organised fresh coffee and croissants for us. A nice touch.
The hotel bar is modern and quite funky, I liked it, very nice for a hotel.
All up, I can't find much to fault. I'm surprised it isn't ranking higher in this listing - I would assume it's because it's pretty new and needs some time to get more reviews. But there is something...maybe just the settling-in of the operation during its fist year..something that stops it from being great for me. This is an expensive hotel, in a city full of nice places to stay. It should be great. I'm sure it will be soon.
- 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