Prague Mala Strana Hotels
This is the area squeezed between the castle and the river. Generally, Mala Strana occupies the flat area at the base of the castle extending about 400 metres along the main road. To one side the border is the Malostranska metro station. On the other side the border is the “Hunger Wall” that separates Mala Strana and Ujezd. All riverfront property in this stretch can also contain Prague Mala Strana hotels but, can also be called Kampa if it is located on the Kampa Island. This area has many nice bars and restaurants and is considered less rowdy than the Old Town side of the river. Several restaurants are on the riverfront and many more are located within 60 seconds walk of the main square (Malostranske Namesti). You are 15-20 minutes walk from the Castle and the Old Town Square. An astonishing 27 hotels at either 4 or 5 star class in this area. My favourites are below:
5 Star – Prague Mala Strana Hotels – U Zlate Studne (Golden Well)
For me it’s the best of the Prague luxury hotels. Set to one side of the Prague Castle landscaped gardens at the end of a quiet road that contains the Czech Parliament. It has twenty rooms supported by friendly and professional staff. Several Prague Castle hotels have views but from here they are stunning. The top floor breakfast room and the very popular on-site Terasa U Zlate Studne restaurant have panoramic city views. Its the sister hotel of the Aria in Mala Strana. Recommended.
5 Star – The Augustine
The Augustine is part of the Rocco Forte group. Probably the best hotel in Prague right now if you can afford it or get a good deal. The hotel was formed from seven different buildings around a central courtyard which used to be the 13th Century St Thomas monastery. Lots of rooms and suites, no two seem to be decorated in the same way and all have original features. Everything has views either of the courtyard or the castle.
The original monastery tower was turned into an individual suite aptly called “the tower suite” and is possibly in the top 3 most sought after rooms in the city. It’s 11 minutes walk to either the Prague Castle or the Old Town Square.
5 Star – Hotel Jezulatka
Similar to the Domus Henrici up at the Castle. Only 6 rooms with view of either Charles Bridge and the river or the little square looking up to the Prague Castle. Superior rooms are 23m square and Executive rooms are 35m square. Free mini-bar and breakfast can be served either to the room or in the restaurant.
It’s a place that believes in attentive service to go with it’s beautifully restored 16th Century townhouse. Packages start at 300 Euros for a two night stay (which I think is a very good price by the way).
5 Star – Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa
The Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa is one of the oldest Prague Mala Strana hotels and is currently one of the top 10 hotels here. Popular with couples as a “honeymoon” hotel with the Spa option in the heart of Mala Strana. Beautifully restored 16th Century building built over 11th Century cellars which form the Spa which is in the top 3 for Spa treatment centres in Prague. You have an eight minute walk to the Charles Bridge or Prague Castle. The Alchymist also shares it’s restaurant and services with it’s sister hotels (Alchymist Suites and Alchymist Nosticova).
5 Star – Hotel Mandarin Oriental
The Hotel Mandarin Oriental opened in 2006 in the lower “diplomat area” of Mala Strana. Its in a very quiet location in the space between the official Mala Strana and Kampa and built in a converted Monastery. You have an 8 minute walk to Charles Bridge and very pleasant to walk through the park during the day although I suggest you use the street to walk back at night. The hotel has a “luxurious and elegant interior” (says the hotel) and the Presidential Penthouse Suite is in the top 3 most sought-after rooms in Prague. I recommend the Spa treatment centre which is currently the best in the city. It’s also a 3 minute walk to the Church of Our Lady Victorious.
5 Star – Hotel Aria
This is in the same street as the Alchymist i.e both are old Prague Mala Strana hotels right in the heart of the district. Decoration is very chic and stylish. The rooms on each floor are decorated in a musical style, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary and Opera. It has an extension of it’s Coda restaurant out on the rooftop so don’t miss that in the Summer. The hotel garden overlooks and has it’s own access to the “Vrtbovska” landscaped garden and Charles Bridge is a 5 minute walk. The rooms have a hi-tech spec with a large music and DVD library accessible via the in-room PC. It does very popular wedding/honeymoon packages.
4 Star – Domus Balthasar
Probably one of the most expensive in it’s class. Sister hotel to the Domus Henrici close to the Prague Castle and follows exactly the same ethos i.e. small hotel, less than 10 rooms and excellent personal service. Located in Mostecka which is the road that leads to the Charles Bridge so there is very light traffic outside but lots of people day and night. In 2010 it made the Sunday Times “hot 100” and was the only hotel in Prague on that list.
4 Star – Hotel Bishops House
Now elevated to my personally recommended list as one of the Prague Mala Strana hotels that has blended a classic building with modern touches. Excellent location a stones throw from Charles Bridge as you are in an adjacent street to the bridge. Rooms are fine and looking much better after a refit in 2011 which saw it take the same model as the 3 Storks hotel and blend it’s original features with a modern fresh look.
Some rooms are carpeted whilst others have a wooden floor depending on which part of the building you are in. The attic rooms have a nice view but the windows are quite small making the room feel a little dark without the lights on. You have a 60 second walk to the Charles Bridge, 8 minutes to the Old Town Square or 10 minutes to the Prague Castle.
4 Star – Hotel Archibald (at the Charles Bridge)
I remember it when it was just a pub! An excellent location on Na Kampe, Kampa Island, with front facing rooms having a view of the square and rear facing the garden with a view of the river and the Charles Bridge. It has a very pleasant bar/restaurant with garden attached so its a popular choice all year round. This is one of the Prague Mala Strana hotels that has restrictions due to being under the protection of the National Heritage Council so only the “deluxe” rooms are air conditioned.
4 Star – Hotel Constans
Hotel Constans (not constance) is in a quiet area of Mala Strana and it’s less than 10 minutes walk to either the Prague Castle or Charles Bridge. It has a total of 31 rooms and the attic rooms have air conditioning. All rooms are spacious (some very spacious) and stylish with original polished parquet flooring. It’s part of a small hotel group called “New Age”. Late check-in and early check-out, 3pm and 11am. One of a little triangle of Prague Mala Strana hotels in this location (Sax and the Green Grape are the others).
3 Star – Hotel Kampa Garden
Of all the Prague Mala Strana hotels this is best described as “value for money”. Great parkside/riverside quiet location but don’t expect luxury in the rooms. It is a two minute walk to Charles Bridge and 10 minutes to either Prague Castle or the Old Town Square. There are many nice restaurants right outside the hotel in Na Kampe and also in the park. It has two family rooms where an extra bed can be accommodated. Nice to take a coffee on their rear balcony overlooking the canal.