Prague in Spring


What a gorgeous city, and so wonderful for walking!  During my visit of three days I walked everywhere.  The major sites of Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, where you will find the Prague Astronomical clock, is amazing.  And you have to visit the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle.  If you love to shop this is where you buy your Czech Republic arnets along with local artist paintings and crafts.  Visiting in the early spring can still be quite cold, so be sure to pack your coat, hat and gloves.  

I stayed at the MANDARIN ORIENTAL during my visit to Prague.  Restored from an old 14th-century monastery, the rooms are a good size with king, queen or twin beds and the large bath has heated floors with separate tub and shower.  And finally -- a hotel in Europe that understands there is a need to have an outlet near the sink, and a mirror for the ladies' hairdryer.  Thank you!  Their daily buffet has a lot to choose from and I enjoyed the staff who were extremely helpful. 

I also paid a visit to THE AUGUSTINE, which consists of seven different buildings dating back to 1284, and is a working monastery.  The hotelier Sir Rocco Forte took years to restore this hotel, and it is now a member property of the Leading Hotels of the World property.  This hotel has outdoor and indoor dining, a beautiful spa, and no one room looks like the other.  The hotel has one tri-level suite that is called the Tower Suite, with levels consisting of living space, the bath and a bedroom with amazing views of Prague.  Classic rooms will have a view of the street and are a good size, but I prefer the Executive rooms that have a nice view and are larger.     

The FOUR SEASONS PRAGUE conveys a classic modern impression.  The hotel’s lobby and dining space are gorgeous, with the signature Four Seasons flower displays and design.  The lead-in category room is called “Modern” and is larger than your typical lower category rooms in other European hotels.  The “Superior” category room is a bit larger, and the “Deluxe” category has enough room to place a rollaway for a child.  “Renaissance” rooms are located in the Renaissance building and has a more traditional style, and can connect to another room if you desire.  The “River Suites” obviously have gorgeous views of the river and one & a half baths.  The “Premier Suites” are a bit smaller than a River Suite and connect with a Premier River View room, ideal for families.  The hotel also offers “Duplex Suites” that are bi-level.    

Nancy Decker-Davidson