Le Palais is one of the few hotels in Prague which have a spa, but this is not the only feature which impresses.
This edifice, constructed at the end of the 19th century, was entirely renovated in 2001-02 by the Vienna International Hotels group. Located in what was once a palace (unsurprisingly, given the name), the beautiful Belle Époque space retains many of its original features, including wooden ceilings, stuccowork and murals.
With nods to the modern, the hotel is also equipped with all of the necessary mod-cons, a great restaurant (Le Papillon, run by Radek Subrt), relaxing bar and also a health spa/fitness centre. Although it’s a beautiful place to stay, it should be mentioned that Le Palais is a 30-minute walk (or 10-minute taxi ride) from the centre.
These days, however, its location is not so much of a problem since the quiet and affluent Vinohrady neighbourhood enjoys an assortment of sophisticated bars and restaurants. The 72 rooms, designed, like the interior, by Veronika Jurkowitsch, are comfortable, but kitted out with slightly predictable chain-hotel furniture and coverings.
It’s worth paying the extra for one of the suites with an open fireplace if you feel like adding a splash of colour and romance to your stay.