Please allow us to introduce our new addition, and our first property in the Czech Republic: Historical Smetana Hotel in Old Prague with the best views of Charles Bridge and Prague Castle a hotel can offer!
Smetana Hotel was the former Pachtuv Palace which hosted many famous personalities such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Richard Wagner. In 2002 Pachtuv Palace underwent extensive re-habilitation to bring all its glory back to this unique landmark property. Re-branded as an Independent Luxury Boutique Hotel in 2015 the Pachtuv Palace hotel is now owned and operated by Ott family.
The hotel is the perfect complement to a fairy-tale day out in the old town, with romantic touches including four-poster beds, flowers and stunning views and scenery. The spacious and individually-designed suites, many with a view of Prague Castle are perfect for honeymooners and romantics alike as well as for families enjoying the advantage of the Family Suites.
Food & Drinks:
. Restaurant Smetana: Great food comes from authentic and old-bohemian recipes. What sets the cuisine apart from the others? A diversity among all their cooks. Each comes from a different region of Czech Republic. This means that their homemade recipes differ. And so, they used this advantage to combine all of their gourmet experiences and discoveries during their childhood, to create the unique and authentic Restaurant Smetana menu.
. Bistro Bohemian Rhapsody Prague: a fine cuisine complimented by a truly picturesque view of the river bank. The bistro is for those that like the finer things in life. A popular meeting place in the heart of old town, the cafe serves a wide variety of gourmet dishes, classic breakfasts, (their eggs benedict is divine!) freshly baked goods and of course a wide selection of beverages. Bistro Bohemian Rhapsody Prague is proudly furnished by furniture from the famed hotel Lutetia in Paris, with the current bar being our center piece.
. Chapel Cigar Club: Chapel Cigar Club is a perfect getaway from the rush of the city. Hidden in Pachtuv Palace's chapel from 1628 the club boasts an impressive selection of cigars, fine beverages and carefully selected wine collection. This unique place has been created for all connoisseurs of pleasures of life no matter the gender
. Wines: Wine is their passion and they have worked hard to ensure that the wines that they keep within the cellars are the best possible. They offer a tremendous range of quality products, from casual table wines to rare and exquisite selections that are pleasure to come across.
For reservations and additional information, contact us. It would be our pleasure to serve you.
When you envision your vacation, you rarely imagine it in the rain, but a brief downpour during our walking tour of Bruges, Belgium, didn't dampen our spirits. We had just finished exploring the city's architectural and historical gems when our local guide handed out over-sized AmaWaterways umbrellas, pointing out cafes on the main shopping street where our small group could escape the rain.
My husband and I stumbled into a cozy restaurant. Chatting with locals, we ordered what turned out to be the best mussels we had ever tasted – accompanied by Belgian beer, of course. Just as it was time to rejoin our group, the sun added a glimmer to the rooftops of the medieval buildings, cobblestone streets and winding canals that created the sensation of stepping into a fairy tale.
It was an unexpectedly charming day, but also perfectly befitting our seamless, eight-day voyage with AmaWaterways – an ideal balance of complementary guided activities and free time to seek out local experiences, and we never had to worry about a single detail. Our 164-passenger ship sailed smoothly as we slept and docked close to city centers and villages waiting to be explored. Though we gravitated toward active excursions, others expressed appreciation over small-group options that appealed to gentle walkers, as well as to “late-starters” who preferred to remain on board a little longer.
For us, a true highlight was the 80-acre Keukenhof gardens in the western Netherlands, where we meandered through the gardens and pavilions with seven million tulips and hyacinths in bloom. We especially enjoyed having access to AmaWaterways, collection of two dozen bicycles, which we used to traverse the historic Dutch town of Willemstad on our own.
As we mingled with other guests, we heard tales of other enchanting European river cruise excursions, from strolling the sloping hills and cobblestone streets of Budapest on a Danube cruise to sipping crisp Alsatian wines in the French village of Colmar on a Rhine cruise.
Indulgent bliss followed us back on board, where our chef made meals decadent and varied, and we could choose among multiple dining venues. At The Chef's Table restaurant, complimentary to guests, we watched the chef in dazzling action from our 24-seat table. He plated specialties such as marinated salmon accented with a lemon, pepper and mango salsa, followed by a perfectly grilled beef tenderloin and porcini potato, each course paired with an exquisite wine. We somehow manged to save room for a chocolate tart with a millefeuille of red currant and mascarpone.
Personal touches and memorable moments extended throughout our trip. Before dinner each evening, Rolf, our multilingual cruise manager, briefed us on the history , culture and customs of upcoming destinations. We felt taken care of – by him, the well-trained crew and the knowledgeable local guides – all of whom not only met our needs but also anticipated them. At breakfast, I even teased one server that she was spoiling my husband by bringing him oatmeal already topped with brown sugar.
Each evening, we retired to our twin-balconied stateroom that had all the amenities of a five-star hotel, including a marble bathroom with multijet shower-heads. Passing up the television shows and movies on the high-tech infotainment system, my husband spent every night glued to the closed-circuit bow camera so he didn't miss any of the picturesque view on shore.