Situated just a block from Old Town and just a few doors from a main tram line and metro station, you’d expect the Elite to be surrounded by noise and bustle. But you’d be wrong, of course. The narrow cobbled lane it sits on is as atmospheric as the hotel itself, lined with cafes and little shops that attract a stream of strolling couples and artsy types looking for a refuel of java.
Because of its historical roots, some of the hotel’s rooms are tight, while others seem quite generously proportioned so it’s good to ask about size in advance if it’s an issue. Some walls are not terribly soundproof either, though staff are known for their helpfulness and are likely to move you if possible.
An airy and elegant lobby makes for a suitably elegant entrance, with a fine courtyard for logging onto Wi-Fi during mild weather.
Eating and drinking
The standard breakfast of cheese and meat plate plus coffee is included but a far better option is the rest of the menu in the groovy restaurant and bar on the ground floor, Ulramarin. Although guests rave about the Elite and pledge to return, it’s not what would normally qualify for the four stars it bears. So if in-room coffeemakers are worth an extra 80 euros to you, this is not the place. But budget-conscious travelers who love atmosphere and character could hardly to better.
Just a smallish but handy wellness center with whirlpool and sweatbox - but pleasant enough and massage can be ordered for reasonable rates.
A historic building’s not so unusual in the Prague districts of Nove Mesto, Old Town and Mala Strana What sets the Elite apart is its reputation for customer care. Sadly, although things have improved in recent years, a hotel that will get you an honest cab is still a find. The Elite is also above a bar that features spicy Thai food and attracts a thoroughly bohemian crowd, which adds to the fun (though not if your room’s right over it, of course).
Happy hour in the lobby, where you also access your free Wi-Fi, add to the appeal.
Who stays there
Hotel cognoscenit, fashionable biz folk, couples seeking romance, fans of clubbing, antique hunters.
Hot and cold buffet breakfast and VAT included, but note that wellness center charges 750 Kc per hour for one or two and parking is 650 Kc daily.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Excellent service
- Cool club dining and mixing
- Wall to wall character
- Some rooms tight
- Some noise from rooms over club