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.
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Superb hotel with amazing location!
The staff were amazing too. Overwhelming helpful in every way. From the cleaning staff to the reception staff to the restaurant staff we say thank you!
Would highly recommend this hotel!
This was a very comfortable room with great views of the Charles Bridge. Location was great, close to all the attractions and the breakfast in the morning was delicious. I would stay there again! I only wish we could have stayed longer!
You couldn't ask for a better location than the Smetana. It is right across the street from the river and steps from the St. Charles bridge. Close to everything - the castle and Old Town. The hotel itself is charming, great courtyard and the room was very spacious. We had a suite and it was lovely, plenty of room and I highly recommend that if you are staying more than 2-3 days.
Unfortunately that is where the positive review ends... as their service just ruins the hotel. I honestly was surprised because leading up to the stay there was alot of correspondence from them to assist with reservations, car/driver service, tours, etc. The front desk staff ruined it all.... they are flat our rude and shouldn't be there as that is your initial impression. They are not helpful and will completely ignore you. I put up with it because we were there only 2 nights, but anything more and I'm not sure I would. This isn't an inexpensive hotel so I would think the service would be higher, especially if they claim to be a 5-star hotel. So if you are hardly in your room and there for a short time I recommend it... just know the service lacks and you need to turn a blind eye to it.