“A slick yet friendly boutique hotel with generous rooms, just off Wenceslas Square - Prague's main promenade”
Space abounds in the 31 rooms - and that's as true of the 20 Standard rooms as it is of the 9 Deluxe rooms and 2 Junior Suites. In fact, we found the Standard rooms so generously sized, we didn't feel any need to upgrade to the Deluxe - unless you really want to spread out in the extra square feet they offer. The Junior Suites might be worth a splurge because you get a separate sitting room with 4 chairs and home cinema system, but as the space is divided into 2 rooms, the overall impression is one of snugness, not spaciousness.
The spare design aesthetic is one of beige and warm woods with very little - if any - art on the walls. The closet spaces are hidden behind doors that are flush with the wall, as is the safe that operates with your fingerprint rather than a code or key. Behind another secret compartment is the minibar and complimentary coffee- and tea- making setup - Junior Suites also get an Illy espresso machine.
A desk that stretches along the wall in front and to the right of the bed holds an iPod connection jack that lets you play your tunes through the flat screen TV on the wall, as well as an Ethernet cable for free Internet access and a Skype phone for free calls.
The bathroom at first glance is extremely dark due to spot lighting and black stone tiles, but once you get used to it, it comes off as sleek and sexy. A purple perspex panel over the bathtub (all but two rooms have a tub) is just big enough to divide the splashy end of the shower from the rest of the room, and a gleaming white basin sink is set beneath the large mirror on a wooden table where you find the complimentary Rituals toiletries.
The true star of the show in all of the Icon's rooms is the extra-wide handmade Hastens bed. If you're familiar with the brand you know that these pricey platforms are true luxury items - ranging from USD$5,000 all the way up to US$60,000. The one in our room was comfy indeed - solid, yet cushy. All of the bedding (even the feather pillows) are allergen free, ensuring that nary a sneeze will disturb your good night's sleep.
Breakfasts are as big as the beds and rooms - and they are served all day, until 11pm! You not only get to order a selection of hot food like pancakes and eggs from a menu, you can also load up at a buffet that includes muesli, breads, cold cuts and other breakfast goodies. This spread is served in the hotel's restaurant called ROOM where lunch and dinner are also offered daily. Expect an authentic mixture of Spanish and Latin-American tapas dishes. When you're done dining, step into the attached lounge - where beneath a soaring ceiling, colourful furniture is scattered about in groupings that encourage conversation. The walls are hung with rotating art exhibits and on some nights, a DJ bounces beats throughout the spacious room.
As for local dining options, American-style burger joint Jama is just down the street. They've been voted as having the best burger in Prague, and I can also personally attest to the excellence of their spicy chicken wings. For something authentically Slovak, you can try Posezeni U Ciriny just a few blocks away; the chef was once the personal cook for former president (and local legend) Vaclav Havel. Not more than a 10-minute walk away on Wenceslas Square is Vytopna where your beer is delivered by model railway cars that travel along 400 metres of track throughout the restaurant.
Although children are welcome, this hotel definitely has a hip vibe geared more toward couples and singles rather than families. Children up to the age of 12 are free of charge if they don't require an extra bed - which are available for an additional fee - and baby cots are free to borrow.
Standard Rooms can connect for larger family parties on two floors, but the best rooms suited for taking an extra bed are the Deluxe or Junior Suites.