Golden Well Hotel
U Zlate Studne 166/4, Prague, Czech Republic, 11801
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Romance, Special occasions
Best for Luxury - Expert review of Golden Well Hotel
The inn is a survivor from the late Renaissance, with traces of original walls visible in the tastefully updated rooms, which wind around a labyrinthine staircase that’s right out of a Grimm’s fairy tale. The vertiginous house At the Golden Well, as it translates from Czech, was first built for royal retainers and it’s said that court astronomer Tycho Brahe resided here. That’s not hard to believe when you take in the ornate hardwood surfaces, hand-tooled decor, tapestries, marble and views out over the city from the lovely Mala Strana district.
Incredibly central, yet away from noise and bustle as only a Mala Strana district inn could be. In fact, those who might be bothered by the short uphill walk to the Golden Well on stony streets might find it a touch too remote - though it’s just a 10-minute walk from the Malostranska metro station and just three blocks off the handy 20 and 22 tram lines. The hillside setting guarantees stunning views if you can manage a south- or east-facing room - but note that others will be facing the Hradcany hill.
Not huge but that’s more than compensated for by the vaulted (sometimes canted) ceilings, stenciled beams hardwood floors and Old Europe-style appointments, elegant modernist furnishings, big, plush beds, warm color scheme, and baths with deep tubs and WiFi access - gratis, of course.
A bust of Tycho himself presides over the Art Deco style lobby, fitted out with cream-colored rugs, overstuffed chairs, antique reading lamps and Baroque landscape paintings. You enter via a cobbled courtyard leading to winding stone stairs set off by heavy stone-framed doors, where guests already here watch your approach from a gallery that’s a customary touch in19th-century Czech townhouses.
Chef Pavel Sapik oversees the hotel’s restaurant, Terasa U Zlate Studne, a gem much prized by local MPs, celebs and foodies, with a breathtaking view over Prague’s Old Town to match its menu of inspired renderings of seafood and Mediterranean treats - I highly recommend the degustation menu, with its lobster in mango jelly and caviar, French-style squab and well-paired wine selection that show’s off the Czech Republic’s finest whites.
Owned by the management of the nearby Aria hotel, the city’s best-known boutique luxury pile, this sister establishment is more discreet, sequestered as it is up a winding lane from the Parliament building. But the passion for music and art that marks out Miro Vostiar’s properties pervades U Zlate Studne, where they load up an iPod in every room - one of the rare 21st-century touches - with classical music well suited to strolling the hotel’s environs.
Golden Well sets the city’s service standard.
Honeymooners, lovers of enchantment, historians and veterans of Prague architecture and design.
Rates are good value compared with the city's other top hotels. Breakfasts 20 euros per person extra and 10 percent VAT is not included.
More information on Golden Well Hotel:
- U Zlate Studne 166/4, Prague, Czech Republic, 11801
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- Prague Castle
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
- Mala Strana