Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Residence Agnes
Haštalská 19, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic See on Map Fodor's Choice
This gorgeous hotel, with a chic courtyard and atrium, is tucked away on a quiet alley in Old Town and is a haven from the hustle and bustle of Prague. Sleek white walls are contrasted with beautiful dark wood, from the breakfast room to the bedroom headboards, but design doesn't overshadow comfort, with hypoallergenic bedding and roomy beds. The price point is good considering the location and atmosphere of the hotel. Staff are friendly and welcoming, and breakfast is included.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This hotel is very popular and can get busy, so if you have your heart set on it, book nice and early.
Rooms are chic and luxurious without going over the top. Heavy green throws, soundproofed windows and air-conditioning continue the theme of understated comfort.
Bathrooms have showers and are spotlessly clean, in a relaxing beige palette.
Arriving at the Hotel Residence Agnes is a treat. You step off the street into a cobblestoned alley and soothing white courtyard. The small reception desk is to your right, and several large, attractive chandeliers light the area.
The service at this hotel is absolutely impeccable, personalised and warm. For example, the owner has been known to drive guests to the airport in his own car, and you'll be welcomed back every time you step into the lobby with a friendly smile and an offer of free coffee, tea or wine.
Staff can help arrange fitness activites, from horseriding to racquetball, but the small hotel has no gym on-site.
A lush breakfast spread is included in the price, and the hotel courtyard doubles up as a cafe during the day.
It's not so much a bar as a place to drink the delicious free wine the staff keep plying you with--and once again, it's in the chic courtyard (there's a roof, so it works year-round).
All of Old Town's key sites, from the square to the cobbled back streets and gorgeous churches, are within walking distance. Mala Strana and Prague Castle are a little further (around 20 minutes), but you can also get trams or taxis within a few steps of the hotel (head towards Dlouhá třída tram stop for both, about a 3-minute walk).
The hotel is very close to both Lokal (2-minute walk) and La Degustation (1-minute walk), both exemplary spots for Czech cooking at either end of the scale, from pub (the former) to Michelin-star tasting menu (the latter).
Arty venue the Roxy (2-minute walk) is close by and usually has something interesting going on. Or Kavárna Obecní dům (7-minute walk), the cafe at the beautiful Municipal House, is a good bet for a coffee or something stronger in gorgeous surroundings.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Some of the best service we've ever experienced, in a chic boutique package, the Hotel Residence Agnes is homely and comfortable without sacrificing style. Prices are reasonable and the relaxing central courtyard (as well as the regular offers of complimentary beverages to enjoy there) is a major plus.
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