Opened in 1932, the Alcron was one of Prague's first luxury hotels; a major renovation of the building in 1998 modernized the look but restored the art deco building and the crystal chandeliers. The dramatic white-marble staircase front and center is bound to impress. The hotel is no longer the luxury leader it was 12 years ago, but that's just fine—it occupies the business niche quite well, outfitting rooms with flat-screen TVs, offering express dry-cleaning service and good Wi-Fi throughout. The restaurant remains one of Prague's best.
It is a shame that the rooms can feel a little bland considering how much thought has gone into the hotel's communal spaces. There are some sweet touches, like fringed lampshades, which hark back to the hotel's 1930s origins.
Bathrooms are of the standard you would expect from a high-end chain like Radisson, with some unique touches for the location, like the angular art deco style lights.
There's something of the Mad Men vibe going on in the lobby; you wouldn't be surprised to see Don Draper lounging in one of the art deco chairs. A friendly welcome and atmospheric antique lighting complete the package.
Breathe deeply: sounds weird, but the hotel smells gorgeous, with fresh flowers in the lobby.
No spa, but manicures and massages are available, and the fitness center has a sauna.
A better stocked gym than many hotels offer, including treadmills, free weights, exercise balls, and Smith machines.
The Radisson's real trump card is its restaurant: last year the Alcron retained its Michelin star after becoming among the first restaurants in Prague to claim one, in 2012. Sumptuous surroundings are matched by really stellar food. La Rotonde, the other restaurant at the hotel, offers brunch at the weekends and diners can eat on the terrace in summer.
The Be Bop bar is a cut above many hotel bars, with an extensive cocktail list and classy surroundings. Try the Be Classic, which combines the traditional Czech herbal spirit, Becherovka, with tea, honey and celery bitters.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel is a big hit with business travellers, so the bar can feel a bit suit-heavy in the evenings.
Brilliant transport links--Mustek metro stop is close by alongside an array of tram stops. For trips further afield, taxis and Uber drivers can reach this hotel far more easily than some of the Old Town locations.
Whatever your budget, it's worth a splurge on the Alcron within the hotel itself for a really special evening, but for something a lot less relaxed, Jama (1-minute walk) offers a blend of American and Czech classics in relaxed surroundings, with a chilled garden. Lemon Leaf (11-minute walk) has some of the best Thai food in town.
Gin and Tonic Club (5-minute walk) boasts a frankly alarming 6,400 gin combinations and a lovely garden for warm nights. Lucerna Music Bar (1-minute walk) has great live music and a popular 90's night at weekends in its underground space.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Combining 1930's ambiance and luxury with international standard offerings and stellar service, plus one of the best restaurants in the whole of the Czech Republic, the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel is a solid choice, particularly for foodie and business travelers.