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Mandarin Oriental

Published on September 05th, 2013 in Hotels

  • Hotel exterior, with view of Prague Castle (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

  • Presidential suite terrace (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

  • Presidential suite bedroom (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

  • Essensia restaurant (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

  • Barego bar (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

  • Hotel Spa (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

  • Lazar suite (photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)


The Mandarin Oriental opened in 2006 and has become my personal hotel of choice in Prague. No request is too big or too eccentric. I should know – I have stayed here more than a handful of times! The service is not just impeccable but truly personable, and the staff always makes me feel very much at home (albeit in a much nicer home than my own). The rooms in the historic parts of the building are my favourite because they all have parquet floors, which add to the feeling of spending the night in a very stylish home rather than a hotel. The bathrooms throughout the hotel, featuring polished limestone, heated floors, and LCD screen TVs, are quite large and among the chicest in town. Plus, the spa also happens to be the best in Prague, hands-down! Need I say more?



Contemporary Asian interior, housed in a beautiful 14th-century monastery.



Rooms: 99 rooms, including 20 suites.


Rates: Start at €340 Low Season / €454 High Season, including breakfast.


Check-in: 14:00


Checkout: 12:00


Gym: Yes – Large and well equipped, including two saunas.


Free Internet: No – Wi-Fi service IS available, but fees apply (except in the Business Center).


DVD Player: Yes


Nightly Turndown Service: Yes


Linen Factor: So nice you want to steal the sheets.


Bath Products: Aromatherapy Associates


Daily Newspaper: The International Herald Tribune, The Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, or whatever you wish, delivered to your room.


Pets: Yes – no charge; small pets only.


Parking: 1,000 CZK per day.


Room Recommendations

Presidential Suite: If you’ve ever imagined having an intimate dinner party – or cocktails for two – on your own private terrace overlooking the Prague Castle and Malá Strana, this is the duplex suite for you. Besides being spacious and beautiful, this room provides what is, quite simply, one of the all-time greatest views of Prague that one can find anywhere. Naturally, such luxury is not inexpensive, but if you happen to be a rock star, royalty, or just lucky enough to have some deep pockets, you’ll certainly feel as special as ever in this fabulous suite.


Room 506: This Premier Castle View room is located on a lovely private corridor in the historic Baroque section of the building that housed the monks when it was a monastery. This particular room is great to know about, as it offers a fantastic view of the Prague Castle at a price that is a relative “bargain” (at least for the Mandarin Oriental).


Room 332: Located on top of the Spa building, this room is a little hidden gem. One of the least expensive rooms in the hotel due to its small size, it is nevertheless huge on character and charm thanks to rustic beams, a picture window with a view of Petřín Hill, and a bathroom with a fabulous sunken tub that is certain to make your jaw drop. It is also worth noting that this room can only be accessed via a flight of stairs (as the elevator tops out on the floor below), so keep that in mind if climbing stairs is an issue for you.



Eating In

Breakfast: 6:30–11:00 Buffet plus an extensive à la carte menu.


Lunch & Dinner: 11:00–23:00 Essensia, the Mandarin Oriental’s restaurant, is certain to hit the spot for virtually any palate, day or night, as it features both European and Asian offerings prepared to perfection.


Table Request: Ask to sit in the first room (where one waits to be seated), as I find this to be the prettiest of the five rooms, and it always has wonderful floral arrangements.


Room Service: 24 hours


Staying In

Spa: 10:00–20:30


Barego Bar: 09:00–02:00 Named “Best Bar in the Czech Republic” in the 2011 Grand Bar Awards, Barego has fabulous martinis, and is quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation. No stay at the Mandarin would be complete without at least one visit here.


Also Worth Noting

If visiting the spa is on your agenda (and it should be), make sure to book your treatments well in advance of your arrival – especially if you’re planning to visit over a weekend – as it’s often fully booked.


I always thought all hotel slippers were created equal, but I was wrong; the Mandarin Oriental’s are better than most – so plump and velvety, you will definitely want to take them home.




Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Nebovidská 1, Prague 1, Malá Strana
tel 233 088 888
metro Malostranská
tram 12, 20, 22 to Hellichova