It’s that time of the year again when we all have to all of a sudden be romantic on one day of the year – Valentine’s Day!
Luckily that’s not an issue for me as I’m a hopeless romantic! lol! 🙂
I surprised Simon for Valentine’s Day to a long weekend in Prague! We’d never been before to Prague and had said to one another that it would be great to go someday. So that day came on Valentine’s Day! 🙂
We started off at London Heathrow and this time from Terminal 3. Our flight was at 10.55am and was a brisk 2 hour flight, which meant we had most of the day to enjoy as soon as we land!
We were flying (wait for it!) with British Airways in Club Europe and we had checked in on the mobile app already, so we went to drop off our bags and then head to the BA Galleries Lounge. There we had a small breakfast, as we were going to get food on the plane, and relaxed for a while before getting onboard.
Once onboard we were served hot towels to clean and refresh, before we were served our first bottle of champagne (yes, it’s 11am but it’s never too early for champagne! 😉 )
We were served a continental breakfast onboard, which I’m not gonna lie here, I was not that impressed with! I was hoping for something a little bit more substantial! Still, I ate it. Needs must!
Then we got our next bottle of champagne! 🙂
Henry, my Minion, very much enjoyed the flight too! lol! 🙂
We arrived in Prague just after 1pm local time and we got a taxi from the airport to our hotel, which was Hilton Prague Hotel (not to be confused with the Old Town one). This was a great big modern looking building, with a huge atrium and glass elevators that went up one side of the building facing out towards the atrium.
We both have Hilton Honor Rewards accounts, which is the loyalty scheme with Hilton, and both have Diamond Status, so this meant that we got upgraded to a suite! It was a fabulous perk for Valentine’s for Simon! 🙂
As we entered our room we were greeted by a welcome drink and nibbles, which was lovely. We quickly cracked open a couple of the Prague beers and settled into the room.
As part of the upgrade and as part of the benefits of being Diamond members, we had access to the Executive Floor which had it’s own lounge filled with free drinks and nibbles, but also, in the morning you could have free breakfast as well! Bonus!
Once we finished our drinks we set out to explore Prague!
Prague is a truly beautiful city! It has an old world charm, with many buildings being centuries and centuries old and old cobbled streets everywhere. It was very romantic!
We headed to the Old Town Square to get a feeling of the place and get our bearings for where to explore, as most places can be reached from here.
After a quick look around, it started to get cold and we realised that we weren’t that appropriately dressed, so we headed back to the hotel to freshen up and put a few more layers on before heading back out to find a place for dinner. We decided that we weren’t going to go too far as it started to get quite cold in the evenings, so we found a place on TripAdvisor called Bianco e Nero and so set about trying to find it.
It wasn’t easy! We walked around this old looking building twice and could not see where this place was, as there were no signs anywhere pointing towards it. We even checked our maps on our mobile to try and find the place and didn’t have much luck.
Then, out of the blue we saw this arch way in the side of building. As soon as we walked through it there was a sign towards the restaurant and all of a sudden the place opens up as a modern courtyard with modern buildings! It was like walking through a time portal from going from an old world into a new one! BUT we found it! Just in time too, as it was really getting cold by this point!
The restaurant was a lovely modern place but was very quiet, there weren’t that many people in there. Still, it was lovely and warm and we were just happy to be in the warm and get something to eat!
The food was divine! It was beautifully presented and tasted delicious! We enjoyed a glass of Prosecco as an aperitif and then had a lovely bottle of Gavi with our meal. We then managed to squeeze in a desert, which we shared 🙂
One of the great things about Prague is how cheap everything is in comparison to UK prices – it was 10 Czech Crown to the Pound – so everything was amazingly cheap! This meal, which was an upmarket meal by all accounts, was still incredibly priced! Such great value!
We headed back to the hotel and decided to take the glass elevator up to the Executive Floor, where we indulged in a cheeky nightcap from the bar before we went to bed 🙂
The next day was more exploring! We headed towards the Old Town Square again and continued onwards towards the famous (and romantic) Charles Bridge! There were a lot of tourists here but we were able to navigate around them to walk over the bridge, stopping off to take a photo in front of the Prague Castle.
Once we crossed the bridge we made our way through the Lesser Quarter and headed up towards Prague Castle, stopping off for photos along the way. Once we made it up to the top of the castle we were able to look across the city and down at the river toward Charles Bridge. We walked back down from the Castle and made our way down to the river bank before walking across an adjacent bridge where we then found a place to have a bite to eat and a cheeky beer.
Once finished we headed back to the hotel, as Simon was having food coma! As soon as we got back Simon was out for the count and having a nap! So I headed up to the Executive Lounge with my IPad and got myself a glass of wine and sat and relaxed. Simon joined me a couple of hours later once he had awaken from his nap lol!
We later went out for dinner that night and found this traditional Czech place to eat. Though for the life of me I can’t remember the name of it! I do remember thinking that the food was quite good! But unfortunately the name is a mystery!
Afterwards we headed back to the hotel and went to explore the hotel bar which was at the top of the building and rumoured to have a fabulous view of the city. It was called the Cloud Bar and was a very swish looking bar!
The next day was our final day in Prague and the sun came out to play, which was nice! Though it was still rather cold!
We started our day having breakfast from the Executive Lounge. We finished and headed towards the lift when we got chatting to a member of the concierge on the Executive Floor and were told about a TV tower that had an observation deck . So we decide we’d go find it!
We took the Metro which was on the next street to our hotel to the TV tower, which only took about 10-15 minutes to get there.
Once we went up the tower you could see right across the city, particularly as the sun came out and shone brightly across the old buildings. There were seats that were hanging from the ceiling that you could sit and admire the view. I decided to try one out, but Simon was being shy and decide he’d rather stand lol!
We headed back down the tower and back toward the Old Town again, where we went for a wonder around to admire the architecture and the do some people watching, before it was time to head back to the hotel and collect our things, as our time in Prague was coming to an end.
We had a lovely, relaxed time and loved how beautiful the city was! We’ve decided we’ll definitely come back again, but this round we’ll come back in the summer when it’s a lot warmer!
We got our taxi back to the airport and checked ourselves in and dropped off our luggage and went to the BA lounge to relax. However, when we got there we found that it wasn’t very good.
Across the hall from the BA Lounge was the MasterCard Lounge. I decided to poke my head in and see if it was any good, and to my surprise it was 10 times better! So I went back into the BA Lounge and told Simon that there is a better lounge next door and we packed up our things and went across the hall. Luckily, we have a Priority Pass which gets you into lounges all around the world, thanks to our Platinum American Express card, and so we both got in for free! (It would have cost us around the equivalent of £40 each!)
There the food was so much better and you had better seating to relax – well worth the switch!
We finally caught our flight and headed back to London and off to bed, ready for work the next morning 😦
*please note – like the previous posts, we are not endorsed, sponsored, paid for, or provided for free, nor is this a product placement or advertisement for British Airways or Hilton. I have been a member of the British Airways Executive Club and Hilton Honor Rewards for over a decade, and all flights and accommodation, in fact EVERYTHING, was paid for by ourselves*