It was six o’clock on New Year’s Day when we were unceremoniously shoo-ed out of our taxi at the far end of the Mánesuv Most — with three pieces of luggage, two carry-ons, a stroller and one sleeping child.
“You’ll have to walk from here,” the driver shrugged as the entire city had begun to gather along the water to watch the big impending fireworks display. “The bridges are all closed! It’s about 500 meters.” Over the bridge through the massive crowd we bumped, we rolled, our wheels got caught on cobblestones. And just as the very first pyrotechnic erupted and lit up the sky, there it was right in front of us — the always classy, delightfully majestic Four Seasons Prague.
The Four Seasons Prague is made up of three historic buildings from the Baroque, Classical and Renaissance periods and united by a new, modern structure. Our very luxurious Renaissance room — the hotel’s largest room type at around 500 square feet — was newly refurbished with a palate of contrasting blues. It featured high ceilings, a plush king-size bed, hand-painted stencilling and a gorgeous bohemian crystal chandelier. A full marble bathroom was outfitted with signature FS robes and slippers (plus an adorable miniature version for our 2 1/2 year old son Jake,) L’Occitane soaps and shampoos and other smart details including a clock built right into the mirror so you can see what time it is as you’re getting ready.
In true Four Seasons form, as soon as a doorman spotted us coming down the street he came to the rescue, immediately relieving us of all our baggage. Once inside, the front desk attendant invited us to relax and catch the rest of the show from the 5th floor roof deck while she readied all the paperwork. On the roof there were heat lamps. There was complimentary hot mulled wine and warm apple cider for the kids. Most impressively, there were unparalleled views of the fireworks against a 180 degree view of the city. We were there not even ten minutes and were already made to feel completely at home.
A quick tour of the hotel followed. The gym closes at 10pm but can of course be opened at any hour if you just ask. Breakfast is served every morning at Cotto Crudo, the hotel’s award winning in-house restaurant. For those in a rush, coffee and croissants are left out near the elevators, free of charge. My husband took advantage of the complimentary overnight shoe shine (leave your shoes in the bag by 2am and they’ll be ready when you wake up) and I jumped on the free wifi faster than you can say Instagram.
A common theme we noticed throughout our stay was how masterfully the FS Prague pays attention to detail. They don’t just leave you cookies for your kids – they also give you three tubes of different colored icing to decorate them with. They don’t simply supply a pack ‘n play for baby’s bedtime — they recreate a full on nursery with stuffed animals, a musical mobile and alphabet floor puzzle mats. One day into our stay, the cleaning staff must have noticed my eyeglass lenses placed near the sink were a bit smudged – that evening, an eyeglass cleaning kit appeared alongside all the other luxe bathroom amenities. The concierge’s recommendations were always carefully tailored to our family and never generic. Service is swift and discreet; everyone is friendly and helpful. We could not imagine a better place to stay while visiting this great city. Our lofty expectations for the Four Seasons Prague were met and truly surpassed.
You should know:
If you’re feeling splurge-y, book one of the hotel’s Premier River Rooms – they offer outstanding views of the Vltava River and either the Prague Castle or the Charles Bridge.
Family Friendly rating: 10/10
Kids are welcomed just as warmly as their parents here. Our guest room — elegant as can be — was completely baby-proofed with soft edges and outlet protectors. A display of goodies featured plenty of toys, games and colored pencils in an adorable mouse-holder plus extra diapers, wipes and changing pads in case Mom forgot to pack enough. In the bathroom: a welcome sun hand-drawn on the edge of the tub, colored tablets to turn the bath water bright blue or green (so fun that we bought a pack once we got home), a stepstool to reach the sink, and a size 2 signature robe and slippers. Nightly turn down service included a copy of a different Czech folktale each evening. When it’s time for your little one to turn in for the night, do take advantage of the hotel’s professional and reasonably priced babysitting services — our sitter was friendly, experienced and sent us updates throughout the night via text message.
Read more about our adventures in Prague here.
*3onthego was given a press rate for our stay. All opinions are my own.
Four Seasons Prague
Address: Veleslavínova 1098/2A, 110 00 Praha, Czech Republic
Phone:+420 221 427 000