Prague and Budapest. Where does a spin instructor stay? By Dr. W
Dr. Sven W’s recommendations
Budapest was an easy choice. The Kempinski Corvinus is centrally located, a few minutes from the Danube. The hotel was totally renovated around 3-4 years ago. It is modern, sleek and run superbly.
The service is supreme and the staff is helpful and very courteous. The breakfast room, done in modern bistro style, is absolute fun to be in. The buffet breakfast has everything you could dream of in Budapest. The hotel attracts a very international clientele. One evening at the hotel we met a group of young people who came for a destination wedding- in total a party of 100 young Pakistanis who were totally hip. The wedding was at the Buda castle. They were dressed to kill. I tried getting an invite but no luck. The following morning, I went down at 7:00AM for a run and some wedding stragglers were still hanging out in the outside bar. Total cool.
Other high end hotels include the Four Seasons, The Ritz Carlton and the Hilton (located on the Buda side. Great views of the Parliament). Hotels with fabulous river views are the Sofitel and Intercontinental. In my opinion, the Kempinski offers the most for the buck (Euro or Forint). One comment about the gym. For a hotel this size it has a tiny gym. One morning there was a group of eight Israelis who were using the gym. That was intimate. Nevertheless, one of them decided he was going to give Salsa lessons to the others. It was like giving a Zumba class in a NYC subway car during morning rush. It was sort of fun.
Prague was a different story. We had a wedding at the Grand Mark Hotel which is outside Old Prague. It is well located, recently redone as a modern structure with a beautiful outdoor garden. The rooms are modern décor with fine appointments. You cannot go wrong. An alternative for your stay, The Four Seasons, in the heart of old Prague, is filled with old world charm, fabulous views, superb service and absolute attention to detail. This hotel caters to Americans, with English being the only language you hear in the lobby and restaurant. It is the ultimate in old world elegance and feel. The gym is beautiful, relatively spacious and well equipped. Prepare yourself for the finest hotel in Prague with its rarefied atmosphere and appeal.
Next time, back to basics to discuss maximum predicted heart rate during exercise.