Hilton Prague is the perfect starting point to discovering the splendours of this fairy tale city. Located within walking distance of the centre, it is suitably positioned close to the local attractions, shopping and night life. Undoubtedly identifiable as the glass box on the Vltava in a city otherwise dominated by traditional buildings, it is conveniently placed between the Old Town and the business district.
Overlooking the beautiful Vltava River, the Hilton Prague was awarded the ‘Best Hotel in the Czech Republic’ by TGG Travel Awards in 2012, for the 5th consecutive year! Being one of the major modern upmarket hotels in the country, it has become popular with both the business and the leisure traveller. The firm PRD was given the enormous task of transforming the interiors of this 20 year old hotel into a more contemporary and inviting space.
Essential design solutions were applied to renovate both the form and the function of existing key areas in this sprawling property. While space planning, the designers ignored the existing layouts and floor plans, determined on creating a footprint for a hotel of the future. Design responsibilities included front of house areas like the lobby and reception areas, plus 867 bedrooms and suites.
The guest rooms that include both the Presidential and Royal Apartments have been fitted out with up-to-date interiors and facilities – all facing either the scenic river, the city scape or the fabulous lobby atrium with its huge sky light.
The hotel has three restaurants and two bars, one of which hangs dramatically 40 metres above the ground. Perched atop the Hilton is the immensely popular and hip Cloud 9 Sky Bar and Lounge, the first sky bar in the city of Prague. This trendy haunt has been awarded the ‘Best Hotel Bar’ at the Czech Bar Awards and patrons can enjoy jaw dropping views of the city while sipping on delicious signature cocktails.
Designed by architect Philip Rodgers, the ultramodern and sleek Cloud 9 features lush purple accents, vanguard designer furniture, shimmering mirrors combined with a unique lighting system, large windows and an open terrace with gorgeous views of Prague. But the pièce de résistance is definitely the luxuriously long bar made completely out of glass.
The Czechouse Grill and Rotisserie offers a unique experience that suitably compliments the interiors also done by Philip Rodgers. The layout creates an elegant visual impact highlighting the skill and legacy of the talented Hilton chefs, while the furnishings display a marriage of contemporary elegance with refined references to Prague’s famous traditions and architecture.
After sight-seeing, tired guests can head down to the Cybex health club and spa which offers world class treatments that include hot mineral springs, a Turkish hammam, relaxing massages, a fitness centre and also an indoor pool.
Whether conducting business or spending time with the family on vacation, the Hilton in Prague offers all the impeccable services and amenities you’d come to expect from this world renowned group.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy The Hotel