Alchymist Nosticova Palace
What We Love
- Individually decorated rooms and suites inspired by Czech historical figures
- A new garden villa with three guest rooms next to the main building
- The baroque “summer garden” designed to reflect the mystical themes of the hotel, where afternoon tea, cocktails, and light meals are served
What To Know
- The hotel is on a quiet street near Prague’s major attractions, but not right in the heart of things
- There is no gym or spa
- Some might find the baroque decor over-the-top
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Alchymist Nosticova Palac traces its history back to 1522, and that emphasis on tradition and old-worldliness shows. Many of the original house’s original features, such as its arched ceilings, timberwork, and fragments of its stone entrance, have been preserved, and embellished by exensions and renovations that have turned it into one of the most singular hotels in Prague. It’s romantic, “alchemical” ambience has been heightened by mood lighting, opulent ornamentation, rich fabrics, and furnishings chosen to give each room a very particular feel—but all steeped in history and dramatic personae. A hidden garden is a beguiling spot for tea or cocktails, while the main restaurant serves modern takes on traditional dishes in a room that’s full-on ornate: red velvet banquettes, chandeliers dripping with crystal, and candelabras galore.
In the Area
The hotel is located in the main pedestrian area and only a few minutes’ walk from Old Town Square. It’s next to the Municipal House, which now 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 through Old Town. Also nearby is Wenceslas Square (actually a 750-foot-long boulevard), a vibrant historic center of Prague now filled with shops, cafes, and nightlife.
How to Get There
Our stay at this quaint small hotel made for a beautiful start to our Central Europe vacation. The location was quiet and off the beaten track which is exactly what we wanted. Between the mirror filled breakfast room, afternoon wine and cheeses, baskets of fruits at every turn, gracious staff, we really could not have asked for more. We also visited their larger sister hotel for a drink and although even more luxurious, we felt we made the right decision.
Loved the hotel..... amazing rooms...… quiet location...…. breakfast in plenty....all was fantastic until the last day..... check out was 12.00....fantastic but we received a phone call at 12.02 reminding us to vacate the room! We know that the room hadn't been booked out for the next day so there was no real rush as we had asked the night receptionist if the room would be available for the next day, which it was, so we don't quite understand why we received the phone call!!
For such a beautiful hotel and a great stay, the receptionist just completely spoilt our stay..... we have stayed in a lot of the most beautiful and expensive hotels all around the world and have never once been ousted out of our room..... unfortunately we're really not so sure we would want to stay there again...sorry!!!
We stayed in this amazing hotel for 4 nights in March and can't recommend it enough. It is beautifully furnished with wonderful decor throughout and our bed was very comfortable, I particularly liked the fact that our bed didn't have a zipped together mattress. The staff were very tentative and professional, nothing was too much for them. This hotel is in a lovely quiet part of Prague but literally a stones throw from all of the attractions. We also had the bonus of free use of the swimming pool in the Alchymist Grand Hotel, and would recommend the Aquarius Restaurant here too. We will definitely be returning.
For my stay in Praha I wanted an accomodation with a retro touch and Alchymist Nosticova Palace looked exactly what I was looking for, so decided to book there.
Checking their main site I liked particularly one room, Alzbeta Pomoranska, which had a big, wondeful bathroom. I sent an email asking if it was possible to select that room with my booking and I received promptly a positive answer. Very good!
I arrived in the early afternoon, more than a hour before check-in time, but had no problem as my room was ready.
I was very satisfied with the choice I made, both the building and the furniture reminded me of an old house but everything was very well kept. The hotel have also an elevator. The receptionist came to show me the room and clearly explained the service available; while I didn't use that, I was intrigued by the fact I could have used the pool of the sister property (Alchymist Grand Hotel) without paying anything. Massages and treatments instead had fees and had to be booked in advance.
A free bottle of water was provided every day, as well as a sweet present, nice touch.
One important thing of this hotel is the fact that while it is close to the tram stop (Hellichova) and only few minutes on foot from the Karluv Most, it was far from the crowds, tucked in a small lane in the Mala Strana quarter, exactly what I needed to have relaxing and quiet nights. The room doesn't have much of a nice view, but I chose it for the bathroom and that was indeed great, even better than the pictures on the site!
Breakfast, probably the most important thing for me, was awesome: while it lacked some "home made" cakes, it had plenty of fruits, yogurt, cereals, bread, brioches, bacon, eggs and a very good milkshake. Coffee and tea were very good also, the lady attending the room was always smiling and prompt in her service. Completely satisfied on this.
I suggest to try the "Complimentary wine and cheese" snack offered in the elegant salon new the breakfast room from 5PM to 6PM every day: the different types of cheese served were very good and since I didn't drink alcohol, I was offered a juice. No question that in my eyes this hotel kept getting better and better.
As for the reception, whenver I needed assistance or asked something (from booking a restaurant to getting some informations), I was always readily helped and always with a smile. I can only praise all the personnel of Alchymist Nosticova.
Wifi was generally good, not as fast and reliable as I hoped, but it did his job. Very useful was the PC with printer located on the ground floor, near the reception desk: I had to print a couple of things for my flight back home and having that option available for free was another plus.
All in all, Alchymist Nosticova Palace went well beyond my expectations, giving me one of the best stays I've ever had in any hotel around the world. The fact that it's more of a small beautiful boutique hotel rather than a big, shabby, soulless, modern hotel, only added to the experience.
I have no doubts that when I'll go back to Praha, this will be the accomodation I will choose.
We absolutely LOVED the Alchymist Nosticova Palace last month. The location is superb. Staff was so very gracious, food outstanding, room was magnificent. Definitely recommend staying in this beautiful hotel, which was once a residence. Lenka, our beautiful, lovable concierge also made it a most memorable time, we will never forget it!! Thank you so much💕💖