TL Advisor Alicia McCarthy Just Back From Prague, Czech Rebublic
Prague, Czech Rebublic
Accommodations and/or DMC/On Site
Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Exeter International (tours)
Boutique Journeys (tour)
How to get to
We flew Lufthansa via Munich to Prague and Swiss Air via Zurich back to Boston
Great for families, couples, groups of friends
Not-to-be-Missed Experience or Activity
We did a private walking tour the first full day in Prague and highly recommend to get your bearings in the city, learn a lot about the unique history of the country, and see a few of the major sites (Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, St. Vitus Cathedral). Also not to be missed is Prague Castle and the area around it. If you have time to travel outside of the city, about 2.5 hours south is the UNESCO town of Česky Krumlov - a beautiful picturesque town along side a river.
Favorite culinary aspect of the hotel or region
Czech food is very heavy on meat and potatoes and some of our favorite dishes were Vepřové Kolenopork (pork knuckle), Smažený Řízekschnitzel (Schnitzel with potato salad), Smažený Sýr (Fried Cheese), and Pečená Kachna se Zelím (Roast Duck with Sauerkraut and Dumplings). But the main "culinary" piece of Prague is beer! Beer halls as well as craft beer restaurants are everywhere and must be visited multiple times while in Prague!
Favorite Wellness aspect of the hotel or region
I was able to enjoy a deep-tissue massage while at The Andaz in their Klara Rott Spa which was amazing - the Spa was fantastic.
While we were at the Mandarin Oriental on Easter, they left us a loaf of Mazanec which is traditional Czech Easter bread. At the Andaz, they upgraded our rooms to a suite and connecting room for the three of us which was really special.
Everyone we encountered was incredible - so knowledgable, friendly, helpful!! Kamila and Lucie (our guides from Exeter), Miriam (our guide from Boutique Journeys), Matthias at the front desk of the Mandarin Oriental, and Adam Szabo especially from the Andaz Prague completely made our visit to Prague the best.
For clients that have traveled across Europe and are looking for a new destination, definitely send them to Prague! We stayed for 6 nights and still had plenty to do, but I'd say 4 nights would be the average and it's easy to combine with Vienna and/or Budapest.
TRAVELLUSTRE Preferred Partner "Perks
The Mandarin Oriental has the usual Virtuoso amenities (free breakfast, hotel credit, etc.).
The Andaz is applying to Virtuoso and should have that shortly.