Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague
What We Love
- Full English breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Central location near Prague’s Old Town Square
- The calm, boutique atmosphere in guestrooms contrasts with the hip scene in the subterranean restaurant/bar
- Unmatched tech amenities
- Soaking tubs and rain showers
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Low-lit, nightclub feel is not ideal for families
- Techie frills can be bewildering
- Rooms are chock-full of furniture and decoration, leaving little floor space
- Gym is small
- In-room massages upon request
- Smoking is not permitted
- Transfers from Prague airport cost about $53 per person, each way
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague, you’ll be centrally located in Prague, steps from Gastronomy Museum and Theatre Ungelt. This 5-star hotel is close to Old Town Square and Prague Castle.
Make yourself at home in one of the 38 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, and flat-screen televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club and a steam room. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available daily for a fee.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, limo/town car service, and express check-in. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and a train station pick-up service.
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We stayed in a suite which was very nice. Everything is in Asian style. May be a bit dark, but definitely you will remember this place. The whirlpool is nice, but only for one person. The breakfast is appealing. Fresh omelettes are served.
Very nice hotel, great staff and located in the heart of Prague. Close to shopping and easy access to the old city. Plenty of good restaurants within walking distance. Highly recommendable as «base camp» when visiting the nice city of Prague.
Stayed for 3 nights in November. Really lovely. Great central location. The room was amazing, the bed was so comfortable and the bath was huge. Great choice breakfast and really friendly,helpful staff. Would definitely stay there again.
Visited Prague for a weekend, not for a first time, know city well enough, but it was our first time in Buddha Prague. Decent location, but hotel looks like a place you have to find, has no vulgar entrance or screaming signboard. Qualified personal, beautiful reception, quiet dim lightening but suits the concept. Rooms amazingly beautiful. Modern, elegant, classy, and you have everything there. Hotel is perfect for couples I guess, as you sometimes have no wish to leave your amazing room)
Oh, where to start? ... I booked this hotel because I saw online that it was quite modern, especially compared to other hotels in the area and we wanted something modernish. From all the pictures online, it looked great and I was feeling confident about the choice when we pulled up to the front of the hotel. However ... As you walk in, you have to part this big, red, heavy curtain that leads into the doors into the lobby. Immediately it already felt like part of some magician trick and had a weird vibe about it. Check in wasn't too bad. We were seen to and checked in in a timely manner and then escorted up to the rooms to be shown how things operate.
First impression when walking the hallway to the room was "What on earth have I done booking this hotel?" The hallways are pitch black almost, so they can illuminate your room number onto the floor at the foot of the door. While that's something a bit funky and unique, it gave off a very eerie vibe and I had a sinking feeling that I wasn't going to like the stay. There was a cleaning cart tucked into a corner, and it was covered with a big black sheet, which was even more creepy. Plus the entire four night stay, we didn't see a single other guest on our level at all, making it feel abandoned and desolate.
We were shown into the room (we were each staying in separate rooms next door to one another, and was waiting for mine to be ready), and it did look impressive. Quite clean, sleek and modern. Again, however ... there was no natural light inside, and it was quite dim. A big statue of a Buddha was illuminated inside a "pit" in one corner of the room, facing towards the bed, which was a bit unsettling. It gave off the feeling of always being watched. The guy showed us the air conditioning, the tv remote (for the most part) and told us to be careful of the base of the bed, because it sticks out further than the mattress and he still bumps into it (as did I a thousand times and was quite annoyed at such a stupid feature). He was courteous and explained about the mini bar (you can put your own beverages in it, which is always a good thing).
The things I didn't love about the room: 1. Rainhead shower. This is a pain in the butt if you don't want your hair getting wet, even if you're wearing a shower cap. No bars of soap in the shower, and if you're like me, you don't love shower gels, yet that's all you're given. 2. The hotel tries too hard to be modern, and turning off the lights was an endless battle. I didn't want them all off at once, but to leave one or two on, proved difficult and it took me almost 20 minutes to find out how to turn off the free standing lamp by the tv. Some nights, there was some kind of night light near the bed that was on, and it was too difficult and I was too tired, to work out how to turn it off. Speaking of turning things off, the tv was another fancy shmancy thing that was initially tricky to switch off. Eventually I got it, but it wasn't as obvious as any other remote I've ever used. 3. The tv itself is extremely limited. I know you're not in your room a lot, but I got sick with a bad cold and spent a few late afternoons in there and had NOTHING to watch. The only english speaking stations were things like BBC, CNN and another boring news show, and they're all repetitive and dull. 4. The lack of natural light. I felt claustrophobic in the room with no big window or anything, and made the room darker (obviously) and more lonely. 5. While housekeeping overall wasn't too bad, they leave the glasses turned upright with no cover on them, so when you go to pour a drink, there's dust in the glass. I didn't love this, but it beats drinking straight out of a can. Also, I find that when a tissue box is empty and in the bin, it should be replaced. It's not asking too much.
Breakfasts here were included, so on our first morning we went downstairs. Finally we saw signs of guest life. There were a few people in the breakfast room eating from the buffet. The buffet itself was very average. The food was a little different than I'm used to, but there was a reasonable variety that morning and we ate a nice sized breakfast. However ... on Monday and all other week days, there are no cooked eggs or any hot food at all, unless you order from the menu. This was frustrating as if you want your scrambled eggs on toast, you couldn't coordinate timing so one item wasn't cold. Their hash browns are NOT hash browns, and shouldn't be described as such. I wish I could explain to you what they're like, but there are no words for the things that came out on that plate. I took one bite (reluctantly) and that was it. The decor of the buffet was nice ... but ... I'm out of nice things to say in this regard. Staff were reasonably friendly, but smiles are somewhat hard to come by.
The only other thing to mention was the lift. It worked for us the majority of the time, but there were two-three times where it didn't. The first incident saw the lift stop between floors unexpectedly (it's a glass lift, so it's somewhat less creepy when you're stuck and panicking). Then, it went BELOW reception level to two floors down, where there was a pile of chairs (for the bar perhaps) stacked up against the sides of lift. I was panicking that the doors would open and we'd be left there. Eventually when we got back to reception level, we bolted out of it and said to the concierge "PLEASE get that lift fixed because that was so scary ..." to which they go "oh ..." and that was it. Then the next time, the lift just didn't go anywhere. They clearly didn't get it looked at the first time we had an issue with it.
Overall ... would I stay here again? No. I personally wouldn't recommend it to my friends or family. I think sometimes you might be better in an older hotel. One really good thing about it is that it's in a great location. You are very central to almost everything and it's in a gorgeous little street. But, while I like to give credit where credit is due, this is all my personal opinion based on our experience two weeks ago. I couldn't wait until check out day. If you like modern, dark, eerie, desolate hotels, this might be for you. But if you want to feel warm and "safe" and cozy, then you'll need a bit of research to find somewhere else, sadly, and perhaps get something that’s worth the price ...