Jakubska 8, Prague, Czech Republic
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Singles, Art, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Buddha Bar-Hotel
Buddha Bar stays the world over are known for their hipoisie creds, groovy Asian style decor and healthy menus, to say nothing of the wired, evolved and present crowd that loves them. Prague has been welcoming this bandwidth of traveler for three years now - but you'll be paying double what you might elsewhere for the privilege.
Right in the heart of Stare Mesto, or Old Town, the Buddha Bar-Hotel could hardly be more central, nor is there much vehicle traffic in this part of the medieval heart of town. There are, alas, mobs of stag parties parading around the streets here, owing to the number of pubs, bars and clubs and their late, late hours. But rooms are reasonably soundproofed and you do tend to sink into a little world of your own here at any rate.
All the gold gilt and red plushness you'd expect, plus the tech and media toys (including free WiFi) make for a great, calming crash.Bathe in an outsize porcelain noodle bowl, soak in the l’Occitane suds and luxuriate amid the low tables, imperial-style chairs and fresh orchids. Free shoeshine's a nice touch, as is the designer bedding, robes, slippers and comp newspaper with breakfast. Alas, the air conditioning system perpetually hums quite audibly.
The areas between rooms, other than the bar and lounge are rather dark and minimalist, though in keeping with the Asian royal bedroom theme, of course. The fast WiFi's available throughout the building - and for a block or two around - and passersby can barely peer in, adding to the sense of exclusivity.
The Siddharta Cafe does lovely seafood in style - the butterfish in black olive crust and the raspberry tiramisu is a hint - and even breakfast feels like an event in this serenely trippy candle-lit space. That said, the self-proclaimed motto, Pop Art “Eatmosphere” seems a lot to live up to. Perhaps in a more food-centric city, the place would pull it off. Here, it tends to be a bit quiet, which is never good for a kitchen.
The Fitness & Spa Zone is as inviting as can be - but their willingness to do your reflexology, aroma therapy, Thai, bamboo or trad Swedish massage in your room sounds better still. Just mind the rates (if you must consider such things) - they're up there with all the other wellness centres in town.
Unusually helpful, yet relaxed - an artful balance still too rarely achieved in service-averse Prague. Greetin guests with a comp cocktial, the Buddha Bar starts off on the right foot and keeps it up with 24-hour room service (priced surprisingly reasonably) and attentive customer care - they've been known to personally guide guests to late night eateries nearby when needed.
Groovy web designers and media moguls, arts and fashion folk and the sylishly well to do - plus couples splashing out for a special occasion.
Web discounts offer up to 25 percent off on three-night some stays with advance booking. VAT's included, as is breakfast, but the add-ons such as an hour's in-room massage for 76 euros hardly seem tempting - and can be had elsewhere in the district for far less.
More information on Buddha Bar-Hotel:
- Jakubska 8, Prague, Czech Republic
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
- Stare Mesto