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 stayed 2 nights here after leaving Prague and coming back. This location and hotel was far better than staying directly in Old Town. You can easily walk to old town square with out suffering the partying to 3 am in the heart of old town.
The hotel itself is gorgeous, with many restaurants and shops right out the front door. People here were the friendliest we found( enough said ) We had a river facing room and the view was great, I was concerned about the busy street between the hotel and the river, but whatever NC windows they have, worked great, couldn't hear a thing at night.
If we go back to Prague, this is where we will stay.
I only had one negative. For whatever reason, the restaurant on site only had 1 beer selection, Pilsner Urquell.
Upon arrival they checked us into a 3rd floor room by stairs with limited windows and no views... after asking for a change, the staff gently help us to move to another river front suite... good one. The whole stay was good and grateful. Good ambience quiet environment.
We had a good stay here. I’d recommend it with EXCEPTION of the lack of television connection. Throughout our 5 day stay they could not get the TV working (during tennis and soccer finals). Staff tried unsuccessfully to make any reparations for this poor service and was embarrassed. The hotel needs a more customer friendly approach to be successful.
Horrible experience - the person bringing us to our room lead us up long staircase and then brought us INTO someone else's room!!!! They were sleeping in the room.
Then we finally go to our room and the AC was not working. We told him and he assured us it was working. We waited 4 hours and it didn't get cooler it was an OVEN. I called down to tell him and he wouldn't even believe that it wasn't working. He finally came up and admitted it wasn't working and allowed us to switch rooms into another that did not have AC working. Fortunately, we were able to open the windows so we could sleep.
Stay FAR AWAY from this place I have no idea how it has "5 stars"
The staff was very friendly and attended to every request promptly, efficiently and with professionalism from the moment we arrived untill our departure. The food was exceptional. We enjoyed how close the hotel was to all that Prague has to offer. We will be back soon.