The Grand Mark
Hybernská 12, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic
This shiny new hotel—steps from Námĕstí Republiky—brings a high level of service and attention to detail to a still-scruffy part of the center. A 15th-century palace with an original baroque exterior, rooms are handsome, if a tad staid, with a burgundy-and-brown palette, wooden floors, a small desk area, and some of Prague's best beds. Suites have kitchenettes, a separate sitting area, and nifty Czech modern art pieces like pendant chandeliers. The hotel restaurant, Le Grill, is delightful, if overly formal.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is a big hit for weddings, understandably, so if witnessing some nuptials doesn't float your boat, this might not be for you.
No two rooms at The Grand Mark are identical, but they are all pretty fancy. The suites are something else--all purple velvet and thick drapes--but even the cheaper rooms have a pleasant if unremarkable feel, with soft lighting, plush furnishings, and very comfortable beds.
There's a complimentary shoe shine service included even in some of the most basic room deals. Ask after upgrades or check out the signs in reception when you arrive rather than forking out for the best rooms before you arrive--you can often get better deals in person.
The tiled bath/showers have a spa-like atmosphere. Some have two toilets and other amenities, and the heated floors are a massive plus in winter.
The garden and terrace at The Grand Mark are so beautiful they make you feel like royalty (unsurprising really, as the hotel is housed in a 15th century palace). The lobby is not quite as exciting, although it is still attractive, with domed ceilings and bold light fittings.
It is not quite in the property itself, but you can still swim under baroque arches in the pool located in the luxury spa situated close to The Grand Mark and attached to the hotel.
The hotel now boasts its own wellness studio on the second floor, in a modern space which is open to all guests and includes a plunge pool, a jacuzzi under a glass ceiling, a sauna, and massage rooms. You can also have massages in your room, and there's a nearby spa facility which offers a steam spa, a dry sauna with a chill pool, massage beds, and a pool.
The nearby spa Steam spa, dry sauna with chill pool, massage beds and swimming pool under the baroque archs are the ideal combination for escape from big city rush.
There's a 24/7 fitness studio in baroque surroundings, offering strengthening and stretching machines.
The Le Grill restaurant at The Grand Mark serves fancy international food in fancy surroundings, including an outdoor option in the summer months which is really something: the backdrop to your meal will be the atmospherically-lit palace that houses the hotel. The indoors restaurant can feel a little formal, but wherever you eat, the food is delicious, and not outshone by the location--indeed, it's widely considered to be one of the best restaurants in the country.
You can have a drink in the attractive glass-roofed lobby lounge area, or in the hotel's Two Steps bar. Its low-slung ceilings feel cozy in winter and there's piano music in the evenings, but the leather and mahogany chairs and background muzak that bookends the live piano playing can feel a little corporate.
The hotel is close to tram stops, walkable distance from Old Town, and right by Náměstí Republiky metro stop.
For a traditional Czech beer hall serving a modern take on traditional classics like goulash and schnitzel, head to Lokal on Dlouha (9-minute walk). Or if Le Grill hasn't sated your appetite for a spectacular dining experience, try La Degustation (10-minute walk), one of the three restaurants in Prague that holds a Michelin star, for its inventive Bohemian and European tasting menus.
Beautiful Kavárna Obecní dům (4-minute walk), the cafe in the gorgeous Muncipal House on Náměstí Republiky, is a good bet for anything from coffee to something stronger. Sleek cocktail bar Tretter's is slightly further away (12-minute walk) but worth the trip for the classic drinks served in a bar which captures the lost elegance of the 1930s.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Grand Mark might be a relatively new entrant to Prague's luxury hotel scene, but it isn't messing about. Although it is situated on a street that is a long way from being Prague's most beautiful, the hotel's gorgeous terrace and garden are major selling points, alongside the fantastic Le Grill restaurant, and the glories of the Old Town are only steps away.
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