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Mandarin Oriental

One of Prague’s top hotels, the Mandarin occupies the converted premises of a 17th-century Dominican monastery. The interiors were designed by the same team responsible for the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Some rooms have antique parquet floors, and some have vaulted ceilings. Others are completely modern; the most appealing are the garden rooms dotted around the old cloister gardens. Celebrities, including Madonna and the Dalai Lama, have been guests of the hotel. website

Hotel Paříž

An eye-catching neo-Gothic building with Art Nouveau flourishes (by Alfons Mucha and Gustav Klimt), the Hotel Paris, situated next to the Municipal House, was one of Prague’s finest establishments when it was built in 1904. Today it has undergone extensive restoration work and is now considered one of the city’s top hotels. If you don’t stay here, at least visit the famous Café de Paris for a drink. Most of the 94 hotel rooms are furnished in bright, contemporary style and have air conditioning, TV, phone point, safe, mini-bar, hairdryer, and robes. If money is not an issue, stay in the Royal Tower Suite with 360-degree views of Prague. Hotel facilities include a gourmet restaurant, bar/café, fitness room/spa, 24-hour room service. website

Hotel Antik

Small, quiet and perfectly located three-star hotel with lots of nice antique touches and a garden out the back. website

Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa

There are 20 suites and 26 rooms in this five-star baroque palace hotel that range from simply luxurious to absolutely indulgent. The hotel offers large, sumptuously decorated rooms, though all the gilt stucco, swags and crystal chandeliers may be a touch overpowering for some. There’s a nice spa, an atmospheric pool in the cellar and an art gallery. website

Aria

This beautiful hotel has a musical theme with rooms named after musicians and floors named after different musical genres. website

Bellagio

This sophisticated boutique hotel in Italian design has 46 rooms and suites, located in one of the quieter corners of Josefov, near the river. Rooms are suitably stylish, including four fitted for disabled guests, and the highly regarded Ristorante Isabella is in the cellar. website

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Everything you’d expect from the well-known chain, this luxurious and elegant hotel has 161 rooms. Located near Charles Bridge on the bank of the Vltava, it offers stunning views. All rooms have luxury down pillows and duvets, a mini-bar, high-speed internet access and CD players. The hotel is equipped with a spa, fitness centre, restaurant and bar. website

The Iron Gate

The Iron Gate offers 43 tastefully furnished suites and studios in a historic building that dates back to the 14th century. website

Josef

Designed by top architect Eva Jiřičná, the Josef is a sophisticated hotel popular with all who appreciate elegant minimalism. This striking designer hotel has 110 soundproof rooms, including two for disabled guests. There is an excellent gym, a business lounge and a pretty, private garden. website

Le Palais

The four-star Le Palais is a belle époque architectural jewel of a hotel with 72 rooms and suites. Nineteenth-century refinement and modern luxury are perfectly combined here. website

Radisson SAS Alcron

Thought to be one of Prague’s most luxurious hotels, the Alcron has beautifully furnished rooms and sumptuous bathrooms. The 212-room hotel has kept its traditional feel yet has contemporary touches and is just off Václayské náměstí. website

Romantik Hotel U Raka

Situated in the picturesque Nový Svět, this charming log-walled hotel is in great demand and has only six rooms, so book well in advance. The rooms are sumptuously furnished, and the service is excellent. The terraced patio out back is sublime. website

U Zlaté Studně

This hotel boasts some of the best views in Prague, starting with the baroque palace gardens just below. Quiet is guaranteed here as the hotel is at the top of a closed, steep lane. website

Betlem Club

This historic old building dates back to the 13th century, and in its time, has been a wedding gift, a brothel and a funeral parlour. The name is a giveaway – this small hotel is situated just across the street from the Bethlehem Chapel, where the reformer Jan Hus preached in the 15th century. This stylish little hotel allows easy access to Old Town Square. website

Černy Slon

A tastefully reconstructed, UNESCO-protected 14th-century house, only a stone’s throw from Old Town Square. Rooms are spacious and furnished with antiques. No lift. website

Pension Unitas & Art Prison Hostel

Popular with everyone from backpackers to senior citizens, this friendly and spotless, homely non-smoking pension is in a great location close to the heart of the city. The cheaper attached hostel is where political prisoners used to be kept; Vaclav Havel stayed in Room 6. website

Hotel Kampa Garden

This three-star hotel is in a historic building on the canal on Kampa Island, beside the water-wheel of Velkoprevorský Mill. website

Savoy

One of Prague’s leading hotels, the Savoy, is only a stone’s throw from Hradčany. The rooms are well-appointed, and there’s a reassuringly unhurried ambience. website

Sax

This sparkling clean, three-star, 22-room hotel is tucked down a side street of Nerudova, the steep street leading to the castle. website

U Tří Pštrosů

Once the centre of a flourishing trade in feathers, ‘At the Three Ostriches’, named after one of its owners, and ostrich-feather salesman, is a charming 18-room courtyard hotel next Charles Bridge and the perfect Lesser Quarter base for exploring the city. Some of the small rooms with great views contain original Renaissance ceilings and antique desks. The restaurant has a deservedly good reputation, offering some excellent fish dishes. website

Elysee

Newly-built hotel with a convenient location overlooking Wenceslas Square. All 70 rooms are of generous size, and some are adapted for visitors with disabilities. website

Hotel Adria

This bright, yellow-hued hotel near the Franciscan Gardens on Wenceslas Square features 88 rooms with polished wood furniture and green-and-gold fixtures. You can book theatre tickets and sightseeing tours at the front desk and exchange currency at the bureau on the hotel’s first floor. Hotel Adria has excellent facilities, including satellite TV, bars and a fitness centre. Several rooms are available for guests with disabilities. website

Hotel Beranek

Housed in a lovely classical building used to be a bank, this new hotel has 80 fully equipped modern rooms. website

Hotel Merkur

This centrally located hotel has 54 sparkling-clean rooms, a generous breakfast and an outdoor patio for dining in summer. website

Pension U Suteru

Tucked away on a quiet street, this spotless 14th-century pension has kept the Gothic architecture in its 10 double/deluxe rooms. website

Apostolic Residence

This tiny hotel is in a fantastic location right on Old Town Square. Rooms have wooden beams and period furniture, along with internet access, satellite TV and air conditioning. It may be a little on the noisy side – on the square and above a restaurant – but it does have a view of the Astronomical Clock. website

Jalta

Despite its monolithic exterior, the 94-room Jalta Hotel consistently scores highly with the choosy business crowd. Rooms are decorated with polished brass and marble and have satellite television, air conditioning and mini-bar. The restaurant serves sushi and Asian fusion dishes. website

Museum Pension

A fantastic bed and breakfast in a very central location next to the National Museum. Rooms are very large, and all face a quiet garden courtyard—excellent value for money and perfect for families. Great buffet breakfasts. website

Palace Praha

Just a quick walk from Wenceslas Square, the Palace is arguably one of the most luxurious and elegant hotels in the city. With its extravagant Art Nouveau decor, 124 rooms done in muted greens and blues, and bathrooms lined with Carrara marble, each room provides a long list of amenities to impress the discerning traveller: air conditioning, mini-bar, hair-dryer and internet connections. Access for disabled guests. Parking at extra charge. website

Radisson SAS Alcron

In 1999 the Radisson underwent a massive overhaul, making it one of the most sought-after places to stay in Prague. An award-winning Art Deco interior based on an early 20th-century jazz theme, along with two critically acclaimed restaurants, make this hotel hugely popular with travellers from diplomats to CEOs. Facilities include 24-hour room service, a cigar shop, two superior restaurants (the Alcron and La Rotonde), a live jazz bar serving outstanding cocktails, and a fitness room with a sauna and solarium. Room amenities include internet access, an entertainment system with video games, a hairdryer and a mini-bar. 211 rooms. website

Ungelt

This unique and stylish, intimate, centrally located hotel has 10 rooms decorated with polished wood, gauzy drapes and crystal chandeliers. The building, with its nice mix of Gothic and Renaissance decor, dates back to the 12th century, and it was once part of a medieval warehouse. Parking available. Room amenities include satellite television, mini-bar and radio. Some of the rooms also have their own kitchenettes. website

Andel’s

New, modern, four-star designer chic situated in the Smichov. With all sharp angles, glass and rough stone, Andel’s is flanked by Novy Smichov shopping mall, two multiplexes and various eateries. There are 239 spacious rooms designed in minimalist style with glass desks, concealed lighting and DVD players. Restaurant, bar, health club with solarium and hairdresser. website

Belvedere

Basic and pleasant 155-room hotel near the National Museum of Modern Art. Breakfast served in the hotel’s 200-seat ballroom. On-site babysitter. Small pets allowed. website

Club Hotel Praha

A 20-minute drive out of the city just off the D I ring road, Club Hotel is set on a wooded site with good sporting facilities: tennis courts, squash, badminton and bowling. Rooms have a TV, mini-bar, hair-dryer. Restaurant, bar, fitness centre, pool, sauna, solarium, parking. Shuttle bus to the city centre. 100 rooms. website

Diplomat

A popular spot with the business crowd, this boxy hotel is a short walk from a metro station, making it convenient for the city centre. Rooms have standard furnishings, but some rooms feature bidets, trouser presses and bathrobes. Parking. website

Hotel Questenberk

Housed in a baroque 17th-century former monastic hospital, Questenberk is within easy strolling distance of the Castle and Strahov Monastery. The calm, church-like atmosphere has been retained, with added mod cons such as satellite TV and modems. website

Residence Nosticova

Under the same management as Hotel Residence Alchymist, Nosticova is less gaudy with 10 individually decorated apartments with a kitchenette. Original artworks grace the walls, while one suite has a grand piano. website

Residence Retezova

This lovely historic mansion has nine differently sized and priced apartments, some with fireplaces, kitchens and original painted beams. The largest is spread over two floors, and have great views. website

Ametyst

This grand white edifice looks slightly out of scale on a very quiet Vinohrady backstreet, but it’s a friendly, if somewhat somnolent, place, with bright, squeaky-clean and attractively furnished rooms. There’s a sauna, a solarium and massage available for the travel-weary, and a couple of limousines to whisk you to and from the airport. website

Blue Key

Dating back to the 14th century, U Modreho Klice currently wears a baroque makeover and offers quiet, restful rooms, some with original painted ceilings. The name comes from an old legend concerning a secret room opened with a special blue key, where, during a full moon, all dreams would come true. No promises these days, though.

Carlo IV

Liveried doormen, a palm-filled atrium, sumptuous furnishings and impeccable service are the hallmarks of luxury at this showy Italian chain hotel. There’s a spa, pool, restaurant and cigar bar, and handy for the main train station. website

Old Town Square Hotel

This chic hotel occupies a Unesco World Heritage-listed 16th-century townhouse, slap bang in the middle of Old Town Square. Large contemporary style rooms feature black-and-white minimalism and Philippe Starck bathrooms with heated floors. Double-glazing eliminates most of the noise from the Square. website

Hotel Clementin

In the heart of the Old Town, the Clementin is a newly refurbished hotel, located in a strikingly slim townhouse – allegedly the narrowest in Prague – dating back to 1360. There are just nine smallish rooms, all with the expected mod cons and smart modern bathrooms. website

Hotel Da Vinci

This smart and rather pink, modern hotel, opened in 2005, has stylish rooms in a tasteful black-and-white decor scheme, with large, gleaming bathrooms. Prints of Leonardo’s artworks adorn the public areas. Not in the prettiest surroundings, but it’s very close to the metro. website

Hotel U Klenotnika

Located roughly halfway between Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, this neat little hotel has just ten furnished rooms. Public areas are styled with a bit more flair, and the front windows are full of local artworks for sale. website

Hotel U Tri Bubnu

‘At The Three Drums’ is a unique place, on the corner of Old Town Square, made up of two tall, skinny medieval houses. Wooden-beamed ceilings, brick arches and stone vaults add to the historic character, while rooms are spacious, stylishly furnished and fitted with TVs and minibars. Bathrooms are tiny. website

Hotel Imperial

The deep, dark corridors, and the air of bygone intrigue that hovers over the Imperial, provide an atmospheric glimpse of old Prague. The very simple rooms and the communal showers and toilets could do with a thorough overhaul, but this is still amazing value. website

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