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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This lovely hotel has everything except one important feature. If you have no mobility issues, this feature will not upset you and you can skip the part I'm about to write, and read about all the other wonderful things Art Deco Hotel has to offer. If you do, however, read carefully. Many reviewers have complained about the excessively high tub. A common response by the management has been that a step stool is available. Aha, I thought--no problem--we (both in our early 70's with knee and back problems) will just ask for the stool. Imagine our dismay when we were given a small, plastic, Ikea rectangle. With no handrails attached and none on the tub area, this "solution" was even worse than the problem. There you stand, with nothing to hold onto, and do what? It's a long way down into the deep tub, and your knees/back/weak body part, won't hold you up. I eventually devised an awkward strategy of sitting on the tub and swinging one leg and then the other over the side. Not fun. My friend was not so lucky and she resorted to sponge baths (in 2019? in a 5 star hotel? yuck).
On the day we checked out, a chance encounter with another guest revealed that there are (upon request and availability) walk-in showers. We had read nothing about this on the hotel website and were angry to learn that our problems might have been avoided. We spoke with a manager who confirmed that indeed, one can request a walk-in shower, but that they are limited, so even if requested, they might not be available.
When I returned home I wrote a long, detailed email to Mr. Cipa, Front Office & HR Manager, describing all of the above (and including the rave review for everything else--which--if you haven't run out of patience yet--will appear below). He had heard of my conversation with the first manager and contacted me at once. His equally long and detailed response was focused on the problem and he was very open and understanding about how hard it is to find a "fix" in this historic building. He checked the English language website and confirmed that indeed (to his surprise) there was no mention of the shower option. Apparently, the Czech website stated the option. He said he would address that immediately, and I just checked--he did!
Of course, the problem persists, since the hotel simply does not have enough walk-in showers to guarantee that you, the older guest, will get one. So, look at the step stool photos attached and decide for yourself what will or won't work for you.
Okay, now for the good part: (although most other reviewers concur so this is not a news flash)--the hotel is in a great part of town with lots of shops and restaurants. The staff is wonderful and attentive. It makes no difference that tour groups use the hotel since the staff runs around helping everyone regardless of how much work they have. The rooms are really big and beautifully decorated. The cleaning staff does a great job. Buckets of ice are cheerfully handed over by the bar attendant. The breakfast buffet in the restaurant is copious and delicious and the space is gorgeous, with columns and ceilings worthy of a museum. We had many a lunch and dinner there as well--fantastic food--try the club sandwich and excellent desserts. Service is first-class (special thanks to Petra with her never-ending smile and grace for making me always feel at home). We appreciated the Mercedes arranged by the hotel (at a reasonable price) to pick us up and deliver us back to the airport. Both drivers were sweet, professional, and careful.
I know that Mr. Cipa continues to search for a happy solution to this problem, and hope that someone at the hotel (or a reader of this review with construction expertise) can find it. We loved Art Deco Imperial Hotel in every other way and wish it well. Meanwhile, traveler-with-mobility-issues-- beware!
My husband's nebulizer broke on the first day of our trip and the concierge at the hotel spent a lot of time locating a new one and getting one delivered that day. Without his nebulizer the rest of our vacation would have been very hard. Everyone in the hotel was helpful. The décor in the hotel and the restaurant was beautiful. Room was spacious and very clean.
This hotel was booked for us as part of a Scenic Cruise package. It was a very memorable stay for all the right reasons.
We loved the decor throughout all areas despite normally preferring a modern style. The hotel looked fresh and newly renovated and was always spotlessly clean everywhere. Our room was a good size and was nice and quiet. While we weren’t a fan of the shower over the bath, a step provided on request to reception easily solved access issues. The bed linen and towels were very good quality.
Breakfast in the cafe dining room was fabulous, as was the evening meal we had there as well. A couple of very enjoyable hours were spent in the bar as well with very nice service and good drinks here as well.
We found the location excellent and spent quite a lot of time exploring Prague on foot. It is very handy to plenty of alternative restaurants and cafes, and also the Palladium shopping centre.
Would we return to this hotel? Definitely!
We stayed at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel recently, the room was big and lovely had a shower and a bathtub. The room had a city view. The restaurant is beautiful, food excellent you will need a reservation. The hotel is very clean and in an excellent location.
We spent three nights here. The hotel is conveniently located within a short walk of the city center. The Art Deco decor is lovely. Our room on the 6th floor was quiet. The bathroom was over the top with all the tile and granite. The only complaint we had was the shower/tub. The tub has a 24" side, making it necessary for shorter people to need to sit down and then swing our legs into the tub. The tub's floor is slanted, making it slippery for taking a shower. Breakfast was included. It was buffet style and contained a limited number of items. Overall, this was a very good choice.