A music lover’s heaven in the historical center of Prague, the boutique Aria Hotel is a breath of fresh air amongst its five-star competitors in the city.
Boasting 52 spacious rooms and a prime location in the heart of Prague’s Mala Strana district, the five-star boutique Aria Hotel looks like every other hotel in the city from the outside. But look a little closer as you walk through the main door and you’ll notice the first hint of this hotel’s music theme.
A crisp modern decor designed by Italian architects Rocco Magnoli and Lorenzo Carmelini welcomes you as you walk through to the lobby. What was once the entrance to a courtyard parking lot has been transformed into a wonderful light and spacious area.
Full of quirky caricatures of some of the most legendary music artists and composers and a lounge style lobby, the Aria’s personal touches immediately make you feel as though you have walked into a large stately home rather than a hotel.
Following a speedy and friendly checking in experience, you are escorted to your room and are immediately greeted with the sounds of the artist or composer of which your room is named after.
During our stay, we had the pleasure of sleeping in the Tchaikovsky, a red ochre colored room with the most wonderful view of the adjoining UNESCO World Heritage Baroque Vrtbovska Garden, one of Mala Strana’s best-kept secrets.
Guests of the Aria Hotel have free access to the Vrtba (Vrtbovska) Garden (normal fee is 65Kc per adult) which can be enjoyed from 10am and exclusively to hotel guests after public closing time at 6pm.
This Italian-style Baroque garden is not only a wonderful addition to the Aria Hotel, but a fantastic place to sit in the afternoon with a good book or climb to the top terrace for a stunning view of Prague Castle and 180-degree panoramic city view.
Should you visit on a rainy day, fear not, the Aria Hotel has plenty to keep you busy. Head down to the hotel’s private cinema, read your book in one of the cozy chairs in the Fireplace Lounge or keep up with your fitness regime and enjoy views of the garden from the hotel’s gym.
There is also a massage service on request and if that wasn’t enough there is a small dark room for children to play Xbox and complimentary daily Afternoon Tea from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Of course, you could also just kick back in the comfort of your own room and watch one of the many movies on your apple television or listen to an album from the hundreds of CDs available on the hotels exclusive Music Library through your iPad or Apple TV.
If you get a bit peckish, you can find the CODA restaurant on the hotel’s rooftop, ranking among Prague’s best fine dining establishments and features a delightful menu prepared by Executive Chef David Šašek.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Aria to anyone looking for a musically inspired stay, a luxury experience with a personal touch or a romantic experience.