Ritz-Carlton Hotel Old Town Square

The Old Town Square hotel may be completed by 2022. The long running saga has attracted much controversy including public petitions, concern expressed by Národní památkový ústav (National Monument Institute), and other setbacks.

20 luxury flats will be available as well as 100 hotel rooms plus restaurants, cafes, and shops.

The location is on Celetná, Železná and Kamzíkova.

The apartments are part of the compromise. Although some politicians have expressed dissatisfaction that they are not aimed at Prague residents with a relationship to the area.

What to make of the giant white bear (15ft) that has appeared recently near the Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj)? He attracts a lot of attention. The Czech word for bear is medvěd and “bručet jako medvěd” means to growl like a bear, it implies a grumpy person. This bear is not grumpy at all, and is often seen waving and greeting tourists.

Update: The deal is done. The Ritz-Carlton will be opened! The apartments satisfy the UNESCO criteria and a compromise has been reached that satisfies the National Monument Institute (regarding the joining of the historic buildings).This is good news for The Old Town Square. The Kinsky Palace still features a boisterous football fan venue – instead of an historic beer hall, so there is more room for improvement.


Prague Hilton & Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsey

The new Hilton Prague Old Town opened its doors on November 1st. This hotel, close to Náměstí Republiky, and the swanky new Palladium shopping mall, is in a great location. There’s something special about the Hilton Old Town Hotel! It houses a restaurant by top world class chef, Gordon Ramsay. Maze Prague has seating for 138 and what is more you can even enjoy the gourmet delights by room service.

Over nine floors, the hotel has 305 rooms, with 33 executive rooms and 20 suites, as well as an indoor swimming pool, the hotel also has the usual high quality that is associated with the Hilton brand. Almost within sight is the glorious Art Nouveau masterpiece which is Obecni Dum (The Municipal House). Close by is the Náměstí Republiky metro, and as well as the glittering modern shopping mall I mentioned, which has a food court and many great shops, there is a Soviet era shopping centre called Kotva as well!


Opposite the Hilton Old Town Prague is the Marriot.

Note: Reservations for this exciting new restaraunt can be made on +420 221 822300. A review will follow.

Prague Facts

Martini Prague

A diamond martini, served at Prague’s swanky 5 star Hotel Carlo IV’s Cigar Bar, costs $11,369 – it contains a real diamond.

Charles Bridge Prague

Charles Bridge Prague

The Charkes Bridge ( Karlův most) in Prague is 650 years old today. Happy Birthday!

Emperor Charles IV laid the foundation stone on 9 July 1357, at a time when Prague was the Capital of Europe at the heart of the Holy Roman Empire.

The Charles Bridge can get very busy in the daytime – and it is as well to watch your wallet or purse – but an early morning stroll in winter is the finest time to enjoy this masterpiece. One legend tells how the bridge has egg yolk mixed with the mortar to strengthen the structure – ham and eggs after a early morning stroll on the Charles Bridge? A great idea 🙂

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Prague

The Mandarin Oriental, Prague is a newcomer to the hotel scene. As you would expect this is 5 Star luxury establishment – the hallmark of Mandarin Oriental Hotels worldwide. What is a little different is that this hotel is in a restored monastery dating back to the 14th Century.

The hotel is centrally situated in the wonderfully atmospheric Mala Strana district. Mala Strana means the little quarter, and it is joined to Stare Mesto (Old Town) by one of many bridges across the majestic Vltava river. The most popular bridge is the Charles Bridge! Beware of pickpockets when watching the jazz bands or artists that populate this famous Prague landmark. For good luck don’t forget to rub the brass relief on the statue of St. John of Nepomuk but you’ll probably have to form a queue! St. John was thrown into the Vlatava, and legend has it that if you rub the brass you will return to Prague.

After a long day you can retire to the chapel in the old monastery which Mandarin have turned into a holistic spa!

If you can’t afford the Mandarin, why not drop by for Afternoon Tea which is served in The Monastery Lounge. Freshly baked scones and jam await from 2pm 🙂 You’ll find this hotel on Nebovidska Street.

Charles Bridge

St John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge – note the well rubbed spot on the right!

Also see Hotel Watch: UK Daily Telegraph 

Prague Airport Hotel Marriott

Marriott Prague Airport

The increase in traffic at Prague’s shiny new airport has lead to the creation of a long awaited hotel! It’s the Marriott and offers a range of accomodation, including 5 studios with a seperate living room. This is great news for busy travellers, or for those Czechs from outside Prague with an early morning flight. Luxury air conditioned buses also offer comfortable connections with Brno, and the famous Spa towns, from Ruzyne airport.

The Marriott is part of the Europort building, and it’s just across from the main terminal.


Prague Nightlife

British travellers seeking a competitively priced short holiday are being advised to set course for the Golden City, Prague; this is according to a new survey conducted by the Co-op Travelcare division. They looked at the 10 most popular destinations, and Prague came out on top 🙂 The criterion used were: accomodation, dining and sightseeing, and a spokesman said: “This study indicates why cities in Eastern Europe have grown quickly in popularity with UK tourists – not only is there plenty to see but prices are keen.”

1. Prague £203.89
2. Budapest £207.20
3. London £266.99
4. Barcelona £271.51
5. Rome £323.71
6. Copenhagen £380.39
7. Dublin £385.76
8. Amsterdam £401.36
9. New York £546.41
10. Paris £577.25