It’s true that every Four Season’s Hotel goes out of its way to capture the best of its location; The Majestic Four Seasons Hotel Prague is no exception to that rule. From the building itself to the room types, the decor, the brand new spa and even the staff, your Czech experience doesn’t get more authentic than this…
When you’re going to a place like Prague, where modern-day scenery with skyscrapers and glass buildings are a rare sight, you’re in for a refreshing break from the giltzy towers of the Gulf. the Czech capital is an incredible mix of eras, all of which have been well-preserved through its colourful, cobbled streets and buildings. one place that is a fine example of this is the Four seasons hotel Prague.
The 5-star property blends four architectural styles with three historic structures and a newer main building made with a delicatelyhued ochre sandstone from a Czech quarry and pale plaster facades with dark roofing. This contemporary building stylishly complements the neo-Renaissance, neo-Classical, and Baroque parts of the hotel. And so, the Four seasons hotel Prague stands as a beautifully unified building, respecting the unique allure of each represented style.
When you first arrive at the hotel, you’ll understand just why its location is a perfect one. You’re on the banks of the River vltava with stunning views of Prague Castle and all the best parts of the city, like Charles Bridge, old Town square and the charming lesser Town just minutes away. At check-in we’re greeted with warm smiles and helpful staff who will, literally, want to open every door for you, take the burden of carrying even light luggage and ensure that your every step and second within the hotel is a comfortable one.
In what turned out to be a first in hotel experiences for us, it’s like every single person from the doorman to the bellboy, the concierge, the restaurant waiters, housekeeping, spa therapists and other members of staff we met, were all on the same page; happy, inviting, attentive and incredibly knowledgeable on all things Prague and Four seasons. Also, this amazing hospitality was something we continuously saw and heard other guests praising, so service gets a huge tick!
A RENAISSANCE REVELATION
The 157 rooms and suites at this luxury hotel each offer an excellent amount of space, thanks to the unique layouts of the four buildings. We were to call the huge Renaissance Room home for a few days, and there was nothing but excitement upon entering. Firstly, this accommodation is the hotel’s largest guest room, being beaten only by the sprawling suites.
You can tell that the room has been newly refurbished, however, what we loved about it was the fact that it still managed to reflect the architectural style of the Renaissance Building. High ceilings, tall, grand windows overlooking either the monastery of the Knights of the Cross or the historic city centre streets, and traditional touches like Czech-style panelling, hand-painted stencilling and a bohemian crystal chandelier, were all elements that kept us in good spirits every time we came back to the hotel after a day out discovering the city.
Space is not the only thing that this room has. Luxury Asprey amenities are abundant in the large marble bathroom with a lovely, deep bath tub, spacious shower, excellent make-up mirror (ladies, you’ll be impressed), whilst the room has a refrigerated private bar, all your usual hot and cold refreshments and minibar goodies, a plasma screen with a good channel selection, and a fabulous seating and working area. oh, and let’s talk about the bed – the down duvet and pillows were simply heaven to slip into after a day of walking – we slept like babies! We’d highly recommend this room for couples, friends and small families who want a taste of the traditional mixed with modern comforts.
FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD
There’s an overwhelming amount of Italian restaurants in Prague. Why? Well, we soon learn that it’s simply because the Czech people just happen to love Italian food. At the Four seasons hotel Prague, it’s CottoCrudo, a modern Italian restaurant, bar and lounge that flies the 5-star food flag. This is also the restaurant where you’re served breakfast. now, let us reveal something. We’re not always ones to wake up for breakfast when travelling – sometimes you just want a lie-in, right? But, here, we were so in awe of the food and service at breakfast that we made it down every morning. Firstly, breakfast is served until 11am from a lavish buffet of local and continental favourites alongside a delicious a la carte menu. try the mind-blowing Belgian waffles or the mouthwatering egg white frittata. In the evening, CottoCrudo is just as casually sophisticated. the menu is made up of Italian and mediterranean dishes including fresh seafood, homemade pasta, choice meat cuts and artisan products from the Piedmont and tuscany regions of Italy.
Let’s dive into some of our favourites; the creamy Burrata was a big win at the table as was the creative and tasty red prawns with cabbage salad, parmesan cheese and hazelnut. the absolute standout was the Saffron risotto with roasted seabass, buffalo mozzarella and green pea purée – packed with flavours, textures and colour, this dish really took our breath away. For dessert, test (and treat) your taste buds with the chilled strawberry and rhubarb soup with sorrel ice cream and chocolate ganache – it’s just as good as it sounds!
We have to give a huge mention to all the staff at CottoCrudo, who served us with the utmost
professionalism, patience and the biggest smiles. A special shout-out goes to martin who really went that extra mile every time; for sharing his insider Prague stories and always being so friendly and observant to all our food requests and social conversations. He made the start to our day much more positive and inspired!
SPA CULTURE REFINED
Ava spa had just opened a little before our trip to Prague and we were intrigued to experience the spa culture that the Czech are so famous for. Based on water and mineral rich products, exclusive facial and body treatments with moor muds are enhanced with a state-of-the-art traditional Czech-inspired thermal baths menu.
We tried the 50-minute la Boheme Massage, a relaxing head-to-toe treatment inspired by the Czech national tree. sylva the therapist tells us that the treatment uses detoxifying and regenerating linden blossom oil as part of a soft massage, decreasing cold symptoms and encouraging healthy sleep. It was, honestly, one of the best massages we’ve had. Unlike your standard aromatherapy massage, sylva really listened to our areas of concern and worked out all the troublesome kinks to leave us feeling completely invigorated. the vitality pool with a wide variety of massage jets provided the ultimate hydrotherapy in a relaxing Central european spa ambience. ✤
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