Danube Trip: Boscolo, Autograph Collection

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Our first two nights in Prague were at the Marriott Courtyard courtesy of the free night we each earned by holding the Chase Marriott credit card.  For our last night we decided to splurge on the Boscolo Prague, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph collection.

I fully admit that we initially selected this hotel because it’s beautiful.  As  it turned out it was more convenient to Old Town and was practically across the street from the train station.

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(Photo courtesy Marriott.com)

The Boscolo was formerly a bank and has the high ceilings and polished floors that you’d associate with a bank from days gone by.  The archway above the front door still displays the bank name.

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We had checked out of the Marriott Courtyard Prague and taken a (very small) Uber to the Boscolo so we arrived well before check-in.  Nevertheless we were greeted warmly in the beautiful lobby and assisted right away.  As expected, our room was not yet ready but they were happy to store our luggage for us while we explored Prague for a final day.

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The restaurant is right off the lobby and the lighting makes it look purple in this photo.  We had a very quick breakfast there the morning we checked out but we were so pressed for time I did not take any photos.  It was a buffet and was quite large.  I wish we had more time to enjoy it.
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After our day of sightseeing we returned to the hotel before dinner and by that time our room was ready.  We were on the third floor, which was really the next floor up, given the high ceilings of the lobby.  The hall was un-carpeted and I feared it might be noisy but that was not the case.  I love the polished checkerboard.

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We arrived at the room and I got my first inkling that this was not a standard room.  I noticed that none of the doorways in this area were close together – a good sign that this was a larger room.  Sure enough, once we opened the door we found we’d been upgraded to a Junior Suite.  I assume this was due to my Marriott Gold status, which I achieved by matching my SPG Gold status.  I achieved SPG status by spending $30,000 on my American Express SPG credit card over the prior year.

After walking through the door from the hall there was actually a second set of doors (propped open) that I assume were part of the noise control, though we never needed to close them.  Just beyond that was the entry area with a chest on one side and a built-in unit with a closet and shelving on the other.

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The chest had some bottled water and snacks, though we did not partake.  And since we were only there for one night we did not make use of the chest either.

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I loved the wood finish on the closet and shelving unit.  Inside the closet were a couple of bathrobes and slippers as well as a number of coat hangers – though I was a bit surprised that they were of the “no hook so you can’t steal ’em” variety.

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Beside the closet was an open shelf with the coffee maker.  In a door above was the safe as well as a tray with coffee cups and the coffee pot.

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Below the coffee shelf was a door that hid the mini-fridge.  It was quite well-stocked with drinks of many different varieties.

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Past the entry area was the sitting room.  It had a love seat with a coffee table and two chairs.

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The desk was nestled in the corner between the doorway to the entry hall and the doorway to the bedroom.  I liked that it had several accessible plugs so we didn’t have to crawl under it to charge our electronics.

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The next archway led into the bedroom.  We’d requested a room with two beds so they made up the king bed as two twins.  This is one complaint I’ve had, not just at Marriotts, but at many different hotels.  Why must a suite only have a single large bed.  When traveling with 2 friends we’ll often be happy to pay for a suite if only we can get three beds.  While we certainly weren’t going to complain about the upgrade and splitting the king bed like this is fine, it would be nice if the beds could be adjusted to split completely apart (instead of sharing the box springs).  OK, end of rant.

The room definitely could use some outlets that would allow phones to be charged on the bedside table.  That was the most noticeable deficiency in the room.

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The bathroom was nice and large with dual sinks and a shower tub.  Of course this is Europe, so we were not surprised when there was no shower curtain, only the half-wall of glass, which means the bath mat area gets extremely wet when someone is showering.  The tub was standard as well, meaning it’s a little taller than those we typically find in the US.

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Toiletries were made for Boscolo Hotels by ETRO.

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Across from the sink the toilet and bidet were separated by a pocket door.

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The room was a bit warm but we were able to crack the window a bit to help it cool down.

The people were lovely and welcoming and I wish we’d had more time to explore this grand old dame as she was just beautiful.  It’s got a good location for tourist things and we would be happy to stay here again the next time we’re in Prague.

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