The tall structure in front of us, kissing the clouds, looked like a state of the art office building. Its design was far removed from the buildings of ancient Corinthia in Greece. Maybe even the present day Corinthia for that matter. It looked as if the Corinthia Prague luxury hotel, had set a new benchmark for the city’s premium hotels. It was a surprise for us since we were looking for a “Hotel” kind of building. 🙂
We crossed the circular drive on foot after getting off the at the Vyšehrad metro station. It was just about 50M and it helped getting out of the warm weather into the comfort of the climate controlled lobby quickly. 🙂
The hotel, part of the Corinthia Group of Malta, was on top of one of the seven hills of Prague and the view of the city was amazing from the top of the hotel. We could not believe our ears when they said that the hotel was built in 1988, during the fag end the communist era!
Check-in was a breeze but we decided to have a cup of coffee before going to our room, at the lobby lounge hooking our mobile phones to the free high speed Wi-Fi and catching up on communications. We were looking forward to experience all the services of this hotel.
Hotel has in all 539 rooms including 22 suites and also a high number of 24 meetings rooms! The unique things is, every room is of the same size of 23 SqM and the Suites 49 SqM. The category is based on the amenities provided or the position of the rooms. Interconnecting rooms are available on request for all categories of rooms.
We were in an Executive Room where, apart from all the standard amenities, we were allowed unlimited access to the Executive Club on the 22 floor, the pool, the fitness center, the sauna and the steam room too. One amenity we did not use was to book the executive board room for 1 hour, allowed gratis. Were we on a work related tour, we certainly would have.
A fine bottle of wine, chocolates and fruits were waiting for us when we returned in the evening. What a welcome, after a tired day of sightseeing. The room was super-luxuriously furnished with all amenities including large size LCD TV, premium coffee maker and fluffy bathrobes.
The breakfast is served on the first floor restaurant aptly named “Let’s eat”. The spread was elaborate and could seat over 200 persons. Still sometimes it is possible you may have to wait. Such is the popularity of the hotel. One would have to stay multiple nights to be able to give justice to such a spread. We cooked our own Belgian Waffles every day!
Our favorite hangout was the on the 22nd floor, the Executive Club Lounge. The views were fabulous and it was open from morning till night. We could catch up on our work at the same time catch up on complimentary snacks and drinks. 🙂 Only guests staying in the suites or the Executive rooms are allowed access here.
Other fine dining options were The Grill, famous for its International Cuisine. Lounge 62 for lounging around if you are fed up of the Executive Lounge. Name so because 1962 was the year of commencement of Corinthia in Malta and lastly Rickshaw for Asian cuisine.
Prague is a city where you cannot avoid high calorie intakes with all the pilsners and trdelniks. We found the perfect way to burn all these calories at the wellness center on the top floors of the hotel. This was one of the best equipped wellness centers we have ever experienced.
We started our day at the half-a-floor large gym, fully equipped with the latest fitness equipment. A large covered swimming pool that could be used on any day, rain or sunshine, was our refuge after a tiring session at the gym.
We could hardly wait for our turn at the Apollo Spa. We both chose different massage treatments from the menu.
Nisha picked the aromatherapy, whereas I selected the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. At the end of it we only wished it would go on forever! We thought they could do with a couple massage room too, which they do not possess at present.
And after the hour long massage treatment, a few minutes in the steam or the Sauna for a complete relaxation. I would have loved to go to sleep at this point but there were more calories to be tucked into, by way of dinner. 🙂
The Corinthia Conference and Events Centre occupies an entire floor and offers meeting facilities are divided into 22 rooms for upto 1000 delegates. The meeting facilities are divided in two separate sections joined by a scenic foyer with panoramic views over the city. Of course many of the meeting rooms can be merged and largest merged room can accommodate 500 people in a theater style seating.
Wi-Fi speeds were excellent wherever we used at various areas of the hotel.
Concierge knew his city very well and was very helpful in guiding us about the city. One could also buy public transport tickets from him! So you have your tickets ready before you step out of the hotel and get into the metro station.
Vyšehrad metro station just under the high way connecting to Brno and Vienna is practically in the same premises as the hotel.
On the other side of the highway is the Congress Convention Center. During our stay the 28th International Montessori Congress was being held there and many delegates were staying in Corinthia Hotel. It was so convenient to simply walk to the event venue via the aerial bridge.
The main railway station, Praha Hlavní Nádraží is only 3 metro stops away and just 4 stops away from Florenc bus station.
The old city of Prague is 5 minutes to 15 minute by metro, depending where you want to go.
The metro station and the hill is named after a beautiful castle called Vyšehrad just 20 minutes walking distance from the hotel. We had great time at the castle but missed the walking tour because of time constraints. All about Vyšehrad later!
And, of course, we wish to visit Prague again ! 🙂
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Disclaimer: We stayed at Corinthia Hotel, Prague at their invitation but the opinions, as always, are own.