This article is part of our Trip Report – Our Summer Holiday in Dubrovnik and Beyond
The InterContinental Hotel in Prague is one of the nicest properties in the city, and it’s very conveniently located along the banks of the Vltava River, right in between Old Town Square, the Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle. Given that it’s affiliated with IHG and therefore available to be booked on points, it’s a favorite of American travelers visiting the lovely city of Prague.
Last summer, Middle Age Miles daughter KB interned at the InterContinental Prague for several weeks as part of her study abroad program. When we met her in Prague on our way to Dubrovnik, we were anxious to see where she worked and report back to Middle Age Miles readers, so we put the InterContinental on our must-see list for our Walking Tour of Prague on a warm August Saturday afternoon.
We didn’t get to see any rooms, but we did get to visit the very nice lobby and the Club Lounge where KB spent most of her working time. We certainly came away with the impression that the InterContinental is very nice and we would be more than happy to stay there on a future visit to Prague.
As we mentioned above, the InterContinental Prague is conveniently located to Prague’s key attractions. It’s a short walk of about 6 blocks to Old Town Square, where the Astronomical Clock is located, and your walk would be along Parizska street, the Rodeo Drive of Prague with more than 50 designer shops. The famed Charles Bridge is also about 6 blocks away, on on that walk you would see the Rudolfinum concert hall and pass by the Four Seasons. Prague Castle is also nearby, although you still might want to catch a tram or car ride to the Castle as it sits atop a steep hill overlooking the city.
The InterContinental also sits along the banks of the Vltava River, and the rooms on one side of the hotel (the northwest side) face the river and Prague Castle.
Here’s a map showing the location of the InterContinental, relative to some of Prague’s major attractions:
Award Nights Using IHG Points
The standard IHG Rewards Club redemption rate for the InterContinental Prague is 40,000 points per night. At our baseline value of 0.5 cents per IHG point, that means it “costs” about $200 in points to get an award night.
Basically, that means you’ll probably prefer a paid rate through the winter and shoulder seasons, save perhaps for a peak night here or there, and you’ll probably prefer an award night on points during the summer holiday season (although you might be able to do better than $200 on a paid rate in the summer if you book early and are prepared to pay a non-refundable rate). During our visit to Prague, standard rooms were in the $250 range.
Our visit to the InterContinental Prague was limited to the lobby and the club lounge, so this is only a mini-review. However, even our short visit easily allowed us to confirm that the InterContinental is a high-end hotel that would be very nice for a stay.
KB confirmed as much based on her experience at the hotel, too; she felt like the hotel had high standards for how it treated its guests. She was definitely trained to be customer-friendly in her work in the club lounge.
InterContinental Prague – Lobby
The lobby of the InterContinental has a unique feature that exudes luxury – there’s a Rolls Royce showroom inside the hotel, with glass panels so you can view the cars from the lobby! I can’t say that I’ve ever seen that before. And even though the area immediately outside the hotel isn’t super fancy, as we mentioned earlier once you turn up Parizska street toward Old Town Square, you’ll find dozens of high-end designer shops within the next few blocks.
Here are a few pictures of the lobby:
InterContinental Prague – Club Lounge
The Club Lounge at the InterContinental Prague was on the top 9th floor. Key card access was required to reach the 9th floor on the elevator.
The Club Lounge consisted of two rooms – a front room with a welcome desk (unattended when we visited), two computer stations with a printer, and a couch; and a second room with food and seating to eat. The entire space wasn’t too big, so it would have a hard time handling a crowd. No one else came into the lounge during the 20 minutes or so we were there mid-afternoon on a Saturday.
Even at mid-afternoon,. the Club Lounge was well-stocked with fruit and drinks, plus there was a case containing some sandwiches and pastries. Coffee and tea were also available. Given the time of day, it was a solid selection, and everything looked to be of high quality.
Unfortunately, there are no Prague Castle or river views from the Club Lounge – but I suppose it makes sense that the hotel would want to use the side of the building with those views for premium rooms and suites.
Here are a few pictures of the Club Lounge:
We enjoyed our visit to the InterContinental Prague. It was especially meaningful for us to see where KB had done her intern work. But the visit confirmed our suspicion that this would be a very nice place to stay in Prague.[It actually would have been good to stay at the InterContinental this time, but it didn’t make sense. We had a great deal at the Sheraton for 7,000 SPG points a night (worth about $157.50 at the time, compared to 40,000 IHG points worth about $200 at the InterContinental), plus I had Platinum status with Marriott/SPG that gave us breakfast, room upgrades and club access.]
And one other thing I’d add about the InterContinental Prague – it had great air conditioning. This was a great treat for us after a few miles of walking around Prague on a very warm day, and we weren’t in any hurry to leave!
Have you stayed at the InterContinental Prague? What can you add to our “quick visit” mini-review? Please share with us and other Middle Age Miles readers in the Comments!
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