Carlo IV, Prague $$$$
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 224 593 111
Concierge.com's insider take:
Housed in a former bank, the Carlo IV announces itself with a soaring, 19th-century facade and stately neoclassical columns. Its location on a residential square in the center of New Town is something of a drawback, since the only thing right out the front door is the main train station, but it's quiet, and you're just steps from the Na Prikope shopping strip. Plus, it feels less like a tourist zone and more like an actual, living part of the city. Inside, the vast, marble-lined lobby with small tables and plump couches recalls an era when public buildings were designed to impress, if not completely overwhelm. But the antique public face is only half of it: The hotel occupies two buildings, though only rooms and suites in the older building have high ceilings and views worth mentioning. All 152 rooms have Internet connectivity (for a fee), and many are decked out with period furniture and artwork. Boldface names will appreciate the discreet VIP entrance, and there's a subterranean health club, swimming pool, and Jacuzzi between the massive building's support pillars.
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