Prague, Czech Republic

Photo: Jiuguang Wang [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Prague, it’s been too long. Way too long. The Golden City was a favorite, perhaps the favorite, during your college backpacking days. Its bridges, cathedrals, and castle looked like they were part of a fairy tale when you first arrived. Cobbled lanes, hidden spots along the Vltava river, and friendly beer halls only made you want to stay longer. But that was, gulp, decades ago. It’s time to revisit the capital of the Czech Republic.

It seems like you aren’t the only one who’s been reminiscing about Prague lately. The number of seasonal flights between the United States and the Central European country substantially increased last year. Additional direct flights, including United Airlines via Newark, will be added in May. Plus, if the trend continues, these could become year-round routes. Are you thinking springtime in Prague yet?

Be prepared. While some things—like the gorgeous view of the sun setting behind the 9th-century castle—are the same, much has changed since your last visit. English is now widely spoken. New fashion designers are opening boutiques on a seemingly daily basis. Cocktail lounges and wine bars have joined the beer halls. While hotels, which used to be standard at best, are popping up in historic buildings.

Photo: Hotel BoHo Prague

The hotel at which you’ll want to stay is one of these new hotels. BoHo Hotel opened three years ago in the New Town, the not-so-new neighborhood that surrounds the Old Town. The former post office sits on a quiet street off Na Příkopě, one of the city’s main shopping streets. Its five-story building still has an Art Deco facade and a wall of glass windows overlooking the street. Little inside remained the same, though.

The design hotel is modern, minimal, and downright classy. The reception area has high ceilings and blonde hardwood floors. It extends into the lobby bar, which has a long bar on one side and small groups of plush chairs on the other. A bartender will quickly head your way with a glass of Prosecco and a warm brownie. The arrival treat gives you a chance to sit down to hear about the rest of the hotel.

The hotel’s industrial-chic restaurant has a long marble bar and wooden beams that partially obstruct its glass ceiling. Healthy choices and fresh orange juice are served at the breakfast buffet in the morning. There’s a library with a gas fireplace, modern chandeliers, and gold and plum couches. You’ll find coffee and pastries in there all day. Then there’s the little black-and-gold spa with a jacuzzi, a sauna, and a steam room. This gracious welcome will make you feel relaxed before you even enter your light-filled junior suite.

Now the only thing missing is a list of those new wine bars. Vinograf Wine Bar, just a few blocks away, is a good place to start. It offers Czech wines to help you get reacquainted with the city. You’re certain to fall in love with Prague all over again.

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