Prague is delightfully walkable, and visitors love to wander between neighborhoods, gazing at the fairy tale–like spires, bridges and steeples. Adjoining a functioning monastery, the Augustine Hotel
exudes a sense of calm. Its location in the historic Mala Strana district inspires early morning or late evening walks on the castle's hill and across the legendary Charles Bridge. On the eastern banks of the Vltava, in the upscale residential neighborhood of Vinohrady, the Belle Époque boutique property Hotel Le Palais Prague
features in-room fireplaces, balconies and frescoes by the famous Czech painter, Lûdek Marold. The nearby Prague State Opera and Smetana Hall put on excellent musical performances throughout the year; amorous evenings for two begin temptingly in the hotel’s plush fine-dining restaurant, Le Papillon, and continue by the fire in the cozy Library.
Since before the Bolshevik Revolution, the Hotel Astoria
has been one of the most luxurious addresses in a town full of highbrow expectations. Directly across from the stunning St. Isaac's Cathedral, the hotel is in an ideal spot for sightseeing and experiencing all that makes St. Petersburg so delectable. The Lobby Bar features a chocolate fountain during afternoon tea, while acclaimed Davidov restaurant specializes in caviar. The grand Winter Garden is a sight to behold with its breathtaking glass roof. Meanwhile, no place in St. Petersburg says Russian opulence like the Taleon Imperial Hotel
. The lobby bar serves an impressive selection of cognacs. The entrance on Moika Canal, along with the property's rich details, impress even the most seasoned travelers.