Barceló Old Town Praha
Why We Love This Hotel
- Superb location, five minutes on foot from the Old Town Square
- Big brand standards, but a boutique atmosphere
- It dates back to the 17th century & it's said that Mozart was once a guest
- Free Wi-Fi throughout
The Barceló Old Town hotel's location simply can't be bettered – it's five minutes on foot to Prague's sightseeing centre and you can even glimpse the gothic Powder Tower from the balcony. Although the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and Prague Castle are all within walking distance, the hotel is far enough away to avoid the city noise.
The hotel's big-brand Barceló name belies the boutique atmosphere inside and, just like the surrounding area, the building oozes with history. It dates back to the 17th century and was once an inn known as 'U Zlateho Andela' (At the Golden Angel) where Mozart is reputed to have stayed. The gilded angel (added in the 1800s) still hovers above the entrance, but inside rooms have been given a radical update.
The loft-like reception in the old courtyard has a glass-panelled ceiling and downstairs there's a modern bar. The smart bistro on the ground floor serves a mix of local and classic dishes. In the mornings, fill up on a range of continental breakfast items or go for something hot -- there's an omelette station for eggs cooked to order. Guests can also use the computers in the lobby for free and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The historic character of the building has been retained, with exposed beams, honey-coloured parquet floors and high ceilings in the bedrooms. The Junior Suites are a good choice for extra room (some face the main street while the bigger ones have side views) and Suites are larger still, with almost twice as much space and a separate living room with a dining table.