Individually decorated rooms and suites inspired by Czech historical figures
A new garden villa with three guest rooms next to the main building
The baroque “summer garden” designed to reflect the mystical themes of the hotel, where afternoon tea, cocktails, and light meals are served
What To Know
The hotel is on a quiet street near Prague’s major attractions, but not right in the heart of things
There is no gym or spa
Some might find the baroque decor over-the-top
Parking on site
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Charming 17th-century residence in the romantic old city near Kampa Park and the Vlatva River
The Alchymist Nosticova Palac traces its history back to 1522, and that emphasis on tradition and old-worldliness shows. Many of the original house’s original features, such as its arched ceilings, timberwork, and fragments of its stone entrance, have been preserved, and embellished by exensions and renovations that have turned it into one of the most singular hotels in Prague. It’s romantic, “alchemical” ambience has been heightened by mood lighting, opulent ornamentation, rich fabrics, and furnishings chosen to give each room a very particular feel—but all steeped in history and dramatic personae. A hidden garden is a beguiling spot for tea or cocktails, while the main restaurant serves modern takes on traditional dishes in a room that’s full-on ornate: red velvet banquettes, chandeliers dripping with crystal, and candelabras galore.
In the Area
The hotel is located in the main pedestrian area and only a few minutes’ walk from Old Town Square. It’s next to the Municipal House, which now 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 through Old Town. Also nearby is Wenceslas Square (actually a 750-foot-long boulevard), a vibrant historic center of Prague now filled with shops, cafes, and nightlife.