Where I stay while vacationing in a foreign land can make or break my holidays. I love the idea of AirBnB but am uncomfortable living at stranger’s place. There can be many upsides to an AirBnB arrangement – it’s cheaper, there is an old school charm to being hosted, and you have local guides for free. But I love crisp white linen, room service and OTT breakfast spreads too much to give up on life’s little blessings. Hence, hotels it is for me.
During my recent trip to Prague, I stayed at Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel. Prague is filled with international hotel chains and macaroon coloured boutique hotels, so you will be spoilt for choices. I chose Radisson Blu because I have really fond memories of Radisson Blu Media City in Dubai, and have been to the hotel for one too many events. It’s equal parts art-deco and contemporary, and service is polite without being stuffy and over-attentive. Also, I am a creature of habit, and it is a familiar brand that never disappoints. But that’s not all.
1. It has an excellent location: Radisson Blu Alcron is located smack in the middle of the city. You can get a cab, train or bus easily, although the city is best explored on foot. It’s close to city centre and you have a variety of restaurants and stores in walking distance.
2. A decadent breakfast spread: From hash browns, sautéed mushrooms to fruits, cereals, pancakes, omelette, cold cuts and bread buffet, there is so much on offer. You can also order from a daily menu, with hot porridge bowls and freshly pressed juices.
3. Service with a smile: We were welcomed with chocolates and champagne, offer to have breakfast in the room on arrival (we look haggard, to say the least), concierge to help with getting around and marking must-see landmarks, and plenty of smiles all around.
4. Michelin-star restaurant at your doorstep: Michelin-starred restaurant, The Alcron, offers an unforgettable gastronomical experience – the walls showcase images of dancing couples by Tamara de Lempicka, while a 1930s fireplace provides warmth and a romantic glow. But the real artfulness is in the meal, composed with fresh ingredients and modern culinary techniques, under the culinary leadership of one of the most talented chefs in the Czech Republic, Roman Paulus.