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What can make your Prague or Czech Republic vacation even more special? A weekend at an ancient palace or castle, of course. The palaces and castles of Eastern Europe make particularly good modern hotels and are very popular with tourists, for good reason. Romance, history and luxury are trademarks of castle and palace hotels in Prague, in the Czech Republic and throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Czech castles are incredible in their own right; as hotels, they'll make your stay uniquely romantic.
Hotel Ruze Cesky Krumlov Castle Hotel
This 5-star hotel was originally a Renaissance monastery and university. Sumptuous rooms furnished with rich fabrics and dark woods make guests feel regal. It features massage, a sauna, pool and gym. On-site restaurants allow you to eat on a terrace, indoors, or enjoy a drink at the bar. In addition, inquire with the concierge about excursions into the town or Renaissance feasts.
Smetana Hotel (Formerly Pachtuv Palace Hotel Prague)
The Baroque Smetana Hotel is located in Old Town Prague. Several packages are offered, including romance, cultural and Mozart (who once composed at Pachtuv) packages. Cozy rooms have frescoed ceilings are divided by wooden beams, and highly-polished floors are decorated with rugs.
Stekl Hotel is on the Hluboka Castle grounds in South Moravia. Unique packages include "Winter Fairy Tale," "Summer Dream" and romance packages. Enjoy excursions to nearby castles and breweries, golf, bowling, tennis courts, hunting, skydiving and fishing.
Štirin Castle (Hotel Zamek Stirin)
Just 25km southeast of Prague, Stirin Hotel is a Baroque chateau from the 18th century. The grounds include a French garden, an English park, a courtyard and a modern building that is now a golf house and bar.
Near Olomouc in the western part of Czech Republic, this small castle hotel has a restaurant, bar, wedding chapel, theater hall, club room, salon and 18 guest rooms. For activities, guests should look towards town.