Art Deco Imperial Hotel
What We Love
- Timeless elegance that dates from 1914
- The famous Café Imperial, a Prague institution for 100 years
- Free access to the fitness and wellness center, decorated with Roman-style mosaics
What To Know
- Limousine transfers from the airport are available for about $45 each way
- Free WiFi
- Advance reservations are highly recommended at Café Imperial, even for hotel guests
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
One of Prague’s most prestigious addresses since it was built during 1913-14, the hotel is distinctive for its geometric Art Deco-meets-Cubism exterior. Inside, a grand marble staircase dominates the lobby, which is flanked by figures inspired by Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures. Tiles and pillars are rich with floral and animal prints. The 86 rooms retain an Art Deco grandeur but are tricked out with modern niceties like satellite TV and heated bathroom floors. The hotel’s most famous feature is its restaurant, which has been among the most popular grand cafés in Prague for a century and was once frequented by Franz Kafka and composer Leos Janacek. Celebrity chef Zdenek Pohlreich runs the kitchen, which turns out traditional Czech cuisine with a modern twist.
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
When you look at the photos it looks to be a fabulous Art Deco hotel, the prices it charges also imply top-end. However the reality was a bit disappointing. The ground floor of the hotel is two thirds restaurant with just a small seating area and a (small) windowless bar that looks more like it is out of the 60's. The "Art Deco" pictures featured in the hotel's advertising are mainly from the restaurant and it is all relatively new as a result of a refurbishment 20-30 years ago and are therefore not even original features. From the outside it is the drabbest, greyest building in the street!
The room was very nice and the service was good but we were left feeling a little cheated as it wasn't the sumptuous place we were expecting.
Stayed here for 4 nights - we'd upgraded our room before we arrived and were very very pleased with the quality of our stay. Our room was well-appointed and of more than substantial size with almost everything we needed, although sadly nowhere to be able to sit down and look into a mirror (as with a dressing table). Lovely toiletries, with high quality bath and bed linen (refreshed as required).However being just 5' tall meant that getting in and out of the relatively high-sided bath was a bit of a challenge and the shower head had a bit of a life of it own as the water pressure was very high. The coffee machine was a lovely provision but we needed to ask for a larger cup for the tea but this was then also provided. Breakfast was plentiful and the evening meal we booked on our final night was delicious. One suggested improvement would be to relocate the breakfast stations away from the door to the street, as people arriving as walk-ins or who had pre-booked for breakfast became entangled with those collecting plates of food. The hotel itself is situated very well and it was easy to walk to all the major attractions. The noise of trams rumbling by took very little getting used to but we were not disturbed by them during the night. All in all would highly recommend a stay!!
What an experience - truly fabulous hotel. Staff were outstanding, special mention to the concierge on Saturday (sorry didnt get his name) who went out of his way to point us in the right direction / sorted out tram tickets and booked us a table at a superb Czeck resturant. Outstanding all round
Short break for our first visit to Prague. Hotel enjoys an excellent location from which it is easy to walk to all key sites and attractions. Bedroom was good though a little too warm at night. Bathroom was very spacious. Staff were efficient and breakfast was very good with plentiful choices.
The location is great. We arrived early and was very grateful when the receptionist said we could book into our room. 420. Unfortunately the heating was broken. The good thing was the engineer did come up fairly quickly and all was resolved.
We did have a couple of drinks in the bar and I would say the bartender was very polite.
The restaurant where you have your breakfast every morning was beautiful art deco tiles, pleasure to have sometime in there...That's the positives, I am sad to say.
my first experience with the female concierge is something that I will never forget,as I was asking her how we get to a monument she was answering while walking away from us!
The following morning I asked her if we could book a table for 8.00pm that evening, as she looked at be a bit vacant i followed it up with asking if I needed to book direct with the restaurant, she said no, asked my room and said that would be fine. 7.30pm that evening we received a call from her stating that we could not have table at 8.00pm earliest would be 9.00pm. I shared my frustration that she had not informed me before, which she replied she had tried but we had been out. She was right, but we arrived back at 6.00pm. After ringing the on call manager, which was a fuss as I heard staff making comments on who would act as the on call manager, i explained the situation, he reiterated what the concierge had said and I again explained that I had been told we would have a table at the time this was booked...To get to the point after a few more calls we did eventually get that table at 8.00pm. At no time did any staff member take any ownership of the mess, neither were we offered a drink for any form of compensation.
The rooms are small and tired. You have to climb into the bath to have a shower so if you are vertically challenged you are at risk of slipping.
I can see that a number of reviews are very positive and that actually led me to book this hotel but unfortunately this was not our experience and therefore would not be able to recommend this hotel.