ROMANTIK HOTEL U RAKA

Cosy Bohemian charmer in Prague’s pretty castle quarter.

HIDDEN AMONG THE STUCCO HOUSES and cobblestone streets of medieval Prague, Romantik Hotel U Raka is tucked below the ramparts of Prague Castle.

This cosy former farmhouse turned boutique hotel is tucked away in a quiet corner of the city. Dating back to the 18th century, it’s a treat from start to finish – the perfect little retreat in romantic Prague.

Hotel U Raka’s six rustic rooms ooze charm with beamed ceilings, sturdy wood furniture and original stone walls – not to mention aircon and wi-fi. The spacious Exclusive room even has a large private terrace, an ancient well and a wood-burning fireplace, where you can cosy up with a bottle of wine on a winter’s night – making it a favourite with honeymooners.



Hit the spot
Beneath the ramparts of Prague Castle.

Bedtime
Try and bag the Exclusive room – the honeymooners’ favourite – with its wood-burning fireplace and private terrace.

Be savvy
It’s a place for peaceful weekends – not party animals. And it’s essential to book well ahead.

Be smitten
Quaint and characterful Bohemian charmer.

Flower-filled courtyard

Outside, a sheltered Japanese style terraced garden with colourful flowers, urns, old wheelbarrows, pebbles and bubbling water offers a pretty spot for enjoying a light lunch or drinks.  There’s a rustic wood panelled breakfast room, where drinks and light bites are served during the day.  

Family-run U Raka (the name means The Crayfish) feels more like a characterful private house than a hotel, and the owners (whose art and photographs adorn the walls) provide polished and friendly service.  They will be happy to arrange an airport pick-up when you arrive, and to book excursions or sightseeing trips.

Delicious breakfasts are a high point, with a delicious buffet and plenty of cooked options to set you up for the day. You are welcome to order breakfast in bed.

Tucked just behind the Loreto church, you’re well away from the tourist crowds in a deliciously quiet neighbourhood here, yet just a 20 minute walk from the big cultural sights and the Old Town. Prague Castle is ten minutes away, and you can hop aboard a tram just around the corner into the city centre.

With its homey, small-inn atmosphere and pretty neighbourhood, Hotel U Raka makes a great base for exploring historic Prague. Heaped with charm, it’s definitely one of Prague’s best kept secrets.


Hotel U Raka was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Dining in
If you fancy a light bite, Hotel U Raka’s cosy café can rustle up a tasty array of paninis, salads, pastries and desserts, served up in the garden or by the open fireplace indoors.

Dining out
There are plenty of good restaurants within a short walk. Lvi Dvur and U Zlaté Hrusky are among the best in town, and staff are happy to make suggestions and arrange bookings.



Where?
Romantik Hotel U Raka Café.

What’s cooking?
Delicious homemade desserts and snacks – try the apple cake.

Top table?

Nab a quiet spot in the garden – or by the fire in the cold winter months.

See & Do
You’re a ten minute walk from Prague Castle, one-time home of the princes of Bohemia. Other landmarks to check out include the famous Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and church of Saint Nicholas. There are heaps of museums and galleries, a fascinating Jewish quarter (take a guided walk), and you can always just wander the narrow cobbled streets and squares.

Clip-clop through Prague in a horse-drawn carriage, or tour the surroundings in a vintage car – U Raka’s friendly staff will be happy to make arrangements.

Shop

Take a look at the hand-painted eggs and local hand-made glassware – world famous Bohemia Crystal comes from Prague. Fashionistas will find plenty of big designer name boutiques in town.

Spa
An in-room massage can be arranged, but for a full range of treatments head to the Marevital massage studio ten minutes away.

After dark
Prague has plenty of late-night bars and clubs – possibly too many when the stag parties hit town at weekends. Don’t miss a night out at the Opera or a classical concert – you can see some excellent productions for a fraction of the cost at home. U Raka’s owners can recommend some nice neighbourhood pubs for a drink out in the neighbourhood.

Dates
November/December
Prague’s chocolate-box Christmas markets are among the best in Europe. Wander the narrow streets and squares to soak up festive cheer in Good King Wenceslas’ home town.

May
World class classical musicians take to the stage for the Prague International Music Festival.
GETTING THERE

Location
Cerninska 10, 118 00 Prague

Parking
There is free guest parking, though you won’t need a car.

Trains
Prague central station – 20 minutes.

Taxis

The hotel can arrange an airport transfer for EUR 30.

Airport
Prague – 11km.



Rooms and suites
Five rooms, one suite.

Special features
All rooms come with satellite TV and a DVD player, minibar and free wi-fi. Check out Room six (the superior luxury), which has its own private terrace and open fireplace.

Also…
There is a cosily romantic winter garden, perfect for star gazing or a mug of hot chocolate, and the walls are decorated with the owner’s own artworks.

ESSENTIAL INFO

Rates guide
From EUR 160- 180

Open/closed
Open all year

Check-in
15:00.

Check-out
11:00.

Minimum night stay?
No.

Breakfast
A buffet breakfast with optional cooked dishes (and a glass of local fizz, perhaps?) is served until 10am.

Room service
Available morning and evening.

Children
You’ll need to book a triple room.

Pets
Welcome.

Air conditioning
Yes – all rooms

Languages

Czech and English

Wedding license?
No

Your contact
Aneta Paulova – General Manager
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