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The NYT Digs the 'Chill Out' Vibe of The Buddha Bar Hotel

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October 12, 2009 at 10:33 AM | by | ()

Forget all those new hotels opening up in the paper’s own backyard; this Sunday the New York Times went hotel hunting in the Czech Republic. Lured by the groovy chill-out tunes and “sultry” restaurant chain of the same name, the NYT checked into the new Buddha Bar Hotel in Prague.

We’ve seen hotels sprout out of fashion labels, so why not restaurants and music? Judging by the NYT’s response, the Buddha-Bar folks have produced a fine accompaniment to their brand, attracting scenesters who are “good-looking, well off and ready to party” (British boys, Middle Eastern royals, and wealthy local couples). Overall, the Times writer's affection for the place bodes well for the other Buddha-Bar properties set to open—in Budapest, Sal Hasheesh, Paris, Panama City, Abu Dhabi, Milan, and New York—between now and 2011.

Highlights: The hotel’s “high-ceilinged” Siddharta Café—which served a basket of fresh breakfast pastries including “some of the best crosissants and chocolatines” the writer has tasted outside France, and the underground Buddha-Bar restaurant and lounge, a new hot spot for “politicians, actresses, tycoons and other conspicuous consumers.” In the room: the luxurious bathroom, the “classy yet hedonistic décor,” and the “22-square-foot bed with mountains of pillows and crisp linens” that the reviewer’s infant son gave a thumbs up. As for the location on a narrow cobblestone lane? “You could hardly find a more romantic one.”

Lowlights: Little Jonas couldn’t figure out the “unresponsive controls” for the 40-inch flat screen TV, and neither could his parents. The tiny workout room is “just large enough for you and perhaps two friends.”

Bottom line: “Arguably the most stylish small hotel in town, and very much a destination in its own right,” says the NYT, however this praise is preceded with the qualifier: “For the moment.” Rates start at 228 euros ($333), nonrefundable, when booked and paid 21 days in advance.

[Photo: Evan Rail for The New York Times]

Archived Comments:

Buddha Bar

Of all hotel in Prague I stayed at so far (mainly for work purposes) the Buddha Bar has to be one of the best. I found it to be very relaxed, the room was very beautifully decorated and the staff was amazing. Maybe the greatest feature about this hotel is its location, very easy to reach all major attractions. I would recommend it to everyone visiting Prague, such an amazing (and very very romantic) city!