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What’s more beautiful: Prague or Paris? The fact that this debate is even possible tells you everything. Prague is one of the old world gems of Europe and just so happens to have a glorious Four Seasons Hotel ideally situated on the banks of the Vltava River between Prague Castle and old town — our home for a four-night mom + son getaway this summer.
We discovered that the Four Seasons Hotel Prague is a perfect base to explore Prague with kids. The location is unbelievably convenient as the main tourist attractions are a 5-15 minute walk away. Charles Bridge, Prague’s best-known landmark, is literally next to the hotel. This bridge is addicting as there are few places in the world where you can get as lost in a different age. We returned again and again to see the bridge and views in different light throughout the day and evening.
Summer in Prague can be hot, the kind of hot where you are melting in the shade and relief breaks are constant while sightseeing. The Four Seasons provides the perfect oasis to cool off and escape the crowds as you can pop in for quick breaks and get back to wherever you came from with ease.
Although the hotel is comprised of only 161 rooms and suites, there are four buildings with distinct room styles from which to choose: Baroque, neo-Classical, neo-Renaissance, and modern. We stayed in the neo-Renaissance building with decadent fabrics in an old world ambiance. I love when hotels transport guests to a period in line with the history of a place and this is exactly what happens at the Four Seasons Prague.
Other than the Presidential Suite, the maximum occupancy of rooms at the Four Seasons Prague is 2 adults and 1 child. Connecting rooms are available for families of four or more people. A limited number of rooms overlook the Vltava River and the Prague Castle. If you are a ‘view person’ these rooms are wonderful. Be sure and specifically request one at the time the reservation is made.
One of the best features of Four Seasons stays for families is that many of their in-house restaurants — despite being located in a luxury hotel — are smart casual and kid-friendly. We experienced this in spades at the Bourbon Steak House at the Four Seasons Washington DC and again at CottoCrudo in Prague.
This buzzy, modern Italian restaurant is a delight for all ages and appealing for every meal. Prague isn’t known for incredible cuisine and this fresh, authentic Italian fare is welcome. Savory treats include a Mozzarella Bar, as well as a large cheese, salami and Italian meat selection. From Gazpacho with avocado salsa and Cilliegene di Bufala to Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna with Eggplant Caviar and Caponata, to Tagliata di Manzo with Glazed Shallots and Morels, menu options are just sophisticated enough to be interesting, but not so elaborate that you only want to eat there once. Au contraire, we went back for lunch and dinner.
CottoCrudo offers a wonderful kids’ menu with spruced up versions of wee faves including Mini Lasagne Bolognese and Mini Cheeseburger with French Fries, as well pint-sized portions of more daring items including Steamed Halibut with Swiss Chard and Saffron Arancini with Cheese and Tomato Salsa. They even offer a CottoBaby selection, Penne Pasta Chopped Plain or with Tomato Sauce and Soft Steamed Rice and Vegetables. Love!
The concierge desk at the Four Seasons Prague loves engaging children in Prague’s wonders and is ready with treasure hunts and activity suggestions.
They set up a vintage car tour of the city for our mom + son getaway, a fabulous family activity as tired legs get a break and a guide shows you the sites with informative commentary. We covered some serious ground; the car was a convertible so we had an unobstructed view of all the sites, not to mention it’s a blast to ride around town in a magnificent vintage car!
Eastern Europe is still more value-oriented than Western Europe. If you’ve always wanted to stay at a Four Seasons but have been priced out of rooms in other cities, now’s your chance! The starting rate for two adjoining rooms is 270€ per room per night in the Modern Room category in low season and 375€ per room per night in high season. High quality food and drinks in Prague also cost substantially less here than in other parts of Europe.
We can help! Our Family Travel Advisors can reach out directly to the hotel for availability and pricing. Connect with a Family Travel Advisor and send us a request. We can also help you plan a complete vacation to ensure that you have the best experience ever.
Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy
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