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InterContinental Prague

Published on January 21th, 2016 in Hotels

  • InterContinental Prague Hotel, c. 1975

  • Hotel designers, Management and General Manager Rudolf Hoffmann, 1974 (www.icprague.com)

  • Chandeliers of blown glass by René Roubíček, Congress hall, 1974 (www.icprague.com)

  • Ash-wood columns by Miroslav Hejný - Congress hall corridor, 1974 (www.icprague.com)

  • Executive room (photo courtesy of www.icprague.com)

  • Zlatá Praha rooftop terrace (photo courtesy of www.zlatapraharestaurant.cz)

  • Zlatá Praha (photo courtesy of www.zlatapraharestaurant.cz)

  • Chloe Swimming at the InterContinental Pool – Christmas Day 2013

 

Opened in 1974, the InterContinental enjoys one of the best riverside locations in town, including phenomenal views of the Prague Castle and the spires of Old Town from its outstanding rooftop restaurant, Zlatá Praha. Located at the end of a beautiful tree-lined street with some of the ritziest shops in town, the hotel is just a five-minute walk from Old Town Square.

 

Design

A textbook example of the Brutalist style that flourished from the 1950s–70s, the building (surprisingly) is listed as a national architectural monument.

 

Stats

Rooms: 372 rooms, including 32 suites.

 

Rates: Start at €129 Low Season / €189 High Season, including breakfast.

 

Check-in: 14:00

 

Checkout: 12:00

 

Gym: Yes – large and well equipped, including saltwater pool and sauna.

 

Free Internet: Yes

 

DVD Player: No

 

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

 

Bath Products: Ginseng & Macadamia (made in the Czech Republic)

 

Daily Newspaper: Available upon request.

 

Pets: Yes – €30 per day per dog.

 

Parking: €40 per day.

 

Room Recommendations

Room 700: Executive Suite with a brilliant river view.

 

Rooms 739, 639, 539, 439 & 339 (“Ladies’ Rooms”): Though a bit on the small side, these Executive rooms were my favorite. Originally designed for women rooming separately from their husbands, they feature fabulous pink marble bathrooms – need I say more?

 

Room 500: This Executive room overlooking the Vltava River and Charles University has a wonderfully spacious feel.

 

 

Eating In

Breakfast: 06:30–11:30 /11:00 on weekends - Buffet.

 

Sunday Brunch: 11:00–15:00

 

Dinner: 18:00–23:30

 

Zlatá Praha, the InterContinental’s rooftop restaurant, is exceptional in every way – food, service and location.

 

Table Request: Ask for a table with a view (it would be sinful not to); in the warmer months, terrace dining is a must.

 

Room Service: 24 hours

  

 

 

Zlatá Praha (photo courtesy of www.zlatapraharestaurant.cz

 

 

Staying In

Pack a swimsuit and enjoy the indoor saltwater swimming pool and sauna. In summer there is even a lush green lawn for sunbathing! My father highly recommends the spa; he was so satisfied with his masseur that he booked a visit the following day.

 

Also Worth Noting

The Brutalist style of Czech architect Karel Filsak is not for everyone, but look closely and there are brilliant details to be found, many of which were designed exclusively for the hotel by leading Czech artists and crafts men. My favorites are the original chandeliers in the Congress Hall and Ballroom.

 

Club InterContinental, a private lounge on the 8th floor, offers refreshments, concierge services, free Wi-Fi, and international newspapers.

 

Rooms include an ironing board and iron, and even a power converter in the minibar! (Trust me, this is a bonus: converters are hard to come by in this town.)

 

 

InterContinental Prague

Pařížská 30, Prague 1, Staré Město
www.icprague.com
tel 296 631 111
metro Staroměstská
tram 17 to Právnická fakulta

 

 

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