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
Very nice hotel in a very convenient location, short walking distance to all the old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter. Charles bridge also walking distance.At the suggestion of the concierge we took a taxi to the castle and walked back.Polite and friendly staff.
The hotel was clean and tidy.
We spent four nights at this four star property. The rooms are very spacious and we even had a second little bathroom. Decor was elegant. The bed was very comfortable and the temperature control perfect. Breakfast buffet was robust in the beautiful hotel restaurant. We were surprised that there wasn't a doorman both for assistance and security although it didn't feel unsafe. The lobby is small and the adjacent hotel bar is pretty plain and not particularly inviting.
Sorry to read some reviewers thought the rooms were small.
I can say this is not the case by European standards, although maybe ordinary by USA levels.
We stayed on the fourth floor for 3 nights and the room was very good; we have stayed all over Europe and this hotel is great on that score.
Two bathrooms, work area, sitting area, wardrobes with iron.... what you expect for £200 per night.
Location is excellent. Trams run right outside and the Namesti Republiky metro is 300 yards walk.
Breakfast is top drawer and has the added advantage of being the Imperial Cafe which is a popular restaurant in Prague. A great example of Bohemia Art Deco.
Bar is small but with good staff - it’s ok there are about 1000 places to drink in Prague - and we would recommend the limo service to/from the airport.
It’s only £30 each way and standard taxi can be a bit unreliable in Czechia.
So, why not five stars?
Well there was only one problem. The bath/shower combo was ornate but quite tricky to get out of. Quite a drop with wet surfaces. We are in our fifties so it was fine but older travellers might struggle a bit. In need of more handrails.
Very good location that is short walk to central square. This hotel has an old world feel, which is mostly very nice, although the bathroom updates are a bit clunky. The Imperial Cafe, an historic and beautiful restaurant, is attached to Cafe Imperial. The staff is very helpful.
Fantastic hotel , great food ,beautiful rooms ,located in the old town of Prague . Next time we go to Prague we will have no hesitation to book this hotel again .only one tiny downside was that you could hear the trams running but that’s Prague and the tram is part of its beauty