Le Palais Art Hotel Prague
U Zvonařky 1, Prague, Praha 120 00
This venerable 19th-century mansion served as the home and shop of Prague's main butcher, and is now a swish hotel, albeit one that is not in the city center. One of the front rooms of the hotel was even used to produce and sell sausage until 1991, but today you will find sausage only in this distinctive hotel's restaurant. Located in a residential district on the edge of the city center, it's still a reasonably easy hop into Old Town.
The hotel is a good option for modern art lovers, with sketches by the architect Le Corbusier and works by Miloš Reindl, the Czech graphic artist, among others, displayed in the lobby, library, restaurant, and meeting rooms.
Rooms have original frescoes painted by Bohemian artist Ludek Marold, and a hallway has a mosaic floor from 1897. Some rooms have fireplaces. Warm yellows and reds abound.
Some of the bathrooms have two sinks, and all of them have heated floors to keep guests' toes warm in Prague's notorious winters.
The entrance is as grand as they come, with stuccoed ceilings, shiny marble floors, stained glass, and portraits.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is the closest in Prague to the Congress Center, meaning it can get taken over by conference guests.
The hotel has a large spa, the Pure Spa, offering 20 treatments with products from Ligne St. Barth and Wellmondo. The facilities include a hammam bed for body masks, massage rooms, and free floating therapy.
Acces to the large, yellow-painted gym is free for all guests. It includes a whirlpool, sauna, and showers.
The hotel also offers more unusual fitness options, including hunting. Ask the guest relations team.
There are a mix of dining options, including the fine-dining Artista restaurant, which is also where breakfast is served. The restaurant has a gorgeous summer terrace overlooking the green hills of the Nusle valley as well as Prague's colorful rooftops.
The 24/7 glitzy lobby bar, all Belle Epoque chandeliers and black and white shiny tiles, is a sumptuous space, and guests can also take their drinks and sit in the velvet armchairs of the hotel's library.
There is no metro nearby; the easiest way to get here by public transportation is to travel by Metro to I.P. Pavlova and then Tram No. 11, or walk from the Metro stop.
Aromi (11-minute walk), one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, is within easy reach. Pho Vietnam Tuan & Lan (11-minute walk), a great Vietnamese joint, is on your way back from I.P Pavlova.
Boudoir - U Sta rán (9-minute walk), is a chilled, gay-friendly option with an authentic backyard beer garden. Prosekarna (15-minute walk), in Vinohrady, is a gorgeous shrine to all things Prosecco.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Grand and unapologetic, Le Palais belongs to another era--the Belle Epoque era, to be precise.
The hotel is lavish, the health club and spa are extensive, and the service matches the surroundings. But if you're looking for a hotel that is close to the main sights, the lovely Le Palais might not be for you.
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