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Prague

U Cervene Boty
With only four suites to its name, the Red Shoe is one of Prague's charming boutique townhouse hotel collection. Located on the Royal Way between the Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge, the street outside is constantly awash with camera-happy tou
Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel
One of the highlights of the Radisson Blu is the food - the eponymous Alcron is undoubtedly Prague's finest fish and seafood restaurant; while just across the way is the lavishly Art Deco La Rotonde, which offers a more balanced menu.
Domus Henrici
The older sibling of the Domus family, Henrici has taken a different design approach from Balthasar. The clean lines are present but the furniture is less modern and more Czech. The room sizes are enormous and boast stunning views over the Petrin Hil
Neruda
One of our favourite hotels in Prague the 20 rooms reflect a modern ethic on an otherwise typically Czech design. the rooms look out over the busy tourist track of the Royal Way or up towards the imperial splendour of the Castle.
Jalta
Looking out over the busy square of the New Town, the Jalta sets you up for a total immersion into modern Czech living.
K+K Hotel Fenix
K+K bases itself around a central tenet of simplicity and comfort. This manifests itself through the spacious lobby, the near monotone room schemes and the almost Puritan attention to functionality.
Savic Hotel
Set in a Medieval building, hidden away from the bustle of the Old Town, the Savic Hotel is dreamy, Gothic place to stay.
Andels
Decidedly futuristic hotel in the Prague scheme of things, Andels' modern design has really helped to regenerate Smichov. The only downside is the hotel is just a little too far from the centre to walk all the sights, however, local transport is reli
Ventana
Despite being situated in the Old Town an area in which shops and restaurants will purposely play the 'traditional' card to attract sightseers The Hotel Ventana provides a truly unique experience.
Yasmin
With a jasmine flower motif and natural colour scheme the Yasmin hotel brings a touch of the wild to the centre of Prague.
Cerny Slon
Across the alley from the Tyn church and a small child's stone throw from the Old Town Square, the basic but elegant Cerny Slon is one of the best located hotels in town. The right choice for those who want something charmingly authentic.
U Pava
U Pava has an old fashioned opulence ingrained into its dark wood panelling, painted ceilings, antique furniture and rich, dark textiles. A subdued lighting scheme adds a romantic ambience to proceedings and the clientele reflect this.
U Prince
U Prince's roof terrace has some of the most beautiful views across the Old Town, it beats the pavement cafe that draws crowds for coffee waiting for the astronomical clock to chime and the morality play to begin.
987 Prague Hotel
A welcome addition to the city's hotel scene 987 is an elegant amalgam of old and new. From the Phillipe Starck furniture and interactive light displays in the guest's rooms the hotel has looked to spice up its image in recent years.
Alchymist Grand
Located within Mala Strana's charming cobbled streets this stunning newish hotel has jumped straight to the top of Hg2's list of favourites. Opulent to the core decent sized well appointed rooms provide marvelous respite from the tourist hordes.
Iron Gate
A wonderful piece of history, this lovely hotel has charm and style in abundance. Located near Old Town Square, you are on the doorstep of the wonderful U Modre Kachnicky restaurant if you are craving a fix of hearty Czech cuisine.
Josef
A modern Swiss restaurant, Josef always delivers laid-back cool, interesting cuisine and killer cocktails
Domus Balthasar
In what could be one of the most tourist-friendly locations in town is found the younger of the Domus siblings. Balthasar's simple modern design ethic, reasonable sized rooms and clean lines are enough to make a good base for a weekend in town.
Maximilian
A relatively recent renovation has left the Maximilian with a host of contemporary charms, blending Art Deco, Modernism and contemporary design. A great option for a weekend break.
Riverside
Instead of modern innovations and architectural masterpieces, the Riverside has taken the comfortable route - rooms with large enveloping beds, a modern take on old-fashioned glamour and a hotel bar worth taking a digestif in.
Perla
Decorated with enormous pearls, the Perla hotel is decidedly kitsch, however it is also invitingly closeted away from the mayhem outside in the Old Town.
Hotel Bellagio
Hotel Bellagio can be found in Prague's smallest district, Josefov. It remains one of the most important Jewish Quarters in Central Europe and houses some of Prague's most fascinating architecture and history.
Pariz
Like much of the world in the late 19th Century everything French, in particular Parisian was seen as the height of the civilized world. Therefore it's not surprising one of Prague's grande dame hotels has the look, name and feel of a Parisian hotel.
Metropol Hotel
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms of this slick new hotel, offer fabulous views over the red roof tops of this Gothic, Kafkaesque city.
U Zlate Studne
U Zlate Studne's French/International cuisine is well thought of in Prague, however, the restaurant's real selling point is the spectacular panorama from the terrace over the Old Town. This is coupled with a tranquil location and a sophisticated clie
U Zlateho Kola
Close to its stylish companion the Neruda, the Golden Wheel is a seamless blend of the old and the new. Sophisticated simple modern furnishings sit under painted ceilings and quadripartite vaults.
Residence Retezova
Why stay at the Retezova? No bleary-eyed breakfasts, no frowning front desk staff pointedly looking at their watches as we crawl home at four in the morning and, best of all, so much space in the apartments you'll think you've rented a suite.
Buddha-Bar Hotel
There's nothing we don't like about Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague; found in the Czech capital's Old Town Square, the plush property - which opened in late 2009 - has gained a loyal following of regular guests, thanks in large part to its inspiring interior
Zlata Hvezda
Part of a mini-Czech chain specializing in 'traditional' accommodation, the Golden Star is the most upmarket of their hotels. An imposing position on the Royal Way gives the louder front rooms unbeatable views.
Boscolo Prague
The Boscolo Prague is a wonderfully elegant converted bank in the centre of town, with a chic interior complimented by a stylised bar and restaurant.
Le Palais
At the far end of Vinohrady is the quietly sequestered Le Palais. The overwhelming feeling of serenity pervades and visitors are treated to one of the city's few in-hotel spas, delicious dining and attentive service.
Elite
Virtually the only hotel in the SoNa neighbourhood, the Elite is a modern take on Prague's traditional design and architecture. Comfortable and quiet with a lively little bar/grill, it's one of our favourite hotels.
U Raka
The elgantly simple U Raka is a revelation, the country farmhouse style main building could be miles away from Prague. On entering the main building the warm glow that infuses it spreads through you and keeps you wanting to stay longer.
ICON Hotel
The ICON Hotel has redefined the boutique scene in Prague. Located ideally in the centre of town, the ICON reflects the cosmopolitan hotel scene that now exists in this city. The contemporary amenities will satisfy the most discerning traveller.
K+K Hotel Central
This Art Nouveau style hotel has been so carefully and self-consciously orchestrated that it is almost unnerving in its cold, slick presentation. If you want to experience a real modern Czech aesthetic then move on in.
Alchymist Nosticova
The film star's favourite, a quietly secluded and romantically indulgent hotel in Prague. With a reputation for style, service, indulgence and discretion its not surprising Nosticova has become the hotel de choix of major 'A' listers.
Ungelt
Traditional in the extreme, the Ungelt is essentially a collection of apartments in a building that dates back to the 12th Century. Each apartment contains its own kitchenette and gives residents a self-contained visit to the city.
Pachtuv Palác
Antique wooden beams, frescos and sculptures proclaim this buildings venerable ancestry. Formerly a family palace, sensitive restoration and decoration gives you an insight into how the other half used to live.
Checking in at the Budda-Bar Hotel Prague
Budda-Bar Hotel Prague is situated on the capital's Old Town Square. Opened in 2009, it already has a fabulous guest list, and a host of loyal visitors.

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