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Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel
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When I first booked my hotel stay in Prague I booked the Radisson Blu Prague, which is a great use of Club Carlson points. Since I have the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card the second night of the award redemption is free, so I was excited to finally check out my first Radisson Blu property.
My friends had recently picked up the Club Carlson Visa Signature Card, though unfortunately the points hadn’t posted in time, so that wasn’t a practical option for them. As a result we all decided to stay at the Sheraton Prague, giving us a head start on our Starwood Platinum requalification for the year.
The Sheraton Prague is a Category 4 SPG property, making it 10,000 Starpoints per night. Meanwhile the average nightly rate was ~$120USD, so I just booked a revenue rate for the four night stay.
We took a taxi from the airport to the hotel, which took about 30 minutes. The Sheraton is in the middle of a city block, so really sort of “blends in.”
As we pulled up a friendly bellman approached and offered to help with our bags.
Unlike the exterior of the hotel and entryway, the lobby felt fresh and like a standard Sheraton. There was no queue at check-in, and we were all promptly helped. I had been assigned a junior suite on the fourth floor (without using a Platinum Suite Night Award). The associate explained I’d also receive free internet and lounge access as an SPG Platinum member, and gave me my choice of welcome amenities (I chose the 500 Starpoints).
This is where the hotel gets interesting. There are two “wings” of the hotel, and the elevator for the wing we were staying in could be accessed through a door located in the back corner of the bar. I found that a bit odd.
I took the elevator up to the fourth floor, and found it frustrating that on all floors the elevator button just gave the option of going down. Since we were on different floors I occasionally wanted to take the elevator up, which required riding down and then up.
The stairways located by the elevators felt very dorm-y, I thought.
Without exception room service trays were placed right by the stairs. At least they were consistent…
The hallways themselves felt much more modern than the rest of the hotel. My room was the first one on the floor on the left side, room 410.
So the room itself actually really impressed me in comparison to the rest of the hotel. There was an entryway with the bathroom to the left and the small desk area to the right.
The room was a nice size, with a king bed to the left, and then a small seating area with a couch and a chair with ottoman to the right.
On the table was a small welcome SPG Platinum welcome amenity consisting of grapes and what I’m pretty sure was a quarter of a Payday candy bar cut into three pieces.
Across from the bed was the TV. It got the best of my OCD. See if you can figure out why based on the below picture…
The hotel isn’t on the river or anything, so just had “standard” street views.
Anyway, back near the entrance was the desk, which was spacious and had several outlets nearby.
That’s also where the coffee machine and minibar were located.
The bathroom featured a toilet, sink, and shower/tub combo.
The toiletries were the brand standard Sheraton ones.
So on the whole I was really pleased with the room, and at the rate I was paying thought I was getting a great value.
A friend had used a Platinum Suite Night Award to confirm into a duplex suite, so I figured I’d share some pictures of that. He was assigned room 605.
The duplex suite features a spacious living room (though with sparse furniture) on the lower floor, along with a desk area.
Then the stairs lead to the full bath, which is located halfway between the first and second floors. It features both a shower/tub and walk-in shower combo, which I found odd (as opposed to a real tub and walk-in shower).
Then the loft style bedroom is located on the second floor.
There’s also a half bath there.
I didn’t find the layout of the duplex suite to be all that great. I found it odd that the main bathroom was halfway between the two floors, and that the bedroom just had a half bath. Furthermore, I know I’m weird, but I always like to sleep in an enclosed space with all the doors closed, and that’s not really an option with an open layout like the duplex suite.
The hotel’s club lounge was yet again rather unique, in that it was located right by the entrance and overlooked the street. It felt more like a cafe than a club lounge.
The lounge was quite small, though was never crowded.
I found the decor of the club lounge to be odd, between the empty bottles of Veuve they used to decorate the lounge (despite the fact that they neither serve nor sell Veuve in the club lounge), to the advertisements they had on the chalkboard.
The club lounge did have soft drinks available throughout the day, along with light snacks (peanuts, chips, cookies, etc.).
The evening spread was available from 6PM till 8PM, and probably the weakest I’ve seen outside the US. It consisted of some cheese, cookies, chips, peanuts, and…
The breakfast spread was equally disappointing, and consisted of a few types of bread, cereal, and yogurt, basically.
On the plus side, at least there was a cappuccino machine.
So as a club guest you don’t get complimentary restaurant breakfast, though one morning we decided to go to the restaurant to see how much it would be (since after the first day we gave up on the club lounge). They said they had a “special price” for club guests, which converted to something like ~20EUR. I mean, this is Prague and that’s your discounted rate… seriously? I guess that explains why we never saw anyone in the restaurant at breakfast.
The hotel also had a small gym.
So look, I don’t mean to rag on the hotel, it’s a fine option and was a good value for the money. The employees were generally friendly and the room was quite nice, even if the public areas and club lounge were lacking.
But my biggest beef was the hotel’s location. It’s not that it’s far from where you want to be in Prague — it’s a 10-15 minute walk to fun places. It’s just that Prague is incredibly charming, and the area the hotel is located just isn’t.