1) We arrived in Prague around 5pm and headed straight to our hotel, the King’s Court Hotel. Our booked in advance transportation here was a bit smoother than ours in Istanbul – READ: it was seamless because our driver was waiting for us as we exited customs and we promptly got into our car and were on our way to downtown Prague or as the Czechs say “Praha”.
The hotel was amazing! Not that you wouldn’t expect that from a 5-star luxury hotel but the three of us were very impressed. The package we booked put us at the VIP guest level so in addition to having an incredible suite (this included an amazing sitting room!) awaiting for us + champagne and pastries, we were able to enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet everyday at the hotel’s main restaurant, we also had access to the VIP lounge which was open every day from 10am – 5pm and offered free food and beverages (the food quality was very good and could have easily been several meals + dessert and this included all alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages).
2) After we had visited the VIP lounge and nibbled on some appetizers and sipped champagne (mom and Tommy), had oohed and ahhed at our suite we were escorted to and found all of our luggage already setup in our suite, and freshened up we headed out to explore the area around our hotel. First stop was the Palladium Shopping Center which was right across from our hotel. I wanted to buy a Prague Starbucks mug and Tommy wanted to buy a SIM card for his phone so he could communicate with his family. We also just wanted to check out “the scene” so to speak. We weren’t disappointed!
3) After the Palladium we wondered through another little outdoor Christmas Market nearby. Mom and Tommy tried on some winter hats since it was a tad colder here than in Istanbul!
4) By now we were getting pretty hungry so we continued walking around hoping to find a good place to eat dinner at. We absolutely did, we settled on Halvivitica (sadly I couldn’t find this restaurant’s website. :-() I probably had the best pasta dish I ever had here. No joke. The restaurant served traditional Czech food so I suppose my pasta dish was their version of Czech Fettuccine Alfredo with mushrooms and meat. Tommy and mom had some bites of my pasta and agreed it was heavenly. They, too, were also pleased with their dinner selection. Tommy ordered a meat plate (shocking!) and mom ordered a salad and mushroom soup which she said was incredibly good. They also shared a glass of some Czech beer. 🙂
5) After dinner we moseyed back to our hotel since we were getting pretty tired – it was probably around 11pm or so. We wanted to rest up so we could take advantage of our first full day in Praha the next day!