HOTEL POD VEZI PRAGUE REVIEW
So you’re wondering where to stay in Prague. Somewhere near the main Prague sights, perhaps? Somewhere you can eat in, at one of the best Prague restaurants. A place where you can relax in luxury. Maybe even one of the Prague hotels near Charles Bridge, so that you can get up early and beat the crowds to sunrise on one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Well, step forward, Hotel Pod Vezi, Prague.
The hotel’s name – Pod Věži – means ‘Under The Tower’. The tower in question is the Lesser Town Bridge Tower Malostranska Mostecka Vez – at the entrance to the western end of the Charles Bridge. It’s one of the best-known landmarks of Prague, and it’s literally twenty seconds’ walk from the front door of the hotel.
Location was important to us, but not everything. We wanted a luxurious short break in Prague, our first since lockdown measures were eased in the Czech Republic, something to give us a boost after months of being cooped up.
And this is exactly what we got at the Hotel Pod Vezi, Prague.
HOTEL POD VEZI PRAGUE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hotel Pod Věži is right beneath the Lesser Town Bridge Tower – you cannot get any closer to the Charles Bridge Prague than this
It’s one of the best 4-star hotels in Prague that we’ve stayed in
As a hotel guest, you’re offered a complimentary ticket to the Tower, which is one of the best viewpoints in Prague
You can walk to many of the main Prague attractions from the Hotel
It’s on Mostecka, one of the most beautiful Prague streets, filled with Baroque mansions
The Hotel is spread across two buildings – the original building and an annexe
As well as the Restaurant, they also have the Café Creperie Pod Věži, which we didn’t get time to visit
There is also a rooftop area on the third floor, with a close-up view of the Lesser Town Bridge Tower, and views over the rooftops to nearby St Nicholas Church, Mala Strana, St Vitus’ Cathedral and several of the most beautiful churches in Prague
The nearest public transport is 200 metres away with the 12 and 22 trams on Malostranske Naměstí. Malostranska metro station, on the green line A, is only 500 metres away.
HOTEL POD VEZI LOCATION
The Hotel’s location is unbeatable, especially for anyone who wants to beat the crowds on Charles Bridge, either at the very beginning or end of the day.
The Hotel is in Mala Strana Prague, the ‘Lesser Town’ of the city. It gained this name as Old Town and New Town were founded before it, so their names were already taken! There’s nothing ‘lesser’ about it at all – it’s a place where you’ll find some of the best Prague architecture, especially from the Baroque period.
Mala Strana is the area between the area between the Vltava River and Prague Castle. Within a five-minute walk of the Hotel, you’ll find lovely Kampa Island and park, the famous Lennon Wall, the Franz Kafka Museum, St Nicholas Church, the Vrtba Garden and the Infant Jesus of Prague statue.
We had booked a Classic Double room, and notified the Hotel that our five-year-old son could share with us. So we had a pleasant surprise when we were told we had an upgrade to a Deluxe Double room. This amounted to a deluxe two rooms, the luxurious main bedroom and a second room which the Little Fellow immediately bagged for himself.
The room was superb. There was plenty of natural light from windows looking out onto the inner courtyard and out over the houses of Mala Strana. The wifi connection was excellent, and the desk in the second room was a great workspace.
We both agreed that our bed was one of the most comfortable we had ever slept in. I rose early to check the weather for a possible pre-dawn walk across Charles Bridge, but returned to bed when I saw the cloud-filled sky. I was so comfortable that I would have slept right through breakfast had I not been woken.
The bathroom was very spacious, absolutely spotless and the toiletries – we used soap and shampoo – were very high quality.
We found the service at Hotel Pod Věži to be impeccable. The upgrade was a nice touch, but in everything else the staff were great. We didn’t need to ask much of them beyond extra coffee sachets and milk for the room, and baggage storage after checking out, but in all our dealings, they were spot on. Our Little Fellow was also mightily pleased to be given a fridge magnet when we left – a nice touch.
We decided to eat in at the Restaurant Pod Věži, forgoing the lovely vaulted interior for a table outdoors beneath the Lesser Town Bridge Tower. The Little Fellow had already eaten elsewhere, so went for the chocolate cake, while Faye and I went for the roast duck with stewed cabbage and dumplings, which was delicious. The duck was perfectly cooked, and it melted off the bones.
While waiting for our food, we both had a tiny sample of Little Fellow’s chocolate cake, and it was so good that we decided on a very rare step – to order one each for dessert.
The following morning, we opted for breakfast inside the restaurant rather than the tempting sunny al fresco option. Faye was delighted to have smoked salmon and eggs available, and the Little Fellow was exceedingly pleased to find there was a waffle-making machine. He proceeded to make very short work of one, and wanted seconds, with which he required a little assistance.
The buffet spread was very good, covering most tastes across the board. We were the last stragglers that morning, so were happy to polish off one or two extra croissants and pieces of fruit that wouldn’t have been eaten otherwise. Everything we had was of the same high quality as the previous evening’s meal at the restaurant.
The restaurant’s interior is beautiful, with very old arches and a partly vaulted ceiling. It’s very cosy and atmospheric, an ideal place for a romantic meal on a cold Prague winter evening.
Hotel Pod Věži quickly became one of our favourite places to stay in Prague, and we’ll definitely treat ourselves to another stay there at some point. Mala Strana is also a strong contender for the best area to stay in Prague, and Hotel Pod Věži is one of the best Mala Strana hotels we’ve stayed in, without a doubt.