It was our first visit to Czech Republic and we were ready to be blown away by everything we’d read, especially the music that was going to be waiting for us there. So when a chance to stay at the Aria Hotel Prague popped in, we jumped at it! Imagine a 5-star boutique hotel dedicated to music that would be home for a bit of our stay in Prague…we couldn’t say no!
Arriving a little before check-in time, we were set to drop our bags and head out for an early lunch having flown nearly 14 hours. But the extremely polite, friendly and accommodative (as we’d soon find out) staff at Aria Hotel Prague had our room waiting for us and we just couldn’t say no. The lobby sets the tone for what waits within the rest of the Hotel. A large sky window at the lobby flooded the place with crisp autumn light and gave us a feeling that we were still outdoors. While completing our check-in formalities, we strolled around the lobby and we’re clearly impressed with the art! Hanging on the walls were a series of original works by Marc Chagall. It seemed like we were in an art gallery and not a hotel, walking around admiring the art while faint strains of classical music played in the background.
As we walked up to the room, we met U2 along the way. Yes, we bumped into U2 many times during our stay as they welcomed us, looking as cool as ever in that sketch that hung along the path to our room. The Aria Hotel Prague isn’t just about the classical music that Prague is famous for. The Aria Hotel celebrates all kinds of music – classical, contemporary, opera, rock and jazz. It’s where Mozart and Morrison live in perfect harmony, pardon the pun.
Our room was just what we expected. Minimal, spacious and welcoming. Although vibrant, the room didn’t flood you with the art and colours. It was a soothing reprieve from the bustling city just outside of its walls. A large double bed, a coffee table with a seating area and a work desk seemed like a perfect way to unwind after a day out in the city. While Rave was all set to soak in the tub for a while, I was happy finding an exhaustive playlist of music on the Apple TV installed in the room. Each room also comes with an iPad and high speed WiFi that worked without a hitch all through our stay.
Common Areas and Breakfast
While travelling, we’re usually out early in the morning and return only after dinner to our hotel. But the Aria Hotel Prague made it almost impossible for us to stick to our routine. In a perfectly good way, of course. We started the day at the fitness centre and then hopped down to breakfast later. Breakfast is a wonderful spread of hot and cold dishes and we were really spoiled for choice, not to mention stuffed. Adjoining the breakfast area, again beautifully flood-lit with natural sunlight, is the Music Library and Music Salon. A wonderfully inviting space that wraps you in luxury and takes you back in time. The Aria Hotel Prague also has a Music Director (who holds a PhD in Musicology) who is available to guide guests with advice on current cultural and musical events.
In addition to the private cinema, Aria Hotel Prague also has something special tucked away for it’s guests. During the summer (April to October), hotel guests can enjoy a private entrance to Prague’s oldest Baroque garden, the Vrtba Garden – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unfortunately for us, we arrived just after season, so we could only enjoy the view through the window.
Aria Hotel Prague is nestled in Mala Strana (Lesser Town), with a lot of great sites within walking distance. The beautiful St. Nicholas Church is just a few steps away and further down is Prague’s famous Charles Bridge. The popular Nerudova Street, the Lennon Wall, Kampa Island and Prague Castle are all accessible by foot and there’s tram stops just around every corner.
There couldn’t have been a better place than Aria Hotel Prague to begin our stay in Czech Republic. It gives you a good preview of what lies in store for the rest of your stay. Warm, friendly people. A beautiful history. And a world filled with music. Just like the rest of the country, we found all of this at Aria Hotel Prague.
This post was made possible by the Aria Hotel Prague. Opinions as always, are our own.