The Emblem Hotel
The Emblem Hotel is sexy and it knows it. A whole roster of local and international designers have had their imaginative way with it, and the result is a hotel that has everything from custom-made furnishings and roaring fireplaces, to secret passageways and a decor (thanks in large part to head interior designer, Alison McNeil) that remains utterly modern while staying true to the building and the city’s historical roots.
But it’s Staré Město locale comes with a drawback – it’s a little on the small size, especially in some of the guestrooms. But once you’re here, you hardly notice it. Plus, there are few hotels closer to the main square – and even fewer with this wide a range of amenities. So while it’s a tradeoff, it’s one most guests are happy to make time and again. It doesn’t hurt that in addition to being sleek and well-designed (think: a visual blend of the 1920’s film Metropolis and Tycho Brahe’s astronomical drawings, with some serious contemporary heft), The Emblem Hotel wants to make you feel at home.
If only all our homes had handmade, stained-glass lamps from Polish architect Bartosz Swiniarski, like the ones found here in all the corridors. Or Julian Chichester Felix bedside tables. The Tom Dixon copper shades – found in The Pantry of The M Lounge, the hotel’s chic communal space – wouldn’t go amiss either. Nor would Marcel Wolterinck’s white Serrino armchairs, which punctuate The M Spa’s Relaxation room, for that matter. The guestrooms are similarly stylishly kitted out, but the three suites are where The Emblem really shines: The Atelier has a selection of international art from The Emblem’s collection; The Terrace has exactly what you’d hope it has; and The Library, in addition to its hidden attic bedroom, has an extra-large William Holland copper bathtub.
Guests here also have the run of The Emblem Hotel’s luxurious “living spaces”, including the rooftop spa and gym and the lounge. Its much-lauded restaurant, George Prime Steak, meanwhile, is considered by many to offer some of the best steaks in Prague, thanks to its commitment to sourcing gold standard Black Angus USDA Prime Beef, which is naturally raised and then aged in-house for at least 30 days.