Alchymist Grand Hotel And Spa
What We Love
- The tranquil Ecsotica Spa within an atmospheric grotto where Balinese therapists administer aromatherapy massages and Darphin facials
- Homemade pasta and fresh fish dishes at the Italian-, French-, and Mediterranean-inspired Aquarius restaurant
What To Know
- This is not a place for minimalists: The decor might strike some as over the top
- Many rooms have Queen (not King) size beds
- It’s right across from the U.S. embassy, leading to heightened security measures
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Occupying four former bourgeoisie houses that date back five centuries, to the times when alchemists were trying to turn metal into gold here, the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa has a terrific setting among the picturesque streets of the Lesser Town, Prague’s beautiful Baroque quarter. Gold now features heavily throughout the hotel, one of the elements that give the individually designed rooms and suites their high-baroque style—think painted ceilings, four-poster beds, and lots of striped damask. The hotel looked further afield for some of its amenities, bringing in Italian chefs to head up the Aquarius restaurant and Balinese therapists to work in the spa, which is housed in an atmospheric grotto.
In the Area
The hotel is located in the main pedestrian area and only a few minutes’ walk from Old Town Square. It’s near the Municipal House, which hosts art exhibitions and musical performances in a glorious old building, and Powder Tower, a 213-foot-tall tower that was the gateway to the medieval Royal Route that cuts through the Old Town. Also nearby is Wenceslas Square (actually a 750-foot-long boulevard), filled with shops, cafés, and nightlife.
How to Get There
Wow what a night , we had such a lovely but quick visit to the Alchymist Hotel, A super welcome at the door we checked straight in and then decided to have a quick impromptu lunch in the courtyard or the most delicious ravioli , well worth the 20 min wait to cook it. We had some wine and then explored the city . Upon our return we were greeted again and offered cheese and wine tasting which was lovely. In our room was a bottle of wine to celebrate my husbands Birthday. We then had a quick swim and a sauna before eating out locally . The hotel was absolutely lovely the service at all meals was super the staff in house serving the guests directly were very welcoming.
This is a quality 'oasis' of a hotel with a price tag to match. Close to Prague Castle and St Nicholas church, and oddly on the edge of the so-called 'Lesser Town', it is within easy reach of the Charles Bridge and the Old Town by walking and within a hundred meters of the excellent tram system. The rooms are comfortable (we had a mezzanine suite) with high quality beds although the bathroom might have had a shower as well as a bath. The highlight was the breakfast buffet which might just be the best we have experienced. The staff were most helpful and overall this hotel deserves its rating. Our only hesitation is that the price per night is a bit too steep to give a top scoring for value.
Prague is a beautiful city overpacked with throngs of tourists, which can detract from ones enjoyment. The alchemist is a perfect antidote to the overcrowding for many reasons:
The location of the hotel, up a street in the middle of the little quarter should place it in the vortex of chaos, but the nearby US embassy and the 2 armed police across the way deters crowds and traffic and keeps it quiet and relaxing.
The elegance of the building is dramatic, an architectural gem beautifully restored and furnished.
And finally the kindness and warmth of the staff- one is greeted with a cool lemon-infused towel to refresh oneself, always with a genuine smile and “dobre den!”
Our family was made to feel at home here.
Certainly this will always be our hotel in Prague.
We stayed as a family of 4 in December and couldn't have picked a better hotel or location . We had a great sized room and our teenagers had their own room upstairs within our suite. The staff were super, the breakfast excellent and the hotel itself extremely warm which was welcome after coming in from the cold December weather.
I would definitely stay here when we return to Prague.
The quality of the restored building and the furniture everywhere is simply extraordinary. There are many small patios and outside light throughout the building, which adds to the feeling of roominess and well being. The room i had was the Junior Suite 215 (2nd floor), which was comfortable, first class and perfect in everyway. The level of service absolutely top. Made use of the spa, the pool (small but very well done, and pleasant), the gym (small but well done and maintained, and relatively complete), and took an outstanding and quality massage. Nothing to complain about, and much to thank to the staff and the hotel management. Very happy with the stay!!