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Carlsbad Plaza has a 15x6 meter swimming pool, whirlpools, saunas, and a relaxation room.

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Dum u Jeziska, aka House at the Jesus Child, houses the Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa. The oldest preserved part of the Dum u Jeziska is the rear portion facing the courtyard, which was built after 1591. The lower part of the original tower structure, with its perimeter masonry supported by steel bars, dates from the fortification of the Lesser Town in 1257, the oldest Premyslid fortification.

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The Dum u Jeziska is also linked with several legends. One of them is that a convent once stood there and a nun seriously violated the rules of her order. As punishment for her transgression, she was bricked alive. Legend claims that her unhappy soul has been wandering the property since; however, the legend also suggests that the nun will be freed only when the house built on the former convent foundations is demolished and the nun's remains are buried.

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The restaurant at Hotel Paris Prague is named for legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt. Its 
Art Nouveau interiors make it one of the crown jewels of Prague restaurants. The restaurant is non-smoking
and offers French and Czech cuisine revisited in modern style.

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Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
is housed in a building that dates back to 1519.

As from the beginning of the 17th century, this rare patrician house was owned by Jan Stastny Golias. For many years it was believed that none of the facades preserved a single trace of any of the house signs, which had been quoted in ancient documents; however, during the restoration of the facade facing Michalska Street, a painting of the house emblem was discovered and restored.

The gothic complex underwent a large reconstruction in the 16th century. The Baroque period and Classicism contributed gradually with the addition of loggias and balconies, however, the most prominent feature is a tower which is significantly higher than the houses themselves.

The new face, especially of the northern wing was changed around the year 1800, by Count Ludvik Jan Hartig (1736-1813), a lover of art and an active musician. He founded here a musical society, joined two floors into one and thus created a huge concert hall decorated with stucco, gilding and paintings. Today, the hall cannot be restored to its original scale. However the Heritage Department has managed to discover and restore both pillars with decorative bases and parts of preserved paintings. Count Hartig was a distinctive personality also served as a model for one of the characters in Mörike's novel "Mozart's Journey to Prague".

August Fridrich Piepenhagen, who later became famous as an outstanding painter of romantic landscapes sought-after by collectors all over Prague, used to live here. In the 2nd half of the 19th century, the house was famous for Fuchs printing office, and housed an editor's office of several Czech papers. Czech writers of that time, Jan Neruda and Ignat Hermann, used to frequent the house.

Recently, it was subject to major renovation during which a number of important discoveries were made. Especially worth mentioning are: part of a wall fresco painting from the 14th century, the wooden, painted, so-called decking ceilings with various ornamental scenes, and also ceiling paintings with figured compositions, the most interesting of which is of Joseph and Putiphar's Wife. The wooden ceilings have been covered for almost three hundred years since, according to the decree issued by the Empress Marie Theresa, all combustible constructions had to be covered, at least by plaster – so that they were hidden from sight to those who came later, but were preserved for centuries, taking us back to almost the times of the famous Emperor Rudolf II. Another discovery is a torso in a medieval paving in the ground-floor room with a central pillar and a chapel, which has been out of use for a long time.

During a careful renovation, an exceptional and rare high gothic roof truss from around 1380, and a former northern gable wall with a narrow and high window on the central axis, was discovered. It is all now preserved for our viewing pleasure.

It is also possible to admire period parquet, partly original, historic railing, roof truss constructions, profiled doors and a number of other remarkable features; as for example, little windows of various sizes and shapes, or various niches and alcoves which give the space an original flavour with a unique atmosphere. Facades, uni-coloured until recently, can today be admired in a restored shape with a number of artistic details.

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Hotel Paris Prague is located in Prague city center, next to the Municipal House and Powder Tower. Hotel Paris was built by the renowned architect J. Vejrych in 1904, the hotel interior was designed by A. Pfeifer, and the ceramic mosaics used mainly to decorate the hotel restaurant's interior are by J. Kohler. Hotel Paris has preserved its unmistakable look of a First Republic, neo-Gothic building with bold elements of Art Nouveau for over a century. In 1991 the hotel returned to the Brandejs family, whose hotelier tradition has a 150-year history. The hotel boasts a total of 86 luxury rooms and suites. For the comfort of guests it offers the legendary Cafe de Paris cafe, French and traditional Czech gourmet Restaurant Sarah Bernhardt, and the the Wellness & Spa Center. 

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Behold the aptly named Freco Suite at The Augustine. In addition to walls that are a work of art, the signature suite has a breathtaking 360° view of Prague.

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Mandarin Oriental Prague

Mandarin Oriental Prague
is situated in a former monastery. It also has the only spa in the world located in a former Renaissance chapel. It is hidden in the cobbled streets of picturesque Mala Strana on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mala Strana is the oldest and most picturesque district on the left bank of the Vltava River. Mandarin Oriental, Prague has many iconic sights within easy reach – the 14th-century Charles Bridge, the Baroque St Nicholas Cathedral and Prague Castle which towers overhead.

The hotel's 79 room and 20 suites offer charming views of cobbled streets, private garden, or Prague Castle.  The hotel was named The Best Hotel in the Czech Republic on the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Gold List. It also received the Conde Nast Traveler Platinum Circle Award, 2014.


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Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Opera lovers are in for a real treat, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Prague. The hotel has arranged for select guests to enjoy a private performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni at the famed Estates Theatre. The famous opera had its premiere at the theatre in 1787.

The Theatre of the Estates is one of the most beautiful historic theatre buildings in Europe. The theatre was officially opened in 1783 with a first performance of the tragedy Emilia Galotti by Lessing.

After the spine-tingling performance, a chauffeur will bring the guests back to the hotel in a vintage Rolls Royce. The music lovers will then toast Mozart from the hotel's rooftop terrace Then these lucky guests sup on a gourmet meal on the rooftop terrace. The music continues through dinner via a live orchestra consisting of members of the Estates Theatre Orchestra. 

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

The luxury hotel in Old Town Prague has a  contemporary main building consisting of three historic edifices – classical, renaissance and 18th-century baroque buildings. The 161 Old Town luxury hotel guest rooms, including 20 suites, are among Prague’s largest. The one-of-a-kind building concept creates a variety of guest room layouts, even within the same category. 

The experience is available from May 15 until September 15 in 2015 and is priced for up to six persons at EUR 60,000. It includes the luxurious accommodation in the Presidential Suite for two nights, private performance of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre, transfer from the theatre to the Hotel in vintage Rolls Royce and private dinner on the Hotel's rooftop terrace. Six months' advance reservation is required and some blackout dates apply. 

Sadly, the Marx Brothers are not included. 

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Carlsbad Plaza

Carlsbad Plaza's original building dates back to the late 19th century. At the time it was four separate buildings named Rudolfshof, Quirinal, Neapol, and Moskau. All buildings but the Quirinal were Spa residences. Among the Spa guests were Sigmund Freud in 1915 in the Spa residence Rudolfshof. 

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Boscolo Prague
We at Five Star Alliance work tirelessly to ensure we bring you the best luxury hotels selection and information regarding amenities, location, and highlights so you are confident that the hotel you choose will exceed your expectations and serve your needs. Sometimes, however, you are left with a few questions that go unanswered, and that’s why we’re here. Be sure to explore our new blog series ‘Your Questions Answered’ to find answers to real questions submitted to us by our clients regarding traveling with kids, pets, the best beach hotels, and much more.

We are going to Prague, for 2 nights. We have a party of 2 adults and 2 children, ages 7 and 11. What luxury hotel do you recommend?

ANSWER: Boscolo Prague – Prague, Czech Republic 

The hotel's 152 splendid rooms, including 42 deluxe room, 20 Junior Suites and Suites, designed by architect Maurizio Papiri, are the epitome of genteel elegance. Advanced technology and fine amenities are the additional luxuries that make the Boscolo Prague the preferred address for the discerning traveler. The most unique luxury and comfort flow through from the room to the restaurant, from the business centre to the Cigar Bar, to the indoor swimming pool with its striking mosaic floor. In this ultra-modern, surreal setting created by talented Adam D. Tihany, polished steel and light mirror and enhance exclusive moments of conviviality and relaxation. The Inn Ox bar is a labyrinth of myriad reflections, refined mazes and surprising sinuosity- smooth surfaces, innovative materials and the excellent drinks make it one of the city's most trendy rendez-vous at night.

You will want to choose the Junior Suite or the Presidential Suite to accommodate your party. The Junior Suite will accommodate 2 rolloways. There are no connecting rooms offered at this hotel. 

All rates are based on double occupancy and extra person charges may apply. Please be advised that the rates, availability, as well as any extra person charges are subject to change depending on the hotel’s policies.

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