More about Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa Prague
A Great Hotel in a Great City
My wife and I just returned from a week in Prague and we can highly recommend the city and the Alchymist Hotel. Prague is very beautiful, and very reasonable when compared to other European cities. The Alchymist is truly one of those 'over the top' hotels that offers wonderful accomodations along with great service. The hotel is beautifully decorated with many sitting areas, artwork, gold mirrors and statues. The included breakfast was very extensive, the spa and steam room very relaxing and the evening wine & cheese (complimentary) gathering all added to a great stay. The hotel is located on the 'quiet side' of the river and is ideally located within walking distance of all the 'sites'.
One of the best small and charming hotel in the world !
Went there for 3 nights, NYE 2007, with my girlfriend. we had a great time. everything is so perfect. this has to be the best hotel in Prague. I'll definitely go back. the staff is so nice, they'll do everything to satisfy.(special mention to the french supervisor - i forgot his name :-( )
one thing that can improve is the Room service. Please make that I can eat at anytime in the hotel.
otherwise, it's a very big success.
my girlfriend still regrets that we had to leave !!!
Not Just a Hotel, an Experience
This hotel used to be a palace, and you can tell--the decorations are baroque style, and over-the-top amazing! The bed was decorated in shiny gold leaf, the bathroom was all over marble, the desk looked like something royalty might have used. Free Internet access is included, and a flat panel TV. That's all just inside the room, you will want to walk around the hotel just to see the decorations they have placed all over. The breakfast was fantastic, with a great selection of fruit, meat, and other quality food, and it's served in a dining room that is a treat to see just like everything else. The service is excellent as well--we asked for extras for the room and heard a knock on the door within 5 minutes. Plus it is nice seeing 4-5 policemen outside the door at all times (they're guarding the US Embassy next door). We did eat at the restaurant, Aquarius, and can highly recommend that as well. Overall, staying here was quite a memorable experience!
Perfect for a romantic stay in Prague
From the moment their driver picked us up at the airport, I knew the hotel was going to be special. He was incredibly polite and professional and made no comment about waiting for over an hour for our delayed flight.
As you spot the property up a cobbled street it looks warm and inviting and even better than any of the photos on their website. The reception staff, bellboys and spa staff were all very welcoming and charming - any request was met with a smile and prompt response.
We stayed in two rooms - both of which were standard deluxe rooms. The first was more modern, generously sized with a great marble tiled bathroom and very opulent, baroque styled four poster bed. Very romantic. The second was at the back of the property in the eaves and more rustic, with timber beams and fantastic antique furniture. The bathroom was just as good as the one in the first room.
All of the communal areas are furnished in the same gilded, baroque style which works perfectly in Prague. The hotel has a warm, friendly feel, coupled with all the facilities expected from a large international chain. The spa and bar area are the perfect place to wind down after a days sightseeing.
It is on the pricey side, but in comparison to two other Prague hotels I have stayed in (Josef and U Zlate Studne) which were both nice, it represents excellent value. Probably the best smaller hotel I have stayed in. I had a wonderful, romantic stay there.
Hidden gem in a magic city
It’s almost impossible to put into words the unique, extravagant experience this charming hotel offers.
Since our arrival we felt like we were penetrating into a magical small castle that the time forgot!!
The palace is incredibly decorated with sensitivity but also with maximum comfort in mind. Our room was amazingly furnished with works of art and antiques. Internet connection was fast and free of charge. The marble bathroom was immaculately clean. Every night they came to fix the bed and leave some delicious chocolate pralines. We had a little balcony overlooking a small garden.
The property is so well located that we felt like staying at the old Plaza in New York or at the Ritz in Paris. All major sites and attractions are within 5-10 minutes walking distance. The staff at concierge desk was always very helpful and smiling; at each return from your adventuring you are greeted like a king. We met once the manager, a pretty young Czech lady, Veronica, and she was also so friendly and dedicate.
Every evening around 5 in the Baroque lobby they serve a nice wine and cheese testing, with typical Czech products. It is complementary for the hotel guests and we felt that was a nice and generous touch.
The Indonesian spa in the gothic cellars is simply amazing! So is the fitness, with a beautiful crystal chandelier suspended over the swimming pool!! We also found their Aquarius restaurant elegant and cozy, decorated with stunning scenic wallpapers of the French manufacturer Zuber. The only complain we may have is that the restaurant doesn’t provide a full 24 hours room service. And that is a pity for a hotel that pretends to be 5 star.
Anyway the hotel has exceeded our expectations and it's certainly good value. It is just a little more expensive then a normal 4 star hotel, but this fabulous retreat is well worth the splurge!
On the way back we stopped in Vienna, at the Imperial. It is always a fabulous place to stay!
Vito and Kalua
Heaven on earth in Prague at The Alchymist!
Paul and Tess, Cambridgeshire, England
I booked this Hotel solely on the excellent reviews given on the Trip Advisor website.
I must mention the helpfulness of Martina and Veronika at the hotel for their friendly and helpful emails, in the process of enquiring and booking our trip.
We had arranged for the hotel car to meet us at the airport(recommended). Our friendly driver was waiting for us, and in a short time we had been whisked to our hotel.
Our room was stunning (201). With wooden ceiling and full of warmth and character.
Fitness and spa facilities were very good. Always with attentive staff there to assist.
The chandelier over the pool was breathtaking.
Good to see that this hotel operates a later breakfast sitting time for the lazier of guests!!
We enjoyed the plush white robes and slippers, and in the evening chocolates were left by our pillows. On Valentines day we had apples with a heart design in the skin (I still cannot work out how this was done!) left in the room.
It was hard to leave the hotel at times because it was a pleasure to be there. But we had three nights of luxury and not having to checkout till 12noon was great.
We booked the hotel car again for our return to the airport a couple of days before leaving, unfortunatly there seemed to of been an error and when it came to leave someone else had the car out. There was much confusion and delay but we made it to the airport with 20mins to go before checkin closed.
Stay, you will enjoy.
If you want the WOW factor,look no further!
Robert and Angela,19/02/07-23/02/07.Scotland.
We were picked up at the airport by the hotels car (costs 800kc) and the driver was both friendly and courteous.The Hotel on approaching looks small but beautiful.The Italian owners have spent what must be a small fortune on bringing the life back into this former Palace,and they do not disappoint with the furnishings.If you like Roccoco,Art deco,oppulent chandelliers then you won't be disappointed.We had a suite which was stunning,and pristine.Housecoats,slippers,the bed turned down each evening and pralines left on the bed.Cheese and wine tasting in the lounge each evening at 5:30.Movarian red-Superb!We also used the spa,luxurious and again so clean.Angela paid extra for a spa treatment and the Balinese staff were attentive and kind and professional-recommended.Breakfast was served in the intimate and breathtaking restaurant each morning until 10.If you can drag yourself away from the hotel there are fabulous restaurants on this side of the river where its not so touristy.Our favourite was 'U Mlynare',Nerudova,Praha 1.It serves the most amazing soup in a loaf,steak with cranberry sauce and try the warm strawberry dumplings-Heaven!The American embassy is situated beside the hotel,security is visable 24hrs,so this is probably the most secure place in Prague.The streets of Prague are all cobbles, so high heels not recommended,(found this out too late) and beware the pickpockets(charles bridge and the clock)!We highly recommend the yellow umbrella ultimate tour on your first day(1000kc) Prage is a fabulous place to visit,the people are kind and reserved,considering their history there is no surprise,we just hope that the tourisim industry does not change these very special people. We would like to thank the staff of the Alchymist hotel for making Angela's 40th Birthday extra special.We are aware that secrets should be kept so, but to keep this one quiet would be unfair to others.Visit this hotel,we are certain that you will not be disappointed.It may be a little more expensive,however its worth every penny.We intend to visit again and again!!
A hidden slice of luxury
We stayed here for 4 nights in Feb 2007. The hotel is relatively small with 46 rooms, so the service always felt personal.
We were picked up from the airport in the hotel's Rolls Royce Silver Cloud - there's a supplement to pay but it's worth it for a special occasion.
The hotel is the epitome of Italian opulence. It is really over the top, but I think you either have to go for it 100% or not at all. We were worried before hand that it would be tacky, but it worked really well.
The spa in the basement is fantastic - we were the only people using it one day, but it was still no trouble for them to have the steam room and sauna up and running. Again, the level of finshes in the pool and changing areas was first rate.
Location-wise, it is in the Mala Strana (Little Quarter) across the Charles Bridge from the Old Town which is the main tourist area. However, it was only a 15 minute walk with plenty to see to get to the Old Square. You are also the right side of the river for Prague Castle, which is a full-day visit. There are also plenty of really cool late-night bars within walking distance of the hotel.
The hotel is right next to the American Embassy so there is a high level of security in the area. Each night as we returned around 2am, the sound of our footsteps would see a policeman skulk out from a darkened doorway to give us the once over!
What a great place to stay. The staff were A1, helpful and polite.
Excellent breakfast. The rooms are superb. It truly was a wonderful experience staying in the Alchymist. We will stay again.
What a fantastic hotel!
Absolutely loved this hotel - the decor could have been really over the top but somehow worked and the attention to detail made it a really special place to stay. Staff very helpful. Touches like the complimentary cheese and wine tasting were very nice too. Facilities were good and the fitness centre was excellent - very clean and new equipment. Good location too - just a few minutes from Charles Bridge and lots of good local bars and restaurants close by. Overall we loved it!