The Emblem Hotel in Prague is in bed with artists (quite literally): some of the city’s creative crème de la crème stay for free, in exchange for loaning Emblem their striking artworks. This free-thinking hotel prefers innovative shared spaces to big bedrooms, meaning boudoirs are on the diminutive side, but there’s an entire communal floor dedicated to socialising and relaxing (highlights include the swellegant fumoir). The surprises continue in the bedrooms, one of which has a hidden room tucked away behind a library shelf. In case that wasn’t enough to have you hot-footing it to Prague, there’s also a light-filled spa, a rooftop Jacuzzi and an accomplished restaurant that aces steak and wine...
Prime Prague location
Striking art and design
A 30-minute private Jacuzzi session with a bottle of prosecco (to be booked pre-arrival)
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Make the most of the communal floor, whose lures include the decadent Maharal Club (a private members club that guests can access), the elegant Fumoir (cigars at the ready) and the peaceful drawing room.
Bring an appetite for steak and the city’s world-famous chocolate; save room in your case for Prague-sourced prints and art books.
Copy Emblem’s staff by modeling threads by Prague designers such as Jakub Polanka (responsible for the hotel’s chic uniforms) or Klára Nademlýnská; Mrs Smiths could add jewellery by Antipearle.
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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this arty hotel in the Old Town and unpacked their museum prints and coffee-table tomes, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Emblem Hotel in Prague…
The Emblem Hotel is probably the closest thing you’ll get to bedding down in a Czech Republic art gallery, without causing any trouble with security staff. The hotel champions Czech artists – including established talent such as Eva Kot'átková, Aleksandra Vajd and Ji?í Kovanda, plus on-the-up bright young things such as David Krnanský and Johana Pošová – cleverly offering them free room nights in exchange for on-loan pieces. These are changed every few years, meaning the hotel, likes its muses, enjoys a state of constant creative evolution.
Bedding down on a cold, hard art-gallery floor isn’t that tempting, but the Emblem Hotel has small but handsome bedrooms (the best of which, the Library Suite, even has a surprise waiting for you behind a library shelf). You’re invited to settle in, make yourself at home, smoke a cigar in the fumoir, sink your teeth into some succulent steak in the restaurant, unwind in the spa and bubble away beatifically in the rooftop Jacuzzi. When, and only when, you’ve ticked off all of the above, we’d advise you to wander out and discover all the lures of Old Town Prague, waiting on your doorstep.
Platné?ská 111/19, Prague, 111 00
0.1 mi / 0.1 km from city centre
- Valet parking
- Aerobics instruction
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
- Room service
- Onsite laundry
Sink your teeth into prime cuts of American beef – matched with highly gluggable Californian wines – at George Prime Steak, where top chef George Betak rustles up crowd-pleasing comfort food. Highlights include the lobster chop salad, baked sparkling oysters, the hefty Porterhouse steak for two, and the self-titled Ultimate Chocolate Cake, which earns its name with dark, white and milk chocolate mousse, crispy nougat layers and a chocolate-infused sponge. (Savoury-toothed Smiths might prefer the decadent cheese platter, which comes with house-made marmalade.) The restaurant is a dark ’n’ dapper space, lorded over by an impressive ceiling light.
Nab window seats, for obvious reasons.
The restaurant and bar stays open until 11pm.
Emblem has no intention of letting you go thirsty or hungry: the 24-hour room service stars items from the restaurant menu, including salads, soups, steak, mains and desserts until 10pm; after that, there’s a smaller selection (burgers. pizzas and so on).
The bar is housed within the restaurant; you’ll walk through it to get to the main dining space, so pre-dinner tipples or postprandials are pretty much obligatory). There’s a tempting bar menu if you want to match your Californian cabernet sauvignon to something tasty; pick from burgers, salads, truffled mac’n’cheese, poutine and more…
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