Prague’s rich history is visible all over the Czech Republic capital city. The Sheraton is no different: the juxtaposition of the Art Nouveau architecture and new modern interior is a striking feature of the Starwood-owned Sheraton Prague Charles Square hotel in beautiful Prague.
A warm greeting at Sheraton Prague.
The building dates back to 1898 when its apartments housed many influential Czech residents as they fought in the Czech National Revival to preserve Czech culture and language. Decades down the road it is newly renovated to meet the needs of Prague visitors. There are reminiscences of the old building, such as the intricate stone “Salve” sign in the floor and the striking stairwell.
Located right on the edge of Prague’s old and new town, as a guest of the Sheraton you have the famous sites of Prague at your fingertips, such as the famous Charles Street bridge over the river Vltava. The bridge was featured in opening scenes of the film Mission Impossible 1, and leadsup to Prague Castle, once the capital of the Hapsburg's Austrian-Hungarian empire. The bridge was built by King Charles IV.
Prague Castle as seen from the Vltava River
The Sheraton underwent a renovation three years ago and the interiors are sharp. As I entered the lobby I was struck by the high ceilings; I would later find out that before Starwood expanded the property, the lobby was a courtyard where people would enjoy the sunshine and small talk over espressos and traditional Czech apple strudel. While the buildings facade looks quite substantial from the outside, I was surprised to find out that the Sheraton has 160 guest rooms and five meeting rooms in various sizes. The Sheraton also has a top of the line fitness center, spa, restaurant, and rooftop bar.
The courtyard-sized lobby.
As I entered through the large doors I was met with a smile by the concierge and lobby staff. The Link@Sheraton social hub in the heart of the lobby is bright and inviting, a place where you can be alone but not lonely. There are large plush sofas where you can sip a cup of tea from the Diamond bar or watch the news on a 42 inch flat screen TV. Whether you take advantage of the high speed wifi or the fully wired workstations, the lobby is a place to connect, and relax.
Socialize at The Link@Sheraton.
At the Sheraton there are 120 guest rooms and 38 suites. The rooms are comfortable, stylish, and efficient. All rooms offer the Sheraton’s exclusively designed Sweet Sleeper beds. They were especially designed for a dreamy sleep and are only found at Sheraton hotels. After a long day of sightseeing or business these beds beg to be slept in. I even overheard a guest raving about the bed, “I’ve never slept so good in my life!” I can attest to that! I enjoyed breakfast feeling renewed and rested.
Along with the Sweet Sleeper beds all rooms are equipped with spacious working spaces, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, a lockbox with an outlet inside for easy charging, and large functional bathrooms.
A chic deluxe suite at Sheraton Prague.
At the Sheraton Prague there are six categories of rooms, from the standard deluxe room to the two-story premium deluxe suite with skylight and a large living room. The bathrooms offer the Sheraton’s own “Shine” toiletry products. The mandarin and mint scented products will make you want to abandon previous plans of the night, and instead draw a bath in the large, deep bathtub. You can bet I did! After pampering myself a bit, I slipped on the plush bathrobe and slippers, made myself a quick espresso and enjoyed the fresh air on my very own private terrace. If fortunate enough to stay in one of the suites, there may also be a private terrace to soak up the sunshine before heading out to experience Prague.
Relax with Shine botanicals.
Whether you are at the Sheraton for business or pleasure it does not disappoint. There are five meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, high speed wifi ,and in four of the rooms, large skylights providing plenty of natural light. Although the Sheraton works mainly with businesses for meetings and conferences, it is also possible to arrange a wedding or a posh gala. No matter what kind of event you are arranging, you can guarantee the Sheraton’s enthusiastic team will bring your vision alive.
At the Sheraton health and wellness are paramount. Travel and work can often leave the body sore. At the Sheraton you can take advantage of the 24 hour fitness center. The center, together with Core Performance, effectively deliver maximum results using handy hacks to combat jetlag and exhaustion. With both cardio and strength training equipment guests can workout at their pace and preference. I took advantage of their clever stretching hacks and used the roller to massage my tight muscles and reflect on a jam-packed day of sightseeing in Prague.
Along with the training guide you can find information about Starwood hotels program, Color your plate. Together with Core Performance the Sheraton recommends a healthy eating approach which consists of just that, coloring your plate with foods that give different and essential nutrients for a more balanced diet. For more detailed information and a menu visit, www.sheraton.com/fitness. And you don't need the famous Hapsburg lip to enjoy the lip smacking suggestions.
If relaxation is more desirable, the Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, or the relaxation room are a perfect fit. Sweat out your worries in the sauna or reserve the Jacuzzi for a private, romantic date. The Sheraton spa is conveniently adjacent to the fitness center and offers numerous services, from a lava stone massage to an unwinding aroma Thai massage.
Dessert Czech style.
There is no lack of delicious food and drink at the Sheraton. Located by the main lobby the Diamond’s Bar is tucked away, a perfect place to unwind after meetings or just to have a few social drinks with friends. At Diamond’s Bar you can sit in dimmed lighting creating an intimate atmosphere and sip the hotel’s own signature unique cocktail, the “Sheratini”. Depending on the weather, the rooftop extension of the Diamond’s Bar is not to be missed. Located on the 8th floor terrace, you can gaze upon Prague’s panoramic views. You can even watch the sun set behind the Prague Castle.
During chillier months let the food and drink of the elegant Brasserie Délice warm you. Brasserie Délice can be described as fine French cuisine with a Czech accent. As I entered the polished restaurant and found my seat, I was presented with an a la carte menu consisting of exciting and adventurous food created by Executive Chef Jiří Kupricht. I started my fine dining experience by ordering a glass of smooth Svatovavřinecké Czech wine. Gazing out upon the lively streets of Prague while sipping on Czech wine was an unforgettable experience. It was not long after that my appetizer of grilled octopus with avocado, fresh fennel, and mesclun salad arrived. My plate was a work of art and almost too striking to destroy, but the warm octopi was waiting to be enjoyed. The combination of flavors was divine. I savored every bite and felt a childlike giddy chuckle arise in me.
There are numerous avenues when it comes to main courses, from homemade taglioline sepia seafood with salmon caviar, to a traditional Czech boiled beef rump "Svíčková in a vegetable cream, "Charlesbad" dumplings. I chose to indulge with the Filet Mignon, gratinated with parmesan adorned with creamy mushrooms and a baked potato. My first slice revealed the perfectly pink medium-rare interior. The creamy mushrooms were a perfect pair to the lavish tender beef. I waited in anticipation for my dessert. I ordered a chocolate cake with a green tea parfait, macaroon and a lemon sauce. When it arrived I couldn’t contain my amazement; the waiter laughed as he saw my jaw hit the floor. So delicate, so inviting. I had to dig it and I was not disappointed. The dessert was divine!
The magical city of Prague brought me to the Sheraton, but the friendly staff, the plush bed, and the delectable food will keep me coming back to the Sheraton Prague Charles Square.
- Feature by Kristin Rist, Jetsetters Magazine Europe Correspondent; photos by the author and courtesy of Sheraton Prague Charles Square.