We visited Prague, Czech Republic, for a city break in early March, and as I wrote about in my Snapshots from Prague post, one of the highlights of our trip was staying at the highly recommended Four Seasons Hotel which is located within a short walk way from the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge. Not only is it is a lovely hotel with a prime location, but we found the Four Seasons to also be very family friendly and appreciated the extra touches that made our stay with a toddler more comfortable and special.
The best price we found was through the Four Seasons website and we booked a Modern Room for a two night stay. A week before our arrival, we received an email from the reservations desk with a form to fill out ahead of our upcoming stay: our flight details to book a car to pick us up from the airport (about £65), our smoking preference and floor location (near or far from elevator, low or high), preference for a complimentary newspaper, etc.
There was also a section to provide our personal details for Express Check-in, fields to book a table at the hotel’s restaurant CottoCrudo or treatments at the health club. It was very helpful for making these arrangements in advance and I also appreciated being asked to select a variety of interests – museums, opera, city tours, music concerts – to receive details from the Concierge on what’s happening in Prague during our stay.
The lobby of the hotel is splendid, from the magnificent chandeliers to the stunning flowers in the main lobby and the reception area. CottoCrudo is on your right as you arrive (shown with the open door below) and past the main flower display is a seating area with sofas and armchairs. For a view of Prague Castle from this level, as far as I could tell, you would need to go through the restaurant to access the patio.
We booked a non-smoking Modern Room with a king-size bed. The room was comfortable and spacious enough (355 sq ft) and beautifully decorated. The Modern Rooms don’t have a particularly interesting view, however – our view was of the building next door – but there are other options for rooms with views of the surrounding city streets or the Premier River Room for your own personal view of the Vltava River and Prague Castle.
You can also request a crib or a rollaway bed if required ahead of your trip, in the email form I mentioned above, or at the reception desk when you check-in.
The mini-bar area with an espresso machine on the counter and the refrigerator in the cabinet below.
This gingerbread horse, ready to be iced, was a nice touch – we found this plate on our desk after dinner on our first night, along with a bedtime story – a local children’s tale – and a coloring book with pencils for Little T.
The marble bathroom had a single vanity, a glass shower, a good-sized bathtub and a toilet in a separate room to the side.
Again, we appreciated the children’s amenities that were left for Little T: toiletries for sensitive skin, a bath sponge and toy, colorful towels, a rinse cup, a step for the sink and kid-sized robe and slippers. It truly made bath time fun and special for Little T; he really looked forward to it after seeing all these items just for him.
We had a buffet breakfast at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, CottoCrudo, on Sunday morning. In addition to cold cuts, cheese, salad and fruit options, there was a selection of hot food in the buffet not shown: sausages, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon. A children’s menu was available, although we preferred to choose items from the buffet to put together a plate for Little T.
The Czech doughnuts and poppy seed cake were both scrumptious!
Before making our way to the airport, we had one last glass of champagne on the CottoCrudo patio that overlooks the river and Prague Castle. A great way to end a wonderful city break!
From the moment we set foot in the hotel, it wasn’t difficult to see why so many people had recommended the Four Seasons Hotel Prague to us. It’s a beautiful hotel with a great central location – perfect for a city break like the two night stay we enjoyed. The family friendly touches in particular made our stay even more enjoyable and comfortable for Little T.
Four Seasons Hotel Prague, Veleslavinova 2a/1098, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Good to Know
Four Seasons charges no additional fee for children 18 years of age and younger occupying the same guest room as their parents or guardians (space permitting) and special rates may be available if your family (two adults and two children) requires two rooms, subject to availability.
There is a health spa offering massage and hand and foot treatments, with separate locker facilities for men and women that include a relaxing sauna. The hotel is due to open a new Bohemia Spa in June 2016 that will offer authentic local Spa and well-being experiences and sounds fantastic.
Also located within the health spa, during our stay, was a small gym with basic exercise equipment.
Complimentary overnight shoeshine is available and I highly recommend it. We both left our shoes out for this service and even my suede ankle boots came back looking brand new.
The Concierge were always very helpful, especially with recommending restaurants during our stay.
There’s a small grocery across the road where you can purchase milk, bottled water, snacks and fruit.
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