Best for royal splendour: Hradčany
If you can bag a room up at the Castle, the world’s biggest and one of Prague’s top attractions, you’ll have the Czech capital’s best sightseeing right on your doorstep – and the city at your feet. Those expecting hordes of tourists on this promontory overlooking the city centre may be surprised how tranquil and almost rural this Prague neighbourhood can feel.
Baroque touches with a view: Questenberk. Housed in a former Baroque chapel, the Questenberk boasts twenty-first century bedrooms with smart decor and unrivalled views from some quarters.
A slice of rural life brought to the city: U Raka. In the Nový svět area of Hradčany, this wonderfully bucolic hotel in a little half-timbered, eighteenth-century cottage would be more at home in the Czech mountains.
Hradčany © DaLiu/Shutterstock
Best for tranquil luxury: Malá Strana
Prague’s original left bank settlement is a Baroque feast with palaces and townhouses almost piled on top of each other as they scramble up to reach Prague Castle. Though the main tourist route passes through here, many of Malá Strana’s crooked lanes and steep streets have an authentic air of old-world tranquillity.
Retro style: Sax. Wholly incongruous with the area’s Baroque pomp, these funky digs sport groovy 1960s retro styling with 1970s psychedelic wallpaper and vintage-style furniture.
Gardens and views: Golden Well Hotel. Tucked into the hill below Prague Castle, next to the terraced gardens, the Golden Well offers incredible views across the rooftops of Malá Strana.
Malá Strana’s streets © Georgios Tsichlis/Shutterstock
Best for city hustle and bustle: Nové Město
The gritty, mostly nineteenth-century New Town is Prague’s busy commercial heart and is centred around the famous Wenceslas Square. Fans of twentieth-century architecture are wowed by the Art Nouveau, Cubist and Functionalist architectural parade – plus with a wide selection of eateries this is the best district to find yourself at mealtimes.
Most-desired rooms in town: Dancing House Hotel. Prague’s most controversial chunk of post-communist architecture has been turned into a show-stopping hotel by former Czech footballer Vladimír Šmicer. In fact, the Fred Royal and Ginger Royal suites in the building’s towers are now two of the most desirable hotel rooms in the capital.
Style-meets-spa: BoHo. One of Prague’s most stylish hotels offers rooms in shades of grey that you never even knew existed. There’s also an in-house restaurant and crisp wellness facilities.
Dancing House Hotel and Nové Město © Aleksandr Kazakevich/Shutterstock
Best for medieval atmosphere: Staré Město and Josefov
First-timers to Prague often want to bed down in the Old Town, the real heart of the city’s medieval core. And they are in luck: hotels created from Gothic and Baroque structures abound in the streets that radiate from the magnificent Old Town Square. However, it’s worth being aware that the former Jewish Quarter has very few beds.
Hipster vibe: Josef. Prague’s top designer hotel is a hipsterish hideout with crisply maintained minimalist decor, limestone showers, sharply pressed linens and professional staff.
Luxury at the heart of things: Ventana. Located right in the thick of the Old Town action, this luxury boutique hotel – think marble-and-tile bathrooms and a library illuminated with crystal chandeliers – has spacious rooms, excellent breakfasts and impeccably regimented staff.
Old Town Square © Adisa/Shutterstock