Many of the city's hotels and restaurants cater to the production community
Visually arresting Prague welcomes the world during summer months. Traditional architecture abounds in this riverside capital dotted with cobblestone-paved medieval streets and Baroque buildings. These leading hotels and restaurants confirm Prague’s reputation as a destination offering sophisticated options to bizzers working on location. Here’s a small sample of worthwhile places to stay and to eat.
Ecclesiastical pedigree: Augustine, Prague
Prague’s mix of architectural eras is in evidence at Augustine, located in the picturesque Lesser Town district. The 101-room hotel includes seven buildings, the oldest dating back to 1284. It was was once home to Augustinian monks. Remnants of the St. Thomas Monastery now serve as bar and restaurant spaces. In a nod to its past as a monastic brewery, Augustine has its own dark lager brewed specifically for the hotel.
Castle view: Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Located in the city’s historic center, the 157-room Four Seasons Hotel Prague draws bold-faced names and execs to its artfully renovated collection of buildings. All major monuments are close; studios are a 15-minute drive. During the summer, tour the Vltava River via the Four Seasons’ deluxe river cruiser for a water’s-eye view of the city’s numerous scenic bridges. Opening this summer: a spa complete with mineral water baths and treatments inspired by such Czech spa towns as Karlovy Vary. CottoCrudo, the on-site Italian restaurant, earns high marks for its seafood specialties and housemade pastas.
Gleaming tower: Corinthia Hotel Prague
“Crossing Lines” transformed the lobby of the 539-room Corinthia Hotel Prague (pictured above) into the fictional Hyperion Hotel for a recent episode. The glass-walled contemporary structure has several restaurants, an indoor pool and spa on the top floor, and a convenient executive lounge. Free train-station pickup is available. Book a “Behind the Iron Curtain” walking tour through the hotel for a firsthand look at Czechoslovakia’s dark days under communism. The Corinthia Hotel Prague
Monastic roots: Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Once a Dominican monastery, the 99-room Mandarin Oriental combines 800 years of architecture and a unique attribute among luxury hotels: The spa is located in a former Renaissance chapel. Asian specialties are served at the Spices Restaurant and Bar; its barrel-vaulted ceilings are another nod to the past. Located in the city’s historic core, it’s a 30-minute drive to the Barrandov Film Studio.
Modernist cuisine: Field Restaurant
An exceptional seasonal concept — with an inventive use of Czech ingredients — awaits adventurous diners who seek out the year-old Field for its creative presentations of traditional continental dishes including frog legs, goose liver, and beef brisket. Refurbished farm implements are used as décor in the contemporary-styled dining room. Field is one of three Prague restaurants with a Michelin star.
Brilliant Italian: Divinis
Wide, wood-plank floors give Divinis, an upscale Italian eatery in the heart of Old Town, a rustic finish. Swordfish carpaccio, veal cheeks, rib-eye steak, and such exquisite desserts as marsala tiramisu are among the refined standouts; the wine list includes central European and Italian varietals.
Pan-Asian mix: SaSaZu
Ex-pats flock to SaSaZu, which melds Southeast Asian cuisines. Open midday to late night, the kitchen serves up fragrant soups, grilled tamarind duck, and vegetarian curries, among many others. Book a quick neck massage between courses for the complete experience.
Film theme: AnonymouS Bar
“V for Vendetta” inspired the interiors of the high-concept AnonymouS Bar, where bartenders — in Guy Fawkes’ masks, no less — craft imaginative cocktails. A wide selection of top-flight spirits are available, all served with theatrical flourish.