Of Heritage and castles | Hotel Klarov, Prague
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It was raining heavily and I could sense a mystical aura in the air. I wonder how Prague may have looked a couple of decades ago as when I look outside the train station, it all looks enchanting and enigmatic. Maybe not something you’d describe Prague to be but those words continued to stay with me as I explored Prague for the next couple of days.
As we entered the Mala Strana area, the historical centre of Prague, my views were only made stronger as I could see the castle settled on top of the hill and the clouds slowing encasing it partially making it seem all too dramatic.
I was eager to get some comfort food and headed off to try some local fare. Once having had our fill, we headed to Hotel Klarov whose facade looked like it was built in the Neo-Baroque style. The entryway looked exquisite with a couple of bicycles placed near the door, their baskets filled with flowers and bottles of wine. We went to check-in and Katrina welcomed us with a bright smile. After quickly checking us in, we were off to the rooms. While I was expecting a ‘themed’ room, I was curious as to what room we will be in! We had the ‘Lenny Kravitz’ room. A bottle of wine sat on the desk and a picture of Lenny Kravitz was placed next to a book of local tales.
I learned that, If you’re an aficionado of music, Hotel Klarov was the place to be! Each of the 25 rooms was dedicated to a musician who had performed in Prague since 1989. So you could end up staying in the ‘Beyoncé’ suite or maybe even the ‘Elton John’ one! Short descriptions about the singers – their style of music and their visits/concerts in Prague are present in each of the rooms. The room was done elegantly and was spacious with just the right amount of furniture. The bathroom was clean, bathrobes were provided and toiletries by L’Occitane took it up a notch.
After taking a shower, I took a seat by the window, admiring how the lights twinkled after the rain and how Prague Castle and Petrin tower shone as well. Even though we were in close proximity to all the major sights, there were no disturbances during the night other than the occasional pitter-patter of the rain.
The next day, after having breakfast of fresh bread and marmalade (which is always included in the room rate), I headed to Charles bridge myself which was a quick 5-minute walk away. Visitors flocked the bridge and the sun peeked through the clouds. It was the perfect romantic day in Prague. After heading on a hunt for sculptures by the famed artist David Černý, I was tired and was looking forward to getting back to the hotel. I still had some time to kill before dinner so I headed to the lounge which was huge and done up in bright, happy colours and planned activities for the next day.
Since it kept getting sunnier, I collected my belongings and headed to the garden, a quiet and private place done tastefully in a French setting. Little decorative pieces were placed around the garden making it seem very homely. I took help from the concierge who had curated some suggestions, especially for guests staying at Hotel Klarov! After being satisfied with what I had put together for the next day, it was time to head to dinner but I waited for just a little while longer to enjoy the setting as I had the whole garden to myself and it couldn’t get more perfect at that minute!
Pictures // Ajay Hasabnis/Lavina
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Hotel Klarov, Boutique hotel in Prague
- Hotel Klarov is located at a 5 minute walking distance from the Charles bridge but away from the crowds
- It is easy to get to the hotel by making use of public transport
- It is also easy to get from the hotel to Prague Castle by using public transport
- The hotel is newly renovated and has rooms to suit a variety of tastes
- The staff is courteous and excellent and are great at suggestions!
- If you’re looking to stay even closer to the castle at a higher elevation, then you should definitely think about staying at the Golden Key. Each of the rooms have amazing decor, there’s a cafe within the hotel and also a sauna and fitness room!
- If you’d rather prefer to head off to the countryside, I’d suggest a spa getaway! Try the Chateau Mcely, close to a couple of UNESCO sites (within an hour away from Prague). They have their own line of natural spa products as also the restaurant, Piano Nobile, voted as the best restaurant in the country in ’14.
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We were guests of Hotel Klarov, Prague, however, all opinions are as always, our own.
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