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
My husband and I were taking an embassy tour on our own and found this lovely hotel near the American Embassy. We walked in and found a beautiful patio. It was near lunchtime and we asked whether we could be seated even if we were not guests of the hotel. We were seated in the patio and found ourselves totally alone in a truly lovely location. A very nice respite from the crowds! The service was excellent and the food and wine matched the same high quality. Don’t be intimidated if you are not booked at the hotel. It is a special experience and we found very few ‘tourists’, probably due to the cost. However, we found the value and experience well worth it. Highly recommend.
This is our second time at this hotel and cannot fault the standard of service they offer. The receptionist/ concierge was such a nice guy who will go out of his way just to make your stay special and memorable. We were greeted with a complimentary bottle of red wine and selections of fruits in our room. Fabulous breakfast in the morning, a selection of buffet and ala carte service in the grandest restaurant. We were delighted to look after by a beautiful young girl " Juliana" I think? Most of the staff/team are the same from 2 years ago when we stayed and for me, that means something....good place work/ happy team. Everyday in the afternoon there's a complimentary wine and cheese in the lounge where you can relax and contemplate about life being a princess/king.Location is perfect and everywhere is walking distance and its very safe located next to embassies. I will highly recommend this place in Prague but also will make everyone aware not to book the( BEWARE PRAGUE BOAT RIVER CRUISE) as its a total waste of money and had spoilt a bit of our holiday.
I love boutique hotels but unfortunately I can’t always afford them. I’m so glad I “went for it” and booked the Alchymist. It’s now one of my favorite hotels EVER! The location was fabulous, on a very quiet street away from the hordes of tourists but an easy walk to whatever you want to see. The staff were friendly and attentive and didn’t make us feel underdressed or unwelcome in our summer shorts or sundresses. Our room was amazing with interesting architectural details and a large bathtub. Fluffy robes and towels, tea in the room, and good WiFi even on the top floor in the back. And the breakfast buffet (included with our room rate) was first-rate! (The next hotel we stayed at charged over 30 Euros per person for their breakfast buffet.) I know I will be back to Prague someday and I’m already looking forward to staying here again.
PS: I had a terrific massage in the spa too. Otherworldly!
Absolutely beautiful hotel. Not a huge hotel (which we like). Its also on a corner next to the American embassy, so there are police patrolling the area at all times and not a lot of tourists coming through. Very peaceful and soothing after the crowds in Prague. However, it was a simple walk to lots of restaurants and to the Charles Bridge to cross over to Old Town. Our room lacked some of the beauty of the common areas but was nice overall.
Staff (concierge and breakfast staff) were very nice, but not on par with the kind of hotel they are trying to be. I would still stay again, but I think that if they want to compete with 5 star hotels, they need to train their staff a little better. For example, when asking for directions to a well-known restaurant, the concierge basically told me to follow google maps (which led me to the wrong place, as I had heard that it might). Management was wonderful and dealt with our concerns impeccably.
What an extraordinary visit, and extraordinary place to stay!
I had booked a reservation at the Grand Alchymist Hotel and Spa a year in advance. I chose the Holiday Break package from the hotel webpage, which I think at the moment no longer exists! It included airport transportation, and a dining voucher, and many other things.
This hotel really is amazing! Wonderful attention to detail and service at every turn. The decor is eclectic and there is a lot of bling!! But that’s all part of the charm. Chandeliers are beautiful!
The package I booked included return transportation by private car to and from airport. This was excellent as there were many people arriving and waiting for taxis when we landed - we didn’t need to think about that! We had an immaculately tidy black BMW waiting for us. How nice!
Love the location of this hotel - very near the Charles bridge but on the “other side” - same side of the river as the castle. We really appreciated this location as old town is soooooo busy right now, this we thought at night, it was good to get away from it! I loved the location very near to US embassy which meant it was super- secure.
Arrived at hotel and we were given a complimentary drink! Then we were very kindly upgraded to a junior suite! We had booked a deluxe room and given a junior suite. Thank you !!! On return, I would definitely book the junior suite. The bathroom is huge, and there is much more space. The shower and water pressure was the best I have encountered in Europe.
We used the small pool and sauna 2 of 3 days. Very nice facility. The pool is coolish, but with 33 degrees, it was exactly the correct temperature. And it was sparsely used so we took advantage.
We had lots of help from front desk staff who were excellent:) really very helpful and friendly !! First class. They had booked the Mozart Dinner for us in advance by my request, and we were seated at that venue in a perfect location.
We sampled the Hotel’s home made chocolates, left with daily turndown service, which are divine. The daily breakfast is superb - don’t forget to look at menu items which can be ordered and are included with the daily breakfast rate.
And on our departure day, which was 5:30 AM, they boxed a beautiful lunch for us! Thank you so much.
We did the Hotels’s 4pm complimentary wine and cheese twice - it was great.
And we ate at the Aquarius restaurant on our final night and the crusted salt sea bass for 2 was unique and amazing! There was a delightful piano player playing well
Known songs over dinner!
We also attended a concert at the St Nicholas church which is a 2 minute walk from the hotel. It’s only an hour, but to hear that organ play with the acoustics and the beautiful soprano was awesome! Cost was 400 CzK
When we return to Prague there is no question we will stay here again.
We were so well treated - thank you!!