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... bathroom that didn't house scruffy homeless men that leave the toilet stall unlocked and ready for an extremely awkward moment. (Thank you subway sandwich employee) -Sleep deprived and Hungry Julee and I are trying to get into a sleep routine. I was dead tired yesterday around 5pm and ended up falling asleep in a massage chair in a shopping mall. Jiri and Nelly came to meet us and they thought I was pretending to sleep as a joke but after 15 ...
... many times), but I kid you not - when we were out at night, and any random "sketchy-looking" Czech man walked by us, we linked arms so tightly I lost even more circulation and gave him glares that would've made the *****iest Spanish girl proud.
Day 3, we decided it was a good idea to return to Keith (why??) for a tour of Prague's castle. Sadly, we couldn't go inside, but the views from the hill it sits on were ...
... St Barbara’s Church but we came across Hradek which was a house owned by a wealthy local which is now a museum explaining the silver mining history of the town. They had 2 tours with one actually taking you into one of the old silver mines but Daisy decided her knee may not be up to the challenge as the girl said it was quite hard with lots of steps so we took the tour of the house which also explained the ...
... and particularly seem to enjoy drinking the tons of different beers on offer at the beer halls and small bars that dot the city. Beer o clock in this part of Europe seems to start at breakfast, I have seen many people drinking a pint of beer at 9:00 in the morning!
For now that is it for the Czech Republic as we are heading further north east into Poland although we will return later for a short stop on our way back down south to Rome.
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
TravelPod Member ReviewsAlchymist Grand Hotel and Spa Prague
So far we have been treated very well at this small hotel across from the American Embassy. Build in 1517 this small stone boutique hotel was renovated and lavishly decorated.mid 2000's
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Historical Traveler Reviews Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa Prague
Great Spa and restaurant, amazing palace from XVI century
I wanted to spend a nce romantic weekend in Prague with my girlfriend and a friend of mine told me about Tripadvisor to avoid bad surprises.....I have to say that I love it, and it is going to be my best travel agency since now on!!!! Anyway, I started to check here and there, mostly having in mind the four options somebody suggested me; Iron Gate, Hoffmeister, Four Seasons and Alchymist. Alchymist was givng us the best price and we liked very much their Web page. So we decided for The Alchymist. The first impression was really fantastic, being the Hotel done out of three different buildings from Baroque and Renaissance period; The first of the three houses is a kind of small Palace, with a courtyard full of flowers and even a romantic fountain with fishes. Since we arrived late in the evening, there were also two musicians playing nice melodies and few candlelighted tables were taken by Restaurant guests. I was a little disappointed by the fact that no doorman was standing at the main entrance, anyway one of the waiters of the restaurant came almost immediately to help us with our luggages apologizing that the bellboy was assisting some other clients who just arrived. At the reception; that is quite small but very nicely decorated, there was just one young guy who was anyway very friendly and helpfull in explaining us the services of the Hotel. To go to our roon, a De Luxe room that after I realized that means the smallest accomodation the offer (!!!) we passed through few different gotic vaulted rooms very richely decorated ( with even some fresco paintings ) and a strange collection of etnic, exotic and old objects that my girlfriend found intriguing but a little funny and that anyway surprisingly match with th eclectic atmosphere.
Finally in the room, beautifull and very rich, but not oversized as we hoped after checking the pictures in Internet, we called the nice guy at the Reception to book a table in a nice restaurant. He first tried t offer us the Hotel Restaurant, but hwe wantedto go out exploring the city, so he suggested Kampa Park, not too far on the river. Great location and dramatic view to Charles Bridge and very good food, but very expansive and, as we saw; mostly full of tourists!!!! I am sure they tip the receptions of the different hotels, anyway we were happy and a nice full moon helped the romantic setting.
The next day started in a very good way with a great breakfast in the magnificent Hotel dining room. Since the Breakfast wasincluded in the price, wr didn"t expected such great variety of nice food ( even freshly cutted smoked salmon ) and attentive service. Was a great way to started our day!.... At the reception, where we conplained a little about the size of our room, there were two nice ladies who offered us to change it for another one, but finally we didn"t want to pack again, and we decided to remain in our "" de luxe "" room that we liked anyway since the window was opening on a small couryard wih a nice fountain that is nice to hear. when you wake up...... So they offered us a discounted price for a treatment in the Spa.
After a long day walking around all Prague, the massage we had together in the Spa was really amazing, provided by two Balinese girls;
For dinner we stayed in the Hotel Restaurant, Aquarius, and it was everything perfect, including the live music played by the two Brazilian musicians;
Great stay in this unusual small hotel, that we suggest to any romantic couple looking for a romantic escape.
An absolute Gem
Situated in a quiet backwater yet close to the famous Charles Bridge and Castle, the Alchymist is all (and more) that it professes to be. The decor with murals and ceiling friezes together with the high quality furnishings reflect the flare and dedication of the italian owner. The staff give impecable though discreet service and the food would not be out of place in a Michelin Star Restaurant. With a superb indoor pool and spa, the Alchymist is an oasis of perfection. A most delightful experience.
Anthony & Sandra Peel, England
I Love The Alchymist
Marvelous rooms extraordinary service and personel . They bent over backwards for us, could not ask for more. Wonderful boutique hotel would recommend it to my best friend. big plus also for the breakfast. and dinner was extraordinary must have at least 2 dinners here if you have the time.
Marjorie Rubin / Thomas sasdi Boca raton Florida
I stayed in Alchymist Hotel with my wife for honeaymoon for 3 nights using their honeymoon package, when we booked it on last minute. It was really unforgettable experience for us since we arrived to hotel and meet very friendly staff and domestic atmosphere of this beautiful mansion, just few minutes from the famous Charles Bridge and with romantic view on Prague Castle. A Junior Suite was offered to us. We wanted to go outside to see Prague immediately upon our arrival, but actually our room was so nice and comfortable, that we stayed couple of ours in there finally...All this place has unforgettable atmosphere, feeling like in some fairy tale. Part of our honeymoon package was also dinner in Aquarius Restaurant where we met with professional service and food was actually fantastic as we could choose from rich offer of Italian/ Mediterean cuisine. Our 3- course menu was delicious.
We can only recommend this magic place altogether with their underground Balineese Spa treatment, which was also part of our package.
Already looking forward to spend there nice time on next year...
Barbara and Mike
My wife and I have just returned from a week in Prague where we stayed at the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa. We were made to feel so welcome and we felt like V.I.P's. We knew from the website that it was a botique luxury hotel but this is an understatement. I surprised my wife by booking a car to pick us up at the airport, But surprised myself more i think when i saw a vintage rools royce waiting for us. This was only the beginning.
We had an overall great experience and an unforgettable one. nothing was a problem. the food was of the highest quality and for my wife (being a vegetarian) it normally makes things a little difficult, but the chef prepared some wonderful food and even prepared somethings that were not on the menu..
The room was comfortable and beautifully designed and surprisingly big for (from what i have been told) is a boutique hotel.Breakfast was a feast and the staff were friendly and very helpful and spoke great english. nothing seemed to be a problem . I would truly recommend you to stay and indulge in some luxury .. Even the swimming pool has a chandelier !!!!.
overall i cannot say enough good things about this Hotel. We have already made another reservation and will be going back to experience something very special. I even had my first Balinieese(excuse the spelling) massage...that alone is worth going back for. A big thank you from my wife and I
Mr Mrs Don Castor Bristol
Solid three star that's tries hard
My wife and I stayed at the Alchymist from April 24th through April 29th - 6 nights. Our very first impression of the hotel was through it's car service pick-up at the airport. We had arranged to be picked-up by their Jeep Cherokee. What a surprise it was when the driver who met us in the arrivals hall told us that we were in for a very special ride. It turns out that the Jeep was in for servicing and our "ride" to the hotel was to be in a 1952 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. We felt like celebs as we were driven through central Prague to the hotel, where we were greeted by two hotel staff awaiting our arrival.
The hotel, owned by an Italian company, is an exercise in opulent Barogue-on-steroids style. Over-the- top would be an understatement. But it was a delightful treat to be staying in such overstated luxury.
The front desk staff were friendly and accomodating and handled our requests for dinner reservations and cultural performances tickets with great effiency. The room, at 240 Euros per night including breakfast, was well maintained with ample closet space and bathroom facilities. The absence of a tub in the bathroom was a disappointment, as was the bed, which was rock hard. Our room accessed a small courtyard which contained a fountain with no water and no seating area.
The breakfast, while served in a very lovely on-premises restaurant, was very sub-standard re quality and variety. Everyday was the same thing and I questioned the freshness of food because of it's sameness. The salmon was not as pink and fresh as one would like to see. Cheeses never varied from the very bland offerings, and the American-style eggs and sausages was very overdone - to such an extent that we never tried them. Coffee was cooked to long and tasted burnt. We even skipped breakfast all together twice in order to enjoy coffee and croissants at local cafes.
The Alchymist, directly next to the US Embassy, is in a very desirable location in Mala Strana. Remote enough to escape the mass of people in Old Town and Charles Bridge areas, but close enough to walk to all major areas. It's also very close to public transportation.
The Alchymist tries very hard to be a player in a crowded field of luxury hotels buts comes up a bit short. It's a solid three-star now in our opinion but has a way to go to become a four-star, particulalry in the area a breakfast service and consistency of room attendance.
If you are looking for something very different re style and close to all, but off the beaten path, then a short stay at the Alchymist may meet your needs.
Wonderful Honeymoon in The Alchymist!!
We stayed at this hotel for 3 days having just got married and I couldn't recommend it more!
It is located in the Mala Strana area of Prague which is very quiet and picturesque but only 5 or so minutes from the Charles Bridge and also near Prague Castle. The hotel is a 500 yr old palace and it really is very beautiful - as it was our honeymoon we stayed in the Alchymist Suite which was fabulous. The bathroom was enormous, with a free standing iron bath, large shower, two sinks and marble flooring with underfloor heating! (and a loo & bidet of course ;-)) We had an enormous 4 poster bed and the living room really was a living roon - plenty of room to sit and relax. We weren't sure what to expect for breakfast as we had heard a couple of mixed reviews, but we found it very good - there were a wide selection of hot and cold dishes and a good variety of bread, fruits, yoghurts etc.
The service was excellent - not obtrusive or pretentious, but very helpful and courteous. The style is very baroque with lots of gold paint and quite over the top, but so much so that its just great! They have a Balinese Spa which we used and the therapists were very good (we both had massages). There is also a Sushi Bar located in the spa and it is some of the best sushi I have ever had - I really enjoyed it and the chef is excellent. All the staff in the Spa are lovely and its a great place to relax. The pool wasn't ready yet, but that didn't bother us.
We had our wedding dinner in the Alchymist Restaurant which is in their sister hotel 5 mins walk away. It has the same decor and is really great - over the top with some fantastic designs and pieces of work. The food was excellent, the service was perfect and the bill was not too outrageous for the type of meal we had.
The hotel bar is quite small - there were 10 of us in there at one time and we pretty much filled it, but again it was lovely and there are plenty of bars nearby.
Overall, we were really delighted with hotel and restaurant and would highly recommend it - it made for a great wedding and honeymoon!
Staying at a 500 years old Palace!
Located between the Charles Bridge and the Castle opposite of the U.S. Embassy this 500 years old Palace is all you look for! Even an Asian Spa with ladies from Bali! Very friendly staff. Perfect stay.
Excellent but a little pricey
Just stayed 3 nights at the Alchymist and loved it. It is a very individual small hotel with pleasant staff. It situated in a quiet part of the town but having said that it is only 5 mins. walk to the Charles bridge. The only thing that let it down was breakfast which for the amount we paid was poor.
Andrea Uzunov, General Manager