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5 Prague Hotels with a Hidden Secret

Jennifer Rigby | December 20, 2017

Admittedly we are sort of ruining the surprise here, but there is still something fantastically exciting about staying in a hotel that has a hush-hush extra element. And in the ancient, multi-layered city of Prague, which bursts with history, mystery, and intrigue, that doesn't just mean a better-than-expected spa or a delicious off-menu wine... These historic Prague hotels have a hidden secret that you'll only discover by visiting them.


Emblem Hotel Prague

Why it made the list

While the spa at the Emblem is hardly a secret, the sheer loveliness of its rooftop hot tub has to be at least not very well-known--otherwise, surely everyone would be in it?

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Best Western Plus Hotel Meteor Plaza

Why it made the list

Sure, it's a Best Western, but this is Prague, so it also hosts a 14th-century wine cellar in the basement.

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Unitas Hotel

Why it made the list

This former convent was also once the headquarters of the communist secret police. Many older Czechs still dislike even walking down the street because of the fear this building invoked; cell no P6 is the room where the future Czech president, Václav Havel, was once detained.

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Grand Hotel Bohemia

Why it made the list

Another basement surprise lurks at the Grand Hotel Bohemia. Here, it's the ridiculously opulent neo-Baroque Boccaccio ballroom, which hosts gorgeous dinners beneath glittering chandeliers. There's another layer of history here though, too; during the Communist era in Prague, the hotel was used as a residence for high-ranking party members, and that same glittering ballroom was the location for wild parties held by the party elite during tough times for ordinary Czechs.

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Jalta Hotel

Why it made the list

This smart hotel on Wenceslas Square has a nuclear fallout shelter in its basement, which is now a museum that you can visit with an English-speaking guide in afternoon tours (check with reception). During the Cold War, the bunker was primed to become the military headquarters of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact countries in a worst-case scenario, and could apparently accommodate 150 people for two weeks.

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