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What We Love

  • Restored Baroque chateau in an ancient forest
  • Czech Republic’s first five-star eco-hotel
  • Swimming in the spring-fed natural pool
  • Outdoor sauna and Jacuzzi
  • Spa treatments in three private suites
  • Rooftop observatory with telescope
  • Cocktails in the 17th-century cellar bar, the Alchemist

What To Know

  • Romantic setting but lots of amenities for families
  • No gym, but tons of outdoor activities including tennis and horseback riding
  • Transfers from the airport cost roughly $170 per car, each way
  • Double Rooms are on the small side, at 215 square feet
  • Only Junior Suites and Luxury Suites can accommodate three adults
  • The chateau is a popular wedding and honeymoon destination


  •  Eco friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

Just one hour from Prague, on a hill above its namesake hamlet, the 17th-century Chateau Mcely was once the countryside retreat of the wealthy, aristocratic Thurn-Taxis family and later home to Italian royals. But today it’s a stylish eco-escape bringing new visitors to this little-explored side of the Czech Republic.

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Beautiful views of the landscaped gardens and St. George Forest come standard in the 23 spacious rooms and suites, but all are individually designed, sharing only a penchant for sumptuous silks and antique furnishings. Spread across two floors, each guestroom has a unique name, like Southern Seas, Africa, Orient or Mark Twain — the latter because the famous author once stayed at the chateau.

On my stay I was welcomed to the property with an elixir made from herbs found in the ancient forest — a use of foraged ingredients that is a bit of a habit here. At the on-site restaurant, Piano Nobile, chef Jan Sterba uses forest-grown ingredients in recipes adapted from the days of the Thurn-Taxis family, as well as from the pages of the owner’s Italian grandmother’s cookbook. The restaurant is up there with the best in the Czech Republic, so reservations are essential — especially for a table on the beautiful hilltop terrace.

During the daytime, make the most of the countryside and hike the forest trails, picnic on the lawn (the restaurant can prepare it for you) or take a carriage ride around the property. Or, for real pampering, choose a treatment in the three-suite spa; one suite has a custom-designed tub for two, a wood-burning fireplace and views of the natural swimming pool and forest.

How to Get There

Chateau Mcely
Mcely 61
Mcely, 289 36 Czech Republic


5.0 Excellent 470 Reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very luxurious. Staff is extremely professional and unobtrusive. Quite and relaxing. Set in the countryside and many rooms look out back with wonderful views. Restaurant and bar are good. Come to relax.

Breathtaking energy
Reviewed 2 months ago

I had a amazing opportunity to spend an inspiring time at Chateau Mcely at Goddesses Gathering - very special weekend full of experiences. Thanks so much the organizers for the perfect work, enthusiasm and love they put into their work, thanks staff for amazing professional service and humanity and the owners for inhaling a new life to this unique castle. I just love this place. It is full of life, stories, love, sharing and breathtaking energy.

Wow wow wow wow
Reviewed 2 months ago

Did I say wow?
We were very gratefully bought 2 nights here with breakfast and a couples massage for a wedding gift and wow were we impressed.

The place is absolutely beautiful, with OUTSTANDING food and faaaaabulous service.

It’s a place to chill, recharge and feel like a king/queen!

The staff are amazing and so very lovely!

We really can’t say anything other than wow! It’s 10/10

Thank you to everyone there for such a wonderful memory fuelled stay that will never be forgotten!

The best place to pamper in Czech Republic
Reviewed 3 months ago

Excellent service, beautiful location and interior, very nice service.The best massages I've ever had. Once I have an opportunity, I will come back and this time with the children for whom various events are held.

Fantastic, as always
Reviewed 3 months ago

I love the vibe of this place. Very relaxing. Beautiful place, great service, very friendly and professional staff. Luxury apartment for 3 really comfortable.
Have been several times & will happily come again.