The sun is setting outside of our window, and the sky starts to twinkle with the lights of the historical town, and Petrin Tower is lit in the distance on the nearby hill.
It is here I sit at my window and am in awe of how silent the evening is, yet we are in the heart of the historical old town of Prague.
We have arrived in Prague, and here at the Hotel Golden Key, we find ourselves for three glorious nights.
I love the fact we have a big bath, and so I run a nice hot L’Occitane bubble bath when we arrive, and there I soak away the muscle aches that I have discovered from playing on the waterside in Poznan, Poland two days ago.
The wonderful thing about the Hotel Golden Key is how they treat children as ‘VIP Guests’. Prior to our arrival, I had received an email asking my sons name, age etc, and when we arrived there was a treat for him. In a Champagne Bucket was a bottle of kids fruity bubbly chilling on ice, with two champagne glasses on a silver tray, and some fruit. On the bed in coloured squares was spelled my son’s name and a bag of sweets. He was delighted, and so was I.
We popped the ‘Cool Party Drink’ and I relaxed in the bath with a glass of it, and Explorason set up the technology and wifi. We both had devices and were supplied with individual log in wifi codes and passwords for during our stay.
Then feeling rather refreshed, we headed downstairs to explore. Drinks are available in the Lobby area with various relaxing areas. I selected a beautiful glass of Polish red wine and perused the coffee table books.
Just behind the drinks area, are a few stairs leading down to a club lounge. There seem to be so many places to relax and the mix of old and new is tastefully incorporated into the 16th Century old Locksmith building. In fact, we learn that a rather wealthy locksmith originally lived here, thus the ‘Golden Key’ earned its name.
Being in the heart of the old town area, the Hotel Golden Key is within walking distance to a myriad of restaurants, and there are even places to have a massage or shop nearby. It is quite a thriving area, but once inside it feels like the busy street is miles away. As you wander through, the smell of wood is still evident, and I found this really to be a pleasant aroma.
There is a lovely hot sauna area downstairs with an open shower and reclining chairs. It is down a circular staircase that leads down from the small gymnasium and fitness area. I really enjoyed my sauna, and because there were the reclining chairs outside, I was able to leave Explorason out there, whilst I had some ‘me’ time too, yet I could see him through the glass.
The next morning we head down to the breakfast room and there is a great choice of hot and cold foods. Each day we met and chatted to other hotel guests here at breakfast, and met some lovely people. It was Explorason that noticed how the chairs and cushions all tastefully lined in opposing colors.
After breakfast, I wandered into the Designum Gift Shop that is part of the complex. Each item is made by artists from the Czech Republic, and there are some really incredible pieces here. Not at all like your tacky souvenirs, there are great quality works of art and memories of Prague and the Czech Republic to take home with you.
Hotel Golden Key only opened its doors in October 2014, so it is still very new, yet it is very old. Take this ceiling below for example. This is the original old ceiling that was covered up with layers, as in terror fashion changed over the years, and they discovered it when restoring the building. No wonder the restoration took 18 months. Restored with time and care, and the parquetry floor was also discovered and is in immaculate condition.
I had a lovely tour of the hotel by one of the management, and discovered there is a family and adjoining guest suite area. Here 5 rooms can be used for large families and groups, or there are two or three adjoining rooms in this area that can be used for relatives for example. Here is a sample of the bedroom, and it overlooks the street.
Upstairs, our room was so spacious and very light and airy. We were near the top level, but there is an open area with a glass roof below, so you get the feeling of being outdoors, yet you really aren’t.
On our last evening, I once again had time to myself as Explorason slept. I pulled the relaxing armchair across to the window and opened it and just listened as the night air was still and quiet. It seemed hard to believe I was in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Prague!
Location: Nerudova 243/27, Prague 1,11800
MANAGED BY ASTEN HOTELS
Date stayed: March 2015
Bar: A small and quality selection of alcoholic beverages are available
Kitchen/Restaurant: I believe a cafe or restaurant will soon feature in the front store
Child-friendly: Children are treated like royalty, and family suites are available