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Four Seasons Hotel Prague, Prague

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Czech Republic, Europe: A guest room at the Four Seasons, Prague
2a/1098 Veleslavínova
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 221 427 000
Tel: 800 819 5053's insider take:

This 161-room hotel—composed of Baroque, neo-Renaissance, neoclassical, and modern buildings—sits on the Vltava, practically on top of Charles Bridge. Eight room grades and five suite types render it impossible to describe a typical room, especially when they land in different buildings; suffice to say that the smallest are a very respectable 350 square feet, and all have king-size beds and big tubs in the marble bathrooms. If you economize with a "Superior" (the second cheapest), book one on the seventh floor for vaulted ceilings and south-facing windows. The decor throughout is standard Four Seasons: deluxe and undemanding, in muted beige and green hues, though a recent redesign has brought a palette of vibrant blues and cool slate to the remodeled Renaissance wing; other buildings are set for renovation through 2009. Service is the thing here, and it's as impeccable as ever. There's a small gym with a sauna, a microspa (you can get in-room massages, too), and the Michelin-starred pan-Italian Allegro restaurant—one of the best this side of the Alps—which has a riverside terrace with absolutely incomparable views of Prague Castle. Favored by travelers seeking an international standard, the Four Seasons was good enough for a recent stay by Madonna, who probably recognized the advantages of having one foot on Charles Bridge: easy access to both Mala Strana and Old Town, as well as a surprisingly quiet riverbank park between the hotel and Manes Bridge, just to the north.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 93.9
  • Design: 94.4
  • Food: 88.7
  • Location: 95.9
  • Rooms: 95.2
  • Service: 95.2
"Wonderfully convenient for sightseeing" thanks to its "location next to the Charles Bridge," this nearly ten-year-old hotel is a complex of four buildings from different eras. Rooms have "simple elegance" and often Vltava River views. At Allegro restaurant, "seeing Prague Castle at sunset from the patio was our best memory." Renovation of the modern building began in 2010; the Baroque and Classical wings will be updated next.

(161 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
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