Hotel Paris Prague
What We Love
- 86 guest rooms with modern conveniences (air conditioning, Wi-Fi) and replicas of period Art Nouveau furnishings
- The grand dining room of the Sarah Bernhardt restaurant
- A spa that offers not only the traditional European-style water experiences but also Thai massage
What To Know
- The spa is open only from 2pm to 9pm, and is open to outside guests
- Rooms can be on the snug side (starting at about 236 square feet)
- Some guests have griped about the small TVs and cumbersome Wi-Fi passwords
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Even though the Hotel Paris is more than 100 years old, it remains one of the most vital icons of Prague, home to the legendary Café de Paris and gourmet Restaurant Sarah Bernhardt, but has also grown more international and changed with the times, as seen in additions like Thai massage in the spa and a new outpost of the aesthetic-medicine Brandeis Clinic. Built in 1904, the hotel still retains the look of a First Republic neo-Gothic building with bold statements of Art Nouveau and original ceramic mosaics; declared a historical monument in 1984, it was returned to its original splendor after the Velvet Revolution in 1991. As writer Bohumil Hrabal put it, “Hotel Paris was so beautiful that I almost fell over. So many mirrors and so many brass banisters…and so polished that it resembled a golden palace.”
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 now 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 through Old Town. Also nearby is Wenceslas Square (actually a 750-foot-long boulevard), a vibrant historic center of Prague now filled with shops, cafes, and nightlife.
How to Get There
My wife and I spent five nights at the Hotel Paris, and had a consistently wonderful stay.
We knew things were off to a good start when a week before arrival I emailed the hotel to inform them of our anticipated early arrival, such that we would completely understand if no room would be available until some hours later...I promptly received a warm email in return indicating that every effort would be made to get us situated ASAP, and indeed, despite arrival at 10 a.m., we were already set up in our beautiful "double executive" room 105.
The hotel decor is gorgeous throughout. Our room was much larger than what we usually encounter in European hotels, and the bathroom was equally spacious with plenty of shelf space. The bed was super comfortable. Room temperature was easily controlled. Plenty of closet space. The shower provided great power and temperature. The only downsides were the facts that the folding shower door was a bit too mobile, sometimes allowing water to fall outside, and the combined shower-tub had tall enough walls to make it a bit of a challenge to clamber in and out, being careful not to slip.
We were tired on the first day and ate at their informal Cafe Paris, separately reviewed. We had other great meals at the Blue Duckling, Next Door and La Republica, all very convenient, also separately reviewed.
Room service for ice was always prompt (after all, we are Americans and love our ice).
The breakfasts in the main dining room (Sarah Bernhardt) were characterized by very friendly service, and a wide selection of offerings including smoked salmon, good scrambled eggs and bacon...what a debauch to eat pastries such as they offer as part of a breakfast! We would each weigh several hundreds of pounds if we ate this way on a regular basis, but easy to rationalize when you render the argument that "we are on vacation"!
It was a ten minute walk to the Old Town, nice to be at a hotel close to all the action, but far enough away to be so quiet you could hear a pin drop, especially with the double sets of windows.
The only other suggestion we might offer would be for the otherwise wonderful front desk staff to have more small coins available, since we needed to be sure to have those 10 and 20 CzK coins available for WC visits in town.
Bottom line, we are SO glad our travel agency had set us up at the Hotel Paris, it so greatly enhanced our enjoyment of this most beautiful of cities.
Hotel is beautiful, room very nice, beds excellent, staff very kind, with attention to the guests. After only one day the waitress at breakfast knew that I need my coffee first. We enjoyed the breakfast very much, there was nothing that we missed, it is fantastic. Hotel shuttle from and to the airport was very good. I definitely would go back. Location is perfect.
Old school charm in this centrally located hotel. Cafe Paris off of the lobby is a nice option for a low key dinner and excellent drinks. Staff was friendly. Breakfast buffet offered many options. Walking distance to all the major sites.