Upsides and Downsides A review of Old Town Square Hotel and Residence
This was our fourth visit to Prague and each time we have stayed at a different 5 star hotel. On this occasion we chose the Old Town Square Hotel because we like quirky, classy hotels and the previous reviewers almost without exception rated it very highly. So what did we think:
First impressions on arrival not brilliant - we knew that it was right on the Old Town Square so we knew that it might have an unusual entrance. Because of pedestrianisation the taxi from the airport dropped us off across the Square and we had a short walk to the hotel - no problem. We then went through an ancient door next to a busy pavement cafe/restaurant into a rather uninviting passageway at the end of which was a locked gate. We then buzzed on the intercom and the gate was opened remotely, allowing us to carry our bags up the large stone staircase to reception on the first floor - rather more two star impressions than five star to this point.
But then we met the reception staff who were delightful - very friendly and helpful.
Our rooms were exceptional - our friends got an upgrade to a suite but our double was almost as big as theirs. Quite huge. And very comfortable. The ultra-modern style contrasted markedly with the historic building but the combination worked well. Huge comfy beds and very impressive bathroom.
The location of the hotel is as central as it's possible to be, but.......there was a very big downside. Even with double glazing the noise from the Square was unavoidable and the revellers outside were not too bothered about the time of night. Maybe we dropped a bit unlucky as the Dutch were playing the Czech Republic at football that weekend and their fans had established "Base Camp" in the bars in the square but it's not much fun to be woken up at 4 in the morning by two Dutchmen singing "It's a long way to Tipperary"!
Another downside with the hotel was the public rooms - or lack of them. No lounge bar, which we would have thought any 5 star hotel would have as a pre-requisite. The breakfast room at the very top of the hotel was strangely configured: three tables for 4 people, 1 table for 8 and one table for 10. It made for some interesting seating arrangements as most of the parties staying were either couples or foursomes. The hotel should get rid of the big tables and put in several more 2 or 4 seaters. Having said that, the breakfast was very good - nicely cooked, good quality food.
So overall, we enjoyed our stay at the hotel but taking everything into account would rate it as third out of the four we'ved used so far, behind the Savoy (which is not central but is excellent), then the Pariz (central, very classy but our room was not big) but in front of the Ambassador (central, huge rooms but very touristy).