Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel

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Address: Stepanska 40/10, , PRAGUE, 110 00, Czech Republic

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.3

A Jazz Age survivor rules the culinary roost.

As well known for its place in the Jazz Age history of Prague as for its top-notch seafood restaurant, also dubbed The Alcron, the hotel might as well be a national heritage site. Sadly the once-grand place that hosted Louis Armstrong and Josephine Baker before WWII had fallen into a sad state by the time of the Velvet Revolution but the Radisson swept in years ago and thoroughly reconstructed it stem to stern in art deco style, installing a long list of biz-friendly amenities along the way.
That said, it now seems a bit more business-y than decadent, even with the hotel’s efforts to remain hip, such as the Be-Bop lobby bar, which honestly can’t hope to compete with the city’s dozens of more cozy, jazzy drinking holes.
 

Location
4.2
90%
Eating/drinking
5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.2
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

Just off Wenceslas Square, the Alcron is opposite the Lucerna shopping passage, another lovely holdover from the glory days of the First Republic and a holding of the Havel family. Proximity to the Lucerna Music Bar and its three-story underground concert venue the Great Hall, is handy indeed for culturistas.

Bedrooms

Standard rooms are done up in conservative beige tones but do feature free high-speed Internet access and access to the fitness center and sauna and fragrant bath gels from Zegna or L'Occitane. Air conditioning may sound standard but it’s not in normally cool Prague - a good boon in the odd summer heat wave. Royal Club rooms, the next step up, come with breakfast in bed and free pay-TV.

Coffeemakers standard too, but note that they're Nespresso.

Public areas

Modernist sculpture and glasswork add a bit of dash to the while marbly surfaces all around, lending an overall effect of quality and style more than warmth.

Eating and drinking

The destination dining room of just 24 seats (you’ll need to book months ahead and take out a small loan), The Alcron has had Prague food critics singing praised for years for chef Roman Paulus’ treatment of monkfish, eel and divine sauces. It’s only open weeknights, 5.30-10.30, so plan around the tight schedule if you’re determined to experience the wonders.

Leisure facilities

A good-sized gym with sauna is free for guests and better equipped than the usual token cellar room with a treadmill.

Service

A cut above the usual, which you'd expect from a self-styled business hotel run by Radisson, but surprising inconsistencies in the bar and front desk make it impossible to forget you're still in Prague.

Who stays there

Biz folk, older travelers, Scandinavians, and those who appreciate reliability.

Price advice

Not for bargain hunters but does deliver value. Note that breakfast is only include with Royal Club Room and above and 10 percent VAT tax isn't included in room rate.

Amenities

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Nightlife
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Top dining (but just on weeknights)
  • Spacious rooms
  • Classy Art Deco environs
  • Must book Alcron resto way ahead
  • Renovation a bit too clean
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