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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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.
How to Get There
We come to Prague for a week stay and I have booked this awsome hotel on booking.com the hotel is placed in the heart of the site which means that all sites are a few minutes walk. The rooms are super clean and the hotel has a very beautiful view of the river and castle. staff are very nice and professional and will help you in any case or situation even after your stay. the breakfast is superb. and MOST important affordable prices !.would recommend 10/10.
Travelled extensively and this is one of the best hotels we have stayed at. Gorgeous room (we did upgrade to river view), very comfortable, and the service was exemplary. Outstanding location, as well. My only complaint was the coffee at breakfast. Not great. I would highly recommend Hotel Smetana in Prague.
We traveled to Prague and choose the Smetana Palace Hotel from friend’s recommendations and reviews. It was a little more expensive than the average hotel in Prague, but we found well worth the small premium. We have stayed in “Palace” hotels before but the Smetana lived up to its name. The location is fabulous, walking distance to old town, Charles Bridge, the Jewish section and Royal Palace. The breakfast was excellent with customized omelets and extended hours. The staff was friendly and happily made our taxi reservations to and from the train station, charged on our hotel bill and competitive. Our room was on the second floor with 20’ ceilings, 2 large rooms with 1 1/2 baths and beautifully decorated. Many of the post cards you see of the Charles Bridge taken from the Palace end has the hotel in them along the river. See my separate review about the Lobkowicz Museum on TA and the Smetana Palace on their web page.