Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2009, the Inter-Continental Praha may at last be getting it right. Although visual traces of communist design were expunged during a $50 million refurbishment in the 1990s, only now does the transformation seem to have taken hold in earnest, with courteous service and no reminders of the c-word in sight. All rooms have Wi-Fi; elsewhere, the fitness centre is one of the best in town, much favoured by non-guests with expense accounts. The negative? One side of the hotel faces a garish neon-lit casino, and there's an extra charge if you want a room facing the river. Children eat for free.