PHOTO: Hotel Cosmopolitan, Prague, Czech Republic. (photo courtesy of Hotel Cosmopolitan)
Prague is simply gorgeous, and I was "all eyes" en route from its Vaclav International Airport to our hotel. On a Sunday morning, it was an easy 20-minute drive to Hotel Cosmopolitan.
Opened in September 2016, this brand-new 5-star boutique property is well located in Prague—most of which is a history-laden UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s just a 10-minute walk to the city’s heart: the must-see medieval Old Town and (600-year-old) New Town with its vibrant Wenceslas Square.
21st-century Palladium Shopping Centre, with 200 shops, cafes, a pharmacy, and ATMs is also just steps away.
The Cosmopolitan sits on the site of a 14th-century pub; more recently, it was an elegant 19th-century townhouse. Beautifully renovated, with its neo-Renaissance facade and stunning ceiling frescos preserved, it gives a nod to the Belle époque style. Its luxury little marble lobby melds with the glass-enclosed restaurant Next Door by Imperial. The newest eatery by celebrity Chef Zdenek Pohlreich, (the Czech Republic’s “bad-boy” Gordon Ramsey), it’s garnering great reviews.
Upstairs, there are 106 smart, spacious rooms and suites. The decor is contemporary-traditional: Rich, dark wood furniture by Czech designer Katerina Vecere contrasts nicely with a soothing palette of creams and golds. Swarovski elements provide that special something. The beds are comfy with high-end linens, and the well-appointed bathrooms have heated floors. (I love that, and the free Wi-Fi too.)
A lower-level fitness room is open 24 hours—for those so inclined—and there is a sauna.
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Breakfast is included, and the restaurant is a delightful spot to ease into the morning. An atrium ceiling floods the space with light, the buffet is bountiful and the friendly young staff bustles about refilling coffee cups and such.
Next Door is open for lunch and dinner, while the open kitchen frames the culinary team in action—so fun to watch.
Offerings include Chef Pohlreich’s riff on traditional Czech dishes (Think: yummy schnitzel) and Continental cuisine. They had me with their fennel, beet, and pink grapefruit salad.
There’s also fine Czech beer, and the wine list includes the light-bodied whites from the Republic’s sunny south: Moravia. It’s a terrific little bistro—both chic and cozy—and quite reasonably priced.
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Plan a twilight visit to the iconic Charles Bridge and walk back “home” for dinner.
Worth noting: The Cosmopolitan is across the street from its “big sister” The Art Deco Imperial Hotel Prague, home to the legendary Café Imperial. Adorned with exquisite mosaics, it magically transports you back to the 1930s. Famed Prague-born writer Franz Kafka took his coffee here.
Stop in for strudel.