ANDAZ PRAGUE: A FUSION OF HERITAGE & MODERNITY IN THE HEART OF BOHEMIA
Words GIGI MIGLIAZZO Photography YARA TERPSMA
Prague’s enchanting charm speaks for itself through the city’s composition of neoclassical and gothic buildings, each with a different story to tell. Take the century-old Sugar Palace, a property that has played diverse roles over the years – serving parliamentarians, earning recognition as a cultural monument, and even being used as the backdrop for acclaimed films. Today, it is home to Andaz Prague, one of the newest additions to Hyatt’s portfolio of luxury boutique hotels, each uniquely designed as an extension of its surrounding neighborhood.
Nestled in the heart of Prague’s Old Town on Senovážné Square, the hotel’s 176 rooms and suites seamlessly blend history with modernity, intertwining classic Czech patterns, antique terrazzo floors, and glass-blowing traditions with sleek, contemporary elements inspired by local artists. The opulent interiors are further elevated by panoramic city views, Klara Rott toiletries, and a complimentary mini-bar. Each room offers a journey through time, inviting guests to immerse themselves in the city’s legends through a myriad of sculptures and artwork. Encounters with the mystical Golem of Prague, the visionary Princess Libuse, and the talking horse Šemík unfold within your rooms, along the Wall of Myths in the reception corridor, and dispersed throughout the hotel’s thoughtfully curated art collection.
After a day of traipsing across the iconic Charles Bridge, delving into the legendary works of Czech novelist Franz Kafka, and exploring the Jewish Quarter’s rich history, there is no better way to unwind than by retreating to the hotel’s Femme Spa Next Level. Indulge in the soothing experience of a Finnish sauna, steam bath, and luxurious treatment packages, or make use of the state-of-the-art fitness center complete with cardio equipment and free weights.
A stay at the Andaz Prague wouldn’t be complete without savoring a meal at ZEM – a visionary Czech bistro that fuses local ingredients with subtle hints of Japanese cuisine and evokes the ambiance of a traditional Prague coffee house adorned with retro-futuristic decor. Extend your evening with a visit to the adjacent MEZ bar, where refreshing cocktails infused with Bohemian flavors await… and when morning arrives, return downstairs for a hearty breakfast buffet and delectable cooked-to-order items.
With avant-garde design elements that pay homage to the city’s heritage, culinary experiences that blend local with global, and rooms that provide a homely feel while serving as a gateway to mythical realms, Andaz Prague is best defined by contrasts: historical yet contemporary, familiar yet unexplored, comfortable yet daring. As Kafka famously once mused, “Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” Indeed, after a stay at Andaz Prague, letting go will prove a challenging endeavor…