The beauty and history of Prague is reflected in its extraordinary architecture. Stunning pieces, with origins ranging from the Gothic period to the modern era, can be easily spotted on any walk through the city’s streets. When visiting the city, most travellers are recommended to visit Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle for a true experience of Prague’s sights – but there are so many other locations in this fascinating city where stunning architecture is also available in abundance.
In Old Town Square, visitors can’t miss the towers of the Gothic Tyn Church. Celetna Street offers guests a more modern experience with the House of the Black Madonna (the best-preserved Cubist building in the city), while Namesti Republiky gives travellers the chance to truly fall in love with the art nouveau splendor of Municipal House; decorated and designed by the period’s most renowned Czech artists.
Located between the city’s business district and its historic Old Town, Hilton Prague offers guests a fresh, comfortable atmosphere and exceptional dining options
In the area surrounding Prague Castle, visitors can find the magnificent St Vitus Cathedral – a true Gothic icon – and St George’s Basilica, which is both the oldest church building in the castle and the best-conserved Romanesque building in the whole of Prague. Outside the castle gates, an excellent example of Renaissance architecture can be found on Hradcanske Namesti in the visually striking black and white sgraffito façade of Schwarzenberg Palace. Guests are also encouraged to visit the stunning baroque libraries of the Strahov Monastery.
Fans of this baroque style should also consider visiting St Nicholas Cathedral, which is located in the Mala Strana neighbourhood, just below the castle. The cathedral’s vast dome is only the beginning of the building’s magnificence – inside, guests will be amazed by the cathedral’s mesmerising frescoes. And, of course, guests should remember to visit the most famous Gothic structure in Prague – Charles Bridge.
Old versus new
Choosing where to stay in such a stunning and diverse city can be a difficult decision. Both modern accommodation and more classical hotels are readily available across Prague, and it is important that visitors find a style that best suits their tastes. The internationally renowned Hilton brand has made a concerted effort to cater for two key architectural palates within this incredible city, with its two beautiful hotels.
Hilton Prague, the brand’s flagship hotel in the city, is the ideal choice for those wishing to further explore Prague’s more contemporary side. Located between the city’s business district and its historic Old Town, this award-winning hotel offers guests a fresh, comfortable atmosphere and exceptional dining options.
The hotel’s beautiful and functional meetings and events space makes it the ideal choice for those visiting on business. At a total area of almost 5,000sq m, the state-of-the-art meeting space includes the hotel’s Grand Ballroom and 37 accommodating banquet rooms. As such, the entire centre can host conferences for up to 1,500 delegates.
The Congress Hall is the largest and most flexible space, where a recent renovation saw a new, more versatile lighting grid being installed, along with a large retractable screen, side projections and an excellent new sound system. All equipment is installed so that the room layout can be completely adjusted – including being turned by 90 degrees, or split into three separate spaces – and the technology will remain completely functional. And of course, with equipment already on-site, there is ample time for rehearsals, reduced installation costs, no transportation costs, and, overall, a far more relaxing set-up process for all event coordinators.
For more formal events, organisers may want to consider the Grand Ballroom. Adorned with opulent carpets and chandeliers, it can be equipped with the hotel’s quality AV technology for corporate meetings. For global business events, the Praha boardroom has been designed as an intimate videoconferencing facility – able to accommodate up to 12 people, there are two plasma monitors and two voice sensitive cameras for a perfect connection with third parties. For smaller events and meetings, all breakout rooms are equipped with built in projectors, roll down screens and sound equipment. Adjoining rooms can be connected with one signal source to all projectors for extra space with no disruptions.
The recently renovated Atrium Restaurant is an ideal space for both business and pleasure. Modelled on the theme of ‘calm tranquillity’, all elements of the new restaurant – from the carpet and furnishings to the lighting – were selected using materials and colours that would create a soothing environment. The flexible space is ideal for intimate dinners and casual lunches, but can also be used as a private meeting space for larger groups. In addition to dining at Atrium, guests can enjoy the hotel’s modern take on traditional Czech cuisine at CzecHouse Grill and Rotisserie, or indulge in cocktails served alongside spectacular views of the city at Hilton Prague’s rooftop bar, Cloud 9 Sky Bar and Lounge.
All 618 guest rooms and 173 executive rooms, suites and apartments in the hotel are designed with luxury, comfort and convenience in mind. Guests also have the opportunity to further relax at the Cybex Health Club and Spa. Trained therapists are available here to provide a range of traditional and oriental massages and treatments, with the aim of allowing every guest to fully unwind during their stay.
Whether visiting the city for business or leisure, Hilton Prague’s prime location means that many of the city’s finest sights are only a short walk away. Both the Old and New Towns are on the hotel’s doorstep, providing excellent shopping, restaurants and nightlife within easy walking distance. Hilton Prague is also only 25 minutes away from Vaclav Havel International Airport, a short walk away from the Florenc metro station, and 1km away from the city’s main railway station.
Hilton Prague has received a number of accolades from the business travel industry, including its recent selection as the Best Business Hotel, Czech Republic in the 2015 Business Destinations Travel Awards – securing the title for its fifth consecutive year. The hotel also recently won Best Hotel in the Czech Republic in the TTG Travel Awards for the sixth consecutive year.
Elsewhere in the city, art deco and cubism have been beautifully combined within Hilton Prague Old Town. Business and pleasure are easily mixed here, where 303 guest rooms equipped with desks and high-speed internet access are placed amid traditional Czech architecture. The recently renovated executive floor also offers additional comfort and amenities for the visiting delegate.
The dining options at Hilton Prague Old Town include the innovative cuisine and excellent wine selection at Zinc Restaurant, which specialises in European cuisine with an Asian twist. Elsewhere, the Zinc Lounge and Bar is the perfect spot for entertaining business colleagues, or simply enjoying after-dinner cocktails with friends amid stylish surroundings.
Other exceptional facilities at Hilton Prague Old Town include the Cybex Health Club and Spa and 1,200sq m of event space, with all meeting venues including high-specification AV equipment and high-speed internet access. Additionally, the hotel’s central location – mere minutes from Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge – makes it the perfect place for organising a meeting.