Prague has been dear to my heart for a long time for many reasons. It is the city where I grew up while studying and in total I have spent amazing seven years. I try to come back every year to see all my friends who I badly miss. To walk around fairy-tale narrow streets and sit down in my favourite cafes. But most importantly Prague has the most beautiful Christmas, something I can’t imagine my December without.
This time Owen and I were visiting Prague during Christmas and were staying at my friend’s place. But I also was curious to see a tourist side of Prague, possibly with a touch of luxury since it was holiday season. For this reason we have partnered with Mandarin Oriental Prague. I used to pass this place so many times while walking my dogs towards Kampa park. And always thought how cool it would be to stay there one day.
Mandarin Oriental is built on the site of a former 14th century monastery and has managed to beautifully preserve a piece of the city’s history and heritage while offering a five-star luxury hospitality. It is located in a lucrative neighbourhood of Malastrana, the oldest Prague’s district. It has 99 individually furnished and decorated rooms and suits to express the best character of Prague while adding oriental touches for which the Mandarin Oriental brand is famous for.
Its great dining experience and a luxurious spa (the only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel), made Mandarin Oriental become my favourite staycation in Prague.
Once checked-in we were welcomed by gorgeous views of Prague Castle and delicious treats. A personal touch is always so sweet.
The hotel is proud of its five unique signature suites. We had a chance to explore two of them – The Presidential and The Lobkowicz. Presidential suite is the biggest one and has two floors – with a bedroom and a hall on the first and living room and a terrace on the second one. It was the first time in my life when I had my own Christmas tree in a hotel room. I was happy as a kid once I saw it.
The views from The Presidential suites deserve a separate blog post to describe. It has a spectacular 360 view of the city : Prague castle and Malastrana from the terrace, Zizkov TV tower and Vltava river. If you’ve ever imagined having an intimate dinner party on your own private terrace overlooking the Prague Castle and Mala Strana, this is the duplex suite for you.
The elegant Lobkowicz Suite features an exclusive selection of lithograph facsimiles from The Lobkowicz collections which is the largest private collection in Czech Republic. The suite has crystal accessories and decorations by Moser, the Czech Republic’s premier crystal manufacturer.
By the time we have arrived in Prague, it’s been already two months since I have left Bangkok for Europe. Asian food has been my always favourite and I have started to crave for some oriental flavours. The hotel has a great fusion restaurant “The Spices” which serves an eclectic mix of high-end Asian food, based around three styles of cooking – Sri Lankan, Thai and Indian. We had delightful five courses which we happily shared in best Asian traditions. All dishes paired with elegant French and local wines.
The restaurant also has a spectacular private dining room hidden below the restaurant in a wine cellar. This beautiful dining room can accommodate up to 20 guests and has a lovely intimate atmosphere.
The hotel has a cute small lobby bar where it was great to meet up with my friends for some drinks. I liked in particular Mandarin Oriental Prague its own wine brand with lots of spices and flavour.
The fact that the hotel is built on the site of a former 14th century monastery gives lots of variation in the space and design for guests to explore. This was the ballroom we have randomly found by walking around the hotel.