Aria Hotel

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Address: Trziste 9, , PRAGUE, 11800, Czech Republic

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.9

Easily the coolest destination in town, the Aria’s fab service and love of music set it apart.

Music forms the guiding motif and heart of this lovely designer hotel. The thematic organisation of the rooms from pop to jazz to classic is not a gimmick, nor are the crisp in-room stereo systems pre-loaded with the best works by whatever composer the room’s named for, whether Beethoven or Billie Holiday.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
5
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

On the same well-guarded and very little trafficked street as the US embassy, the Aria occupies a former mail sorting centre that was utterly redone with Rocco Magnoli modernist designs and trendsetting architecture before its opening in 2003.

Bedrooms

In taste and comfort, the Aria leads the way with a cream, monochrome and muted Mediterranean colour palette, red-stained hardwood furnishings, deep tubs and bucket showerheads - plus, of course, that expertly curated iPod in each room for carrying around town with you.

Public areas

Its gray slate entryway, leading to an airy lounge and the Coda dining room, signals something special from the start, and indeed the number of honeymoons booked here is hard to believe. One reason is the hotel’s ability to book the next-door Vrtba gardens, a gorgeous, formal Baroque green space for ceremonies.

Eating and drinking

The Coda dining room, where local jazz stars tickle the ivories of the Czech-made Petrof piano, does elegant breakfasts and stylish light suppers in an airy atrium.

Leisure facilities

Apart from the La Prairie Salon, music's the thing: staff musicologist, Ivana Stehlikova oversees a huge music and dvd lending library, all free to guests, as are the cosy screening rooms off the lobby.

Service

The concierge is in the know on the city's hottest concert and theatre tickets and Aria's service is otherwise tops (note the uniformed but friendly porters) just as at its sister establishment in the Mala Strana district, the Golden Well Hotel.

Who stays there

Couples on special occasions, touring artists, trendy business folk, honeymooners.

Price advice

Excellent specials are available, breakfast is 15 euros per person and 10 per cent VAT is not included in room rate.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Live entertainment
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Vast free DVD library
  • Free iPod use, pre-loaded in guest rooms
  • Gorgeous modernist designs
  • Vrtba Gardens can be reserved for weddings
  • Location a few minutes' walk across river from Old Town
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