Prague, Czech Republic

The Emblem Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$291.26

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR285.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Czech yourself

Setting

By Old Town Square

The Emblem Hotel in Prague is a forward-thinking, free-spirited kinda stay: the city’s creative crème de la crème (including established and emerging Czech artists) stay for free in return for on-loan artworks. Instead of a pool there’s a rooftop Jacuzzi; instead of big bedrooms, there are sociable communal areas, and boudoirs are pleasingly quirky – one even has a hidden room tucked away behind a library shelf. As if all that wasn’t enough to have you hot-footing it to Prague, there’s a striking, light-filled spa and an accomplished restaurant that dishes up prime US beef and very, very tasty Cali wine...

Smith Extra

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A 30-minute private Jacuzzi session with a bottle of prosecco (to be booked pre-arrival)

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

59, including three suites.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability (a fee of €150 applies after 1pm). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $291.26 (€248), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR285.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast (€20 a person, daily; pick from buffet and à la carte options).

Also

Make the most of the communal floor, whose lures include the decadent Maharal Club (a private members club that guests can access), the elegant Fumoir (cigars at the ready) and the peaceful drawing room.

At the hotel

Covetable and extensive art collection; striking spa; guest living room; a communal floor with a lounge, games room, salon, drawing room and fumoir; on-loan bikes; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air conditioning, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Bookworms will go weak at the knees for the Library Suite, which has a hidden room tucked away behind a library shelf – seek and ye shall find (a copper bath tub).

Poolside

Instead of a pool, the hotel has a surprise Jacuzzi on the rooftop terrace, which can be rented out privately. From the steamy comfort of this urban oasis, you can admire the city’s skyline and the castle looming imperiously in the distance.

Spa

The light-filled, city-spying M Spa beckons invitingly on the seventh floor. Guests can unwind in the relaxation room, sauna, steam room and wellness area, shiver by the ice fountain, reach peak smugness in the fitness centre, and line up a couple of massages or facials starring Pure Altitude products.

Packing tips

Bring an appetite for steak and the city’s world-famous chocolate; save room in your case for Prague-sourced prints and art books.

Pet‐friendly

Cats and dogs can come too; they’ll even get an on-loan bowl and bed, plus welcome treats. A witty version of the usual ‘do no disturb’ sign will be left on your door, to alert cleaning staff to the presence of furry, four-legged visitors. See more pet-friendly hotels in Prague.

Children

Little Smiths are welcome: there’s no cost for cots and under-9s can stay for free in parents’ rooms (older ones can sleep in an extra bed for €70 a night, including breakfast). Babysitting is available for €15 an hour (more after midnight).

Eco‐friendly

Emblem has a heart, donating to a local charity that helps people in need. The hotel favours local farmers for its meat, eggs and produce; energy-efficient light bulbs and eco-conscious cleaning products are used throughout. There’s a fleet of on-loan bikes, so guests don’t have to rely on cars or public transport to gad about.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab window seats, for obvious reasons.

Dress Code

Copy Emblem’s staff by modeling threads by Prague designers such as Jakub Polanka (responsible for the hotel’s chic uniforms) or Klára Nademlýnská; Mrs Smiths could add jewellery by Antipearle.

Hotel restaurant

Sink your teeth into prime cuts of American beef – matched with highly gluggable Californian wines – at George Prime Steak, where top chef George Betak rustles up crowd-pleasing comfort food. Highlights include the lobster chop salad, baked sparkling oysters, the hefty Porterhouse steak for two, and the self-titled Ultimate Chocolate Cake, which earns its name with dark, white and milk chocolate mousse, crispy nougat layers and a chocolate-infused sponge. (Savoury-toothed Smiths might prefer the decadent cheese platter, which comes with house-made marmalade.) The restaurant is a dark ’n’ dapper space, lorded over by an impressive ceiling light.

Hotel bar

The bar is housed within the restaurant; you’ll walk through it to get to the main dining space, so pre-dinner tipples or postprandials are pretty much obligatory). There’s a tempting bar menu if you want to match your Californian cabernet sauvignon to something tasty; pick from burgers, salads, truffled mac’n’cheese, poutine and more…

Last orders

The restaurant and bar stays open until 11pm.

Room service

Emblem has no intention of letting you go thirsty or hungry: the 24-hour room service stars items from the restaurant menu, including salads, soups, steak, mains and desserts until 10pm; after that, there’s a smaller selection (burgers. pizzas and so on).

Location

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Address
The Emblem Hotel
Platnéřská 111/19
Prague
111 00
Prague
Czech Republic

Planes

The Emblem Hotel is just 15 minutes away from Prague’s international airport, Václav Havel. Just give Smith24 a ring and they’ll sort your flights. From the airport, it’s a half-hour drive to the hotel; let Smith24 know if you need transfers arranged with the hotel, which cost €30 each way (a booking) in a car, or €45 in an eight-seater minivan.

Trains

Hlavní Nádraží station is just four kilometres from the hotel, with services connecting to all of Europe’s capital cities (http://czech-transport.com). Smith24 can sort hotel transfers for you (€20 in a car; more for a minivan).

Automobiles

This city-central hotel doesn’t have any of its own parking spaces. However, guests can entrust their cars to the hotel’s capable bell boys, who will park them in a secure underground garage, a five-minute walk from the hotel (€40 daily).

Worth getting out of bed for

Emblem is well connected, and nurtures relationships with artists and other movers and shakers in Prague’s cultural scene – as a result, guests are sometimes offered free tickets to fashion shows, art exhibitions, music festivals and more. Join a free art walk, run by the hotel, to discover Prague’s hotbed of creative talent. Bookworms are advised to pay a trip to the hotel’s library, which is shaping up to be a treasure trove of tomes on art and architecture. Arterial Pařížská Street is a short walk away, dotted with tempting designer stores; since Emblem is in the historic city centre, all the cultural sites and museums are within walking distance (the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and the Charles Bridge, for starters). Emblem’s excellent concierge can tailormake suggestions and itineraries to suit guests’ interests.

Local restaurants

La Finestra at Platnéřská 90/13 in the Old Town is arguably Prague’s best Italian restaurant; head there for perfect pastas and pizzas. Admire the views – and the accomplished international cuisine – at Restaurant u Zlate Studne, which enjoys a prime position beneath Prague’s castle, at Terasa U Zlaté Studně. Carnivores will love traditional, meat-centric Nasemaso; you might find yourselves standing up while you munch on your meat, but these cuts are worth sacrificing seats for. For fresh, delicious Asian flavours, head to SaSaZu at Bubenské nábřeží.

Local cafés

Have Sunday brunch like the locals at characterful Café Savoy, at Vítězná 5.

Local bars

Tretters Bar is Prague’s oldest drinking den; it continues to deliver on cocktails and cool points. The bar is tucked away on V Kolkovně. Hemingway fans should surely have a tipple or two at Hemingway Bar on Karoliny Světlé, which serves cocktails strong enough to sate a hardened author.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this arty hotel in the Old Town and unpacked their museum prints and coffee-table tomes, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Emblem Hotel in Prague…

The Emblem Hotel is probably the closest thing you’ll get to bedding down in a Czech Republic art gallery, without causing any trouble with security staff. The hotel champions Czech artists – including established talent such as Eva Kot'átková, Aleksandra Vajd and Ji?í Kovanda, plus on-the-up bright young things such as David Krnanský and Johana Pošová – cleverly offering them free room nights in exchange for on-loan pieces. These are changed every few years, meaning the hotel, likes its muses, enjoys a state of constant creative evolution.

Bedding down on a cold, hard art-gallery floor isn’t that tempting, but the Emblem Hotel has small but handsome bedrooms (the best of which, the Library Suite, even has a surprise waiting for you behind a library shelf). You’re invited to settle in, make yourself at home, smoke a cigar in the fumoir, sink your teeth into some succulent steak in the restaurant, unwind in the spa and bubble away beatifically in the rooftop Jacuzzi. When, and only when, you’ve ticked off all of the above, we’d advise you to wander out and discover all the lures of Old Town Prague, waiting on your doorstep.

 

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