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Updated: July 31, 2020
The Emblem Hotel – Slick and modern hotel near the best of old and new Prague.
The rooms here are neutral-toned, modern, and very comfortable, but what really stands out are the common areas. The ground floor steakhouse is considered one of the best places to eat in the city, while the lower level M Lounge has a number of living areas, from a big-screen TV lounge and a games room to a coffee and tea-making area and even a cigar salon. Above the rooms sits a spa with a terrace area overlooking the city, plus a fitness area geared not only to the standard workout but also to yoga and Pilates. Everywhere you go, the design maintains its clean lines and luxurious flair with eye-catching art and fine marble. The location, literally steps away from Old Town Square, has you right next to Prague’s most happening areas.
The Emblem Hotel – Location
- Address: Platnéřská 19, Prague.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Staroměstská (0.1 mile, 2-minute walk).
- Area: Prime location just around the corner from Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock, but on a relatively quiet street, considering how central it is. Several sights, restaurants, bars, and shops fan out from here. It’s also only a 17-minute walk (0.8 mile) to Prague Castle across the river.
- How to Get There: Walking is the easiest means to get around. Metro line 2 from Staroměstská is great for excursions farther afield and links to bus #119 for easy public transport to the airport. It takes about 30 minutes (10 miles) to reach the hotel by cab from Václav Havel Airport Prague and about 8 minutes (2 miles) from Praha Hlavní Nádraží train station.
- Handy to: Astronomical Clock, Prague Jewish Museum, Charles Bridge.
The Emblem Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel has an edgy, young vibe but all ages stay here.
- View: Out on the beautiful streets of Old Town or the courtyard.
- Parking: In the hotel’s garage for €40 per day.
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Extras: A collection of colorful “happy socks” are in the rooms and you’re free to take them home with you. The downstairs M Lounge offers free coffee, tea, and sometimes wine, and has lots of space to hang out as well as a smoking room.
- When to Book: 1-2 months in advance for dates in May to September and in December around the Christmas holidays. Book even farther ahead if you want a specific room. At other times, 2 weeks ahead should suffice.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +420 226-202-500
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: emblemprague.com
The Emblem Hotel – Amenities
- Pool: No pool.
- Spa: The rooftop M Spa features a steam room, relaxation room, rooftop patio area, and a private jacuzzi (with views of Prague Castle) available by reservation. There’s also a good selection of treatments and massages available.
- Fitness Center: Fantastic, large, and bright fitness area with standard machines as well as Pilates equipment.
- For Disabled Guests: All floors are accessed by elevator and there’s one specifically adapted room.
- For Families: Families will love the M Lounge which includes a games room.
- Other Facilities: The many-room M Lounge is meant to act as a living area for guests and includes quiet spaces to read, meeting rooms, coffee and tea on offer, a games room, and even a fumoir (smoking room) with a self-service bar.
The Emblem Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: George Prime Steak is located on the hotel’s ground floor, serves lunch (noon-2:30 pm) and dinner (6-10:30 pm), and is considered the best steakhouse in the city. Décor is slick and modern. $$-$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: George Prime Steak has a large bar area and there’s also a bar menu if you just want a light meal. Downstairs, in the M Lounge, there’s free wine in the afternoon and a self-serve bar in the fumoir.
- Breakfast: Complimentary. Served buffet style 7-10 am.
- Room Service: Available from George Prime Steak.
The Emblem Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Twinkey • Queen Dom • King Dom • Suite Pretender • Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms are smoke-free but guests may smoke in the fumoir in M Lounge.
- Best Room: The Suite Library has a room hidden behind a bookcase wall while the Suite Terrace has a huge balcony with a view. All the suites have large bathrooms with bathtubs. All rooms feature luxurious bedding, Nespresso machines, kettles, laptop-sized safes, marble bathrooms with bathtubs and rain showers, bathrobes, and slippers.
- For Families: There are eight inter-connecting rooms, making them the best choice for families.
The Emblem Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: You can walk just about anywhere from here – from all of Old Town just outside the front door, to Prague Castle only 17 minutes (0.8 mile) on foot, or even Wenceslas Square 12 minutes (0.6 mile) away.
- Subway and Bus: The Staroměstská Metro station is a 2-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the hotel and serves the useful line 2.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber works well in Prague, or ask the hotel to arrange a taxi or private driver for you.
The Emblem Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Recommended Nearby Tours
- Prague Stories by Alena – A special crew leading excellent specialty tours around the city – from Jewish history to shopping. Start location: Hotel pick-up.
- Taste of Prague – Small (up to 10 people) 4-hour tours geared toward teaching about Czech culture via delicious food. Led by a local guide and includes beer and wine too. Start location: Depends on tour.
- Royal Walk Free Tour – Just show up on the hour at the Astronomical Clock for these super popular hour-long walking tours run by tip only. Start location: 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Prague Venice – Set off in a Venetian-style gondola from underneath the Charles Bridge for these well-run and fun 45-minute boat tours. Start location: 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Wittmann Tours – The most knowledgeable company for Jewish-themed tours, offering 3-hour tours of Josefov. Start location: 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- U Prince – Touristy but crowd-pleasing and boisterous restaurant right in front of the Astronomical Clock and a view-filled rooftop bar. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Mistral Café – Modern European in a cool, minimalist setting. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Country Life – Vegetarian self-serve restaurant that’s economical and good for families. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- V Zátiší – Who would have believed that Czech and Indian food went so well together? 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Bellevue – Considered one of the finest restaurants in the city. Elegant modern fare is served with a view of the Charles Bridge. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Field – Michelin-starred with a farm theme and beautiful dishes made from seasonal ingredients. Book in advance to get a table here. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Kantýna – Order tartar or an excellent burger at the butcher stand and a Pilsner Urquell from the bar, sit at the communal table, and meet some locals. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
- Pohostinec Karlín – Gastro/wine bar with an open kitchen. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
Best Nearby Cafe
- Kafé Damu – Bright local café of the performing arts school, serving good coffee. Perfect if you need to bring your laptop and get some work done. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Tricafe – Possibly the best espresso in Prague. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Café Kampus – Popular with university students. Adorned with cool local art and sometimes features live music. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Black Angel’s Bar – Very hip and popular speakeasy-style bar at Hotel U Prince. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- U Tří růží – 15th-century pub with frothy pints on tap and a lively atmosphere. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- U zlatého tygra – Traditional pilsner beer hall in the heart of Old Town. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Absintherie Jilska – Taste the legendary drink in steam punk meets art nouveau surrounds. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Čili Bar – Tiny cocktail bar with Cuban cigars. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- One Club – Multi-story bar and club that parties through the night. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Reduta Jazz Club – Notable jazz club which can claim US President and saxophonist Bill Clinton among its past performers. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Manufaktura – Excellent collection of Czech-made soaps, shampoos, and lotions that make great gifts. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Butik Klára Nademlýnská – Well-known Czech women’s clothing designer making modern pieces with Bohemian flair. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Art Deco Galerie – Well-loved vintage shop specializing in all sorts of gorgeous items from the 1920s and 30s. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Pohadka – Classic, well-made traditional Czech toys. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Moser – Bohemian crystal from a renowned, luxury glassworks house. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Dvorni Vinoteka Wine Shop – Friendly wine shop and tasting room specializing in Czech varieties. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Old Town Square – The center of Prague’s Old Town dates back to the 1300s. It is surrounded by medieval buildings and is often filled with crowds that have come to see the Astronomical Clock. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Astronomical Clock – Crowds gather in front of this 60m-high clock, on the hour from 9 am through 11 pm, to watch small statues of apostles go on parade. It’s hard to see from the square, so buying a ticket to watch from the tower of the chapel is well-worth it. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Church of Our Lady Before Tyn – Imposing, fairytale-like Gothic church that’s an unmissable landmark. The interior is baroque and worth visiting. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Sex Machines Museum – This large collection of sex machines and erotic objects is likely to make you giggle. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Prague Jewish Museum & Old Jewish Cemetery – This is actually a cluster of several sights that you can walk between in the Josefov neighborhood, including the Pinkas Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue, and Old Jewish Cemetery. The Old-New Synagogue is one of the city’s oldest buildings. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Museum of Decorative Arts – The four halls here are filled with sumptuous tapestries, furniture, and more from the 16th through 19th centuries. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Basilica of St James – Huge 14th-century Gothic basilica that got a baroque makeover in the 1800s. Time your visit to the free organ concert after Sunday Mass for a very special experience. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Charles Bridge – Ancient pedestrian bridge filled with statues, buskers, crowds, and beautiful views of Prague. Walk across to get to the old and new centers of the city. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Mucha Museum – Small museum, featuring mostly prints, is well-worth it for the history lesson about this famous artist’s life and work. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).
- Wenceslas Square – The largest and busiest area of the city, full of big-name stores, busy restaurants, and lots of activity year-round. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).