True to its name, the Riverside is situated right above the Vltava across from Frank Gehry's Dancing House. The location, just below Malá Strana in Smíchov, makes for unobstructed views of the National Theater as well as of Prague Castle itself; courtyard-facing rooms get balconies as a consolation prize. The look here, designed by Frenchman Pascale de Montremy, differs from the strict modern or overstuffed baroque of many Czech hotels, with a theme of preppy stripes
on the curtains and headboards, hardwood floors, and organically shaped bathroom fixtures. Breakfast is served in a nook in the basement, and there's often a lively mix of guests gathered in the lobby bar.