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Mandarin Oriental, Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Blending modern amenities with historic aesthetics, this lavish hotel is built inside a restored 14th-century monastery. Situated on the cobbled streets of the medieval Mala Strana neighborhood, the Mandarin Oriental, Prague has 77 rooms designed in a contemporary manner. The new Garden Wing rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and the 22 suites each have a Baroque arch and vaulted ceiling or antique flooring. The high-tech fitness center is in the main building, while the spa is inside a restored Renaissance chapel?remnants of which can be seen through a glass floor?and offers seven treatment suites with a variety of private heat and water facilities, relaxation areas, and beauty treatments. Like all Mandarin Oriental spas, it is guided by the brand's Asian heritage but influenced by local elements; here, for example, guests may indulge in a fragrant scrub treatment using the blossoms of the linden tree, admired by the Czech people for its beauty and strength.