For work, I happened to fly to the Czech Republic this weekend. And here I am from yesterday evening here in Prague. I sit and write from my suite, because I CAN’T BE SILENT! I always, when I happen to be in Prague, I stop right here, in the Alchemist (hotel
As usual, I was met at the airport by a chauffeur in a 1962 hotel branded black and silver Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. For some reason, I was especially tired after the flight (although the flight to Prague is nothing, as you know, less than two hours). And so, sitting in the back seat of Rolls, I somehow accidentally dozed off, and when the driver, without noticing this, asked me about something and I suddenly woke up, the first thing that caught my eye was the fluffy snow outside the window and these are some toy Prague houses. It was all so unusual, and besides, I woke up really quite unexpectedly, so that when I woke up, I felt like I was in a fairy tale. It was a very good start, and when the car parked in front of the hotel about ten minutes later, the fairy tale continued. And it continues to this day.
To begin with, it should be noted that the hotel is located on a classic Prague street – paved with cobblestones and decorated with mosaics. In the old district of Mala Strana. Here every house is worth looking at for at least five minutes. Yes, and the hotel itself … Its building is a restored palace U Jezisek XVI, which adjoins three more pompous Baroque extensions.
A porter in livery led me into a richly decorated hall. And although I did not come here for the first time, in the first minute I had to close my eyes from that incredible brilliance that exuded all this – both gold and crystal.
Baroque and other royal antiquities reign here. Figurines of cherubs, stucco on the ceilings, marble tables with graceful legs and, of course, the queens of the ball – magnificent sparkling chandeliers made of pure crystal! Here you feel a little like in a museum, but this feeling does not constrain you at all. The atmosphere is completely natural, without the slightest sign of falsity, as is often the case in establishments of this kind. And you seem to dissolve in all this splendor, succumbing to that truly alchemical transformation that all these aristocratic (without any exaggeration!) interiors perform on you.
And in every room – the same alchemy. Most of all I like to stay in the Royal Suite De Luxe on the top floor. First of all because of the bathroom. This is an attraction, my friends, a real magical attraction! First, it’s just huge. Imagine a full-fledged living room somewhere in a spacious Moscow apartment in the city center. So, here is the bathroom in the royal suite. Italian marble, crystal chandelier (yes, it’s still a bathroom!), arched vaults. No, what am I saying, here it is:
In my bedroom I have an Indonesian canopy bed. In the living room there is furniture that is simply pleasant to look at, and not just to use it … It is dark now, but during the daytime from the window you can see Vysehrad, tiled roofs, powdered with light snow.
However, the review is already coming to an end, and yet I have not yet said a word about the most important thing that is in Alchemist! Spa. That’s why a lot of people come here. The spa is called Exotica. Unlike all other areas of the hotel, the rooms in the spa center are decorated quite minimalistically. But they don’t come here for luxury. And they come here – to experience the effect of alchemy again, but not through the eyes. And through everything else … There are many different programs here. And Asian, and European, and generally whatever. For example, today I am promised a procedure called Javanese Bengkoang. Something will be done with the skin. They say that a completely miraculous scrub comes from the island of Java … And yesterday, before going to bed, I had a Balinese massage. Needless to say, after it, all my fatigue was removed as if by hand?