Prague

Prague’s most romantic hotels for lovers to indulge in a fairytale trip

With its cobbled lanes and fairytale vistas showcasing architectural marvels from every age, Prague is a paradise for lovers looking for a secluded weekend away.

The main sites – Charles Bridge flanked by saintly statues, the castle complex and the wedding cake of St Nicolas Church on Malostranske Namesti – are perennially photogenic and are of course a must for visitors. However, having lived in Prague for the best part of a decade, I’ve used my insider knowledge to uncover some of the city’s lesser-known romantic gems.

For example, I strongly recommend that modern couples in search of romance should get beyond the Old Town and try hanging out in Parisian-style Vinohrady or the newly cool Karlin. Whether you’re ready to splurge or carefully counting the koruna, the Bohemian capital has plenty of options for a fantastic short break.

With its pretty neo-classical apartment buildings and many hip haunts, it’s hard to believe that Karlin had something of a rough reputation a decade or two ago. In recent years, this up-and-coming Prague neighbourhood has been praised by both the New York Times and Time Out and as its only a short tram ride to the centre, it seems an obvious base for a romantic weekend for couples who like to be ahead of the curve.

A quirky yet romantic hotel in Prague for hipster couples

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Choose Penta Hotel as your base and you’ll be at the heart of the action: the reception area features sparkly disco balls, a well-stocked cocktail bar and a retro pool table announcing that the vibe here is contemporary and fun. Delight your hipster boyfriend by booking the Penta Player Pad which comes equipped with either a football table, Sony Playstation 4 or an old-school pinball table.

Where to eat

Head to Forum Karlin, the nearby conference and events centre to catch a conference or to indulge in the ultimate hipster dining experience at Eska. This bakery meets restaurant offers a constantly changing menu featuring cutting edge cuisine such as kale and entrails in a stripped down industrial setting which will make any pair of early adopters feel instantly at home. Their bread is undoubtedly the best in town.

pentahotel Prague

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Prague, 13.4 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
8.7 Excellent (2643 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague for a special occasion

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Whether you’re looking to splash out on somewhere special to celebrate a landmark wedding anniversary or to make that memorable proposal, there’s one place in Prague which despite its unpromising exterior is so exclusive at one time it awarded itself six stars: the One Room Hotel at the Tower Park Praha. Located in the former TV Tower built in the 1980s and given a very rude nickname by locals due to its phallic appearance, the entire top floor of this distinctive landmark has been converted to a luxury hotel with just one vast room. As this unique piece of high-tech architecture stands well above the traditional city skyline, it goes without saying that the views are breathtaking.

One Room Hotel

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Prague, 13.5 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
8.5 Excellent (16 reviews)
Very good Facilities 8.3 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague for when you want to splash out

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If you’ve decided that Prague is the best place to gather family and friends and tie the knot in style, then the uber-glam five star Buddha Bar Hotel frequented by the likes of Ivana Trump as well as Cambodian royalty can host a lavish Asian fusion reception in the heart of the Old Town for up to eighty people. Book the romantic getaway package for your honeymoon or anniversary which includes a free upgrade to a Premier room, a bottle of prosecco and a private jacuzzi session for two. Located right in the heart of the Old Town, should you tire of Buddha Bar’s upscale Asian-inspired decor you can lose yourself in the gorgeous medieval charm of the Bohemian capital as soon as you step outside the hotel lobby.

Buddha Bar Hotel Prague

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Prague, 11.5 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
9.2 Excellent (1218 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague for an affordable couples break

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It’s easy to forgive the tired pun in the name when you see what excellent value for money the Czech Inn gives its guests. Although primarily a hostel, there’s nothing grungy about the contemporary decor of its eighteen private rooms which all come equipped with generously sized ensuite bathrooms, king-sized beds and if you’re lucky, a decent view of the bordering neighbourhoods of Vinohrady and Vrsovice. The management understand the need for couples to have a lazy start on a long weekend away so breakfast is served until midday to facilitate long lie-ins.

What do in the neighbourhood

Although the centre is only a fifteen minute tram ride away, there’s plenty to do in the immediate area you might decide not to bother with Charles Bridge at all. Nearby Grebovka Park offers the chance of long romantic walks and even boasts its own network of fairy grottos. Should you wish to use it as a venue to tie the knot, the gazebo is a popular summer wedding venue with locals. Those with a sweet tooth should make sure to visit Cafe Slagr two doors down, a fine example of that Czech culinary institution the cukrarna – a sort of patisserie meets gelateria – serving up traditional Czechoslovak cakes from the First Republic. If it’s an intimate evening dinner you’re after, then Italian restaurant Osteria da Clara is a reliable choice but be sure to book ahead.

Czech Inn

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Prague, 13.3 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
8.9 Excellent (5267 reviews)
Excellent Value for money 8.9 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague for a spa break for two

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The unashamedly retro-looking Hotel Hoffmeister stands on its own exclusive corner a short walk from Mala Strana and the base of the Prague Castle steps. This five-star establishment’s unique selling point has to be its wellness centre which offers one of the city’s most unique relaxation experiences thanks to its ancient Roman-style steam bath located in a fifteenth-century cellar. As you would expect there’s an extensive treatment menu including the Aphrodite and Apollo full body spa ritual complete with love potion especially designed for couples to unwind together in these soothing surroundings. Splash out on a luxury suite and you’ll be able to bask in that post-massage glow in a circular king sized bed before hopping into your own private jacuzzi and enjoying a bottle of champagne from the mini bar.

Hotel Hoffmeister

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Prague, 10.2 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
9.1 Excellent (2701 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague with old-school luxury

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If, as Shakespeare once declared, music truly is the food of love, then the five star Aria Hotel is perhaps Prague’s most romantic luxury hotel. Situated at the foot of Prague Castle near the gorgeously baroque Malostranske Namesti, each room is named after a musician: honoured artists are drawn from all eras and genres including Bach, Billie Holiday and The Rolling Stones. Expect to find a stack of listening materials on the bedside table to help create just the right ambience with your partner. All rooms are fully soundproofed so guests can feel free to whack up the volume and really let themselves go. Those housed on the upper floors are offered a view over the Vrtba Palace gardens and from the rooftop terrace, the fairytale vistas of the Old Town and St Vitus Cathedral can be admired.

Aria Prague

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Prague, 9.9 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
9.4 Excellent (1071 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague with a touch of history

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If you’re looking for a romantic hotel with a history, it is hard to go past the Alcron Hotel Prague. The likes of Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill have roamed the corridors of this charming hotel, located near Wenceslas Square, and it was even seized by the communist government in 1948 until the eventual fall of communism.

Today, this hotel showcases Contemporary Art Deco furnishings with marble floors and high ceilings so you and your partner will feel like you’ve been teleported back to a bygone era. Of course, you still have modern conveniences, such as high-speed Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities and access to a state-of-the-art fitness centre. So you can enjoy your morning Nespresso coffee while soaking in the stunning views of Prague Castle from your Castle View Suite.

Alcron Hotel Prague

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Prague, 11.7 km to Airport Prague Václav Havel
9.0 Excellent (1836 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.5 / 10
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A romantic hotel in Prague away from the centre

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Prague is not the most grindingly urban place on earth, but if you’re in search of a complete retreat from city life then follow the lead of Czech celebrities and head for a weekend at Chateau Mcely, a five-star boutique spa hotel located less than an hour from Prague. Surrounded by the St George Forest, this seventeenth-century chateau has a fairytale spa named the Mcely Bouquet featuring products drawing on local herbal and alchemical traditions. Highlights include an outdoor jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna as well as three therapeutic suites especially for couples.

Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat

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9.2 Excellent (121 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Lisette Allen is a freelance travel journalist who has been based in Prague for the past nine years. She has covered life in the city from all angles for a wide variety of publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent and BBC Travel.


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