We threw caution to the wind last Christmas (2018) and opted to spend it in Prague, a city that had been on our must-visit list for years. Deliberating over whether to go somewhere hot or festively cold (a nice problem to have, I know), we plumped for Prague because of its rich history, its miles of Christmas markets and captivating architecture.

Prague

Visiting Lapland in Finland, in November, had also wet our appetite for a frostier break and going to the Czech Republic was the perfect excuse to put our warm winter gear to good use too.

kids

(Thanks to Outfit Kids for the clothes)!

When it came to booking the vacay (the Americans get all the good words), the excellent Nicola Donaldson of Travel Counsellors saved the day. Nicola came highly recommended by several of my local followers on social media (she’s based in Berkshire), and after just a couple of emails and a phone call to establish what we wanted and when, she offered various options on destinations and flights, securing us a great deal at the 5 star Corinthian Hotel in Prague, and flights with Whizz Air on our desired dates, to boot.

Prague

Meeting up for coffee a few days before we travelled to collect the tickets from Nicola in person was lovely. That’s what we miss in these digital times: meeting real life people for real life coffee and cake. Nicola came bearing gifts too and surprised me with cute notebooks and pens for the boys to keep them busy on the plane, essential oils for me and a pocket guide book of Prague for our trip.

Having someone to connect with by phone and then in person, saved me a shed load of time and stress when it came to booking flights and a hotel, and at no extra charge to me as Nicola makes her commission from the hotel and airline.

Corinthia Hotel in Prague

And there’s more…The day before we travelled, Nicola had another surprise for me, as the manager of the Corinthia Hotel, Tomas, had kindly upgraded us to a suite after she’d mentioned my job to him. The upgrade meant staying in a huge room with sprawling views of the city, and the use of the hotel’s luxurious rooftop pool and spa. It also meant access to the hotel’s Executive Lounge for complimentary food and drink throughout the day and you can imagine how helpful that was with two hungry children!

lobby at the Corinthia Prague

Executive Lounge at the Corinthia Prague Executive Lounge, Corinthia PragueI didn’t ask Nicola to make any requests on our behalf and while we often do complimentary reviews, we’d declined stays over Christmas so as to so as to fully switch off. We absolutely did that at the Corinthia Prague though, and were incredibly grateful for their kindness.

The hotel also surprised us (so MANY surprises) at the end of our stay too with a discount from the meals we’d paid for at their restaurants and for room service. While there was no obligation or request to blog about our stay, I wanted to share how tranquil it was there, and the fun we had, and to say a heartfelt thanks to the hotel for their attentive service and hospitality.

Ginger bread House

Thanks Nicola and Tomas!

Now, let me show you around our room.

hotel suite Corinthia Prague

Our suite had views overlooking Prague in all its terracotta glory and the rooftop pool was like stepping into a Insta-dream with panoramic views of Prague from the water. Dreamy.

hotel suite  hotel suite at Corinthia Prague

view from the window

Corinthia Prague Hotel-rooftop pool

Being just one set of stairs from the Executive Lounge, a place for guests staying in a suite or who had paid to use it, meant enjoying breakfast and light meals, snacks, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages during our stay in an intimate environment. Everything felt so easy there, just what you want when holidaying with children. They also had computers for adults and children and Oliver watched some origami videos on YouTube one evening.

Executive Lounge

Corinthia Prague Hotel

While the Corinthia Prague is the leading and multi-award winning business hotel in Prague, its location close to the financial district, over Christmas many families opt to stay and are always welcome. The service was second-to-none, as was the food, with diverse vegan options for myself (something I was worried about but needn’t have been) with lots of Italian favourites my kids love (with their egg and dairy intolerance proving no issue).

It didn’t prove an issue anywhere we ate.

Oliver drinks a hot chocolate

And, boy did we eat. We walked endlessly to counterbalance the greed, exploring the city by foot which we loved. The underground system in Prague, is pristine and also easy to navigate while being cheap and the quickest way to travel too. My good pal, Make Up Artist to the stars, Petr Blecha who lives in London but is originally from Prague, gave us a guided tour after dinner on our second day, pointing out cultural landmarks and the best places to eat!

Prague Subway

Prague Prague National Museum, Prague

Prague

We didn’t get to see every single sight we would have liked to because that’s no mean feat with kids and it’s busy there, so we require a return visit (maybe as a couple) but we ate and drank to our hearts content and truly relaxed.

We took snaps in tourist spots we’d mapped out on the plane, however, and did wander around the city over the 6 days spent there, discovering places that would interest the kids as much as us.

Their favourite was the second castle in Prague, the child-friendly, Vysehrad whose structures date from the 18th century when the site was a fortress. A haven for kids thanks to its magical playground and captivating views of the city, you must not miss this if visiting as a family.

Vysehrad, Prague

Vysehrad in Prague

playground at Vysehrad in Prague

Vysehrad Castle playground

Vysehrad Castle playgroundVysehrad Castle playground

Vysehrad Castle Vysehrad Castle

We equally loved the enchanting Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock with its famous, hourly chimes from 9am-9pm built in 1490 and the Christmas markets selling everything from hot chocolate to Christmas baubles. Wenceslas Square and the grand National Museum is where we spent a lot of time (although the queues were too long to visit the museum) but we marvelled at its neo-Renaissance architecture and ate at Concordia Ristorante a short walk from there who are outstanding.

Wenceslas Square

National Museum in Prague Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock

National Museum in PragueRestaurant tomato bruschetta vegetarian pizza vegan risotto Prague at ChristmasOn Petr’s tour, after dinner, we passed the moving Old Jewish Cemetary ( I would like to visit The Jewish Museum next time we visit too and their many synagogues) and we perused the pretty Eiffel Tower tribute, Petrin Hill and the renowned Czech Opera where Mozart famously played. I closed my eyes and imagined what that must have felt like.

Petr Blecha and Honest Mum

opera

I revelled in the shopping there too, picking up pretty floral maxi dresses, a belt and kids’ clothes from boutique Promod, and C&A respectively. My only wish was more time but I had 3 reluctant shoppers with me. Ha!

Promod dress and Lotus boots-Honest Mum We had a blast!

Prague

A truly magical stay.  Have you visited Prague?

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127 Responses

  1. Sharon l Catterall

    Ive never been to Prague,its just never been on my list of places as its cold,reading your blog and looking at your pictures has made me change my mind,just because somewhere is cold doesn’t mean theirs not amazing sights to see and things to do.
    Ive never heard of lotus shoes before vicki,i really like the lace open toe ones.

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  2. Lorna Ledger

    Prague looks stunning, and you were well looked after! Would love to explore! Love Lotus Show range, particularly the Black Omar Mid-Calf Boots

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  3. Suzanne Gaulton

    Prague has been on my wish list for a little while now, but I assumed we’d have to do it as a couple – you prove me wrong! Shoes, shoes, shoes…beautiful shoes, but they do need to be comfy too!!

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  4. Johanne Currie

    I would look good walking down Prague sheets wearing these gorgeous shoes

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  5. TRACY JAMES

    i would love to vist prague, it looks so beautiful. the shoes also look amazing!

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  6. Karen Barrett

    What a fabulous place, would love to visit, especially wearing the shoes!

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  7. Jessica Quinn

    I’ve always wanted to visit Prague! I’d love to take these lovely shoes for a visit 😉

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  8. Nikki Hayes

    Prague looks fantastic – we’ve always wanted to visit there – and the Lotus boots look super comfy for daytime exploring on foot :o)

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  9. Claire Nutman

    Lovely pics, it looks like an interesting city and somewhere to spend a great weekend, by the way, the shoes are killing it !!

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  10. Jean Cassell

    Never been to Prague but may visit one day. I’ve read that it’s best visited midweek to avoid stag and hen parties but that could be said of any major city. I love to visit museums and galleries and there are those by the bucket load in Prague. A girl can never have too many shoes , but theses days mine are getting flatter to accommodate dodgy knees and bunions.

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  11. Megan Kinsey

    These shoes sound great! I often end up turning to my walking boots when I’m walking a lot of the day but they don’t go with my outfits!

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  12. Laura Pritchard

    The shoes are so glamorous – perfect for those dressier nights out! The trip looked very luxurious!

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  13. christine goody

    Wow! You take some fantastic photos. They make me really want to go there. Your trip sounded amazing and it is a destination that is on my bucket list. As for the shoes, love them all! Can never have enough shoes.

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  14. tamalyn roberts

    prague is on our family list to go to, we enjoyed barcelona and berlin so far. love the shoes, very glitxy

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  15. Tammy Stevenson

    It sounds like you had an amazing time. I’ve never been but it’s somewhere I’d love to explore. Totally love the boots and perfect for this time of year all around the world!

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  16. Catherine S

    I’d forgotten how beautiful Prague is. It sounds as though you had a brilliant time. Fab shoes too!

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  17. Iris

    Prague looks a beautiful place, I have never been but would love to one day. I love the shoes especially the boots look so comfy

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  18. Nikki Stewart

    It’s not a place I’ve ever thought of visiting but it looks beautiful! Lovely shoes too!

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  19. Leila Benhamida

    Prague is really a beautiful city to visit, I loved it. When went on trip to watch Andrea Bocelli in concert. Love the shoes so stylish. Would love to win this awesome prize.

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  20. abigail edkins

    Ive never been but it looks like somewhere Id enjoy. I think its important to look good but with all the walking you need to be comfy too to enjoy it. These do look comfy, I especially love the boots

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  21. frances hopkins

    Prague is such a lovely place to visit, looks like you had an amazing time. Love the shoes!

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  22. Amy Bondoc

    I’ve always wanted to go to Prague the photos you took are great! the hotel looks 1nd sounds really nice too x loving the shoes especially the boots they look both comfy and stylish x

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  23. Hayley Colburn

    I had no idea how beautiful Prague really is, I google searched some images after reading this and its so stunning, I’m actually looking for somewhere perfect to spend a romantic weekend with my husband for our 10th wedding anniversary and am definitely going to consider Prague now, as for the shoes, well, you can’t visit somewhere as stylish as this without the shoes to match can you 😉

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  24. Hayley Lynch

    Its over 10 years since I went to Prague but your article brought back some lovely memories ! I love those sling back shoes !

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  25. Amanda w

    A few of friends have been to Prague and said it is beautiful! It’s deffo on my to do list!!!
    Omg the shoes are beaut!!!

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  26. justine Meyer

    I have been to Prague many years ago before the children and would like to take them sometime. The shoes are woweeee

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  27. Jayne Townson

    I’ve never been to Prague but it looks amazing, well worth a visit. Some great shoes there.

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  28. Karen Christmas

    Never thought of Prague as a place to take the children – will definitely reconsider

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  29. Hannah S

    I love Prague – a friend recently moved there! Lots to see so need some good shoes for walking around the sites1

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  30. Charlotte

    Prague sounds lovely! id love to go there one day! The shoes are gorgeous too!

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  31. Katie B

    Looks like a wonderful trip, I’ve always wanted to go to Prague. The shoes looks beautiful too

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  32. T Brailey

    What a magical trip, it looked lovely and very exciting. Great shoes that I am sure would love to be on my feet.

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