Here is a belated report of my trip to Prague in July/2014. (Parts 1 and 2 can be found here: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-1-budapest
and here: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-2-vienna
On day 11, we took the train to Prague. When we arrived, we were met by a driver arranged by our hotel, and we were glad. That train station is huge! The driver took us right to our hotel, where we were met with cool, moist towels and water to refresh ourselves as we checked in.
When we were planning our trip, we had originally thought of renting an apartment in Prague, as we had in Budapest and Vienna. However, I couldn’t find an apartment that was available and met all our criteria: air conditioned, quiet at night, in the castle district. So, we decided to book at the Questenberk hotel, instead. Best decision ever! (I have copied parts of my review of the Questenberk from another site, here.)
When we saw our room, we were so pleased. It was very charming and exceeded our expectations. There was wine and fruit waiting for us (a bonus for booking directly with the hotel, I understand), and our room was replenished with a fresh water bottle for each of us daily, and delicious chocolates on our pillows each evening.
After seeing our room, we went to the deck for a welcome drink and a taste of that day's soup while Jacob, the concierge, discussed the sights, transportation, hotel services, etc. that were available to us.
It was a warm afternoon, and we decided to go for a walk in the neighbourhood to get our bearings, followed by a walk in Petrin Park. We walked around the monastery walls and ended up at the park. We saw a 10th century church, Petrin Tower, and the stations of the cross. We then followed a path that led to a little pool, which was lovely, except for the drowned frog in it. It was cool and shady, and a most pleasant way to spend the afternoon. We stopped at several lookout points to take in the views of Prague and the castle.
That evening, we ate at the hotel’s restaurant and the food was excellent. The hotel has an award-winning chef. We loved the views from the deck where we ate—of the castle, Petrin Park and Tower, and the monastery. The views are so lovely, in fact, that there was a bridal couple on the path right below us having their photos taken.
In the mornings, when we went for breakfast, we were greeted by name and treated to a wonderful breakfast buffet with juice and cappuccino or coffee. My husband could not believe the extent and variety of the buffet and asked to confirm that it really was all included. Each morning, we had eggs, bacon or sausages, vegetables, cheeses, pastries, Nutella, and fruits. There were other options, also, such as cold cereals and cold cuts. The view was lovely, particularly from our favourite table on the upper level, by the window, but no matter where we sat, we enjoyed the ambience and character of the room and the artwork in there.
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