Dancing House Hotel Prague review — Once experience the masterpiece of architecture of Prague
When visiting Prague, almost every visitor is familiar with the Dancing House (Czech: Tanc dm, Tancici dum), which has highly unusual, odd, and strange architecture. This is a must-see attraction in Prague, located close to the lyrical Vltava river. But did you know that Dancing House is also a luxury hotel (Dancing House Hotel, Dancing House Hotel Prague, Dancing House Hotel Praha) that you should visit when visiting the Czech Republic’s (Czechia’s) capital? Through my experience, try to learn more about this one-of-a-kind hotel.
Overview architecture of the Dancing House Hotel Prague
Dancing House is a four-star hotel that caters to those who are interested in architecture and enjoy the unique, even bizarre. The hotel – or building – is an architectural marvel designed by architect Vlado Miluni in collaboration with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry and built on an empty plot of ground near the beach (where the previous construction was destroyed in the Prague bombing in 1945). The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. The architectural style of the building is very non-traditional, which was controversial at the time.
From the outside, Dancing House Hotel Prague appears to be a dancer performing on the banks of the lovely Vltava River. The whole 8-story-high façade is composed of glass. The top level houses a French restaurant and a terrace with a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. Whether during the day or at night, the Dancing House Hotel seems spectacular and majestic, and a check-in photo site that should not be missed when visiting Prague.
The location of Dancing House Hotel Prague
Address: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia
The hotel is around 1km from the Charles Bridge and the National Museum. It takes about 15 minutes by Metro to get to the Old Town Square from here. A tram stop with several lines runs directly outside, and the Karlovo námst Metro Station is only a 5-minute walk away.
If you want to see the panorama of Prague, in addition to climbing the high hill, you can go up to the building’s bar to see. Because it is located next to the river, the view from here must be said to be beautiful, watching all the bridges spanning the river as well as the Prague Castle. Everything becomes more magical at night.
However, because it is not located in the bustling old town, the services near the hotel are not much. Here it seems to be mainly office buildings, supermarkets, but lack of nightlife with no bars, night markets or shops. In return, the hotel already has a restaurant and a bar on the rooftop.
The room at Dancing House Hotel
My room category at Dancing House is Standard Double Room type with a city view. This room is quite basic, about 30m2 wide and has windows overlooking the streets of Prague. Since I travel during the peak summer season and I also don’t book early, so there aren’t many room options. If you book early, you should look for higher room classes such as Deluxe with river view, larger windows, or Suite class with a much more spacious.
The standard room is generally not too large but quite nice, full of amenities of a 4-star standard hotel. Everything is clean and tidy, the bed is tall and very soft. From the entrance door will pass through a hallway in the middle (like a shared hallway of a connecting room if you go with family), with a closet for shoes. It features an extremely spacious bathroom with shower, long washbasin. There is no bath tub for this Standard room class. Basically what I didn’t really like was the bedroom a bit small compared to the larger bathroom needed.
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All the supplies in the room are equipped: Toiletries, brush, shampoo, toothpaste, dryer, self-catering tea and coffee, mini vault and slippers. In addtional, the welcome amenities: 2 small apples and 2 bottles of water. The entire hallway outside or in the room are covered with very thick carpets, smooth walk and feeling happy feet.
Eating and drinking services at Dancing House Hotel Prague
Although it is a 4-star hotel, it is located in a congested city center, therefore the overall structure is not overly huge. There is only one restaurant and a rooftop bar in the hotel. The Ginger & Fred restaurant is a French restaurant on the 7th floor of the hotel that offers breakfast and various meals throughout the day.
The accommodation cost includes breakfast for two persons when you book here. Breakfast is offered till 10 a.m. and is fairly filling, with a lovely outdoor view.
In addition to breakfast, I don’t eat at the hotel for the rest meals, so I can’t grade them. The restaurant’s architecture, on the other hand, is rather lovely and eye-catching. The rooftop bar serves both hotel guests and visitors. I may visit here for free at night as a guest staying here (outside guests will have to buy tickets). When you check in, the staff will give you two complimentary drink vouchers for two people, which is quite lovely, isn’t it?
Enjoying Prague at night at the hotel rooftop bar.
In addition, I am pleased with Dancing House Hotel’s other offerings. I arrived in Prague early in the morning and booked into my hotel about 7:00 a.m. In addition, there are usually two staff members on duty. Because my accommodation was ready at the time, they allowed me check in quickly, which was great because after a long exhausting night train ride from Budapest, I was in desperate need of rest and a shower to replenish my batteries.
The employees at Dancing House are really pleasant, always smiling when they welcome customers. The room is cleaned twice a day, so when I get home in the evening, it is clean, nice, and tidy. In fact, this structure is separated into two sections, one for the hotel and the other for the office for rent. So one thing I don’t like about Dancing House is that the glass on the outside of the building has a lot of digits on it, which appears to be the office hotline phone number. This diminishes the aesthetic value of Dancing House, especially when photographed.
However, do not forget to take the best photos with Dancing House – this dancing building. Whether during the day or at night, the picture is very beautiful, especially in the evening with the sparkling lights of the street.
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