Four Seasons Prague, Czech Republic Review
Comprised of an elegant mélange of buildings from the Baroque, neo-Classical, neo-Renaissance, and modern eras replete with traditional Czech design elements including exquisite Bohemian crystal chandeliers and wooden panels, the soothing environment of the Four Seasons Prague was a welcome antidote to my 380-kilometer drive from Munich.
The hotel first opened in February 2001 and had to close after it was damaged in the 2002 floods in Central Europe, which caused billions of euros of damage in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Croatia. In the Czech Republic alone, many national treasures, including the neo-Renaissance Rudolfinum concert hall, museums, and libraries, were greatly impacted.
WHERE IS IT?
The Four Seasons Prague is located along the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge in Prague’s historic Old Town. Known as Stověžatá Praha, the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a leading tourist destination. In recent years, Prague has become increasingly popular for meetings and conventions as well.
The Four Seasons may be one of the most ideally situated hotels in a capital city – nothing is very far away by foot (I discovered the Rudolfinum concert hall was exactly two minutes away) but it still enjoys a very secluded feeling since the main entrance is on a very quiet private street.
The bed, consistent with what I’ve found at other Four Seasons hotels, was not too soft and not too firm – in other words, just right and perfect for a good night’s sleep.
The room was furnished with a comfortable lounge chair and ottoman, a flat-screen television overlooking the quiet side street the hotel was situated on. The marble bathroom had a deep soaking tub and a separate shower.
The handsome wooden writing desk was placed so one could gaze out the window. The desk chair was comfortable although a more ergonomic desk chair would be better for long stints at the desk. The room’s natural light was more than sufficient for reading and work. Internet service was expensive (for 24 hours) but very fast.
Breakfast and lunch are also served in the restaurant and the food was excellent. The Bohemian breakfast of cold cuts and cheeses could become a fixture at my house. A terrace next to the restaurant, with beautiful views of the Vltava River and Prague Castle, is open during warmer weather and was the perfect place to enjoy a Czech beer with friends.
The Allegro restaurant is one of the finest in Prague. A complete review will be published separately.
The mark of a true luxury hotel is not simply having luxurious surroundings. Rather, true luxury comes from something far more subtle, something that goes beyond material goods and manifests itself in a kind of feeling that is hard to describe but easy to recognize, a kind of effortless luxury that blends in with the surroundings and does not feel forced. I found this feeling at the Four Seasons Prague in every encounter, no matter how brief, with a member of the hotel’s staff. Somehow, each person knew just what to say and how to say it to make me feel not only welcome but comfortable. This is a very rare quality and one that will bring me back to this property in the future.
Four Seasons Prague
110 00, Czech Republic
+420 221 427 000
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.