The Palace Praha or Intercontinental

Old Jun 21st, 2006, 06:54 AM
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The Palace Praha or Intercontinental

We will be visiting Pragu this month and are choosing Between Intercontinerntal and Palace hotels. Which is a better hotel with best location?
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 07:11 AM
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A couple of years ago we stayed at the Intercontinental. It was very nice and I thought the locations was great. It was close to Jewish quarter and the Jan Hus (sp) monument in Old Town. There was a trolley stop right across the street and the subway was a short walk. We even walked back from the castle area but it took awhile.
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 08:51 AM
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I have never heard of the Palace Praha. The Intercontinental is in a prime location on Pariska Street, the Rodeo Drive of Praha. As stated above, you can easily walk to sites like the Jewish Ghetto, Old Town Square, and the Charles Bridge.
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Do yourself a favor before you leave for Prague; read <The Pancaky Papers: Thingorjus in Praha>. You'll love it.

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The Palace is one of the most famous 5* hotels in Prague, and where a lot of famous people stay. It's been around for years and is more historical and has more character (and is smaller) than the bland Intercontinental (which I think is really ugly). I'm sure both would be fine, but I'd stay at the Palace myself. The Intercontinental is in an odd barren location near the river. That isn't the part of Pariska street that is the fancy shopping area, nothing like it. There's some gambling casino right near it, actually.

The Palace is a few blocks from Wenceslas Square not too far from Mustek metro stop. It's right on a main tram line also, just about, a few yards away on Jindrisska. The Intercontinental isn't that near any metro stop, however, and the Palace is. I guess the metro stop mimpam is referring to for the Intercontinental is Staromestska which is maybe 6 blocks away. The two hotels are about the same distance from main Old Town square, just opposite directions.
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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 10:26 AM
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My boss replies to Christina:

Yes, but Vaclavske Namesti is not a great area of Prague. Not bad, but certainly slightly seedy like the old Times Square area of Manhattan.

I don't know how you could say that the Intercontinental is not near the great shopping of Pariska Street. Armani is about 500 ft. from the hotel! The trendy restaurant Pravda is less than two blocks!

I agree that the Intercontinental is very "block-like," but for convenience it can't be beat. (Although, if I had my choice I would stay at the Four Seasons.)

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Old Jun 21st, 2006, 10:31 AM
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Intercontinental hands down. It's not an attractive hotel from the outside - but has a much better location for touring, shopping, Old Town etc.

The Palace is pretty from the outside - but not in the most pleasant of neighborhoods - lots of ladies for hire late at night.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 08:03 PM
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I guess if you can get a room with a great view, Intercontinental is better. Otherwise, as Christina said, it has all the charm of a concrete brick. Does have a decent gift shop, though...!
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Old Jun 22nd, 2006, 08:54 PM
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I stayed at the Palace in 2003. I loved it. It is a beautiful hotel. The rooms were small but really nice. I really liked the location. DH & I walked everywhere but to the castle.

Be sure to visit the Mucha Museum. It is directly across the street from the hotel. I love Mucha paintings! I ended up buying 4 Mucha lithographs when I returned to the States.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:39 AM
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From my time there a couple of years ago, I shall give you my opinions:

Intercontinental is at the end of what I'd like to "Bond Street" in London i.e. where all the designer boutiques and upmarket restaurants are located. The hotel itself is a little corporate, but take a room with a river view, and you won't be disappointed. It is nothing exceptional.

Hotel Palace seems like it's living on its past glories. It's got very small public areas, is never that busy, and quite how it's a Leading Hotel Of The World mystifies me. As for the area, it's not unsafe at night at all, so don't let that put you off.

On balance though, and for position alone, The Intercontinental will be far more convenient.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2006, 02:56 AM
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i don't have a specific recommendation as i stay in a flat when i'm there on business. i have stayed at le palais which is beautiful (not to be confused with the Palace)...although a bit of a long walk from most sites you will want to visit.

i don't think either hotel that you are considering is a very good choice. they are OK but there are many excellent and charming hotels in prague that would be better.

i agree with Christina...Intercontinental is centrally located, however, despite its riverfront location feels somewhat isolated, very businessy and just not a good feeling on this particular location.
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