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Few Travel Tips on a Good Night Sleep

Having a good, refreshing night sleep is very important for those that travel a lot. It may not seem like a big thing, but business persons that are always traveling are often complaining about not being able to sleep enough because of their neighbors or because of the hotel staff. Here are some tips on how to make sure you will have the chance to get a good sleep overnight in order to be completely fresh for that morning meeting! The first important travel tip is choosing the right hotel room. Make sure your room is not placed near an elevator or near the ice machine. It may not seem to be a big deal, but feeling the elevator’s vibration all night long will not help you sleep after a long tiring day of travel.

Neither will help you sleep the sound of the hotels’ ice machine used by all the other persons on your floor. And, most important, always ask at the hotel’s reception if your room is placed near the disco club. Make sure you put at least 3 floors between your sleep and the hotel’s disco! Another travel tip is to check if your hotel room has a Do Not Disturb sign. If it doesn’t, ask the reception to give you one, or even make one yourself. Otherwise, the hotels’ cleaning staff will wake you up for the usual changing the towels operation.

And this is extremely annoying, especially when you are about to start another long day of travel. In case there is a party carried out next door, don’t bother to complain to the hotels’ receptions staff. All they can do is to send the hotel security to ask the party animals to keep it down. Therefore you should ask the front desk staff to give you another room. Insist if they claim there are no more rooms.

Do the same thing if there is a couple next door training for the world sex Olympics. And, early in the morning, before leaving the hotel, you can have your own little revenge by calling the loud room. They will be most likely sleeping! And, a final piece of travel advice: always pack a pair of earplugs whenever sleep over night in hotels. They will stop you from hearing all the disturbing noises any hotels may be dealing with. Enjoy a good night sleep on your travels.

Transfer from the Airport

Which gives you a quick and easy way to get to Prague Airport (Prague Václav Havel Airport). Avoid the waiting and hassle of public transport, or the risk of being overloaded by local reliable taxis. Our airport transfer service is a convenient, reliable and cost effective way for you and your luggage to get between the airport and your destination.

How to book?
Thanks to our on-line booking service, it could not be simpler. If you prefer, you can also make a reservation by phone. We accept cash or credit card, and we offer a money back guarantee. And, once you have filled in the booking form, we will give you immediate confirmation of your reservation. See our rates on our price page.

If you wish to book an airport transfer you simply fill out the form or call us. You can pay on arrival directly to our driver in cash, by credit card or online (advance payment). Unlike public transport, we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can get to or from the airport whenever you like. If your arrival in Prague will be in 1 hour or if you prefer to speak to one of our agents, please call to fill opposite in the booking form. If you do not want to book a transfer from the airport directly, you can call us when you arrive at Prague airport on our phone number.

Early arrival, delayed flights? No problem! We adapt!
All our drivers speak English and know their way around Prague. You will have no problems communicating with your driver or reaching your destination. All our vehicles are new and air-conditioned, allowing maximum comfort while you are traveling. We will also give you a card, free wifi hotspot in each car to connect to the world, free soft water.

Arrival at the airport
After passing the customs and baggage claim area, passengers will be greeted by our taxi driver who will hold a card with your name imprinted on it. We will wait for you no matter what, even if your flight is delayed.

Advantages of pre – booking
Our private airport transfer will offer you the comfort of knowing that when you arrive at Prague airport our driver will wait for you and your luggage to take you to your destination without any hassle with guaranteed savings of up to 50% compared to regular taxis.

Lamborghini Pasta Cafe in Prague

Lamborghini Pasta Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in Prague. Lamborghini’s location is very convenient as it is only 5 minutes walking distance from Old Town Square, 15 minutes walking distance from Charles Bridge and about 10 minutes walking distance from one of my favorite hotels in Prague, Modra Ruze. You would think that Lamborghini’s location will make it one of those typically overpriced Prague’s restaurants where you will not eat well unless you spend close to a $100 for a dinner for two. You will be surprised to hear the exact opposite!

This cozy, Italian style restaurant/cafe is hidden which makes it more of a local hang out rather than a tourist spot. And that’s what makes Lamborghini so wonderful! The prices are not jacked up to scam tourists. An average price for a pasta dish is about 180CZE. You get exactly what you paid for and much more! The food is wonderful and the portions are just perfect. My favorite pasta dish is served with Neapol’s meat ragu.

Lamborghini’s pasta dish with meat ragu

Lamborghini’s selection of wine compliments the food items on the menu. An average price for wine is about 80CZE.

Tea lovers should try Lamborghini’s mate tea served with lemon and honey for just 65CZE. It is absolutely delicious, highly recommended and since it is caffeinated, it will give you that additional buzz to continue exploring Prague. One fun fact – mate tea contains about 90% more antioxidants than green tea.

And if you cannot find anything on the menu that would satisfy you, you can always refer to the daily specials handwritten on the chalk board.

For those who have a sweet tooth, Lamborghini has a display of fresh deserts. The selection changes every day as the deserts are delivered fresh every morning. One desert, that is out of this world is Czech vetrnik (I tried to translate ”vetrnik” into English, but calling a desert a “wind” or “windy” doesn’t sound too appetizing). Vetrnik is not always available, but when it is, oh my! You must try it! It is pretty big and can be shared, it has a caramel glaze and cream filling with zero calories.

Czech vetrnik

Lamborghini’s atmosphere is casual and quite laid back. The restaurant has a smoking and a non-smoking section, which is a huge plus! You may not be aware, but Prague still allows smoking in restaurants which can completely ruin your meal if you are    a non-smoker. Another great benefit is a children’s corner filled with toys for your children to play with during dinner. It keeps them occupied and gives you the “luxury” of actually eating dinner. The last interesting fun fact about Lamborghini is that the restaurant is visited by Czech artists, actors and other celebrities. During my recent trip to Prague, one night we sat right next to a famous Czech actress, Ivana Chylkova and the following night we sat across from a bunch of models enjoying their night out. It was pretty cool!

Czech out Lamborghini Pasta Cafe when you are in Prague! Your taste buds and your wallet will be very appreciative!

 

Great Golf Course Just Three Hours From Prague

My family and I spent the weekend in Silherovice. We went for a walk around the chateau park one afternoon. The weather was lovely with the temperature around 21 degrees Celsius. We walked by a fully restored and renovated Rothschild’s Hunting Lodge dating back to the 18th century.

The Lodge has been converted into a restaurant. The mood was great and so we decided to splurge a little and made a reservation for all 12 of us for the following night. Why not, we all thought. Why not get a feel for what it used to be like dining with the royalty? The dining room was a smaller room with about 7 tables. One of the tables, which ended up being our table, was round and big enough for 14 people. I’ve never seen or sat at table of this size before! There was a fire place and a big mirror in the middle of the room. When I walked in I truly felt like I was walking into the 19th century. I could feel the history around me!

The restaurant staff was nice, polite and attentive. Drinks were served immediately, hors d’oeuvres, compliments of the chef came soon after. Our food was cooked to order and it took about 30 minutes for it to be served -perfect time to enjoy our appetizers and great conversation with everyone around the table. The food was served on big white plates creating a perfect contrast with the cherry wood walls and dark brown furniture. I ordered a smoked salmon with julienne and grilled vegetables, my partner ordered a dear dish similar to goulash with roasted potatoes. The presentation looked fabulous! My salmon was cooked to perfection, nice and juicy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. My grilled vegetables had a little too much salt for my taste, but I was the only one who had that feeling. The julienne vegetables were glazed and had chutney like consistence. I loved them! My partner’s deer dish was served in a cream sauce with a light touch of spice. The meat was tender and would fall apart when he cut into it. A few of us ordered a typical Czech specialty – beef tartar. I can honestly say that I have never seen a better and fresher looking beef tartar before! The meat was as red as the cherry walls. Even though I don’t eat raw meat, I could tell my family enjoyed it very much. My sister opted for the sweet dumpling pockets filled with farmer cheese and garnished with melted butter and powder sugar. I think even Emeril would give this dinner a Thumbs up! It was a great dinner in a beautifully decorated, historical restaurant with a lovely staff and certainly a great chef. As far as the price goes, we paid what we expected to pay. Dinner for two (excluding alcohol) was 640 CZE.

 Our dinner at the Hunting Lodge

Beef tartar

Deer with roasted potatoes

Salmon with roasted and julienne vegetables

Dining room at the Lodge. The big round table fits 14 people, working fire place and the mirror is in the middle of the room.

We signed up our kids (my niece and nephew) to take a few golf lessons at the Park Golf Club school for children. Their lesson was scheduled for the following day. As a proud auntie, I was curious to see how they teach and motive 4-year olds to play golf. The golf Instructor was a lovely young woman called Sylva. She had 6 children in her group. When we showed up at the driving range, she had already been waiting with all the bells and whistles. I was very impressed by her approach to the children. She was encouraging, patient, sweet, called every child by their first name, and she seemed to have a perfect balance of rewarding and correcting all the activities the children were performing. My nephew was a bit hesitant and shy when we brought him in, but Sylva’s nurturing personality and welcoming smile made him feel comfortable enough to join the group and participate. After almost an hour of stretching, putting and hitting the ball, the lesson was over. One last time, the kids were rewarded. This time with candy. Excited, they ran to us and couldn’t stop sharing their experience with us. It was so cute!

Golf lessons with Sylva

Learning to hold the club

My nephew Jakub with his golf instructor

Park Golf Club SilheroviceClick on the link and watch a video of the little munchkins playing golf with their golf instructor.

 

I was so impressed by the club and the chateau park I did a little bit of digging about the history of the town and the estates. The Rothschild’s Chateau, standing in the middle of the English style chateau park, was built around 1815. The park was finished five years later and since its conception many rare trees from around the world have been brought in and planted there making the park unique and almost exotic looking.

The Rothschild’s Estates survived not only centuries of changes, but the communist era as well. Several very expensive restoration projects had to be completed in the recent years to bring this national treasure back to its original historical look. Today, the town of Silherovice belongs to one of the most charming and sought after historical cities in the Czech Republic.

Another view of the golf course with the Rothschild’s Chateau in the background.

 

The golf course was built around 1970. It is 5,742 meters long with a par of 72. It is located in the actual chateau park and offers breathtaking views of the park, the Rothschild’s Chateau and the Hunting Lodge. The course is maintained at its top quality as it has become one of the prime locations for local and foreign pro-golfers. In addition, several tournaments and championships are hosted here each year bringing a much needed pubic and world awareness to this gorgeous, sometimes forgotten, area of Northern Moravia.

The golf course is known for its difficult, somewhat hilly and curvy terrain. The park trees beautifully line up the course as well as grow in the middle of the course, in the path of the green. Common advice from those who have already played here is to get to know the course before you play to achieve best results. But I guess this advice is applicable to playing at any new course.

Map of the golf course – Park Golf Club

Even though you will end up playing a challenging round of golf, the reward after is more than worth the sweat. The Clubhouse is located in the former Greenhouse/Orangery overlooking a pond and the golf course. Absolutely gorgeous! You can eat there or you can walk/drive a few minutes to the other side of the park and enjoy a lovely meal in the Hunting Lodge .

Club House is located in the historical orangery and overlooking the course.

Since it is unrealistic driving all the way from Prague, playing a round of golf and driving back to Prague, I highly recommend Hotel Golf Silherovice  as your overnight option turning your day of golf into a weekend long excursion. The hotel is not a typical 5 star hotel you may be used from Prague. It’s cozy, charming and certainly most convenient as it is located right on the 18th hole. The hotel has about 20 rooms, one apartment and a swimming pool. The hotel staff is quite savvy when it comes to offering entertainment for your family members or an evening out on the town.

Hotel Golf Silherovice located right on the golf course.

 

 

Interesting facts about the Czech Golf, the town of Silherovice and the Rothschild family.

1. On November 23, 2006, the Czech Republic was declared ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ at the 7th IAGTO Awards held during the International Golf Travel Market in Marbella, Spain.

2. The history of the Chateau dates back to the late 18th century. At that time the Eichendorff family built the Chateau Šilheřovice in the place of a former Renaissance fortress. Originally, it was a classical palace, which was later renovated into its pseudo-baroque style. The Rothschild’s owned the Chateau for almost hundred years (from 1844 to 1945). The Chateau has three wings and two floors. An accessory building, richly decorated and as tall as the Chateau is at each wing. After World War Two, the building was used as a youth home, a mining apprentice training school and later as a training center for students in the hospitality industry. The Chateau was sold in 2008 and the much needed extensive reconstruction work finally began.

3. The Rothschild family is a European family of German Jewish origin that established European banking and finance houses in the late 18th century. The earliest record of Rothschilds in Northern Moravia is from 1774 when Salomon Meyer Rothschild was born. Rothschild in Ostrava are linked to the construction of the railway from Vienna to Bochnia (Poland). Realizing profits, the Rothschilds purchased several estates in nearby Bohumín, Šilheřovice and Hlučín. Salomon Meyer became Ostrava’s most influential business man of the 19th century.  Salomon’s son Anselm inherited all his father’s assets and as a capable business himself, earned a position of dominance among Ostrava’s mine-owners. It was Anselm Rothschild himself who reconstructed the family Chateau in Silherovice. Anselm’s son Albert Nathanel Rothschild was appointed as the owner of all the family assets after his father’s death. Albert was a huge humanitarian and he generously donated to various humanitarian institutions. After his death in 1911, Dr. Alfons Rothchild stepped up as the family leader. His family resided in the Chateau and managed Silherovice until 1938 caring for the locals and generating plenty of job opportunities. The Rothschilds helped to establish the school, the church, the fire house and the retirement home called Anselm Institution. During World War II, the entire Northern Moravian region became a part of the German Reich and the Šilheřovice estate was transferred under sequestration. At that time, the Rothschild family left the town and the country.

 

360 View Of Prague Just 138 Steps Away

Did you know that only 138 stairs separate you from a gorgeous 360 view of Prague? Yes, indeed! This observation deck on the top of Old Town Bridge Tower is among the best places to see Prague from up and above. The tower has several floors offering two different exhibitions for an admission fee of 75 CZE. A small exhibition and a video explaining the astronomical and astrological symbolism of Charles Bridge and the bridge tower is located on the first floor. The second floor offers a collection of photographs of the restoration of the tower’s east face, and a display of historical costumes and jewels. And the amazing observation deck is located at the top.

 

View from the Old Town Bridge Tower

TIP – you will SAVE MONEY on your admission if you purchase a ticket for both Towers (the Old Town Bridge Tower and the Lesser Town Bridge Tower) A ticket to both observation decks is only 100 CZE where paying separately it will end up costing you 150 CZE.

 

HISTORY
The Old Town Bridge Tower is considered a gateway between Old Town district and Charles Bridge. Designed by Peter Parler, the architect of the Charles Bridge, this 64 meter tall Gothic Tower was built between 1370 and 1391 as part of the fortification system around the Old Town. Once decorated on both the east and west facade, the sculptures on the west facade were damaged during a siege by Swedish troops in 1648 and subsequently removed. Tourists can still enjoy the sculptures decorations on the east facade that survived centruries of wars and natural disasters. The coat of arms of all the lands that were part of the Bohemian Kingdom as well as the kingfisher, the symbol of King Wenceslas IV are located directly above the arch. The three statues above the coat of arms are the patron saint of Bohemia – Saint Vitus; King Charles IV is in the center, King Wenceslas IV to his right. The two additional statues at the top of the tower are Saint Sigismund and Saint Vojtech (Adalbert).