The tranquil Ecsotica Spa within an atmospheric grotto where Balinese therapists administer aromatherapy massages and Darphin facials
Homemade pasta and fresh fish dishes at the Italian-, French-, and Mediterranean-inspired Aquarius restaurant
What To Know
This is not a place for minimalists: The decor might strike some as over the top
Many rooms have Queen (not King) size beds
It’s right across from the U.S. embassy, leading to heightened security measures
Parking on site
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Baroque boutique hotel with fairy tale charm and a grotto-like spa, steps from Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge
Occupying four former bourgeoisie houses that date back five centuries, to the times when alchemists were trying to turn metal into gold here, the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa has a terrific setting among the picturesque streets of the Lesser Town, Prague's beautiful Baroque quarter. Gold now features heavily throughout the hotel, one of the elements that give the individually designed rooms and suites their high-baroque style—think painted ceilings, four-poster beds, and lots of striped damask. The hotel looked further afield for some of its amenities, bringing in Italian chefs to head up the Aquarius restaurant and Balinese therapists to work in the spa, which is housed in an atmospheric grotto.
In the Area
The hotel is located in the main pedestrian area and only a few minutes’ walk from Old Town Square. It’s near the Municipal House, which hosts art exhibitions and musical performances in a glorious old building, and Powder Tower, a 213-foot-tall tower that was the gateway to the medieval Royal Route that cuts through the Old Town. Also nearby is Wenceslas Square (actually a 750-foot-long boulevard), filled with shops, cafés, and nightlife.