Art deco flair meets modern design in Prague
204 Rooms / 25 Suites
In Prague, almost every building has a story, but few tell more astonishing tales than those around Wenceslas Square, including Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Witness to the fall of empires, march of conquering armies and uprisings of the people, the property harbors a palpable sense of history not just in the air, but in the rich art deco design, original Carrara marble, white-gloved servers and guest list of 20th-century legends like Louis Armstrong, Cher, Lou Reed and John Malkovich.
What keeps the Prague hotel mostly fresh is the work of famed designer Maria Vafiadis, who endowed the 204 rooms and suites with a contemporary boutique twist after a head-to-toe refurbishment.
The luxurious property is also home to The Alcron, an internationally acclaimed restaurant, and Be Bop Lobby Bar, a popular watering hole serving up some of the city’s most creative cocktails.
Our Inspector’s Highlights
• Staff is rigorously trained in Old World hospitality and it shows, particularly in a city not known for overly friendly service.
• The Alcron is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the city, serving innovative, international cuisine in a cozy, classic living-room-style space. The wine list, also one of the best in Prague, adds dynamic pairings of Old World vintages.
• The dark leather, wood accents and subdued lighting of Be Bop Lobby Bar appear reserved, but the cocktails are anything but — they even come with whimsical props like sunglasses and sand.
• The gym may not be huge, but it’s bigger than most of the hotel fitness centers you’ll find in Prague, and it comes outfitted with Finnish saunas.
• Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel uses its own signature Deco-esque font, also designed by Maria Vafiadis.
Things to Know
• Much like Times Square in New York City, the adjacent Wenceslas Square is a major crossroads and center of nightlife, business, shopping and tourism. That’s great for accessibility, but not for tranquility.
• Learn the secrets of a top toque by booking cooking classes and private demonstrations with The Alcron’s chef Roman Paulus. Bring your friends — groups of 12 or more receive a reduced price.
• The Prague hotel is only steps from major metro and tram lines, putting most city sights within 20 minutes, and not much longer by foot.
• Book a business class room or a suite to receive a credit of CZK1,000 (US$45) to the Be Bop bar.
• Request a north-facing room on the eighth floor for vistas of the historic Prague Castle and some of the best views of the city.
• To really treat yourself, opt for a junior or executive suite on the sixth or seventh floor to enjoy a private balcony with sweeping panoramas.
• All rooms have marble bathrooms with heated floors and Molton Brown toiletries.
• Beds are covered in memory foam mattress toppers dressed in Egyptian cotton linens, down-feather pillows and duvets.
• Dedicated to one of the fathers of the art nouveau style, the Mucha Museum remains one of the most popular art galleries in the city with prints, paintings and photography by Czech-born artist Alphonse Mucha.
• Situated at the top of Wenceslas Square, the National Museum has served as the backdrop of the city’s greatest dramas of the 20th century. Inside, the Czech lands and people are explored through a variety of exhibitions (museum closed until Oct 2018).
• The Estates Theatre, where Mozart himself debuted Don Giovanni in 1787, still hosts weekly opera, drama and ballet performances in its sumptuous neo-classical setting.
• Across the road from the Alcron is the Lucerna Palace, home to a vintage café and cinema, a nightclub, shops and a famous giant sculpture of St. Wenceslas atop an upside-down horse by Czech artist and provocateur David Černý.