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Four poster-beds and WiFi: Best Ingredients for a Romantic Stay in Prague



Prague may not be the first city you think of for a romantic weekend but be assured Prague is like a second Paris inclusive of an Eiffel Tower. All right, it is a miniature version but a worthy look-a-like.  Prague has a plethora of hotels. It is not difficult at all to find a romantic hotel that suits your wallet. Situated just under Prague Castle, Male Strana quarter is the most romantic but also the most expensive district. Stare Mesto or the Old Town neighborhood with winding, cobbled lanes is an excellent second best. The good thing about this part of the city is that you are right in the middle of activities and sights. Everything is within walking distance and you will never need public transport. The Four Seasons Hotel is the best of the best. If you crave luxury, this is your place. Rocco Forte the Augustin is your best choice if you want to indulge in aromatherapy. Stay in the honeymoon suite and you are almost in heaven. For lovers of age-old grandeur with modern touches Alchymist Residence Nosticova is your romantic hide-out. Four-poster beds combined with WiFi unite the old and new. Here is a list of 10 romantic hotels to make it easier for you to make a choice.

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Three historic buildings from Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau periods blend into a new truly five-star deluxe hotel. Tall ceilings, period furniture and crystal chandeliers provide style and atmosphere. The Presidential suite includes a separate living area with a piano and fireplace, dining room, pantry and private bar but may not be within everybody's budget. The more moderately priced guest rooms in the Art Nouveau wing are less opulent but still very comfortable. The cuisine in the Allegro restaurant is a symphony of Mediterranean dishes; fresh seafood, homemade pastas and artisan products. The Four Season Hotel's central position makes it easy to explore the Old Town on foot, climb up to Prague Castle or amble along Wenceslas Square.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Four Seasons is the creme-de-la-creme of hotels in Prague. This establishment combines old day charms with luxury of today.

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Spoil yourself and stay in the Alchymist Hotel in Prague's Mala Strana neighborhood. Housed in a sixteenth-century gentry house, the Alchymist is comfortable, beautiful and serene and the perfect home away from home. The fifteen individual apartments feature four-poster beds and exquisite interior decoration.The Alchymist offers everything you would expect from a boutique hotel; air-conditioning, LCD TV, DVD and CD player, a safe, mini-bar and high-speed internet access. If you really want to splash out stay in the garden villa or The Garden Deluxe Room with a marble bathroom and spectacular views of Petrin Hill. This is one of the best hotels in Prague for a romantic retreat.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Guest have free entry to the spa of the Alchymist Grand Hotel, a ten-minute walk away.

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Rocco Forte The Augustine

Prague is known as the city of the hundred spires, yet it is difficult to find a hotel next to one of its churches. The Augustine is one of the few hotels situated next to church and a thirteenth century monastery. Located in the Mala Strana district, the Augustine Hotel consists of seven historic buildings. All 101 guest rooms are feature period-inspired furniture. Climb up a spiral staircase to the honeymoon suite. You will have a triplex all to yourself; on the first level a living room, on the second a bathroom and on the third a lovely bedroom.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Indulge in aromatherapy in the spa or the hamam with a heated massage bed, steam room, and workout area.

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Set in a tastefully renovated 17th century monastery, Mandarin Oriental offers a variety of stylish guest rooms. Some have antique parquet floors, others have vaulted ceilings. Most romantic are the garden rooms in the cloister garden. All rooms are furnished differently. All have crisp bed linen and continental quilts. The hotel spa is incorporated in the Renaissance chapel with remains of a medieval church under a glass floor. The Mandarin oriental is situated right behind the Museum of Music and between Petrin Hill and Kampa Island. Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are only a short walk away.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Experience the Orient in Prague and stay in a seventeenth century former monastery.

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Tucked away in a cobbled back street of this delightful quarter, The Golden Well or Zlata Studne 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Golden Well is one of the hidden secrets in Prague's Lesser Town or Mala Strana district.

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Staying in Hotel Aria is a music filled experience. Each of the hotel's four floors represents a musical genre: jazz, opera, classical and contemporary. Guest rooms are dedicated to a specific musician or composer. Each room offers a selection of songs, aria, concerts and a biography of the artist on the flat screen computer. If this is not enough, guests can find more in the music lending library in the lobby. Whether you stay in the Gershwin, the Elvis Presley or the Smetana suite, all 52 rooms are unique. Hotel Aria is situated in Mala Strana amidst Baroque Palaces. The Vltava River, Charles Bridge and Old Town Square are only a few minutes' walk away.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Music lovers will imagine themselves in the seventh heaven. Staying in Aria Hotel is a music-filled experience.

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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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Perhaps Hotel Neruda's best attribute is its perfect location and breathtaking views.

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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. 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Huge beds with mountains of pillows flanked by Chinese style lamps. A golden dragon against a crimson background embellishes the wall. Stay here forever!

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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, and only a short walk to Prague Castle. 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Top service, prime location and friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling like a king in a castle.

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Romantik Hotel U Raka

Tucked away in a quiet street in the Hradcany district, eighteenth-century Romantik Hotel U Raka is a rural gem. Family-run U Raka is housed in one of the few remaining timbered cottages in Prague. The six guest rooms, low ceilings, wooden floors and red-brick fire places, are incredibly comfortable. Add a leafy garden and you have the most romantic getaway you can dream of. All rooms have satellite television, a DVD player and free WiFi. Book the Exclusive room with woodburning fireplace and private terrace for a romantic weekend. Bring comfortable shoes because the cobbled streets around the hotel are high-heel unfriendly.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The private terrace is the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend.

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Marianne Crone divides her time between her home in the Netherlands and an apartment in Prague, the city where her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live.

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