You can travel the World only to fall in love with the girl next door! And that’s exactly how I felt after spending a Saturday night in the Hilton Prague. Who knew that such a great Hilton was so close? Here’s my review.
I try and book Hilton hotels, from Waldorf Astoria to Hampton Inn, because of the benefits they provide to me as a Hilton HHonors Diamond member; early check in, late check out, room upgrade, bottles of water in the room, free breakfast, free wi-fi, executive lounge access and health club access.
Saturday 29 June and we headed for the Hilton Prague. There are two Hiltons in Prague; the smaller, more centrally located one is called the Hilton Old Town; this one, still pretty central, is often referred to as the Hilton Atrium.
This is the side entrance. I’d received an email to say I could check in on the Executive Floor (the 8th Floor). The elevators were pretty interesting – a touch screen asks where you want to go and then advises which elevator (A-F) will take you there. They worked perfectly and we never had the elevator stop at unwanted floors during our visit.
The guy on reception was friendly and efficient and soon we were on our way to an upgraded Executive Room on the 4th floor – apparently they have two executive floors, 4th and 8th. Of course I would have liked a suite, but I didn’t expect that.
Our room was a recently refurbished room.
The bathroom had a walk-in shower.
And a separate toilet.
Both clean and modern – if I had any criticisms they would be; not enough space to put your own toiletries and toilet roll holder too far back, so really minor issues.
We visited the 8th Floor Executive Lounge for afternoon tea. The lounge was a really good size and the selection of sandwiches and cakes was very good – so many Hiltons neglect their lounges, for example, Berlin and Sydney are excellent, London Gatwick poor and San Francisco terrible.
Back to the room we donned our swimwear, the hotel bathrobes and slippers and headed to the mezzanine floor where their is an excellent Health Club; pool, sauna, summer garden, gym and massage rooms.
I’ve written a separate post about the Health Club here.
The Executive Lounge ‘Happy Hour’ is 6 – 8.30 pm. The selection of food, wine and stronger alcohol was really good. I’d say the only lounge that beats Prague is Sydney and only just – Berlin comes close but is too small for the hotel and so hard to find a seat.
We visited the SkyBar, which was a little hard to find as the touch-screen elevators didn’t go there – we found a door that looked a bit like a fire escape entrance and that had an elevator up. The entrance is impressive…
…as is the bar and outdoor terraces – I didn’t take any photos, except this view, as there were too many people, plenty of couples on dates.
The room air con was easy to use and worked perfectly. The control panel could do with a cover as it’s quite bright during the night. Here’s the view from our room.
Breakfast was in a large area by the main lobby – the entrance was between these two staircases.
There wasn’t a wait for tables and the selection of food was very good. They also solved the problem where you choose a table, go to the buffet and return to find someone else ‘chose’ your table.
Only thing missing was sparkling wine.
Here are some pictures of the atrium.
We were able to arrange a late checkout without any problems.
I’d certainly recommend a stay in the Hilton Prague. If you aren’t a Gold or Diamond member then choose an Executive Room so you have lounge access. I’m almost tempted to try the Hilton Old Town, but I already know their pool can never be as good just because they don’t have the space.
OBREZNI 1, PRAGUE, 186 00, CZECH REPUBLIC