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
We stayed for 3 nights in August. The hotel is gorgeous and the photos really don't do it justice; the decoration and attention to detail is perfect. The rooms, bathroom and public areas are spotlessly clean. The location is great; not too central to be able to escape the crowds and not too far to have all the major tourist spots accessible by foot or public transport. The hotel restaurant is beautiful and the food is wonderful; the buffet breakfast had a great selection which was very fresh (the pastries were so good!) and the evening meal portions are generous and very tasty. The staff were all lovely and helpful and Customer Service was also excellent. We were given a twin room as requested. You cannot hear noise from the other guests when in your room; great soundproofing between rooms and hallway. This hotel exceeded my expectations. Only 2 small things that could have been improved: we were on the 3rd floor and could hear the trams early morning even with the window closed. The bath/shower was a bit difficult for my mum to access as it is quite high. I would highly recommend a stay here when in Prague.
My friend and I stayed here for 3 days (one night longer for me). We had a 3rd floor room facing the tram. As long as you can block out the noise of the tram you will be fine. We did however encounter a room where the -‘AC was not working. Sadly, we had to complain 4 times - 2x we were told a technician was being called (and either he never came or lied to the hotel about resolving the issue.) the 3rd time - we called and were told we would just have to deal with the issue and there were no other rooms. Finally, we went to the front desk and were fully prepared to check out and find another hotel - but they offered us another room. Must have been an upgraded room that they didn’t want to freely give bc it was significantly bigger with a half bath, one floor up and not facing the tram. Jackpot! The ac worked well, it was quieter, and we had an extra bathroom - not that we needed that bc there are 2 showers in the regular bathroom. The staff was friendly enough. Would have given this hotel five stars had it not been for the issue with the air conditioning and having to complain multiple times and sleep one night sweating.
We loved many things about this hotel: great location, charming ambiance of the lobby and the room, very comfy bed, large size of our room, great service, excellent hotel restaurant. We had one minus though: the a/c in our room (and that of our co-travelers) was inadequate. Attempts made with front desk to get this improved were unsuccessful. Thankfully, the last night of our stay was much cooler outside and we fared better. Now, after reading earlier reviews, I see this is not a new problem. Management needs to focus on this. Otherwise, we had a great stay!!