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Historical Traveler Reviews Iron Gate Hotel & Suites Prague
OK but not a five star
Stayed at the hotel 25-27 Feb. It was a romantic weekend away I had planned for my boyfriend and I, so I thought I'd pay a bit extra and go for a 5* hotel, with a deluxe suite. From the photos I'd seen when I booked it I was expecting some kind of amazing room with plenty of space. The "suite" was dark, and I felt quite claustraphobic in it, not at all like the pictures, and I would say no where near the 550sq ft as promised on the website. I even phoned reception to double check we were in the right suite (room 403), they said yes it was a deluxe, no Jaccuzi as hoped either, or fluffy bathrobe, or bulvgari complimentary cosmetics, couldn't work out either what was complimentary and what wasn't, as not clearly labeled.
I think I might have upset the hotel before I went as I enquired about having champagne waiting in the room, but they wanted 100 euros, so I decided not to bother, maybe that offended then so they gave us a rubbish room... who knows?
Cafe Bogner was OK, but again not amazing, choice of food was very poor. I wanted a bit of wow factor from this hotel, and it failed to deliver miserably.
I wish I had just gone for a 3* or 4* now and not got my expectations up.
The location however was fantastic, word of warning though, get your bearings in the daytime before you go out, we left the hotel 8pm, had some lovely cocktails in a great place called the "U Prince" we spent 3 hours walking around in the cold and couldn't find the hotel, you could quite literally walk past it without realizing. Worse still no-one seemed to have heard of it. At the time we decided there was something wierd about the hotel, as people seemed to go quiet when you mentioned it, but maybe I've watched to many movies! Would be interested to hear if anyone else experienced this.
Also in our room, you couldn't sit up in bed and watch TV, due to sloped ceilings, and my poor fella had to do the limbo to use the toilet as the wall sloped inwards, and the shower was positioned about 4ft up the wall?? Anyway I have included a photo of the "suite" for you to make up your own mind.
To summarize, great location but nothing special.
Fantastic 26-28 February
What an excellent hotel, we were a party of 5 with 3 rooms, each room was different but each had character and fully equipped for all our needs. Excellent location 2 min walk to Old Town Square, we booked the hotel Mercedes transfer's and the driver acted as tour guide, which was an unexpected bonus but very much an appreciated one.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and went that extra mile. The cafe bognor staff (where you also have breakfast) were brilliant, everybody just seemed to want to please even the room service guy.
Would recommend this hotel to anybody and everybody and will be returning soon. (We stayed in room 315, beautiful room)
Cosy , Lovely and Gorgeous
We stayed at the Iron Gate for 3 nights at the end of Jan and absolutely loved it . The location was excellent, the staff very friendly and kind ,it was
a joy to stay there.
I think the set up they have there is the way forward for hotels . The building is beautifully restored, the rooms were very spacious ( we had a royal studio ) , our friends` had a suite and that was lovely too.
The little kitchenette is ideal and the fact that you can choose DVD`s at no charge is lovely. We have previously stayed at the `Amethyste `and the `Palace Hotel `but this was our favourite a little more private and just had that something special that you just can`t put your finger on .
The only improvement I can think of would be to have a Sauna/steam room
that would make it even more desirable .
We will definitely be going back and I would recommend this hotel to anyone - it makes other places feel alittle bit boring
Can`t wait to go again next year
Good but not Five Stars
For location this hotel is excellent - you are literally a minute from Stare Mesto and no more than two or three minutes from Charles Bridge. The staff were friendly and accomodating and the building itself a gem as it retains many original features. However, I felt that the quality of accomodation (excluding the architecture) was a little bleak and basic. I am not entirely sure why this hotel rates as five stars. The Amethyst which is four stars has far more facilities, although it is not so central and the City Moran was equal to the Iron Gate when it came to friendly staff and slighty better in terms of quality (food, furniture etc). Other niggly faults were a very meagre mini-bar (not that it was used) and and incredibly poor exchange rate at reception - even the tourist exchanges were giving a better exchange rate at no extra commission.
Just returned from the Iron gate yesterday, read reviews before we went and was looking forward to it. landed in Prague airport to the place covered in snow really was a beautiful sight.
Arrived at the hotel in a mini-bus, and it really looked nice, situted in a very narrow cobbled street (bus driver very skilled to manage to get the mini bus down there) ans were welcomed into a lovely warm lobby, greeted at the counter by some very nice staff, we had arrived early 11:30am so unfortunetly our room wasn't ready until 2pm, so we had to head off for a couple of hours, town square less then 2 mins away, and its really nice, specially at night with it all lit up.
Breakfast was great, what a choice, scrambled eggs and sausages, fruit, cereal, toast, sweet desserts, lots of fruit juices, herbal teas and coffee, really good to set you off on a day of sight-seeing. The restuarant as well was fab steaks were melt in your mouth. The crepes in Cafe boegner wow, the choco one, you can feel the weight piling on but definetly worth a try.
A walk up the hill to the parks is definetly a must the views were great, also the change of gaurds at mid-day is well worth it.
Everything was in 25mins walk at the most, the palace and charles bridge.
The beer is great too, tescos have really cheap beer EURO 0.07 a pint bottle and my boyfriend said it tasted fine, like any other beer.
One more great thing was the DVD's which you could get a reception free of charge, and the bell boy brings them up to the room for you, what a service.
Would definetly recommend the hotel to people for a very central location with everything you need near-by.
Spent five nights at the Iron Gate over Christmas - what a find this hotel is!
Location was excellent 2 minutes walk, if that, to the Old Town Square.
The Staff were very helpful, polite and friendly - nothing was too much trouble for them.
Like a previous reviewer we booked a studio but had a suite at no extra cost!
The restaurant was very good as was the breakfast, but be aware that if you order breakfast in your room you do not always get what you asked for (language breakdown we think), but there was a good selection nevertheless.
Only disappointment was no Snow (had looked forward to a white Christmas), but cannot blame that on the hotel!
The Iron Gate is certainly a hotel we would recommend to anyone and we look forward to returning there ourselves - already thinking of booking next Christmas!
Will be back!
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights and enjoyed every moment of it. I booked a studio but the room we were given was more like a suite. The kitchenette was very handy and great for storing our beer. We even had two bathrooms in our studio which was a great surprise. A bonus which we didn't know about was the DVD player in the room and reception have a stock of DVD's for you to borrow at no cost. The hotel is very conveniently situated - a minute's walk down a small alleyway leads you directly to Old Town Square. All in all, a lovely hotel - one which I am going to make a point of returning to.
A gem of a hotel .....
We spent a couple of nights at the Four Seasons, which was exactly as one would expect it to be. The problem was, as soon as you walked in the door you were no longer in Prague; you were just in a very nice, expensive hotel with zero character. So, after a couple of days in comfortable limbo, we decided to move. The Iron Gate is everything it claims to be and more. It is a lovely old building, carefully and imaginatively renovated and just a stones throw from the Old Town Square. Every room is different and most seem to have little kitchenettes - great for us as we had kids - as well as a mini bar and TV/DVD. Most importantly, the staff were astonishingly nice, helpful and efficient. The plug hole on the brand nw jacuzzi bath in our room did not open properly. Not only was the engineer summoned, but the bellman and the manager came along for good measure. Due to the lack of available spare parts over the Christmas holiday, it could not be properly fixed and had to be operated with a piece of cutlery. Although this was not a major hardship, the staff apologised profusely every time they saw us, anxiously enquiring if we were ok. A deduction was made on the bill at departure. The restaurant in the cellar was first class and we were serenaded by an enthusiastic trio of gypsy fiddlers. The cafe had good cofee and a passable breakfast (Prague is not strong on breakfast). Oddly, there were no corkscrews in the kitchenettes, but the bellman would rush up at a moments notice and cheerfully open a bottle for us when necessary. After we left it was discovered that our son had left a suit behind in the closet. It was immediately mailed and checked on daily by one of the staff until its arrival had been confirmed. We would highly recommend this hotel as a charming place to stay in Prague that offers good value and high quality.
We just returned from a 5 night stay at the Iron Gate in Prague. The hotel was superb. The staff was extremely attentive and friendly, and spoke English well. They were very helpful with arranging transportation and giving advice, and really made us feel at home there. The location is terrific, just off Old Town Square and a short walk to Charles Bridge. Especially in the winter I think it is worth it to be close to the sights. The rooms were very nice, sparse decor and very clean. Chocolates on the pillow for the last night of our stay was a nice touch. The hotel breakfast in the Cafe was very good, with fresh-baked chocolate croissants, cereals, bread, fruit, etc.
I'm not sure why there are not more reviews of this wonderful little place, we would definitely stay there again.
Lovely quiet hotel, superb location
Lovely hotel, friendly and helpful staff. Excellent location. Rooms newly refunished and very clean, perhaps a little bare however, very nice. Continental breakfast good, plenty to choose from and the staff leave you to your own devices, so great not to have people fussing around you first thing in the morning!