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How To Escape The Crowd in Prague – Aria Hot...

How To Escape The Crowd in Prague – Aria Hotel

Aria Hotel Prague | Vrtbovska Garden | InBetweenPictures.com

Escaping The Crowd at Aria Hotel Prague

Aria Hotel Prague | Vrtbovska Garden | InBetweenPictures.com

When wandering in Prague, it’s hard to escape the crowd. The famous Charles Bridge, beautiful Prague Castle, and the Old Town Square make this town oh-so-popular among tourists. I admit I’m guilty too. It’s hard not to contemplate Prague’s fascinating sights. But what happened when you want to escape the crowd for an afternoon but still enjoy the best of Prague? Enters Aria Hotel.

The boutique hotel offers its guest fine-dining experience, breathtaking rooftop view, and private access to a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage garden. Just a few steps away from Prague Castle in the Mala Strana quarter, the music-themed hotel also offers a sanctuary to its guests.

After a crowded morning at Prague Castle – make sure to visit early in the morning, or you will be caught in a sea of people – I desperately searched for a more tranquil place to enjoy Prague. I came across the beautiful Vrtbovska Garden and noticed that next to it was the Aria Hotel, where CODA restaurant is located in. The beautiful rooftop view and garden sold me.


CODA Restaurant

Aria Hotel Prague | CODA Restaurant | InBetweenPictures.com

Aria Hotel, in addition to being one of the best hotels in Prague, also houses one of the top restaurants in the country – CODA. The restaurant features a delicious menu concocted by Executive Chef David Šašek. His signature style, the Sous Vide method, produces perfectly cooked, juicy, and tender meat. Although the majority of dishes consist of modern cuisine with Czech influences, they do offer traditional Czech cuisine. The restaurant is located inside the five-stars hotel but, visit in the spring or summer and enjoy a delicious meal on the rooftop terrace – the view is spectacular.

After working an appetite exploring Prague Castle, I felt tempted to order the entire menu, but I resisted.

Roasted Duck Foie Gras, Sautéed Chanterelles, Red Onion Relish, Raspberry, Lemon Thyme
Aria Hotel Prague | CODA Restaurant | InBetweenPictures.com
Pork Tenderloin, Smoked Bones Sauce, Potato Purée, Roasted Bacon, Pickled Shallots

Aria Hotel Prague | CODA Restaurant | InBetweenPictures.com

Dry-aged Steak of The Day, Polenta, Arugula, Gross Mustard Dressing, Jus

Aria Hotel Prague | CODA Restaurant | InBetweenPictures.com

Panna Cotta
Aria Hotel Prague | CODA Restaurant | InBetweenPictures.com
After indulging in the beautiful view and delicious lunch, it was time to make my way to the Vrtbovska Garden.

 

Aria Hotel Prague | CODA Restaurant | InBetweenPictures.com

Vrtbovska Garden

Aria Hotel Prague | Vrtbovska Garden | InBetweenPictures.com

Aria Hotel Prague provides direct access to the Baroque Vrtbovska Garden. While open to the public, the garden becomes only accessible to the hotel’s guests during after-hours allowing you to enjoy a private and peaceful stroll in the terrace.

The Vrtbovska Garden is one of the oldest and most beautiful gardens in Prague. Although upon entering the terrace, one may be fooled into thinking the garden is disappointedly small – Fear not, perspective is key! As you make your way up through the staircase, the garden opens up. Make sure to make it all the way up, for an incredible view of the city. You can even schedule private dining in the garden – potential romantic engagement, take note.

If you are planning to stay at the Aria Hotel, make sure to book one of their garden view suites.

Aria Hotel Prague | Vrtbovska Garden | InBetweenPictures.com

Aria Hotel Prague | Vrtbovska Garden | InBetweenPictures.com


Keep in mind:

The garden only opens from April – October

If you are not staying at the hotel, you may have to go on a hunt for the entrance of this hidden gem.

Locate the wooden gate with a small sign pointing to the garden. Go through the quiet courtyard. Then, walk through the gate with the statue of Atlas. Then you will see a door with a small staircase to your right. The door will lead you to a gift shop. Enter the gift shop, pay the entrance fee, and you will we be awarded the “hidden gem.”

Aria Hotel Prague | Vrtbovska Garden | InBetweenPictures.com

When in Prague, make sure to have lunch at the rooftop, enjoy the fantastic view, and follow with a stroll at the beautiful baroque garden – so worth it!


  1. Lily

    14 June

    Omg I wish I knew about this place when I was in Prague! Those views are unreal, and that food looked delicious! What a gem you found. Maybe I’ll try staying there next time?

  2. Christie

    14 June

    WHAT this is amazing!! The garden is only accessible to hotel guests after hours?! Best photo opp of all time! Next time I go I am definitely staying here.

    • Diana

      14 June

      Yes! you can even request the restaurant to serve you in the garden! BEST.PHOTO.OPP.EVER

  3. Taylor

    14 June

    wow its beautiful! and that food looks amazing!

    • Diana

      14 June

      Yes, I didn’t want to leave! 😍

  4. Sherri

    15 June

    This is such a beautiful hotel, I’m definitely keeping it in mind for my visit to Prague! The food looks amazing! I love that the garden is accessible after hours, I’d like to enjoy it when it’s a bit more quiet.

    • Diana

      15 June

      Yes, you will love Prague and this hotel! So many photo opp at the garden 😀

  5. This is beautiful!!! Prague has been on my bucket list for ages–must check this hotel out when I go!

  6. Christine

    17 June

    Your photos are so pretty!!! I really need to visit Prague and this gorgeous garden!!

  7. Grace Silla

    15 July

    Wow! I can’t believe how incredible that hotel is. I love the views you get too. I feel like you found a treasure!

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