Enjoying the Historical Iron Gate Hotel in Prague

 

Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, is a gorgeous, alive destination that regularly reinvents itself while retaining its rich historical, cultural, and architechtural significance. And,  The Iron Gate Hotel & Suites is the perfect accommodation choice for enjoying all of the fairytale wonders of Prague. The hotel, located in the heart of Prague, is just a short walk down a cobbled street from the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. The hotel sits on a quiet side street, making it hard to believe you are in the middle of the tourist zone.

While the building occupied by the Iron Gate dates back to the 14th century, the facade of the hotel was modified in the early 1800s by Count Ludvik Jan Hartig (1736-1813), a lover of art and music. Count Hartig possessed a distinctive personality and was the inspiration for one of the characters in Eduard Mörike’s classic novel, Mozart’s Journey to Prague.

The most recent renovations to the hotel led to some rather historic discoveries. They found well concealed fresco paintings from the 14th century, including ceiling paintings with figured compositions, the most interesting of which is a copy of Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife (the original is in the Getty Museum.)  These wooden ceilings had been covered with plaster for almost three hundred years, hidden from sight through wars and regime changes.

The Iron Gate Hotel is quite luxurious and lives up to its 5-star rating with each room and suite decorated differently. It is perfectly designed  for families as you can comfortably accomodate 5 people in a suite. Some suites feature kitchenettes, while others offer two-level duplex suites, attic rooms, and my favorite, the Tower Suite, which is designed to provide a romantic experience. The Tower Suite occupies 3 floors in the tower (764 sqft) with a spiral staircase, a heart shaped bed, and extra large Jacuzzi tub. Off the balcony you can see Prague Castle and Old Town over the urban rooftops. All rooms provide amenities such as bathrobes and slippers, a reasonably priced mini-bar, air conditioning, DVD players (with English movies), and complimentary internet access. If your visit is during the summer, you will certainly want to spend some time in the peaceful courtyard garden.

The hotel offers full concierge service to include: organizing day tours, transportation and transfer arrangements, dinner reservations and more. The hotel has a lovely cafe where breakfast is served. It is also open for lunch and dinner and offers great salads, crepes and ice cream!

I highly recommend this hotel and can’t wait to return to beautiful Prague and the Iron Gate Hotel.

Written by Carla Scott for EuropeUpClose.com

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