“Sumptuous old-school glamour and a Bali-style subterranean spa in this bijou palace”
Think red, gold, brocade, ornately carved beds, rug-strewn parquet floors, chaise longues, chandeliers, gold chairs, glass tables and oil paintings. Bathrooms are all marble-lined; toiletries are L'Occitane; towels are monogrammed. You get a bathtub as well as a shower, bidet, hairdryer and bathrobes.
Deluxe Rooms are the smallest (25-33sq.m.), but are just as richly decorated as the rest, and all have queensize beds. Next up are the spacious Junior Suites (40-53sq.m.), with an additional seating area. The Terrace Suite is a particularly swish example, with an original wooden ceiling, extra large bathroom and private terrace. The 1-bed Royal Suites are even bigger (60sq.m.) with a separate living area.
Top tip for honeymooners is the Alchymist Suite, which has a large terrace overlooking the inner courtyard, a four-poster bed and a huge marble bathroom with a central bathtub. The 2-level Family Suite combines a twin upstairs and a double downstairs, plus a kitchen.
The split-level Tower Suite includes an observatory with great views over Prague; the lower bedroom has a bathtub centre stage and both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. This can be combined with an adjoining Deluxe room to make a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom suite. Finally, the Imperial Suite has a lounge area, dining table, kitchen and balcony.
Minimalism, shminimalism. The Aquarius restaurant is dressed to the nines: muralled walls featuring Hannibal crossing the Alps, potted palms, Murano chandeliers and chairs ranging from Baroque red and gold to 17th-century-gone-kitsch zebra print.
Happily, as much energy goes into the food as the decor - dishes are presented like works of art. The cuisine is Mediterranean-French-Italian, plus a small selection of Czech specialities, so you could be eating dishes such as octopus carpaccio with black Taggia olives, tender potatoes and Valerian salad, thyme-crusted rack of lamb with vegetable couscous and rosemary jus, and panna cotta with passion fruits and raspberry coulis.
There’s also the Lounge Bar and Ecsotica Juice Bar, which will keep you imbibed.
The lavish breakfast may be eaten in the restaurant, in the hotel courtyard, or in your room (extra charge). Aside from the buffet of cold cuts, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, breads and so on, you can order a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon - the works.
Under 11s stay for free in the Junior and larger suites; cots and extra beds are available. Hapsburg splendour is not the ideal environment for young children though, and you might not feel that relaxed, although well-behaved older children will be no problem. The family suite has kitchen facilities but it has a steep wooden staircase linking the 2 rooms – not ideal for young toddlers.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking