Best Western Plus Hotel Meteor Plaza
Hybernská 6, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic
Though this hotel shares a street with the fancy-pants Grand Mark, and also occupies a baroque town palace, it's a step down in terms of atmosphere and quality (at an admittedly lower price). Here, Best Western has gone for modern chain-hotel convenience, especially in the serviceable room furnishings, at the expense of an awe-inspiring design. To get a sense of the building's heritage, take a look at the 14th-century wine cellar.
Ask at the hotel for tour recommendations: they are used to groups and business travellers who want to pack in the sights in a day or two, so have some good tips.
Rooms are functional and modern, although small-ish, with the amenities you would expect--satellite TV, a phone, a safe, a mini bar, Wi-Fi, and a tea and coffee machine--at this level. Some rooms overlook the courtyard, others face the slightly uninspiring street.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Elevators don't reach the whole hotel, so be prepared to drag your luggage up some stairs. If you have mobility issues, let the hotel know when booking so they can accommodate you.
Bathrooms have a shower or bath and complimentary toiletries, although the shower pressure is a bit weak.
The reception area in the hotel is rather attractive, with domed ceilings that remind visitors of the building's heritage.
A cute surprise here: the hotel has housed a small wellness center in the Gothic vaults under the building, with a sauna, whirlpool and Thai massages (you can also get a massage in your room).
This Best Western is full of surprises: first the spa, then its 14th century wine cellar, Silenzio. Dinner is also served in the romantic room, and there's a good selection of Moravian and French wine. The courtyard is not bad either, with large green umbrellas and plants. Breakfast is served in the modern restaurant area upstairs.
You don't have to eat in the wine cellar, and can just try the wines and other drinks while soaking up the underground atmosphere; there's also a lobby bar decked out in yellow upstairs, which has a bit more pizzazz than many chain hotel bars.
You are steps away from the well-connected Metro and tram stops of Náměstí Republiky. The No.15 tram will take you to Prague Castle in 15 minutes.
Good, reasonably priced Czech dishes and beer at Kolkovna Celnice (1-minute walk), and it's a similar story, but with pizza, at Pizza Nuova (3-minute walk). Or go super fancy without paying the pricetag for a room, and hit up The Grand Mark's famous Le Grill (1-minute walk), where the food and surroundings are exquisite.
The Grand Cafe Orient (4-minute walk), at the House of the Black Madonna Cubist museum, is a beautiful place for an early-evening drink (try the balcony if there's space). Bar and Books (8-minute walk) is a swanky cocktail joint in the romantic surroundings of Old Town.
WHY WE LIKE IT
All the reliable basics of a chain hotel plus some cool historic surprises as befits an ancient city such as Prague, from the ancient wine cellar to the small spa in the Gothic vaults, make this Best Western a cut above. It's close to Old Town too, and well-priced.
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