Hotel Rokoko - how many stars? A review of EA Hotel Rokoko
Four of us stayed for 4 days at the Rokoko in late July. When I made my booking (with Globespan) a couple of months ago it was described as a 3-star but subsequently I saw it classified elsewhere as a 3-star superior. When we arrived however it had Kafkaesquely metamorphosed into a 4-star - don't think it merits that rating however.
It has been open for just a few months and as a result it's very clean, modern and smart - you can still smell the new carpets. The building itself isn't modern though and there's a nice staircase at the rear which looked rather art nouveau in style. Staff were friendly and helpful. Reception is cramped and is the only real public area in the hotel. Rooms at the front are of a good size and bathrooms are great apart from the lack of a shower curtain - is this a Czech custom? No air conditioning but a fan was provided. Breakfast is the usual international range and perfectly adequate with especially good bread and pastries, though the fresh fruit was a little elderly. The breakfast room is in the basement and doubles up as a saleroom for antiques at what appeared to me to be inflated prices. You can enjoy your cereal while perusing the price tickets on a range of mirrors, chairs and sofas from various eras.
Minibar prices are as extortionate as ever. Get your bottles of water and soft drinks at the small supermarket in the basement of Debenham's opposite. There's a Marks and Spencer right next door for those who like that sort of thing.
The Hotel is situated right in the centre of Wenceslas Square almost exactly opposite the Hotel Europa. As is well known, the area is a little seedy after dark but we never felt threatened or uncomfortable. In fact the location is probably close to ideal for an insomniac people-watcher like me. There's plenty going on in the square 24/7.
The National Museum is at the top of the square, just two minutes walk away. It has fab internal staircases where scenes from Mission Impossible were filmed and where classical concerts are held - one of the highlights of our visit. You sit on cushions up and down the stairs.
Most of the time we ate in the Old Town Square area where there is plenty of choice of restaurants and to be honest this is the area I would probably stay in for a return visit to Prague. That said, the Rokoko is a perfectly good 3-star hotel and a bargain since the price we paid was way below the advertised rack rate. I would recommend it for a short break.