Prague Marriott Presidential Suite
When checking-in to the Prague Marriott Hotel on New Year’s Eve 2015, I never expected to end up in the premier accommodation, the Moser Presidential Suite. An odd situation, with an overbooked accessible room type, meant that the only unoccupied room that could meet my needs (I am a full-time wheelchair user) was the Presidential. In light of my accessibility requirements and Marriott Platinum Elite Status, the hotel upgraded me from my $250 (tax inclusive) rate free of charge. It was a nice experience, if only for one night, and now allows me the opportunity to write for the first time at TravelZork.
The Prague Marriott is set in a perfect location for tourists, only a few blocks from the picturesque Old Town Square. The hotel is aging, but is currently undergoing a refresh that will modernize the standard guest rooms. Hotel management told me that the classic, old-time Prague feel will be maintained in the two Presidential Suites, Crystal and Moser.
The suite, labeled as room #701, is located on the top floor executive level. The double doors leading to the entry foyer are an additional touch of luxury that is common with presidential suites. It was quite a treat to claim this room as my own on New Year’s Eve.
The entry foyer was bordered by a coat closet to the right (doorway seen above), and a half bathroom to the left.
The Moser Suite is 1,291 square feet, roughly 30% larger than the Crystal Suite across the hall. The decor is dated, but is marketed and described as “classic.” While I am more taken by modern design, the suite felt very “Prague.”
The suite’s open floor plan featured a sitting area, desk/workspace and a dining table to accommodate six. Three large windows complemented this space, but the view was unfortunately very poor – looking down into a small, enclosed courtyard. The photos in this room were taken at night, just after I had checked-in, and you’ll notice that the lighting left the room rather dark. This improved very little in the day, as the winter cloud-cover blocked most of the Sun’s natural light.
The room’s sitting area contained a sofa and two chairs, facing an older-style flat screen television. The updated, accessible room I occupied for the remaining three nights of my stay featured a new model TV which I hope will be included with the minor updates to this suite.
The bedroom features a design that is very reminiscent of other Marriott suites I have stayed in previously. The king size bed takes up most of the room’s space. An embarrassingly small television is located opposite the bed, inside of an armoire. Numerous power outlets are conveniently located above the nightstands on both sides of the bed.
Relative to the design of other spaces in the Presidential Suite, the bathroom was a refreshing change of pace. Gold-flaked trim running along the walls was a classy, if not elegant touch. Pictured above are the bathroom’s double sinks, standard bathtub and walk-in shower. The tub unfortunately contained no jacuzzi features, despite the overabundance of space that would have allowed for a larger tub. The walk-in shower was enclosed with glass. It fit in nicely with the overall design of the space, even if it was the most dated element.
A wet bar with a microwave is located on the far end of the suite, near to the dining room table. It contains a sink, microwave and a standard mini-bar fridge. There was no extra space in the refrigerator for personal beverages, which was a disappointment for a suite of this size. The fridge did not contain automated pressure sensors, so I was able to remove the spirits inside to make room for my own alcohol.
An additional door to the floor’s main hallway was located in the wet bar space.
It was really cool to ring in the New Year from a Presidential Suite, and to feel like the king of the hotel castle. While I wouldn’t have paid the market price for the room, it was nice to receive the upgrade, even under the circumstances in which it was offered. Given the celebratory nature of the evening, I spent most of my time outside of the hotel, watching fireworks and toasting to a New Year. The suite upgrade was the icing on the cake.
If you’d like to read a review of the newly updated rooms at the Prague Marriott Hotel, you can do so on my blog at WheelchairTravel.org.