Where? Alcron Hotel
What? A historic hotel in the heart of the city
Why? The Alcron Hotel dates back to 1932 and, while contemporary furnishings and glistening marble floors bring it bang up to date, remnants of the hotel’s Jazz Age past are found in every corner, from the nightly live jazz sessions by local musicians in the brass-heavy Be Bop Bar, to the period fireplace and crystal chandeliers in the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Art Deco inspired rooms with antique lamps, mirrored walls and plush beds allow for a relaxing stay, and the eighth floor Castle View suites – as the name suggests – offer fine views over Prague’s skyline.
What? A Scandi-inspired restaurant and organic bakery
Why? Despite Prague having a less-than-favourable reputation for poor service, the newly-opened Eska in the city’s foodie district, Karlín, is proving this myth false. A warm, welcoming industrial-feel dining room will greet you, with exposed bricks, pipework and an open kitchen, where foundations of Czech cooking become an art form (think potatoes in ash with smoked fish, dried egg yolk and kefir); yet they are only a prelude to the brilliant fire-baked bread you are sent home with, fresh out of the restaurant’s Italian-style oven.
Where? Novy Svet
What? An enchanting area right next to Prague Castle
Why? Prague is best known for its impressive historic architecture, and there’s no where that showcases it better than the city’s castle. The 9th century stronghold attracts over 1.8 million visitors per year with its imposing baroque-style exterior, but if you want to witness it without the crowds, Novy Svet is the perfect place. Translating to the ‘New World’, this little district tucked behind the castle is anything but, with tiny orange-roofed houses and a magical, hushed atmosphere – the ideal spot to enjoy fantastic first-hand views of the castle, which is only two streets away.