Just returned from 3 day trip to Prague. Have to say that the package I purchased from Luxury Link to stay at the Alchymist was one of the best I have ever experienced. Everyone treated us like royalty. The hotel was spectacular and the people were some of the friendliest I have ever encountered!! I am a flight attendant and fly to Europe several times a month, so Iwould consider myself to be a bit of an authority and I cannot say enough good things about my experience this past week! Looking forward to my next adventure with Luxury Link.
First of all WELCOME to the Community. Glad you had such a wonderful time at the Alchymist Hotel in Prague. We will be going to the Hotel Hoffmeister in Prague shortly which also has received rave reviews and we are looking forward to it. Any other comments, tips and tricks you could share with us about Prague would be welcome.
Thanks so much Angela! I have been looking for reviews on the various Luxury Link offerings in Prague (there are several) and am so glad to hear about the Alchymist. Like LHBrown, I'd love to hear any other advice you have to share re: Prague. You can also post in the Destinations: Europe section.
Did you happen to notice if the Alchymist offered smoke-free rooms (as in rooms no one has ever smoked in, not ones which have been supposedly aired out)? I'm asthmatic and my visit to Prague was sadly affected by the inability to escape from the stench of cigarette smoke. I even saw people smoking on the subway. If I return a smoke-free room is a must.
First let me tell you that now is an excellent time to visit Prague. The weather, while cold ,was still decent-45 degrees, and sunny. The best part was that there was no waiting in line for anything!The streets are very manageable. One tip...be sure to bring thick-soled shoes as almost every part of Prague is cobblestone and your legs and feet really feel it! If you choose to stay at the Alchymist Hotel there are several charming small restaurants and pubs up and down the street thatare absolutely delightful! One such pub is Nobile 1375 whichis in the cellar of a building rightbefore the American Embassy. Wine was about $2 a glass. I would highly suggest any of the Kampa group restaurants for one of yourmeals. They area bit pricier, but the food isdivine. In fact, a couple we met from California dned wherever we had the previous dayand said we never steeredthem wrong. Moneywas a bitconfusing, til I figured that if you multiplied the czk price by 6, you came up with a fairly accurate rate (6x100czk=$6). I carried a cheat sheet in my wallet which was a godsend! Many churches close between 1and 3p.m., so that is a great time to eat lunch.3-4 days isjust right to be able to not only see the sights, but embrace the culture.One finalcomment, language was never a problem because the majorityofresidents understand English and will assist you.
Thank you for reporting back on your experience in Prague. We will be off to the Hotel Hoffmeister in mid-March. I will take your restaurant recommendation into consideration as it is always good to have first hand reports. Also thanks for your exchange rate conversion tip. Although I am somewhat confused by your method. (I figured that if you multiplied the czk price by 6, you came up with a fairly accurate rate (6x100czk=$6).) if 600 czk = $6, doesn't that mean 100 czk = $1.00??? I just double checked today's conversion rate at XE.com and it came out to 100 czk = 5.70885 USD. So your approximation of multiplying czks by 6 to get the dollar amount is correct, but 600 czk would be $36 and not 6). But thanks for the tip, it made me check into the money conversion.
LL-Travelfan....you might want to check out Oliva Cafe Restaurant http://www.olivarestaurant.cz/index.phpone evening while in Prague. During our visit, last year (we stayed at the Hotel Hoffmeister as well), our friends who live in Prague met us at Oliva for dinner. We enjoyed the food and the entire experience.....an easy tram ride from your hotel and locatedin a more residential section....not too many tourists the evening we were there. Good food, nice wine list and a closer look at local life! There are a number of on-line reviews from expats living in Prague who love the place!
Thank you so much for the restauranty tip and link. I looked at the link and the restaurant looks lovely. I copied the link and the restaurant page for our travel to Prague and we will try to get there. It is always great to get good first hand information. Again, thanks a Million.