Wonderful Honeymoon in The Alchymist!! A review of Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa
We stayed at this hotel for 3 days having just got married and I couldn't recommend it more!
It is located in the Mala Strana area of Prague which is very quiet and picturesque but only 5 or so minutes from the Charles Bridge and also near Prague Castle. The hotel is a 500 yr old palace and it really is very beautiful - as it was our honeymoon we stayed in the Alchymist Suite which was fabulous. The bathroom was enormous, with a free standing iron bath, large shower, two sinks and marble flooring with underfloor heating! (and a loo & bidet of course ;-)) We had an enormous 4 poster bed and the living room really was a living roon - plenty of room to sit and relax. We weren't sure what to expect for breakfast as we had heard a couple of mixed reviews, but we found it very good - there were a wide selection of hot and cold dishes and a good variety of bread, fruits, yoghurts etc.
The service was excellent - not obtrusive or pretentious, but very helpful and courteous. The style is very baroque with lots of gold paint and quite over the top, but so much so that its just great! They have a Balinese Spa which we used and the therapists were very good (we both had massages). There is also a Sushi Bar located in the spa and it is some of the best sushi I have ever had - I really enjoyed it and the chef is excellent. All the staff in the Spa are lovely and its a great place to relax. The pool wasn't ready yet, but that didn't bother us.
We had our wedding dinner in the Alchymist Restaurant which is in their sister hotel 5 mins walk away. It has the same decor and is really great - over the top with some fantastic designs and pieces of work. The food was excellent, the service was perfect and the bill was not too outrageous for the type of meal we had.
The hotel bar is quite small - there were 10 of us in there at one time and we pretty much filled it, but again it was lovely and there are plenty of bars nearby.
Overall, we were really delighted with hotel and restaurant and would highly recommend it - it made for a great wedding and honeymoon!