Smetana Hotel (Pachtuv Palace)
What We Love
- Rooms and suites are spacious, particularly for a classic property
- Real Baroque details straight from the 1600s
- Excellent breakfast spread
- Central location next to the Charles Bridge, not far from the Malá Strana
What To Know
- Some rooms have separate showers and tubs, but some have only showers
- Street noise can seep in at night
- It’s a short walk from the lobby to the guestrooms
- Breakfast is an additional $20 per person
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Steps from the city’s famed Charles Bridge, Pachtuv Palace’s location can’t be beat. This regal 50-room retreat is one of the city’s oldest hotels, and its roots as a 17th-century nobleman’s residence are on show throughout. The former palace of Earl Karel Pachta, and once Mozart’s Prague digs, still has its original frescoes and vaulted chapel ceilings. The history is what makes the Pachtuv such a find. While countless hotels in Prague imitate the classic Baroque style, the Pachtuv actually delivers. It’s one palace that lives up to the billing.
Bed and Bath
Baroque design permeates the hotel, from the exteriors through the public spaces and into the guestrooms. All of which have parquet floors, comfortable four-poster beds and chandeliers that drip opulence. Among the few nods to modernity are flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet, but otherwise the style is straight out of the 1600s.
There’s a courtyard for taking a coffee (or beer) break in the afternoon, while in the morning guests can sample one of the city’s best hotel breakfast spreads alfresco. It’s a European café experience, all within the confines of the property. But the city is right outside. The palace is the closest hotel to the Charles Bridge, the historic structure that connects Old Town to the Malá Strana. From the castle on the hill (visible from most rooms) to the trams whizzing by on the street, there’s a sense of Prague all around. Mozart stayed here and dedicated six sonatas to the owner as payment. Unfortunately, music isn’t an accepted form of currency anymore.
In the Area
Don’t overlook the quintessential Prague experience of Tram 22, which runs from Namesti Miru past the National Theater, across the Vltava River and up to Prague Castle. Stroll nearby Havlickovy Sady Park, the Prague Castle grounds or the more untamed Vysehrad ruins. Bellevue is one of Prague’s first high-end restaurants, just steps from the hotel; Il Giardino serves delicious Italian dishes. After dinner, dress up for a performance by the Czech Philharmonic in the historic riverside Rudolfinum auditorium.
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Then, Smetana is definitely the place to be.
I had a nice time with the hotel and the price is really affordable
After having problem of choosing the place to stay in Czech Republic, someone referred Smetana hotel for me. I doubted initially as I was having trouble with the expenses but I finally decided to trust my guts and chose it. I was shocked for the price and comfortability I got there.
I would recommend them anywhere to anybody. Thanks
A super hotel ideally situated close to Charles Bridge; I stayed in one of the top suites overlooking the river-the view would have been perfect for couples wanting a romantic setting. The suite was spacious and could easily be used to entertain guests.
Right by the Charles Bridge. Incredible history and best view I’ve ever had from a hotel room. Try to get room 405. Very close to restaurants and jazz clubs. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. World class spa.
Smetana Hotel formely Pachtuv Palace is situated right by the Charles Bridge. Super location we walked everywhere. On our first morning we discovered nothing was too much trouble . After our first night we had woken earlier than expected to lots of street noise which turned out to be an new pavement fitting on one side of the hotel. . We mentioned this to reception and Wendy, Vera and Martin and their team , upgraded us immediately to the Casanova Suite which was situated at the back of the hotel away from the river in the old palace part of the hotel looking over the courtyard. It was stunning as well as enormous and more than beautifully decorated. most of all peaceful and tranquil and it allowed us to recharge. We had a super breakfast in the courtyard and just ordered what we wanted . The hotel was the perfect location by the river to explore and yet close to the buzz of the Prague atmosphere. The Marathon was on whilst we were here but this just added to The Weeknd feel. The most beautiful room I've ever stayed in and my husband is still talking about out visit . Many thanks to all the team . We will be back hopefully one day. Thank you so much.