Mandarin Oriental, Prague
This five-star hotel achieves the best of both worlds: the kind of contemporary luxury that Mandarin Oriental is known for, ever-so-tastefully incorporated into a uniquely historical complex – in this case, a Dominican monastery that includes an outer wall built in the 1300s in the Malá Strana. Working carefully to retain the property’s unique heritage, MO Prague
preserved period features of the Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance eras, like archways, vaulted ceilings, stone doorways, and exposed wooden beams in the rooms, set off by the chain’s signature use of Asian-influenced accents. The public spaces are just as intriguing, like the magnificent Grand Ballroom that was once the monastery’s refectory, and the spa, where a glass floor reveals the remains of a 14th-century chapel under a glass floor. Due to the singular nature of the property, no two of the 99 rooms are alike, and there’s a wide number of levels to choose from, but all of them are spacious, especially the suites – some with Czech crystal and artwork, and views either to the original cloister garden, the city, or the Prague Castle.