Alchymist Grand Hotel

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SET IN A ROW OF TALL BAROQUE HOUSES right at the cobblestone heart of Prague, the Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa aims to cast its spell on guests arriving in this shamelessly romantic capital.

Set in a quiet street in Mala Strana – Prague’s swishest quarter – the Alchymist is made for extravagance. Oozing Bohemian opulence, this frescoed and frothy former palace is a feast of antiques, sculptures and ornate mirrors. Gilded cherubs, stuccoed ceilings, hand-painted silk wallpapers, carved four-posters, crystal chandeliers and polished parquet lend plenty of lavish Wow factor.

Honeymooners love the place. Movie stars have stayed (think Andie Macdowell and Penelope Cruz) and lofty and luxurious rooms may well tempt you to simply call room service and hang up the Do Not Disturb sign. This is Habsburg Prague at its plushest.

Balinese pamper zone

Spacious rooms come with huge, high beds (we slept like babies), polished wood floors, crystal chandeliers and lashings of gold leaf, while generous bathrooms are tiled in Italian marble with rainfall showers and tubs. For the height of luxe, you can take the Alchymist suite with its four poster bed and bathtub set centre stage in a vast bathroom.

Ready for a drink? Sink into a red velvet chair in the plush bar for some wine tasting and canapes, or find a quiet corner in the plant-filled private courtyard terrace in summer.

Sooner detox? Step into the cellars, and Baroque turns Balinese at the Alchymist’s subterranean Ecsotica Spa – a grade A pamper zone with a range of top-of-the-line treatments. Decked with mirrors, candles and statues, it’s just the place to unwind after a day spent clocking up the sights.

There’s a dipping pool,  steam room and sauna, a special couples suite designed for side-by-side treatments, and a pillow-strewn Indonesian box bed for relaxing on afterwards..

Brilliantly located in a tranquil spot in the city centre (the American embassy is next door), the Alchymist is just minutes from Prague’s famous Charles Bridge and everything you’ll want to see. Impeccable service from welcoming, can’t-do-enough staff  is the cherry on the cake.

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Alchymist Grand Hotel was reviewed for Room for Romance by Katharina Hahn

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