Hastalska 14, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Art, Design and architecture, Nightlife, Trendiness
Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Hotel Maximilian
The Maximilian, partner of the buzz-worthy Hotel Josef around the corner, is just as good at pampering even if it doesn’t tout its designer credentials as loudly (it’s also an Eva Jiricna creation). Understated is a good thing in Prague hostelry, however, and this uber-cool 70-room hotel wins recommendations that are hardly as muted. Little touches like hot chocolate and fizzy water available to guests throughout the day go well with the artful onyx walls and artwork on loan from the Museum of Decorative Arts.
This corner of Old Town, Hastalske Namesti, is a quiet oasis that only locals and the odd adventurous stroller seems to happen upon. The Maximilian faces a lovely old church that centers the square, and a number of great bars and clubs are around the corner on Dlouha street, which does attract a youthful party set. But the hotel’s own lane is lovely, historic and sleepy by comparison. Yet you’re less than a 10-minute walk from Old Town Square.
Size is an issue and not all rooms have tubs but most are well-soundproofed and feature modernist darkwood touches, huge fluffy pillows and generous, heavy double beds, bathrooms with rainfall showerheads, coffee makers, DVD players and free dataport connections just in case your free Wi-Fi’s not fast enough. Leather upholstery in cool cream and gray colors and black trim are thoroughly modernist and massive mirrors add a sense of space, while upper rooms add a lovely view of the rooftop gables of Old Town.
You'll feel like you're wandering through a museum of modern art as you stroll through the clean lines of the lobby. All public areas (and two guest rooms) have disabled access but note you may have to stand around the lobby for Wi-Fi access - it's just via cables in the rooms.
The Zen Asian Wellness center, open till 10pm nightly is tempting, if not extensive, though note that the simplest items on offer, an hour's back massage or Thai massage, starts at 1,490 Kc.
Staff actually lead a jog around historic sites several mornings per week, another offer it’s fair to say is unique here. Follow up at the Zen Asian Wellness center for a thorough bliss-out. What's more, they'll lend you a goldfish in a bowl for your room in case you'd like some marine company. That said, some have found staff aloof on occasion.
Urbanites, couples, arts folk, web entrepreneurs, Austrians, hip business people.
Room charges include breakfast but not VAT. Parking runs 27 euros per day.
More information on Hotel Maximilian:
- Hastalska 14, Prague, Czech Republic, 110 00
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Eva Jiricna
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Room Service
- Old Town