10 Best Boutique Hotels Range from a Former Monastery to Art Nouveau Mansions



Prague offers plenty of boutique hotels. Many are located in the Mala Strana, Hradcany or Nove Mesto neighborhoods. Sparkling Art Nouveau facades hide old-world elegance with modern day features. If you crave a room with a view, Hotel Savoy's platinum location, next to Prague Castle, ensures the best panorama of the castle complex and St Vitus Cathedral.

Is your ultimate dream sleeping in a real Hästens? Two hotels on our list, Alwyn Hotel and Hotel Icon, feature these famously comfortable beds of Swedish design. Crisp bed linen and continental quilts heighten the experience. Are you more the high tech type? Hotel Icon has not only Hästens beds, the guestrooms also include Apple computers, iPod docks and safes activated by your fingerprint.

Another highly recommended hotel is U Krale Karla, In the King Charles, not only because of its top location, closest of all Prague hotels to the castle complex, but also for its period furniture and medieval look. Timber ceilings and frescoed walls contrast with twenty-first century luxuries like a sauna, vast bathrooms and topnotch service.

Prague is a popular destination all year round. Favorite months are June and September. The city has many top end hotels and finding your favorite hotel can be daunting. Here is a list that will help you find the best boutique hotel.

 

 



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Hotel Yasmin


 

One of Hotel Yasmin biggest drawcards is its perfect location, just around the corner from Wenceslas Square and within walking distance of Mustek Metro Station. The hotel features 198 spacious guestrooms on seven floors. Jasmine blossom motifs cover the walls in the public areas. The rooms are minimalist in design. The overall color scheme is beige, white and tan. All are fitted with flat-screen satellite television, internet access, minibar and safes. Most rooms face a quiet inner courtyard and ensure a good night's sleep. Restaurant Noodles excels in oriental cuisine from Italian spaghetti to Indonesian bami goreng and Thai noodle soup.


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Hotel U Krale Karla


 

Incredible location, right at the top of Nerudova Street, U Krale Karla is one of Prague's most exquisite hotels in Hradcany, the castle district. The original Gothic building belonged to the Benedictine order and was converted into a Baroque building known as Three Roses. The nineteen rooms are grouped around an atrium topped with a stained-glass ceiling. Antique furniture, painted ceilings and murals give the hotel a regal appearance, entirely in accordance with its name; U Krale Karla, At King Charles. Period furniture, wooden beamed ceiling, and Persian rugs give the guest rooms a Gothic look. Top service, prime location and friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling like a king in a castle.


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The ICON Hotel & Lounge

 

Set in a nineteenth-century building in a quiet street in Nove Mesto, the Icon Hotel offers thirty-one rooms fitted with Hästens beds. This sleek retreat will envelop you in service and style. Apple computers, iPod docks, skype phones,biometric safes Hotel Icon is paradise for High-tech fans. Guestrooms are minimalist and brightened with purple touches from bedspreads to drapes. Espresso Illy coffee machine, satellite television and a home cinema system make your stay in Prague amazingly comfortable. Wenceslas Square is five minutes away on foot and Old Town Square is a ten-minute stroll. Sleep in as long as you like. A la carte breakfast is served all day.


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The Golden Well is one of the hidden secrets in Prague's Lesser Town or Mala Strana district. Tucked away in a cobbled back street of this delightful quarter, The Golden Well or Zlat�tudne is a luxurious boutique hotel. This historical building was once the property of the Emperor Rudolf II, member of the House of Habsburg. Located next to the terraced Prague Castle garden, The Golden Well offers incredible views of the red-tiled roofs of Mala Strana. The 20 spacious guest rooms feature wooden floors, original ceilings and a sitting area with period furniture. Amenities include WiFi internet zone, morning newspaper and evening turndown service with good-night extras. In fine weather, there is no better way than to start the day with a sumptuous breakfast on the summer terrace. The Golden Well is situated in the heart of Prague and within walking distance of most sights including Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, St. Nicholas Church and Old Town Square.


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Hotel Alwyn

 

Have you always dreamt of sleeping in a Hästens bed? Stay in Alwyn hotel and not only will you have the best handmade matress in all Europe, your room is the most comfortable you have ever had. The guestrooms and furnished with great flair. Shades of deep brown, soft beige and deep orange mix excellently with the polished wood and Art Deco sofas. Located in a quiet side street in the Karlin neighborhood, the hotel is twenty minutes on foot or only a few tram stops away from the historic center. The guest rooms feature LCD television, minibar, a peephole and both plug-in and WiFi internet connection. The DeLuxe rooms sport a seating area and coffee table. The Lobby Bar is the perfect spot for a drink or an intimate rendez-vous.


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Hotel Savoy Prague
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Behind a sparkling Art Nouveau facade hides neat and modern Hotel Savoy. Huddle in front of the fireplace in the reading room or sip cocktails in the lobby bar. Savoy is the favorite haunt of celebrities such as Bruce Willis, David Bowie, Tina Turner and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Located near Prague Castle, Hotel Savoy offers all benefits of a five-star hotel. The beautifully decorated guest rooms are spacious, the deluxe rooms are vast and suites feature private terraces with views of Hradcany district. The Savoy's elegant marble bathrooms are just one of the reasons to stay here. The wellness center with fitness room, Jacuzzi and exquisite cuisine in Restaurant Hradcany are another reason for a stay in Hotel Savoy.


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Perla Hotel Prague

 

Perla Hotel is the pearl of Perlova street. Located right in the heart of Prague, close to Wenceslas Square an the Old Town, Perla Hotel offers luxurious guest rooms that guarantee you a comfortable stay. A complimentary welcome drink and a free airport transfer are pleasant extras. Housed in a former monastery the hotel oozes with charm. Delightful period details like timbered ceilings and murals give Perla an old-age feel. The guestrooms are in earth colors with red touches. Free WiFi internet connection in the guestrooms, café bar and lobby. If you did not bring your laptop or iPad, there PC are ready for you to use in public areas. Breakfast is a feast of fresh products, healthy fruit and delicious Italian Illy coffee. Café-bar Perla is the ideal place for a light snack or a refreshing glass of Czech beer.


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Jalta Hotel Prague
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Five-star Hotel Jalta is simply heavenly. Apart from its classy atmosphere and first rate service, Jalta's biggest asset is its location on Wenceslas Square. The 94 stylish guest rooms with attention to detail are spread over five floors. Built in the 1950s, the hotel is an almost perfect example of Socialist Realism architecture. Government visitor from countries in the Communist Bloc were frequent visitors. The still existing thick-walled fall-out shelter is a legacy of the old days. In those days, Hotel Jalta was one of the most modern pieces of architecture in Prague. Today, it is on the UNESCO World heritage list. Treat yourself to a stay in one of the hotel's two-room suites equipped with CD-player, satellite TV and high-speed internet access. Relax in restaurant COMO. Enjoy the best of Czech dishes or exquisite Mediterranean cuisine while you are listening to live music and watching the hustle and bustle of Wenceslas Square.


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Perhaps Hotel Neruda's best attribute is its perfect location and breathtaking views. The hotel is up Neruda street and only a few minutes away on from Prague Castle. Set in a three-storey building that dates back to the fourteenth century, the hotel is full of old-age charm. The hotel and the street are named after the nineteenth-century Czech poet and writer Jan Neruda who lived in the building for twenty years. The ochre colored walls are dotted with quotations from his works. All hotel rooms are different because Hotel Neruda was not purpose built. Some are split level, others are under the roof with wooden rafters. All are contemporary with spacious luxurious bathrooms with walk-in showers. Organza curtains and bed spreads give the rooms cosines and class.


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Experience the Orient in the Buddha Bar hotel. Dark cherry wood, scarlet accents and wafts of incense add to its mystical charm. Crimson lacquer chests of drawers and a dragon mural suggest a stylish opium den. Buddha Bar chain started in Paris and spread out to other cities like Budapest, Dubai and New York. Located in a narrow cobblestone street, the Buddha Bar hotel occupies an Art Nouveau building in the historic center. Most of Prague's monuments are within walking distance. The Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square are only five minutes away on foot. The 36 guest rooms are a mix of oriental tradition and modern Asian interior design with a touch of French colonialism. Huge beds with mountains of pillow flanked by Chinese style lamps. A golden dragon against a crimson background embellishes the wall. The rooms offer all latest technology from Nespresso coffee machines to flat screen televisions. A free standing bathtub decorated with a red and gold dragon, a huge rain shower and a remote control to flush the loo are only some of the stunning details.


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