A romantic, renaissance hotel close to the St Charles Bridge and other attractions
For our stay in Prague, we wanted to stay close to the city centre as we planned to walk everywhere. After looking around on hotel booking websites I decided to book a room at U Páva – which means ‘At the Peacock’ in Czech. The hotel is ideally placed to explore the surrounding markets, museums and historic buildings of Mala Strana, but it’s also just a 15-minute stroll across the bridge to the Old Town. It is only a 10-minute walk to Prague Castle.
U Páva is an intimate four-star hotel, located right next to Charles bridge, offering 26 romantically inclined rooms in a historical building, parts of which date back to the late 15th century. Whilst there is no evening restaurant, there is a small breakfast room where breakfast is served is simple but fairly generous, featuring cheeses and cold meats, fruits and cereals, scrambled eggs and good coffee. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars close by, including a great bakery just across the square, so having an on-site restaurant is not an issue. Also down the road is a rustic bar that serves a variety of Czech goulash dishes – delicious!
Comprising both old and new buildings (the oldest dates back to 1726), the hotel’s overall aesthetic plays heavily on local history. Wooden ships and stone statues are scattered throughout the public areas and there are Renaissance murals and grandfather clocks in some of the rooms alongside nutwood antique furnishings, crystal chandeliers and original oil paintings. Some might find it a bit over-the-top, but others will enjoy the time-warp romance of it all.
The rooms vary in terms of size and layout, though all have a welcoming, old-fashioned feel thanks to elements like hand-made stained glass windows, and beamed or painted ceilings. All come with radios, minibars and satellite televisions as well as good-sized bathrooms with tubs, bidet and bathrobes. Some of the regular rooms can feel a little dark and stuffy, while others – especially on the more expensive upper floors – have better natural light.