A friendly jewel-themed hotel that's close to all the Old Town action, the staff here go the extra mile, from the little afternoon tea cakes brought to your room to the bedtime story cards distributed in the evening. There can be a little street noise; the hotel bar overlooking said street is a cool place to start or end your night.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Light sleepers may be bothered by the street noise, but not all rooms face the street: ask for a quieter spot if you have concerns.
Beds are large and luxurious (with extra-large, cosy duvets provided, and a pillow menu), though some rooms are not huge. All are attractively decorated according to their jewel name: pearl, amethyst, sapphire, and so-on. Save money by booking one of the three single rooms if you're traveling alone.
Forget using up your roaming data on weather apps: the hotel staff deliver you a weather forecast every evening, alongside your bedtime story and a dessert.
The small-ish bathrooms are also jewel-like, with attractive mosaic tiles on the walls and in the showers. Cosmetics are by Eco-Boutique, and the provided towels, bathrobes, and slippers are fluffy.
The reception is also brightly decked out, with shining mosaics, and staff are keen to help. Crystal chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, and the stone stairs leading up to the rooms blend the building's history with warm, vibrant modern colours.
Breakfast is good, with various tasty fruit and salad pots. It's included and served in the restaurant/bar at the front of the hotel, which apparently has 10,000 crystals dotted around. It manages not to be garish, though, and there's a regularly changing, modern menu.
The restaurant doubles up as a cafe and bar, and is a scene-y spot for a classic cocktail, wine or beer--it can get busy later in the night, with DJs playing, but it has a nice chilled atmosphere even if you are the only guests early on. The outdoor tables are a good place to watch the street traffic go by, in a pleasant, wide street on the edge of the Old Town.
There are discounts for guests in the bar--try the Martinis.
The hotel is just on the edge of Old Town and New Town, meaning the sights of both are easy walking distance. You still don't need public transport or a car to get over to Mala Strana, which is about 20 minutes away on foot, but for trips further afield, Můstek metro stop is a 3-minute walk from the hotel and the trams of Wenceslas Square are a few more minutes away.
Alcron (10-minute walk), at the Radisson Blu hotel, offers some of the best and fanciest grub in town. Or go hearty old-school Czech on the wooden benches of U Medvídku (3-minute walk).
Get your beer delivered by miniature train at Výtopna (9-minute walk). Or join the hipsters of Prague at Vzorkovna (6-minute walk), a too-cool-for-school grunge bar on Narodni.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Design Hotel Jewel is original, bright, friendly and modern, a world away from some of the blander offerings in Prague. It also boasts some of the city's coziest beds. More importantly, though, every guest will feel cherished as a result of the hotel's special, extra touches, from the surprises that pop up in the room to the absolute commitment of staff to ensure that guests have all the information they need to get the best out of their holiday.
Excuse the pun, but this hotel is a... gem.