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“Understated Elegance and Tranquility in the Heart of It All”
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Unitas Hotel
Ranked #9 of 651 Hotels in Prague
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New York City
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“Understated Elegance and Tranquility in the Heart of It All”
Reviewed 29 March 2012

Unitas Hotel is located on an inconspicuous, quiet side street across from a police station with its clumsy Communist architecture. A revealing and optimistic political barometer was the fact that Friends gay bar was located across from the police precinct. The hotel was unique in that it had both modern amenities and historical roots as a convent of the Grey Sisters of St. Franciscus in the 1850’s, and as a prison of the Communist Secret Police after WWII who imprisoned President Vaclav Havel. The location was only a few minute walk to the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Wencelas Square.

The lobby had a computer with internet access and a generous tray of elegant, carefully crafted tea sandwiches which were available in the later afternoons. A large bowl of apples was always provided. A maze of long, wide corridors lead to different wings – with intriguing design elements such as shear curtains that covered false doorways and sepia photographs on canvas. Doorbells to guest rooms obviated the need to knock – eliminating some hall noise. A 10’ x 12’ entrance foyer had an amour (stocked with slippers, shoe care products and a terry cloth robe), luggage racks, and a refrigerator topped by shining glasses and a corkscrew. While the bedroom was 9’x16’, its gleaming white walls, 18’ ceilings, charming furnishings (including a sizable desk, and lounge-chair with ottoman), and strategically placed light fixtures made it seem larger. In place of hotel art which had become such a cliché, the room had beautifully framed mirrors that were illuminated by picture lights. A flat screen television was connected to the wall along with a DVD player. Surprisingly, there was no clock in the room. Simple, modern wall sconces provided cheerful lighting. The large 8’x10’ bathroom’s sparkling sink that resembled a sloping trough was outfitted with modern hardware, and a modern shower stall hugged one corner (a room with a bath must be requested). High-end skin and soap products sat in a wicker basket. The only omissions in this hotel were that of a clock, a door leading to the bedroom from the foyer to diminish hall sounds, and a soap dish in the shower. The room (#216) seemed to be above the kitchen so that some noise permeated into the room in preparation of breakfast (but it was mostly innocuous), and it faced a tranquil courtyard. Upon returning to the hotel in the evening, the bedspread was always removed (the mattress was pleasantly firm) and ample supplies of candies were stocked at bedside. Once such candy was called “coffee dreams” – which should have been called “coffee nightmares” as they contained caffeine!

The concierge employees were all so patient and helpful. While they most likely fielded the same questions repeatedly from hotel guests, they acted with zeal as if it was the first time they heard them.

The breakfast room was at the end of a labyrinth of hallways including a detour through a comfortable looking lounge with baby grand piano. Tables were set with stunning white linens. A miniature votive candle sat on a mound of coffee beans in a glass. A miniature vase held a charming bouquet of flowers. Artful, modern light fixtures stretched across the room on wires – the hotel successfully and tastefully blended new elements into the charming hotel. The eclectic modern design worked well in this historical setting. The oval buffet table in the center was carefully stocked with a plethora of choices: charcuterie, cheeses, dried fruit, hot and cold cereals, scrambled eggs, bacon, a variety of sausages, yogurt, stuffed eggplant, and a chilled bottle of champagne for the adventurous. Omelets to order were also offered. Their coffee was 10++. The staff seemed so eager to please their guests and was thoroughly pleasant.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

This hotel is centrally located, minutes from the Charles Bridge and tourist attractions. It is a former convent converted into a majestic hotel with superb rooms - 18 foot ceilings, spacious rooms and very accommodating staff. Make sure you request a room facing the courtyard, as the rooms over the street are very noisy with trash trucks at night, and construction (at six in the morning!!!!!) We requested to move after the first night (because we are traveling with a baby and I am a light sleeper) to an interior room, and the staff were very helpful and gracious. The included breakfast is delicious, plenty of hot and cold items, including omelettes a la carte. We are still here in fact, but did not want to wait to write the review as we are so impressed with the level of service and the magnificence of the hotel. This is our first time to Prague, and we are moving here next year, so will definitely recommend this hotel, as well as stay here if our residence is not ready when we move! I really can't say enough nice things about this place!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

A hotel in a very quiet street next door to a church and opposite a police station. We spent 3 nights here and found it to be great place for a city break. All the staff were very friendly, the place was immaculate and the rooms large and roomy with a big well appointed bathroom. Free wifi in each room too as well as a computer in the reception area. There was a really good selection of food for breakfast and the cooked to order omelettes were superb. A very interesting hotel which has been a convent in the past. This is the best city hotel I have ever stayed in and we found it good value too. It is a very convenient base to use to explore Prague.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Friendly efficient service at both reception and at breakfast. Good size bedroom and en-suite shower room. All areas very clean. Excellent location with easy access to Old Town Square (Astronomical clock, etc), Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Petrin Hill and other 'attractions'.

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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Smart and impressive decor as you stroll in to this hotel. Staff very friendly and helpful on front desk and breakfast time. The hotel is only 10 mins slow walk to the main square and 15 mins to Charles bridge. Great and uncomplicated stay all round really. Also me and my friend were up quite late a few mornings and didn't feel in the way, which can't be said for many hotel's around. Breakfast is served until 11am which suited us well on those mornings :) and they were not in a rush to kick us out even then

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Property: Unitas Hotel
Address: Bartolomejska street 9, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Region: Czech Republic > Bohemia > Prague > Stare Mesto (Old Town) , Praha 1
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Prague
#8 Luxury Hotel in Prague
#9 Family Hotel in Prague
#34 Business Hotel in Prague
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:4 star — Unitas Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 22
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