A superb 5 star hotel set in a quet residential part of prague A review of Le Palais Art Hotel Prague
My girlfriend and I (both mid 40's) stayed at this hotel for 3 nights over valentines weeked in 2004 booked via lastminute. On arriving at the airport we jumped into one of the waiting minibuses to take us to the town centre. About 1/2 hour drive at a cost of about Â£4 each. We told the driver that we wanted Le Palais but he seemed confused and spent several minutes talking on his walky talky struggling to get directions. We wondered what we had let ourselves in for as other passengers were dropped off at their various hotels. What a pleasant surprise when we arrived at the hotel. Although nothing grand to look at from the outside, there was a smart concierge outside,(always a good sign) who took our bags into a lovely bright reception area of this superb small 5 star hotel that has everything you want from luxurious decor to friendly staff that can't do enough to help. The room was large as was the bath and bathroom and all were newly decorated, accompanied by normal 5 start trimmings such as free bath robe etc.... A free mini bar stocked daily went down well. (unlike the UK where you take out a remortgage to use the room mini bar). Breakfast was served to 11 am and offered everything you might want from fruit to full cooked breakfast, in fact I cant think of anything that wasnt served at breakfast, except for steak. I even had smoked salmon and scrambled eggs one morning. We didnt eat in the restaurant but ate in the bar and the food was excellent. It was more expensive than eating out in the numerous restaurants in Prague but stiil cheaper than eating in a poor restaurant at home. My girlfriend is an interior designer and is used to working on appartments in such places as Mayfair and Eaton Place in London. Her taste in decor is somewhat selective and upmarket but she could not stop talking about what a wonderfully designed and tastefully decorated hotel Le Palais was. If you have ever stayed at the Royal Crescent at Bath it is a comparable hotel at a fraction of the price. The hotel is about a 10 minute walk from Wenseslas Square and is in a quite residential part of Prague. An Â£8 taxi ride takes you to the Castle on the other side of town and a short walk from the Castle back over the river takes you into the tourist part of town. Shopping is limited unless you like Bohemien glass, furry hats or other tourist trinkets. The best way to get around is by tram. You buy a ticket which lasts 24 hours at a cost of about Â£2 and you can travel anywhere you like for as long as you like. We enjoyed our stay in Prague, the hotel was superb, eating out and drinking was ridiculously cheap and the locals were all really friendly. I defy any one to find a better hotel in Prague. 100% recommended.