Owing to the whims of history - Prague was just barely grazed during World War II, at least physically - the city is full of wedding-cake townhouses like this one from three centuries ago, to say nothing of its countless palaces. You don’t expect to find one that’s been so lovingly restored right on the main foot traffic route to Prague Castle, however. That said, it’s a steep 10-minute walk up from the nearest tram stop.
The rich red and gold color schemes, rough-hewn ceiling rafters, antique wardrobes and baroque style interiors are wholly in character with the ornate exteriors of this seductive little hotel. Back in the day, they built them to keep out the noise - and smells - of 18th-century street life so the hotel’s non street-side rooms offer a quiet, cool refuge from still-bustling Nerudova street. Bathrooms are thoroughly modern, with clean, stylish lines, if nary a deep tub in sight.
Thick plaster walls, stone floors and narrow stairs and passages provide the only-in-Prague sense of the monastery - though with a fair bit less floor space.
Generally, the staff earns raves for friendliness and helpfulness from guests, but that presumes you manage to actually end up here: Some guests have complained that the owners, Garzotto Hotels, often overbook, then shunt guests off to another of their satellite locations, which are far less appealing - so confirming before you arrive is wise.
Who stays there
Couples, adventurous travellers, fans of Prague architecture and history, folk from the arts world.
Competitive rates include breakfast and VAT.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Genial staff
- Restored historic building
- Location on main walking route
- Sits amid a steep stone-paved street