Prague is one of the world's leading culture and tourism destinations. It is a city of magnificent architecture and is steeped in history. Since being freed in 1989 after 30 years of communism, the largely unscathed city has fine examples of Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Cubist periods to enjoy.
The Mala Strana or Little Quarter holds some of the city's most important sites … Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Royal Gardens, St Nicholas Cathedral and the Old Town Square. Just a little further away are Wenceslas Square, the State Opera House and the National Theatre.
The most wonderful place to stay and to add another layer to the enjoyment of the things Prague has to offer is the Aria Hotel. Just minutes from the Little Quarter amongst Baroque palaces and old houses, not much construction has taken place there since the 18th century, so there is loads of traditional character.
Buildings are decorated with statues and signs indicating the first use of the building. Sometimes even the name of the original owner is recorded. Streets are steep and narrow and steps winding towards the Castle exude romance and mystery and have been the perfect location for such films as Amadeus and Mission Impossible.
The Aria is Prague's first five-star hotel and is unlike any other in the world. It offers an experience filled with music in a place of understated luxury and guests are greeted by its theme a sweeping musical clef in traditional stone mosaic paving.
Dr Ivana Stehlikova is the hotel's music director and she can provide guests with advice on current cultural and musical activities around the city and within the hotel.
The hotel has tall, glass-domed ceilings and interior façades decorated with traditional sgraffito, inspired by traditional styles on the area's palaces. Aria's sgraffito depicts 20 of the composers to whom the hotel's opera and classical music floors were dedicated.
Four floors are designated as classical, opera, jazz and contemporary, and rooms on those floors each celebrate a musician in that category.
On the Classical Floor are Haydn, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Liszt and several other composers. Amongst those on the Opera Floor are Smetana, Mozart, Handel, Bizet and Verdi. The Jazz Floor is full of old favourites, broken into their special area blues, scat, show tunes, traditional, modern and New Orleans jazz. The Contemporary Floor pays tribute to American, British and Hard Rock, bossa nova, soul, Celtic, reggae, country and folk. Choosing which floor to stay on could be a difficult decision for arriving guests!
The Music Box is a small intimate salon-cum-screening room where guests and friends gather for an evening of music and film. It has comfortable sofas, a plasma screen, surround sound and a good library to choose from.
The Music Library also has a wide selection of CDs, music DVDs, videos and music literature spanning all tastes and genres of music. Guest may view from relaxed seating in the library or in their own room.
The hotel has just 52 rooms, each with deluxe décor and in-room amenities computers with high-speed Internet connection, DVD/CD players, Molton Brown toiletries, Egyptian cotton bed linen and Frette bathrobes. A music bank gives detailed information about the room's featured musician who is also honoured by featured books and original art.
Coda Restaurant serves contemporary international cuisine and fine wines. In summer months the Roof Terrace is used for cocktails and meals and give one of the best views of Prague around.