Where to Stay in Prague: Cosmopolitan Hotel
My husband and I recently visited Prague, the Czech Republic’s romantic capital city, with its cobbled streets, historic architecture, delicious beer and pastries. Where to Stay in Prague: Cosmopolitan Hotel is in partnership with the Czech Tourism Board.
My husband and I recently returned from Prague where we were guests at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where we created beautiful memories in this historic city. What a trip to remember!
Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires.” It’s also known for its Old Town Square, the heart of the city, filled with history, including colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the well-known medieval Astronomical Clock.
Many times, Paul and I walked over the Charles Bridge (built in 1402) in awe of the stunning river, and then so much beauty on the other side!
Traveling to Prague in the springtime was perfect, with the Easter Market taking place and flowers in bloom!
There’s much to love about Prague, so make sure you have the best, most comfortable walking shoes!
We walked and walked and walked. We didn’t take Uber until the last couple of days!
Prague is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming, colorful and beautiful cities. Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe, and we can see why.
We were literlly all over the city doing some really fun things that I’ll be sharing in my next post: What to do in Prague (hint-hint, home cooking class, Taste of Prague Food Tour, live jazz, castles, delicious food, and more!)
When we arrived, we grabbed lunch at Next Door by Imperial restaurant. The ambience of this space was so fun and energetic.
We seriously could have eaten every meal in Prague at this restaurant. Incredible service and gourmet food.
We split an organic burger with parmesan and dried tomatoes. We shared a beetroot and fennel salad with lime cheese and pink grapefruit. And of course we had to have a slice of this Sacher Torte.
The Cosmopolitan, a luxury boutique hotel, interweaves centuries of remarkable history and architecture with its elegant accommodations, fine dining and a great location! We were so lucky to stay in this beautiful space!
As a part of our stay, breakfast was included every morning at the exciting new restaurant owned by celebrity chef Zdeněk Pohlreich, Next Door by Imperial.
The Cosmopolitan is a gorgeous 1889 townhouse, newly redesigned and restored, with a modern touch of the “belle époque” style.
What we loved is that the hotel is located on a quiet street of Prague’s Old Town, only a few steps from all important shopping and sightseeing attractions. It’s easy to get around, and also easy to grab an Uber right out the front door.
There are 23 Executive guestrooms with beautiful Swarovski accessories, designed by Czech designer Katerina Kovalovska. The room was simply gorgeous and so comfortable, with a King size bed.
The rooms and suites are decorated in elegant cream shades, accenting contemporary accessory colors, specific to each room type. The rooms were clean and spacious.
We loved the street view, but some of the rooms have a quiet courtyard view.
Luxurious bathrooms spoil with their great size, and heated floors.
Have I told you how cozy the bathrobes are, with delux bed linens (we both commented that the beds in this hotel are some of the best we’ve ever slept in), and everynight, premier chocolate left on your pillow!
The bedrooms come complete with plush amenities, including complimentary Nespresso, tea & coffee, cable TV (with extra-large screens), free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers, and a minibar.
The art is stunning in the rooms!
The first thing we always do is throw open the windows and let the fresh air in! Magnificent!
The service of the hotel is outstanding. The Cosmopolitan has a superb staff, and we had special thanks for our early check-in and concierge assistance when we needed it.
The bottle of Prosecco was a special touch, to welcome us to the city.
Espresso every morning
Every morning? A cup of espresso in our room!
The bathroom is very clean, with complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. Slippers and robes, and iron and ironing board were all in our room for our use.
Next Door by Imperial
Breakfast every morning: Next Door by Imperial had one of the best European breakfasts we’ve ever tasted!
Fresh pastries every morning, made in-house by their pastry chef. The croissants were seriously Parisian.
We tried new flavors and combinations every morning with, of course, a cappuccino or espresso! Their Eggs Benedict is worth a visit alone (above with salmon), and above … you have to make a European breakfast charcuterie!
The space is well laid out, and the staff was more than attentive and inviting!
Next Door restaurant also specializes in their gourmet desserts! Every cake they make uses the finest available ingredients, and is baked fresh daily in small batches. They hand-decorate each cake! Amazing!
Dinner at Next Door by Imperial
One night, we were so lucky to get a table at Next Door by Imperial for dinner! I’m telling you, this restaurant seemed to be a “hot spot” in Prague. There was never an empty table!
Above: Grilled flank steak with vegetable ratatouille and green pepper sauce. Crayfish soup with Armagnac and ravioli. And our FAVORITE DISH: Leg of duck with carmelized white cabbage, and potato gnocchi with breadcrumbs. SO GOOD!
Below: For appetizer, terrine of pheasant with mushroom pesto and juniper sauce. Salad is roasted foie gras, with green peas, mushrooms, and duck black pudding. For dessert, marinated quince with hazelnut croquant and caramel sauce.
What area is best to stay in Prague?
Old Town: Areas of Prague are numbered from 1 to 10. We stayed in Old Town and I can’t recommend it enough. There are so many neighborhoods to visit in Prague, you’ll want to come back again and again.
Old Town Square is a tourist haven (for good reason)! It’s a gorgeous and convenient neighborhood, especially for first-time visitors staying just 1-3 nights.
You’ll be within walking distance of some of the best must-see landmarks in Prague, and you usually won’t need the public transportation. We walked and walked. Make sure you have good walking shoes for all the cobblestone walkways and streets!
New Town: If you want to mix up your cultural sightseeing with a bit of shopping and fine dining, stay in Prague’s New Town. The atmosphere is chic and energetic, with plenty of shopping, dining boulevards, and art galleries. Let’s just say, the food everywhere is fantastic!
Vinohrady: If you want a relaxed stay, away from the crowds, stay in Vinohrady. The neighborhood has a casual, cozy vibe that will make you feel right at home. You’ll get to explore plenty of cafes, local markets, and green spaces, for that ultimate laidback experience.
Zizkov: If you’re here for the beer, stay in Zizkov. This is where you’ll find the highest number of pubs per capita of any district in Europe! The place also has an interesting mix of restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops.
Nové Město (New Town): The National Museum is in the upper part of the square and then countless shops and retail stores lining the entire square, which ends at Na Příkopě, the most famous shopping street.
One night we walked to the river bank and enjoy live music and drinks, while watching a sunset behind Prague Castle.
How To Get Around In Prague
Prague is such a beautiful, walkable city, but sometimes you just need an Uber.
If you don’t use Uber, you should try it. You set up your account online, so there is no money exchanged between you and the driver, nor is tipping required! Most of our drivers had excellent English and knowledge of Prague.
Paul and I walked for days, but the last day we did use Uber a few times, because we wanted to get around to all the castles. I’ll be sharing more on What to Do in Prague in my next post!
Can I drink the water in Prague?
The water in Prague is drinkable and very good. Perfectly safe, and Paul and I had our share of the water there. With all the walking we did, we always had a water bottle with us.
Do you need cash in Prague?
Exchange cash before you arrive in Prague, because the best rates are available elsewhere. We noted a few shops took the euro, but the official currency is the Czech koruna (crown). If you do run out of cash, no worries. Use your debit or credit cards.
If you don’t know the history of Prague before you arrive, no worries. There’s plenty to learn while you’re there. Visiting all the landmarks, you will quickly learn more about the history of this great city!
By the way, we were in NYC for 10 days right before this trip! Looking for the best things to do in NYC? Here are 12 Things to Do in New York City! Also, if you’re interested in Italy, you can read my posts with Insight Vacations in Italy!
Back to the Cosmpolitan Hotel. Their staff and concierge were so helpful. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Prague!
Thank you Cosmopolitan Hotel!
Next post: What to do in Prague. We were lucky enough to take spend a day with Treasa for a home-cooking class (super excited to share this with you!). We also enjoyed a Taste of Prague food tour (4 hours, with amazing food and so much history!) We also visited castles, and one of our favorite memories was sneaking into a small space for the best live (free) jazz we’ve every heard!
Our incredible trip was sponsored by the Czech Tourism Board, who paid for our hotel, activities, and meals. As always, all opinions are my own.
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