Hotel Élite Prague
Ostrovní 32, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic
A 14th-century Gothic façade and many poetic architectural details have been preserved in this hotel, thanks to an extensive renovation. They've also added a small wellness facility and spa and redecorated the restaurant. The hotel's location on a quiet street but still close to many attractions is also a boon.
Rooms are furnished with antiques, and many have decorated Renaissance-style wooden beams. The suite is even adorned with a frescoed ceiling. But the hotel does not forsake modern comforts; all rooms have air-conditioning and there's free Wi-Fi throughout.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The walls are a little thin, so you can sometimes hear other guests.
Bathrooms are decked out in black and white tiles and have a combination bath shower.
The 24-hour reception is small but also features similar ceilings to the bar, which ensures that the hotel maintains its historic, secluded feel.
The hotel has a small wellness center, including a whirlpool for two, Thai massages, and a sauna.
The hotel restaurant offers a lunchtime buffet and a la carte in the evenings, and while the interior is fairly plain, the courtyard and garden are a bit more special, with cobbled floors and big white umbrellas.
The lobby bar's ambience comes mainly from its low vaulted ceilings, which give the space a cozy feel.
Try the mojitos--the bar staff here whip up a good version of this classic cocktail.
The hotel sits between Old and New Town, making destinations in both areas easy to reach on foot. Prague Castle and Mala Strana are also walking distance (around 20 minutes), but there are also trams and the metro at the
Národní třída stop, only a 1-minute walk away.
The 100-year-old Cafe Louvre (3-minute walk) offers old-school 20th century opulence and classic European dishes, with a good, cheap daily menu. The Globe Cafe and Bookstore (6-minute walk) is an expat mainstay, with English language books and a tasty international menu with satisfyingly large main courses.
For a fun night out, Nebe (5-minute walk) never lets you down. For beer, U Fleků (4-minute walk) may be touristy but it has a good vibe and it will give you the chance to say you've been to the oldest pub in Europe.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hotel Élite Prague manages to pull off combining modern comfort with historical detail, at a reasonable price, in a central location.
Doesn't sound that complicated? In Prague, it's a pretty rare union, and if you throw a small spa and atmospheric lobby bar into the mix, you're onto a low-key winner.
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