Vinohrady Boutique Apartment

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Reviewed by Abigail Blasi
In chic, laidback Vinohrady district, this beautiful apartment combines Baroque bohemia, eastern artefacts and contemporary luxury (sleeps 2-4)
Set in the elegant district of Vinohrady (meaning ‘vineyards’ - the area once supported vines, orchards and roses), this is a large first-floor apartment in a 19th-century building. It’s refreshing to be away from the maddening crowds of Prague’s centre, and feel yourself in a genuine Czech district with wide boulevards and large green spaces; plus it’s only a 15-minute walk or a few tram/metro stops to the city centre.

Owned by a well-travelled interior designer and photographer, the 116sqm flat has high ceilings, tall windows, stucco cornicing, deep red long curtains, and pistachio-painted woodwork. There's a large sitting room and a low wooden table covered with glossy photography books atop a woven rug. Glass chandeliers are reflected in Baroque wood-carved mirrors (all from East India), and giant photos of Prague decorate the walls. The 2 bedrooms, one double and one twin, are elegantly restrained, while the modern kitchen-dining room has everything a serious chef could dream of. And there’s tons of local info in the 'black book'.

Highs

  • In a real Czech neighbourhood, a peaceful district with lots of charm, restaurants and bars
  • Near a metro stop and tram routes, so easy to get around the city from here
  • Great mod cons, including WiFi, an iPod player and surround-sound (which can be piped into other rooms)
  • Specially selected wines and champagne, as well as Czech beer and bottled water, are supplied; use what you want and the cost is deducted from your security deposit
  • We travelled as a couple for our 2014 revisit, but friends or families will also love this luxurious home-from-home in the city

Lows

  • It's not in the centre of Prague - you're 10 minutes' walk from Wenceslas square - but this could also be considered a plus point!
  • This is a self-catering property, so don't expect a concierge service - though there's an English-speaking contact (and a local mobile phone) in case of problems
  • Only one bathroom and the limited hot water needs to be switched on about 10 minutes before use. The boiler is also a tad noisy, but the owners are having it fixed
  • A hefty deposit policy

Best time to go

Prague lies midway between maritime and continental climates, so the weather is changeable. May and September have the balmiest weather. Midsummer can be very hot and showery. Winters are cold and snowy - the city looks enchanting under a layer of snow.

Our top tips

A stay of a week or longer would give you chance to get under Prague's skin, but you’d be crazy to turn down a long weekend here, just bear in mind there's a 2-night minimum stay.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartment
  • 2
  • Self-catering (+ restaurants nearby)
  • 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
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

The front door leads into an entrance hall with an extraordinary coffee table, made out of huge bellows from an old Czech factory, over which hangs an East Indian chandelier that's reflected in an ornate-edged mirror. The 2 bedrooms lead off this room, as well as the bathroom and toilet. Large double doors lead into the sitting room, which has a big sofa, an armchair and footstool upholstered in pale linen, a desk and chair, a large satellite LCD TV and DVD player and iPod dock, both with surround-sound - you can even channel music to the speakers in the bathroom. More double doors lead into the spacious kitchen-dining room.

The first bedroom has twin beds that can also be made up into a super-kingsize. This is the only carpeted room, in pale blue; the entrance hall has wooden floorboards and the rest parquet floors with the occasional woven, patterned rug. The master bedroom has a super-kingsize bed and a wall of wardrobes; both have antique wooden cabinets and stone lamps.

Bedspreads and headboards are in matching glossy pale green, patterned with curling tendrils. You get pocket-sprung mattresses, duck-down feather duvets, feather pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets.

The sexy black-hued bathroom is lined in brown-black tiling, and has a deep, double-ended, dazzling-white bath. There’s a separate shower cubicle with a huge shower head, an ornate white-framed mirror above the sink, and L’Occitane toiletries. It's very sumptuous but, if travelling with friends, bear in mind you'll be sharing it between you.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Honesty bar
  • Ipod dock
  • Iron
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The glamorous, spacious and wonderfully practical kitchen-dining room connects with the sitting room through tall double doors. Brown-black contemporary units supply lots of working space, surmounted by a glossy deep red band of colour that echoes the apartment’s scarlet curtains. Stocked with excellent quality utensils, the kitchen also has a large fridge-freezer, a microwave, a dishwasher, a gas cooker, an electric oven, a Nespresso machine and a washing machine.

The antique wood dining table is positioned alongside the room’s 2 tall windows. It has slate slabs inserted in the surface - great for hot plates.

You can order from a wide collection of red, white and rosé fine wines (mostly French; many are already stocked in the glass cabinet, with accompanying descriptions), as well as champagne, Czech beer and Mattoni water; anything used is deducted from the deposit.

If you want to self-cater, you'll need to buy (or bring) your own food, but there's no shortage of shops in the neighbourhood. The apartment’s 'black book' gives details of nearby shops, including supermarkets and Greek and Italian delis, as well as recommended restaurants, cafes and bars all over Prague - we tried the local Greek and Mexican restaurants and enjoyed them immensely.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Walk to Wenceslas Square - about 10 minutes away - where you can see the Czech patron saint astride a horse in the conventional manner in the central sculpture, and on sculptor David Cerny’s upside-down horse in the nearby Art Nouveau Lucerna shopping passage (a taste of pre-war Czech grandeur)
  • Wander Stare Mesto, waiting breathlessly for the anticlimactic striking of the Astronomical Clock
  • Find your way to Charles Bridge and get swept across it in a sea of visitors
  • Visit Kampa Island and take a boat trip
  • Take a tram or bus to Mala Strana, and amble through the picturesque warren of streets
  • Head up the hill and explore Prague Castle and the cathedral, then walk on up to Strahov Monastery, with its fragrant orchards and awesome libraries
  • Take a tram to Petrín hill, zip up the steep bit on the funicular to the miniature Eiffel Tower on its summit, then get lost in the quaint 19th-century mirror maze
  • Get lost in music at a classical concert in an outrageously grand church or concert hall, or dive into a jazz club for a sultry evening of superb live jazz or blues
  • Have a glass of wine in the folly amidst fabulous vineyards in Havlickovy Sady, Prague’s second biggest park
  • See a play at the Vinohrady theatre, a 5 minute stroll from the apartment, in Namesti Miru

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

This is a good place to stay with children - not least because you have a kitchen at your disposal so you can cater for them if they don't like Czech cuisine. The only downside is being a small distance from the centre of things, but it's the classic 'live like a local' experience, whether you're in Prague for a long weekend or more.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The apartment sleeps a maximum of 4+1 baby in 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom

Babysitting:

The 'black book' has details of a great set of babysitters through a small nearby agency, and a recommended creche

Baby equipment:

  • Cot
  • High chair

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The modern kitchen is well equipped with a microwave and a dishwasher. There are delicatessans and supermarkets nearby

Kids Activities on site:

  • DVD and CD players (bring films, stories and music)
  • Kids TV channels (including Disney)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Boat trips on the river
  • Mirror maze and funicular at Petrin Hill
  • The Franciscan Garden near Wenceslas Square has a small playground with swings
  • Prague Zoo
  • Chocolate Museum

Distances:

  • Airport: 15 minutes
  • Hospital: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

10/
Rooms
10/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
10/
Overall

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