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.
How to Get There
The Smetana Hotel Is in the heart of Prague. My wife and I stayed here from October 6th - 9th, 2018. We chose the hotel from a internet search and from our first communication with the hotel we felt we had found the right place for our first visit to Prague. The arrangements and their honesty was much appreciated in the choice we made for a room, the transport arrangements from the Airport (driver Harry), and the confirmation process. Once we arrived in Prague our driver was waiting and the trip to the hotel could not have been better including his willingness to point out some of the highlights of the City. Upon arrival our room was not ready but we were able to leave our bags, have a coffee and something to eat in the hotel cafe, and get a few pointers on what we may do until the room was ready (about 4 hours). The front dest staff were very professional and above all wanting to make our stay a good experience. The small cafe / coffee shop located off the lobby is very clean, reasonably priced and the staff and service was excellent. Our room on the 2nd floor was one of the suites and the only room with a small terrace off the living room. A view of the river, Old Town, and Prague Castle and Cathedral was great. The room was tastefully furnished, very clean, and well equipped. There was a 1/2 bath off the living room which was a very pleasant surprise. The Bedroom and attached en-suite bathroom c/w with tub and shower, double sinks, towel warmer, and separate toilet was very clean. The front desk staff especially Petra and a young man whose name I did not get (tall, slim, with glasses) were extremely helpful, willing to provide tips to getting around and recommendations for dinner. There is a bit of street noise due to the trams across the street but this only added to the experience.
This small boutique Hotel could not be better located in the Old Town and is located within walking distance of major attractions such as the Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, Old Town Square, Galleries, Shopping, Bars and Restaurants, and wonderful areas to wander and explore. We would not hesitate to stay at the Smetana again and would recommend this hotel to anyone planning a romantic getaway to this beautiful City. It was a grey way to start our annual European vacation.
Brian and Toni
We spent four nights at this historic hotel, formerly a Palace. We booked through AMEX and our accommodation was enormous.
We had four connecting rooms and a bathroom.i.e. lounge area, dining area, bedroom , study and bathroom.
Our room was overlooking the courtyard in the older part of the hotel
A continental breakfast was included..Full breakfast is available. There is a lovely restaurant at this hotel and bar service until late.
Staff were very welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. They arranged a private tour guide for us to visit the castle when it was not too busy..
Spend a little more and enjoy this hotel. You won't regret it.
Location was great. Close to the castle, Charles bridge and old square! If you love dancing you by the largest disco in Europe too! Also they have this awesome cell phone called handy that you can take with you around the town so you can easily get internet and GPS where every you need to go! We did the free Prague tours and they were great! Thanks for the wonderful stay!
spent two nights in a deluxe suite- loved every moment! Check-in was smooth and quick, and the staff was very kind and welcoming. The room itself was incredible! Very spacious- a large living room that had TV, two couches, and an enclosed nook with a small sink, and a small fridge that was vey cold! The bedroom was on the other side of the wall, with two large windows with a good view of the street and the waterfront. The four poster bed was very comfortable, and we slept very, very well! The room was well appointed, with a clock, two robes, a hair dryer, and even a smart phone the hotel offers, so you have cell access as you explore the city.
The bathroom was great- unusually spacious and separated from the toilet. There was a towel warmer, and a good amount of soft towels.
We truly enjoyed our stay, the staff, the personalized touches, and the history of the hotel! the cherry on top is the location- within walking distance from most attractions and many restaurants. I would highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for reasonably priced luxury in Prague!
Excellent Hotel, very close to everything and the the views of the Charles are wonderful.
Will definately return to Prague and stay at the Smetana Hotel.
Hotel is excellent in service, food and location.