Mandarin Oriental, Prague
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As the train sped out of Germany and into the steep, pine covered hills and mountains of the Czech Republic , we were in many ways moving further further from home- the language became increasingly difficult to comprehend for us English travelers, the prices for everything significantly cheaper, and the jobsworth ticket collectors were being replaced replaced by those with a personality: Since me, Brian and Ethan had missed ...
... to still be reeling from the communist year. It seemed to me to be a city struggling to find it's identity. There is beautiful ancient architecture, next to ugly communist buildings. In one case, the facade of a 14th century church was gone, replaced by and ugly, crumbling, plaster building. The Prague Castle, a major tourist attraction as it is the oldest in the region, had none of it's original artifacts and by extension no ...
Our ride pulled into Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, dropping us at a train station. Sussing out the underground system for yet another city we made our way to find our surfing residence. Michael met us at the underground station and chatted about his interests with us as we moseyed to his apartment, where we met his lovely Russian wife, Janna.
Their hospitality saw us meander from the dwelling through the streets into town. Our kind ...
Friday was our day to recover and wonder around Praha. I realize now writing this that I do quiet a bit of wondering here. Through the small cobbled streets and into side restaurants, lost in the thoughts of Kafka walking to class everyday through the Old Town square and the harsh reality of communism still looming in the air.
But that's for a later entry, I have to try to remain at the time and date I ...
... hydrophonics, having deja vu but in the future as opposed to the past, ivy species and the work ethics of different europeans. The next morning we caught an early bus to Prague which was about 4 1/2 hours but went quick. Prague immediately entranced us with its Disneyland like image. That first day we saw the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and more while we went and did our groceries. The following morning we went on a walking tour hosted by an ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mandarin Oriental, Prague
The Hotel is well located in the Maia Strana area, the castle side of the Charles Bridge and just a few minutes walk from it. It is housed in 4 buildings around a couple of courtyards, although we never saw the one featured in the pictures on the hotel site.
Amazing in every way!
I've been fortunate enough to stay in many great hotels around the world, and this is my new favorite. The location is amazing. The building and it's renovation are striking (a beuatifully understated modern decor in a building that dates back to the 14th century). And the staff, while clearly still a little new (the hotel just opened) couldn't have been any friendlier. We were upgraded to a suite, which was the most comfortable room I've ever had. We spent four nights there and didn't want to leave. I highly recommend this property (and, for that matter, Prague).
My wife and i went to prague for a short break and stayed at the Mandarin. Having stayed at other hotels in this chain we knew the service would be excellent and we was not dissapointed, the hotel is very new and feels very intimate which is nice and the rooms are lovely, however my only two faults would have to be the food in the restaurant was okay but we felt to asian and not enough basic dishes.
The only other thing was the tv channels in the room of about 30 only 4 were in in English and they were all news channels the only alternative was to purchase a movie and to be honest the selection was not great.
As previous reviews have attested, the Mandarin Oriental Prague is certainly unique as it's housed in a converted 14th Century Monastery. There's no grand high-ceiling lobby here, or extravagant entrance. In fact if it weren't for the classic Mandarin Oriental fan symbols on the gates you might almost walk straight past.
This was my first visit to Prague, and I was eager to find the best hotel option the city had to offer. Generally, I am partial to the Four Seasons brand, so my initial inclination was to book a room at the Four Seasons Prague.
If you know Mandarin, you know to expect a beautiful property with first class service and everything to be near perfect. For those of you not familiar with the chain below is my review of their new Prague property opened a month ago. Stayed in a basic King room, but still large and beatifully appointed. Everything you could need done in a luxurious style but in keeping with the setting of the hotel itself which is an old Abbey right in the heart of Mala Strana in Prague - minutes walk from Charles Bridge and the heart of all the main sites. The bathrooms are exquisite - marble, beautiful amenities, bidet - the works. The beds are luxurious and the furnishings modern oriental in typical Mandarin style. The service was extremely lovely, friendly and accommodating. All in all a wonderful experience. The only two things that could be improved is a that the room lights were a little tricky and all were controlled by just one switch making it difficult to have only some lights on, and the Concierge team while extremely gracious and friendly could be a little more well versed on directions, restaurant reccommendations and overall information.
Regardless of the following points, the hotel is perfectly located in a quite spot. So much to see within only 20 mn walk, great restaurants around the corner. The staff, though very new at their jobs are lovelly, helpful and friendly. Nice bar area (good live music on sat. night) The cocktails were great and the bar food (though not enough choice) is delicious. Breakfast was nice, though the legs of the chairs make a really LOUD noise on the floor when moved (not what one wants to hear first thing in the morning). The treatments given at the spa are great (quite expensive) and the staff there again really professional. The hotel is new so everything looks clean and fresh. Nice, modern look which overall could benefited from extra warm colours (mostly the walls in the underground corridor!).
There is no doubt that most people that stay at this hotel will be very happy. Unfortunately for me and my partner, we did not like the way our room was set up, and this lead us to find numerous other poorly designed elements to the hotel.
Wow, Prague finally has a luxury hotel!
Just came back from the new Mandarin in Prague, they really got it right again. An incredibly charming place in an old monastery but with modern twists and the typical MO Asian hints. (similar to their NYC property). The bedrooms are really cool with their vaulted ceilings but modern design, the food and service was great too.
Really loved it, a must see in Prague