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Aria Hotel

Published on August 01st, 2013 in Hotels

  • Inside the Book - Highlight on Aria Hotel

  • Vrtbovská Garden - Exterior of Hotel (courtesy of Aria Hotel)

  • Room 313 - The Tchaikovsky Room (courtesy of Aria Hotel)

  • Coda Restaurant - in Hotel (courtesy of Aria Hotel)

  • Private Screening Room (courtesy of Aria Hotel)

  • Vrtbovská Garden - Exterior of Hotel (courtesy of Aria Hotel)

* This review was taken from the new edition of Prague: ARTĚL Style that was published on May 28, 2013.

 

 

Blessed with a brilliant location in the heart of Malá Strana, the Aria Hotel overlooks Vrtbovská, a fantastic Baroque garden. Absolutely request a room overlooking the garden! The hotel can also arrange for rental of the garden and can assist with catering, be it a romantic dinner for two or a wedding for 200. Everything about this place is top-notch, and the owner clearly cut no corners in creating a polished, bold impression. The lobby even has several prints and sculptures from his personal art collection. The visually appealing rooms are modern in décor, with a color palate that varies from floor to floor. The hotel is dedicated to several musical genres – jazz, opera, classical and contemporary – and each of the 52 rooms celebrates an individual artist or group who was of particular influence to their genre.

 

Design

Contemporary building with Art Deco accents throughout.
 

Stats

Rooms: 52 rooms, including six with garden views.

 

Rates: Start at €264 Low Season / €298 High Season, including breakfast.

 

Check-in: 15:00

 

Checkout: 13:00

 

Gym: Yes – small but suitable, including a view of the garden! Turkish steam baths in locker rooms. Massages and La Prairie spa treatments are available, including twelve different facials.

 

Free Internet: Yes – and all rooms include a desktop computer.

 

DVD Player: Yes – plus a library of 5,000 DVDs (and 4,000 music CDs).

 

Nightly Turndown Service: Yes

 

Linen Factor: Lovely – almost as nice as my own bed.

 

Bath Products: Molton Brown

  

Daily Newspaper: Wide selection available in Winter Garden.

 

Pets: No

 

Parking: 700 CZK per day.

 

Room Recommendations

Room 411: The Mozart Suite has five windows facing the garden and an extra bedroom with twin beds, making it perfect for a family of four. The living room is large and has a kitchenette, which could prove very handy.

 

Room 311: If the Mozart Suite is not available but you’d still like a two-bedroom suite, the Beethoven Suite is the other interesting option. It has a very homey feel (including a kitchenette), but the living room is a bit smaller and the first floor view of the garden is less interesting.

 

Room 313: The Tchaikovsky Room has two windows facing the garden. The room isn’t huge, but it is very romantic and has one enormous benefit: it’s the only room in the hotel from which you can sneak out the window at night and take a romantic stroll in the fabulous gardens. Shhh... don’t tell them it was me who told you!

 

Room 309: The Dvořák Suite includes one bedroom and a wonderful view of the bottom-most section of the garden, which happens to be the most beautiful.

 

Eating In

Breakfast: 07:00–11:00 Buffet plus an extensive à la carte menu, served in the lovely Winter Garden.

 

Lunch & Dinner: 11:30–23:30 Aria’s restaurant, Coda, is a perfect spot for lunch, dinner or a simple mid-day coffee break.

 

Table Request: The green table for six is my absolute favorite, although you really can’t go wrong with any choice. The dining room was recently redone using fabulous Art Deco furniture from the owner’s extensive personal collection.

 

Room Service: 24 hours

 

Staying In

Private Screening Room: The room seats up to 40 people, and is rumored to feature the same electronic equipment Steven Spielberg has in his home. Hotel guests are welcome to use it when it’s not booked.

 

“The Music Box”: A private entertainment room with a plasma TV screen and super-comfy sectional sofa. Perfect for kids; set them up with a video while you enjoy dinner, or as a rainy day activity. 

 

 From 19:00–23:00 each evening, the hotel has a local pianist playing the grand piano in the lobby.

 

Also Worth Noting

The suites (e.g., the Mozart and Beethoven) are a “bargain” in relation to comparable suites at the Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental.

 

The Jazz Floor is in the attic, so if you don’t like slanted ceilings, avoid it.

 

Ivana Stehlíková, the hotel’s music director, is rumored to be the go-to source for impossible-to-get tickets to live shows in town..

  

Fun & Fabulous Features

All rooms feature an iPod preloaded with 500 songs.

 

From April through October, hotel guests have direct access to the Vrtbovská Garden, free of charge, from 09:00–22:00. After closing to the public at 20:00, the garden remains open two extra hours exclusively for the hotel, which is happy to serve cocktails there should you desire a nightcap or pre-dinner drink.

 

 

Aria Hotel

Tržiště 9, Prague 1, Malá Strana
www.ariahotel.net
tel 225 334 111
metro Malostranská

tram 12, 20, 22 to Malostranské náměstí

 

 

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