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Updated: July 31, 2020
Golden Well Hotel – Historic and intimate five-star hotel, once home to royalty.
This romantic nineteen-room property takes its historical architecture – including some original seventeenth-century walls – and blends it seamlessly with modern comforts that feel luxurious while maintaining a cozy feel. Details like Richelieu Renaissance furnishings, plush beds made from entirely natural fibers like cashmere, and art from classic Czech painters make every step fascinating here. You’ll want to head out of your room to enjoy the common spaces like the convivial lounge, with tea and wine available at all hours, and the exquisite restaurant that’s famous locally in its own right. The adjacent palace gardens are a delight to explore (but under renovation until 2021) – the lack of this perk still leaves the hotel with charm to spare.
Golden Well Hotel – Location
- Address: U Zlaté studně, Malá Strana, Prague.
- Nearest Metro/Subway: Malostranská (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk).
- Area: Prime location just below Prague Castle and close to many major sites in Malá Strana, hidden at the end of a tiny cobblestone lane. It’s only an 11-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the castle and also 10 minutes (0.5 mile) to the incredibly scenic Charles Bridge, where you can cross the Danube River and head into Old Town.
- How to Get There: It’s only a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the Malostranské Náměstí tram stop where you can hop on the useful #97 tram that runs across the Legion Bridge at the border of Old and New Towns. It’s also a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the Malostranská Metro station, but the tram will almost always be a better option. It takes about 30 minutes (10 miles) to reach the hotel by cab from Václav Havel Airport Prague and about 12 minutes (3 miles) from Praha Hlavní Nádraží train station.
- Handy to: Prague Castle, St Nicholas Church, Nerudova Street.
Golden Well Hotel – The Basics
- Ages: The hotel attracts mostly couples on a city break and people over 50, as well as some families.
- View: Rooms have views of either the rooftops of beautiful Malá Strana, palace gardens next door, pretty cobblestone street below, or the hotel courtyard.
- Parking: Parking is available at the sister Aria Hotel, a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) away.
- Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
- Extras: Private entrance to the palace gardens (under renovation till 2021), DVD library, Apple TV, Molton Brown toiletries in the bathrooms, iPads and Nespresso machines in all the rooms.
- 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: +420 257-011-213
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: goldenwell.cz
Golden Well Hotel – Amenities
- Spa: There’s no spa, but guests can go to the massage room at the Aria Hotel, and in-room massages are also available.
- Fitness Center: Guests can use the small fitness center with steam room at the Aria Hotel.
- For Disabled Guests: The cobblestone streets to get here and the old construction of this hotel make it unsuitable for disabled guests. It does have an elevator, however.
- For Families: The hotel offers baby cots and roll-away beds, and can arrange babysitting.
Golden Well Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Terasa U Zlate Studne graces the top floor of the hotel and features 1 outdoor and 2 indoor terraces, all fronted by fantastic views of colorful Malá Strana, Legendary chef Pavel Sapik creates extraordinary Czech dishes, including plenty of seafood. The décor blends the Renaissance style of the hotel with more modern touches. Book ahead. Open from noon-11 pm. $$$.
- Lounge/Bar: The beautiful bar may be small, but it has the honor of being one of only forty in the world to have the designation to serve Rémy Martin Louis XIII cognac. It also has access to rare champagnes as an honored member of the Moët & Chandon Privileges Club. You can take your drink into the adjacent Atrium area where there’s a replica of the original Golden Well. There’s also a cozy lounge on the first floor of the hotel where guests can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, wine, and snacks around the clock.
- Breakfast: Not complimentary, but can be included in some rates. Buffet or a la carte served in the restaurant 7-10 am. 20€ for guests, €36 for non-guests.
- Room Service: Breakfast in bed is available from the restaurant.
Golden Well Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior • Deluxe • Grand Deluxe • Tycho de Brahe Suite • Rudolph II Suite
- Smoking Rooms: Rooms and all common areas are smoke-free but guests can smoke in the Atrium.
- Best Room: Rooms 32 and 33 are the biggest and have the best views of the Grande Deluxe Rooms, but overall, the Rudolph II Suite is the best with its original 17th-century walls, fabulous views of the city, full living room space, a curated wine rack (you’ll be charged for wine), and beautiful antique furnishings.
- For Families: Rooms 32 and 33 are next to each other and have a connecting door.
Golden Well Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking: This is walking heaven. Head uphill 11 minutes (0.5 mile) for a bit of a workout and reach Prague Castle, or head down a slight slope for 10 minutes (0.5 mile) to get to Charles Bridge. Or just wander aimlessly because every corner of this neighborhood is a delight.
- Subway and Bus: Tram is your best choice here, with the Malostranské Náměstí tram stop only a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) away.
- Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Uber works well in Prague, or ask the hotel to arrange a taxi or private driver for you.
Golden Well 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.
- 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: 14-minute walk (0.8 mile).
- Historical Tram No 41 – This old-fashioned tram is a fun activity for families and runs on weekends, spring through fall, from the Museum of Transportation to the Výstaviště exhibition area about 2 miles away. Start location: Pražský hrad stop near Prague Castle. 17-minute walk (0.7 mile).
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Malostransky Hostinec – Traditional Czech fare in a similarly traditional setting with a view of the castle and over 50 beers to choose from. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Augustine – Fine European/Czech dining in a beautiful old monastery courtyard at the Augustine Hotel. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- CODA Restaurant – Fine Czech dining at the Aria Hotel with one of the best views in town. Owned by the same group that runs Golden Well Hotel. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Café de Paris – Simple, elegant café serving French basics in a cozy atmosphere. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Hergetova Cihelna – It’s all about the river view here, although the food – Mediterranean to Asian – is good too. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- U Glaubicu – Cavernous, classic Czech pub that also serves hearty, homestyle food. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- Bluelight – Hip cocktail bar with graffiti and memorabilia adorned walls. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- U Maleho Glena – Excellent, long-running jazz bar with live acts and Sunday jam sessions. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
- U Staré Studny – Cognac and wine bar with a menu of over 100 noble spirits, many from small producers. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Mourenina Wine Bar – Friendly staff and excellent wines paired with small bites. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Vojanuv Dvur Brewery – First microbrewery in Malá Strana, opened in 2018. It has a great front terrace. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Vinograf – Excellent wine bar where you can discover the best Bohemian and Monrovian wines. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
Best Nearby Cafes
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- ARTĚL Design Store – Find traditional Bohemian handblown glassware at this gorgeous shop. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Shakespeare & Sons – Legendary bookshop and literary hub. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- The Chemistry Design Store – Ever-changing collection of art to ceramics and jewelry by Czech designers. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Loutky Marionettes – Fun shop with tons of whimsical to spooky traditional and handmade Czech puppets. 10-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- St Nicholas Church – Stunning baroque church, inside and out, that dominates the Malá Strana neighborhood. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Nerudova Street – This famous and picturesque street, full of souvenir shops, leads up to Prague Castle. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Wallenstein Garden – Peaceful baroque garden and one of the few beautiful and connecting green spaces in this part of town. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Museum of the Infant Jesus of Prague – Located in the Church of Our Lady Victorious, this 17th-century statue of baby Jesus from Spain is said to have protected the city of Prague ever since. The museum features the infant’s impressive wardrobe of outfits. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- John Lennon Wall – A work of graffiti art, this wall started as a portrait of John Lennon and since 1989, has been a place where many have left their messages of peace. 9-minute walk (0.5 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. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- Prague Castle – Prague’s number one sight is a massive hilltop complex housing grand royal buildings, museums, and gardens. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
- St Vitus Cathedral – 14th-century cathedral and a masterpiece with gargoyles on the outside, stained glass on the inside, and ceilings and spires that seem impossibly high. 13-minute walk (0.5 mile).