One of the absolute best things about living in London is the ability to explore neighboring European cities. It had been a while since the Husband and I took a weekend trip alone. (Come to think of it, I think it had been about a year.) So when he suggested Prague for Valentine’s Day, I booked flights and started researching hotels.
Prague, Czech Republic is just an hour and forty minutes from Gatwick. We flew Easyjet and had no problems. We met at the train station after work on Friday and were enjoying cocktails and a late dinner by 9:30 PM.
Where We Stayed
After speaking with friends about where to stay, the Four Seasons seemed like a total no brainer. It’s a five minute walk from the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge- two of the main sights that you must see if you go to Prague. Plus, with one of the top rated restaurants, CottoCrudo, in town, it’s the perfect place to say for a long weekend.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff with champagne for me and beer and pretzels for my Husband, and our room was beautiful. Again, the location is just perfect for anything that you want to see or do in Prague, and the Concierge can give you many different ideas about how to spend your days.
(Tip- there’s an adorable Gingerbread shop about one block away from the hotel towards the Charles Bridge. I brought back the cutest hand-iced treats for the kids!)
Where We Ate
My Husband found a restaurant that actually was quite a special surprise to me for Valentine’s Day. My great Uncle was married to Ginger Rogers, so my Husband booked the “Ginger and Fred” restaurant which is located on the 7th floor of the Dancing House which was designed by Frank Gehry in 1996. The building is built to look like a man and a woman dancing and is definitely worth seeing. The food was wonderful at the restaurant and is mainly European cuisine with a few specialities including the “Ginger and Fred” burger. The decor of the restaurant is quite modern and funky and the views over the city are fab.
For a beautiful lunch on the river, with the most spectacular views over Charles Bridge, I would definitely recommend booking Kampa Park. I could have sat there all day watching the tourists linger on the bridge and the boats slowly cruising up and down the river. We went for lunch, but I am sure it would be just as beautiful for an evening meal with the Bridge all lit up. I had a yummy artichoke soup and a delicious mushroom risotto.
We didn’t go one day without sitting in out favorite booth in the CottoCrudo bar at the Four Seasons. The staff were so lovely and were sat for hours tasting different types of Czech wines while nibbling on their bar menu. I was so excited to see a “California Cobb Salad” on the menu, and my Husband enjoyed the charcuterie board more than once. If you don’t want to have a full dinner, this is the perfect place for a light snack and some cocktails. The restaurant is award winning and I am sure is amazing.
If you haven’t been to Prague I would definitely recommend going. I don’t think you need more than a long weekend there, which makes it the perfect quick city break.
Four Seasons Prague, Veleslavínova 1098/2a, 110 00 Praha 1 – Staré Město, Czech Republic.