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Hotel Maximilian, Prague

torstai, helmikuu 23, 2017

We wanted to find a smaller, boutique style hotel that would be located centrally in an old charmy building. I had already dreamt of hotel Josef (which had been on my hotel bucket list at least for a decade) but for this purpose it seemed a little bit too modern. Instead I found another hotel created by Eva Jiricna. Hotel Maximilian was able to tick all the wishes we had for a hotel in Prague.

Hotel Maximilian

OUR ROOM

We had reserved a deluxe room with church view for 3 nights. I originally wanted to book a suite but it was unfortunately sold out. The room itself was clean and had good ”basics” like Nespresso machine, Bose sound system with an Iphone port, fluffy bathrobes and a cute gold fish who we named Jorma for the three nights we were there. The church view was quite lyrical especially with the evening lights.

Perhaps something special extra in the room would raise it to another, higher level. Our bathroom had a bath and tabs designed by Philip Stark. I got an addiction to the Orla Kiely amenities they had in the bathroom. Big plus for bath salt that was replaced every day without asking. Our room at least was very quiet, I can’t remember hearing any noise from outside or from the neighboring room.

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LOCATION

The location of Maximilian is perfect. Only a few hundred metres from the old town square but it is not located on the direct tourist route so the area is quiet. Despite of the quiet area, it is just around the corner from Dhoula street where you can find lots of good restaurants and bars. In addition, one of Pragues Michelin star restaurants is next to the hotel and you will also find chic Parizska shopping street and Palladium mall closeby.

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HOTEL SERVICES

This is a small hotel so do not expect 5 star resort amenities. However it is able to offer many additional services you didn’t even know you might need. It had everything we wanted for a weekend break city hotel. On Wednesday when we were there, the hotel organized a cheese and wine tasting in their small lounge/library area which we of course attended. From the same area you will also find an honesty bar. The hotel provides 30-45 minutes morning runs in the center which we unfortunately ”couldn’t” attend (the hotel bed felt too comfy in the morning). There is a small spa inside the hotel. We had booked in advance one aromatherapy massage and Mother to Be treatment. The prices are very reasonable compared to e.g. Helsinki spa prices.

The breakfast gets a full 10 points from us. Just delicious. The small a la carte list had tasty egg benedicts and plenty of alternatives for my sweet tooth. Special coffees were included to the price. The breakfast area itself is probably more inviting during summertime when the small courtyard gets some sun. That didn’t however bother us since the breakfast experience was top notch.

Check in and check out were handled out very effectively and the service was good. We used hotel’s own airport transportation which seemed to be priced exactly the same as private companies I checked before the trip.

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Destination LOMA gives full 4 stars to Maximilian and a high recommendation as a perfect couple’s weekend getaway hotel where you get quality for the price you pay for. You could even call it a fantastic find.  Below the good and bad in a nutshell:

+ The breakfast gets 10 points. The breakfast timings are very long compared to many other hotels.

+ Excellent location for a short weekend break.

+ Clean rooms, delicious Orla Kiely bath products and free WIFI (which actually worked).

+ Good, nofuss service. Emails were responded promptly.

– There was a mix-up with our spa reservation. The hotel managed to take care of it in a stylish manner but the spa personnel need service training.

-The rooms and especially bathroom tiles and door will need a proper facelift in the near future.

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