Hotel UNIC Prague

near Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic Book from

Unpretentious yet luxurious design hotel just a stone’s throw from Prague’s historic centre
Dashing through the doors of this grand Baroque building to escape a sudden flurry of snow, we’re greeted by supremely elegant design: soft grey walls, low-hanging Edison bulbs, industrial glass pendant lamps, plush sofas. We’ve been exploring Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, just a 10-minute stroll away - climbing towers, meandering along cobbled streets and sipping mulled wine. But as the day draws to a close, we’re glad to retreat from the hustle and bustle to the unpretentious luxury of Hotel UNIC, which opened in 2013. We shake the snowflakes from our coats, head up to our room and fill our huge bathtub with steaming water… bliss!

Spread across the original 18th-century wing and a pair of 21st-century additions, the 90 carefully crafted rooms and suites blend vibrant colours with a feel of soporific serenity. The modern décor is complemented by original artworks from Spanish artist Quim Domene, which showcase iconic landmarks such as Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle (all within walking distance). Despite the hotel’s size, the ambiance is intimate and laid-back: there’s a cosy lobby with smiling staff, a restaurant-cum-bar where you can sink into an armchair with a glass of wine or Czech beer, and an alluring sun terrace for those who encounter better weather than we did. All in all, it’s hard to beat for easy breaks in this diverse and historic city.


  • The location, on a quiet street near the Old Town, means you’re close to the action but not in the middle of it
  • We loved the relaxed, art-gallery feel
  • A range of rooms and 1- or 2-bedroom suites to suit couples, families and friends alike
  • Super-comfortable beds meant we slept like babies, and most ensuites have tubs for post-sightseeing dips - unusual in city hotels
  • Staff are attentive and friendly without being overly fussy - a hard balance to strike


  • It's bigger than most i-escape hotels, though quirky design touches mean it feels far from faceless
  • The restaurant is still evolving and currently offers a limited menu, but the European fusion food is tasty enough
  • Bedrooms have lots of cupboards but very limited wardrobe space - there was little room for clothes after we’d hung our coats
  • Room sizes vary slightly within each category

Best time to go

Prague’s weather is quite changeable, but in general May to September are the warmest, sunniest months. Summer can get pretty hot, and there are lots of green spaces that are ideal for picnics. Winters can be very cold, but the city looks enchanting under a layer of snow. The Christmas markets in December and early January make for an interesting visit, but it’s worth booking well in advance if you plan to visit then as Prague can get very busy.

Our top tips

Prague’s historic centre is a maze of cobbled streets, underground restaurants and cosy bars. Be sure to veer off the beaten track, as you’re guaranteed to stumble across breathtaking architecture, a quaint boutique or - as we did - a tiny wine bar packed with elderly Czechs playing folk songs.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 90
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Superior Room


The 90 rooms are spread across 3 wings and spaced well apart - there was only one other room on our floor, so the hotel felt much more intimate than its size would suggest.

In a nutshell, there isn’t a bad room type. While some are bigger than others, they all follow a similar design formula: light grey walls, padded headboards, tall windows with floor-length curtains, desks, and large wooden cabinets for storage. Some overlook the terrace, others the street, and a handful have a partial view of the castle. Beds have super-comfy mattresses and crisp white linen topped with throws and cushions (in purple, orange or lime green, depending on which wing you’re in), although doubles have 2 single duvets, which we found a little peculiar. Bathrooms are lined with black tiles and come with fluffy towels, tonnes of toiletries and, in larger rooms, robes and slippers. Some of the more expensive rooms feature Quim Domene artwork.

We stayed in a Superior Room, the smallest category, but we still had just enough space to relax after a busy day of sightseeing. These rooms can be set up as twins and most have tubs with overhead showers; they're great if you’re on a budget, but it’s worth paying a little extra for a bigger Deluxe Room if you can, as they have sitting areas with an enticing sofa (which can be made up as an extra bed), plus separate baths and walk-in showers in many. The 1-Bedroom Suites and slightly larger Family Suites have separate lounges with 2 single sofabeds.

For those who really want to splurge, the 2 Deluxe Suites are breathtaking. Named after famous Czech authors (one, of course, is Franz Kafka, the other Milan Kundera), they’re located at the top of the old building and so benefit from high ceilings. They’re a great option for families or friends, as they have 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin, each with an ensuite with a freestanding tub and walk-in shower), plus a huge living/dining area with sofabeds.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes and slippers in Deluxe Rooms and suites
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


The ground-floor restaurant and bar, Aliter, reminded us of an art-gallery café: low-hanging light installations, mismatched chairs, tables which vary in size and shape, and original prints on the walls. There’s also an adjoining terrace which is a lovely spot in warmer weather.

The breakfast buffet was a joy to wake up to, and was itself presented like a work of art. Hot plates of potatoes, eggs, mushrooms, bacon, sausages and pancakes were nestled on shelves built into the walls, while a huge variety of breads and pastries were arranged across an island unit. There was also a range of fresh fruits, cereals, yoghurts and juices. The spread varied slightly each day - a welcome touch for those staying for a few nights. Our only slight niggles were the coffee (from a help-yourself machine) and the toaster (which took more than 5 minutes to toast our bread).

Throughout the day and evening there’s a menu of European dishes with an international twist - it’s a developing concept and the choice could be considered as limited, but the food is good. We enjoyed baked goat’s cheese served on a crunchy salad of watercress, green apple and walnuts, followed by entrecote steak with butter sauce and then a berry cheesecake - all excellent. There were also a few delicious-sounding Czech dishes, including roast sirloin and dumplings in a cream sauce. The restaurant was relatively quiet when we visited, but we didn’t feel uncomfortable and would have been happy to linger with a bottle of wine.

There's also a daily changing, 3-course lunch menu available from Monday - Friday, as well an afternoon and evening menu of light meals, such as sandwiches and soups, for those who don't want anything too heavy. Coffee and cakes are available, too.

When it comes to eating out, there’s plenty of choice. The bar across the street, The Beer Museum, serves excellent drinks and tasting platters, and we had very tasty pasta at Ambiente Pasta Fresca, a 10-minute walk away.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Coffee tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Wander over to Stare Mesto (the Old Town) to climb the Powder Tower, explore the cobbled streets and watch the chiming of the famous Astronomical Clock
  • Then head to Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in the city, and marvel at the intricate statues which line its edges
  • Wind up through the narrow streets to the imposing castle and cathedral, before walking over to Strahov Monastery for a stroll through its fragrant orchards and fascinating libraries
  • Head to Kampa Island and take a boat trip along the Vltava River (if you want, you can jump off en route and visit the zoo)
  • Explore Josefov, the old Jewish Quarter - home to synagogues, atmospheric restaurants and one of the world's finest Jewish museums
  • Walk up Petrín Hill (or jump on the funicular) to gaze at the views, check out the miniature Eiffel Tower at the summit, and get lost in the 19th-century mirror maze
  • Take in a classical concert at one of the city’s extraordinarily grand churches and concert halls (ask reception for the latest listings), or dive into a bar hosting live jazz, folk music or blues
  • Walk to Wenceslas Square, Prague’s main thoroughfare, where the Czech patron saint sits astride a horse. It’s home to plenty of shops for those in need of some retail therapy, while the National Museum will interest history and science buffs
  • If you’re here in summer, take a picnic in one of Prague’s many parks (try Kampa Park for great river views), or sit out in a beer garden with a locally brewed tipple

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Music and theatre
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets


Children of all ages are welcome and the relaxed atmosphere is well-suited to families, although there are no special facilities for kids.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Baby cots can be added to all rooms, and the sofas in the Deluxe Rooms, 1-Bedroom Suites and Family Suites can be made up as extra beds. If you can stretch to one of the Deluxe Suites, you’ll get 2 bedrooms (one a twin that’s ideal for kids), plus 2 ensuite bathrooms (both with tubs and separate showers) and a large living/dining area with sofabeds.

Kid Friendly: Superior Room

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