“In chic, laidback Vinohrady district, this beautiful apartment combines Baroque bohemia, eastern artefacts and contemporary luxury (sleeps 2-4)”
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.
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.
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.
The apartment sleeps a maximum of 4+1 baby in 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom
The 'black book' has details of a great set of babysitters through a small nearby agency, and a recommended creche
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The modern kitchen is well equipped with a microwave and a dishwasher. There are delicatessans and supermarkets nearby