Looking for a place to stay in Prague which offers a mix of authentic Prague history and upmarket luxury? The Smetana Hotel, formerly the Pachtuv Palace, once a genuine palace owned by the Pachta family, could be a sterling option. The front of the building dates back 150 years, while other sections are twice as old. Situated at the end of Karolíny Svetlé, just steps away from Charles Bridge and directly opposite the wonderful Bellevue restaurant, the Smetana Hotel offers 50 apartments/rooms and an interior designed by Jane Wilson (of London’s Dorchester fame).
The place exudes a regal aura, echoed by antique wooden beams, frescos, vaulted chapel ceilings, sculptures and original fireplaces. The apartments are richly decorated with a blend of antique and modern furnishings, rugs and paintings, while the ‘exceptional apartments’ and honeymoon suite cater for even more refined/expensive tastes.
The location of the Smetana Hotel is a key selling-point, as is the gorgeous summer garden, and the fact that Mozart stayed here (he was apparently locked in a room by the owner until he finished a promised concerto). Note that while the deluxe rooms have river views, the rear rooms are older and more remote.