Farida Zeynalova spends a weekend of luxury in one of Prague’s most opulent hotels
The palatial Boscolo Prague sits in the ideal location for exploring the sights of the Czech capital on foot, with the main train station just a two-minute walk away. The 5-star hotel, which was formerly a bank has plenty of panache — think high ceilings, hues of gold and cream and blindingly sparkly chandeliers. The main lobby resembles a grand ballroom with soaring marble pillars, lavish furniture and flowers.
A sea of blues, greens and creams, the spa is the ideal hideaway for a spot of uninterrupted relaxation and is open from 7am-10pm, seven days a week. I shake myself out of a post-flight daze with a cold lemon water and a take a dip in the heated pool, which boasts a striking blue mosaic floor and is bordered with bamboo trees and cushy lounge beds. I shuffle across to the dry sauna in my slippers and the 20 purifying minutes I spend here work wonders on my London-clogged pores.
My masseuse Ana collects me from the lounge area for a 30-minute back massage, which starts with a mixed berry herbal tea and a quick consultation. The massage room is small and cosy with a shower in the corner, wood furnishings throughout, fresh flannels and bowls of potpourri dotted around. I wedge my face in the bed and wait for Ana to return. I ask her for a tough, deep-tissue massage, and Ana doesn’t waste a second before de-knotting my neck, shoulders and lower back, using her elbows to really tackle specific areas. “I do this massage my way,” she proudly tells me whilst kneading my back with intense pressure. I get a hint of jojoba as she soothes the mixture of essential oils up and down my back. When I leave half an hour later, I feel light as air.
I stay in the Junior Suite, which is light and spacious. The subtle design focuses on marble and leather – think 2017 meets Art Nouveau. The lounge area includes a sofa, desk and TV, but the highlight of the suite is the bed, which is one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in. After devouring the complimentary fruit and chocolates I jump straight in.
The hotel offers numerous dining options, including the refined Salon Restaurant serving modern Czech cuisine, The New York Café, which fulfils my burger cravings, and the fanciest of them all – Cigar Bar. Feeling tired and antisocial, I opt for room service instead: a burger and beef goulash, which is ordered using the iPad in the room. For breakfast, I head down to New York Café where I’m met with an extensive American buffet including cooked options as well as fruit, yoghurt and several types of coffee.
Ideal for city explorers with a taste for luxury, especially those seeking a romantic getaway in the Czech capital.
Massages start from approximately £80 for 60 minutes. Guestrooms start from £175 a night during high season and £140 a night during low season (excluding 15% VAT).
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