Amidst the grandeur of Mala Strana, Prague's most architecturally distinctive neighborhood, rich with Italian Renaissance influence, the spectacular Prague Castle and the Royal Gardens, there is a modest grey stone and yellow stucco facade that once housed a state printing house and a theatre where movies were censored. One would hardly imagine that beyond its arched doorways lays the vast complex of varied buildings and courtyards that comprise the soon-to-be splendour of the interiors of the Aria Hotel, overlooking the beauty of Vrtbovska Garden.
The ultimate haven for lovers of music, the Aria Hotel will enfold into each aspect of its design and decor the work of some of the greatest composers of all time. Each floor will be dedicated to an important genre of music, such as Opera, Jazz, Contemporary and Classical. Each room will honor of one great artist or composer of that genre, with CDs, art, and books highlighting their work. Some of the featured artists include Puccini, Dizzy Gillespie, Dvorak, Louis Armstrong and of course, Mozart.
Set in its own restored palace gardens in the desirable Malá Strana district of Prague, the Aria Hotel is surrounded by Baroque palaces, churches and gardens. It is situated between the Vltava River and the Prague Castle, just a short walk from Prague’s main attractions including the Charles Bridge, St Nicholas Church, Týn Cathedral, the Astronomical Clock and the historic architecture on Old Town Square. Music lovers will appreciate the Aria Hotel’s proximity to the State Opera House, the National Theatre and Rudolfinum, the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
While many boutique hotels name their suites after famous composers, the Aria Hotel goes one better and is a veritable shrine to classical music. Step through the wrought iron gates and follow the mosaic path which features the full Gregorian chant to the Reception and beyond, finishing at the Winter Garden. Architect Rocco Magnoli was inspired to create his own masterpiece, transforming a row of town houses into a musical haven within this luxury hotel.
Each guest room at the Aria Hotel is predictably named after a composer but goes further still with original artwork, books and an iPod loaded with music to immerse guests in their favourite composer or musician. Not all rooms are classically inspired. Billie Holiday takes his place alongside Mozart, and Elvis may be preferred over DvoÅ™ák. With an enviable library to suit all musical tastes, tearing yourself away from the hotel to explore the city beyond will not be easy. Musical tastes aside, this boutique hotel bends over backwards to create an individual atmosphere to make each guest feel comfortably pampered.
Deluxe rooms have queen or king-size beds, a separate sitting area and a luxury bathroom with rainforest shower head. The guest rooms all have wonderful views of either St Nicolas Church or the Winter Garden Atrium. Décor is simple yet modern with a touch of colour.
The Aria Hotel also has a Private Screening Room and a high-tech meeting room for conferences, all under the watchful eye of the Hotel’s Director – of Music, that is. Dr Ivana Stehlikova is well experienced to advise on cultural and musical activities with a PhD in Musicology. With a Music Salon, Fitness room and the terraced Vrtbovská Gardens which are now on the UNESCO World Heritage list, this luxury hotel is in a class of its own. The highly acclaimed CODA restaurant, Winter Garden and rooftop terrace restaurants make the Aria Hotel a popular location for weddings and honeymoons too.
For music lovers visiting Prague for a cultural vacation, the Aria Hotel is certainly the best luxury hotel in Prague and will ensure a perfectly harmonious stay!
Malostranské NámÄ›stí Lines 12, 20, 22, 91
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