Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague – Review

We boarded tram #12 from Holešovice station in Prague. Before coming to Europe we had already decided to use only public transport as one of the ways of experiencing the life as locals do. We were super excited at the prospect of staying in a 14th Century Monastery, now converted into the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

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Prague Mandarin Oriental Hotel, main entrance. The high walls are one of the symbols of the original monastery

The tram snaked its way through the streets of Malá Strana, the second oldest urban settlement in Prague, erstwhile capital of Bohemia. The roads were filled with tourists on various forms of transport including roofless vintage cars!

The Hotel

In time we reached our destination and enter the gates of Mandarin Oriental hotel which opened into a cobbled courtyard. We already felt the first sign of monastery. As if by magic, the street noise was not to be heard and it was already quiet inside the premises. The story goes that grounds was home to a Dominican monastery which over time passed into oblivion till MO hotels group acquired the property to build a 99 room hotel in 2006. It is another story how the hotel was built in conjunction with the Heritage Conservation Authority of Prague and eventually was awarded the building of the year in 2007!

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A piece of the original plaster and painting at the Spa

The architects had made sure that much of the original atmosphere was retained, at the same time the frills of a modern luxurious hotel was carefully woven into the heritage site to produce a well-orchestrated fusion of the monastic and the spiritual with the modern comfort and facilities.

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Signature fan for the Prague Mandarin hotel by Jarmila Mucha Pockova. Photo Credit Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Prague

The décor at places were minimalist by choice in deference to the historical values of the monastery.
The Mandarin Oriental signature fan, which is also its logo, is different for each of its hotels. The fan in Prague hotel is inspired by Alfons Mucha’s designs from the Landmark Municipal House.

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Reception with a lone cherry blossom tree reaching the sky

The Room

The room was quite modern and elegantly furnished and generally well appointed. In fact we found that it was tad bigger than some of the other similar hotels in Europe, which was a big plus. The TV had a welcome message for us and on the table some welcome goodies, which we polished off in no time. 🙂

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Welcome fruit plate with our names on the card
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Most welcome! Chocolates 🙂
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Our spacious room

Bathrobes and slippers were of superior quality, keeping in line with MOs practice worldwide. We were told that the floors were heated however we did not feel the need for it as we were in the middle of a warm summer. In the bathroom, the marble tiles, bathtub and other shining fixtures beckoned me to take a bath ASAP.

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Large size bathroom with 2 basins.

Bathroom  had two wash basins, Him and Her, this was again a quintessentially MO design element.

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Slippers!

Dining

The breakfast spread was quite elaborate and very continental in nature. The service was superb and the staff impressed us by remembering our preferences of eggs and our beverages. We especially had additional helpings from the cakes and dessert counter.

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Breakfast spread – Dessert section
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Breakfast spread – Dessert section
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Dinner at Spice – a multi cuisine restaurant

The Spice restaurant connected to the breakfast rooms was already buzzing with activity when we reached in the evening. Spice restaurant specialty is anything Asian. Whether it is Indian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Korean, Sri Lankan or even Sushi (Whew!). There were also some original cocktails and a collection of good wine from the region.

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Dinner at Spice – a multi cuisine restaurant
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Spice Restaurant with monks’ religious habits hung on the left wall.

The lighting and decor was in keeping with monastic ambience.

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Fine red for Dinner at Spice – a multi cuisine restaurant
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A part of the well stocked wine cellar

There also was a fully stocked cellar that had some of the rarest vintage and for those who wanted a private dinner there was a secluded cave underground. It is absolutely exclusive. Only the previous week a gentleman had proposed to his fiancée right here!

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Space for private dinner underground! There is a well covered by glass here

Wellness

With all the calories tucked in, it was time for us to check out the gym. The well-equipped gym was located in the basement. Just the thing to help maintain continuity for those who are regular with their workout regime.

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“we are ready if you are” the Gym seems to say

I am normally more regular when I am back home but after having a look at the gym I had to have a go for some time.

There was once a chapel during the renaissance period, in the premises. Mandarin Oriental’s award winning Spa is built over the remnants of this old chapel. It was probably the right thing to do too. The whole spa area had a spiritual ambiance to it. The aroma, of massage oils wafting through our nostrils to energize our tired touristy selves, was distinctly Mandarin Oriental!

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Luxurious massage treatment at the welness centre

Access to the spa is via a long underground tunnel leading from the basement of the hotel to the chapel area. It looks like a walk in a museum with many artifacts collected during excavation on display here. We could even see the original foundations carefully preserved under a glass floor.

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Tunnel leading to the spa from the main building. On the right walls are the artifacts excavated from this site
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Original foundation of the chapel preserved under the glass

The Spa had an outside entrance for walk-in customers too.

Other Features

There are four areas that are fully equipped to host meetings, official banquets, private dinners and even weddings. Out of that, 3 rooms can be combined to create a huge 150 SqM grand ballroom with vaulted ceiling.

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Corridor along the meeting rooms and banquet halls

We loved the way they had named the halls after various types of tea like Jasmine, Oolong, Darjeeling and Ginseng!

As bloggers we were interested in the WiFi speed and we were not disappointed with the free WiFi service that helped us to work into the night after returning from our jaunts.

Evening service or turndown service as it is also called, was excellent with bottles of water, slippers by the side of the bed, removing the bedcover and placing sleep spray tubes near the pillows, if we needed it.

Concierge knew his city very well and was very helpful in guiding us about the city. The best part was we could also buy public transport tickets from him ! So you have your tickets ready before you step out of the hotel.

Another plus point was, there was an in-house ATM in the basement to withdraw money should you require some in a hurry and we think it is a great idea.

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ATM in the basement

This goes a long way to make the customer satisfied. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava‘ seems to be their motto as well!

Location

Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located in Malá Strana or the lesser town. This town was originally built in 13th century just after the construction of old town on the opposite bank of the river Vltava (also called River Moldau).

It is only few minutes’ walk to the famed Charles Bridge and well connected to the Prague Castle and the rest of Prague by tram.

So all in all, we found that it was just the place to return to after a tiring sightseeing to enjoy a relaxed evening and a blissful sleep.

You may want to read our review of Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Macau.

Disclaimer We stayed at Mandarin Oriental Prague at their invitation but the opinions, as always, are our own.

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Luxury in a Monastery!

31 thoughts on “Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague – Review

  1. Great, that hotel is looking so awesome and best place to stay in prague. Its things are looking so luxury and food is best charm. stunning photos you shared of that beautiful place.

  2. I am a huge fan of Mandarin Oriental hotels, and I wish we had stayed there when we visited Prague. It looks gorgeous, and I love the way they give you a real sense of a place’s history and culture along with amazing service and luxury.

  3. Mandarin Oriental Hotel definitely looks like a place to be when in Prague.. I loved that the slippers and other things were of superior quality & that amazingly long lobby makes me go crazy for some reason.. Thanks for the review i’ll definitely keep this one in mind before visiting Prague. 😀

  4. I love how thorough your review was. I would definitely find it useful if I was visiting Prague. It’s so charming when they turn historical places into hotels.
    🙂

  5. It’s so good that so much of the original atmosphere was retained. Love the details, like those robes hanging from the wall while you’re having dinner.
    But the room really looks cozy. One could think that it would be cold, all in bricks and concrete, since it was a monastery once, right! But look at that spacious room, love it! 🙂
    By the way, Europe is the best to be discovered by public transport. I’m sure you’ve had fun around Prague. 🙂

  6. This hotel seems like the ultimate way to pamper yourself. I’d love to walk around on the heated floors with the bathrobe in the morning and then treat myself to the spa later in the day. With the amazing food options, you almost don’t even have to leave the hotel for the day.

  7. Wow.. You seemed to have such a lovely stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel! I particularly love the design of the room.. Very contemporary yet elegantly furnished.. The private underground cave is also perfect for a quite dinner.. Such a lovely and unique set-up to dine in.. AND having that in-house ATM is very handy… Indeed a lovely feature for the hotel to have to lessen the hassle of looking for ATMs in case guests needs some quick cash.

  8. This looks like a very memorable experience and accommodation option in Prague! I would definitely love to visit this hotel next time I am there.
    It does feel like they have done an excellent job preserving the monastery feeling and adding the luxury to it.

  9. How awesome that this property had such a great history! I see they have preserved the original atmosphere, which is something I always appreciate, but the dining room underground left me speechless! We’ll definitely check it out if we return to Prague!

  10. Loved Prague, but I may not have saw it staying here. Not surprised how beautiful. You are very right too, elaborate spread of food. Looks delicious. That bed looks very comfy.

  11. The wine cellar and the underground dinner is amazing! That must be very lovely. I also loved that they had personalized your stay with letters and free fruits and chocolates!

  12. The moment you said 14th Century, I was hooked on to your story Nisha…for someone like me who loves historical places so much, a stay here would be like living in a dream! Plus it’s surprisingly so modern, so that’s an interesting mix as well…

    And I would do anything for that dinner underground! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. Oh wow, incredible that the hotel was once a 14th century monestary – I’ve come to really love seeking out historic hotels lately, and Prague would be an incredible city for a historic stay. I love how they’ve achieved the balance of maintaining the original atmosphere but still offering the luxury and quality that we’ve come to expect from a Mandarin Oriental.

    Really beautiful rooms – the extra touches like the monks’ religious habits in the restaurant seem to act as a fun reminder that this is not just any cookie cutter hotel! So incredible that they’ve displayed the original foundation of the chapel preserved under the glass on your way to the spa – it’s like a museum in it’s own right as well as being a hotel. How fabulous, I want to stay!

  14. The Prague Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a just a stunning property! I love its history as a 14th century monestary – I’m always looking out for unique hotel properties when we travel. Having the chapel preserved underfoot is a wonderful historical feature. It looks like you enjoyed a fabulous stay!

  15. Wow, This Mandarin Oriental looks awesome! I mean sleeping in a converted 14th Century Monastery – how cool is that! Looks quite posh with all the amenities you could ask for in a hotel.

    I love the unique details of this spot though – cobblestone courtyard, lone cherry tree in the lobby, and the monk robes in the restaurant. But the private dinning table in an underground cave – that’s epic!

  16. I wish I had stayed here when I came to Prague, my hotel was nice but I much prefer the modern look and feel and all the special touches you get with a brand like Mandarin Oriental. I like that the modern interiors haven’t taken away from the historical features that make this hotel special – and those chocolates are cute!

  17. The fact that the hotel is actually a 14th-century monastery now converted is in itself a charming facet of the hotel. The luxury and elegance, of course, is nowhere near the spartan lifestyle one would expect in a monastery though! But I can see that they have kept alive the monasterial ambience streaks like the hanging of the monks’ habits and the intriguing underground private dining area. Must have been a unique experience indeed.

  18. The 14th century monastery converted to the hotel was enough for me to stick to your post. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Prague looks really nice. Especially I liked their minimalistic decor and the way they have taken care of the Monastery ambience. Food too looks mouth watering and I think they were great with their hospitality. The underground dining area is the charm of this place.

  19. This looks like a gorgeous hotel, especially the food. One of these days when I finally make it to Prague, the mandarin Oriental will definitely be the first place I look. I love the history too.

  20. I love when hotels are unique – and this one combines history with a modern hotel, that is so cool. The wine cellar is so cool! I stayed in a totally different kind of place when I visited Prague – maybe when I return, I’ll have to check this hotel out!

  21. I’ve just been writing about a recent stay in Prague – I walked right past here, though I didn’t go in – I did visit another 5star for lunch where I stayed was a quirky kind of place. I like the interior of the Mandarin Oriental here, it’s managed to keep an historic feel! And, it looks very luxurious!

  22. Who would have thought that a monastery would be such a luxurious place to visit. I love that you had some edible treats in the room when you arrived. The single cherry blossom is perfect and I like that they tried to keep the same attitude as the monastery. Did you look down the well?

  23. I love unique hotels and this seems so unique! I love the fact that it has so much history to show like the glass floor where you could still see old parts of the chapel. All in all this sounds like the perfect stay in a busy city together with a spa and a gym to take some time for your body. And the welcome gift is super cute!

  24. We love love love Prague. We’ve been to Prague twice, it’s one of our favorite cities in Europe. We just stayed at Mandarin Oriental in Miami, gorgeous hotel. We’ll have to check out that hotel on our next visit, we know we’ll be back.

  25. I would much rather have stayed here than the hotel I ended up at in Prague, which was nearly impossible to find outside the city. The food there looks heavenly, and I would definitely sign up for a massage. It would be fun to eat at the cave table, although I would need to find someone special to enjoy it with me.

  26. I like your decision to take public transport as the locals do. I also try to travel this way when possible.

    What a beautiful hotel as well! Great that you had a concierge where you could buy transport tickets in advance, and the food looks fabulous. Very cool that they named the different halls after different types of tea!

  27. I am currently looking for a place to stay in Prague and I’m seriously considering this one. I love the architectural design and the original paintings in the spa. What an interesting place!

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