This was a Birthday surprise for my husband. We didn't know what to expect as it was a kind of package with flight and hotel together. We were a bit apprehensive as it was all so inexpensive - but needn't have worried.
The hotel is smallish but the accommodation is superb. We were in room 203 and it had most things we would have expected. Comfy beds....air con....sofa....desk...loads of storage space....tv with BBC World News....etc. View was not brilliant but it was definitely quiet. Who cares about the view when you are hardly in?
Breakfast was good....several cereals, H B eggs (warm), juices, fruit, meats, cheeses, sausages (hot), crusty bread, crusty rolls, facilities for toast, sweet pastries, tea and coffee. What more could you ask for, in a foreign country - and fill your boots as much as you want!
Staff are delightful and can't do enough. I wonder at a previous review stating a poor attitude - we didn't find that and we came and went at all hours of the day encountering several different staff.
I have taken one star off simply for the fact that there is no bar. Would have been nice to come in, with tired feet, to relax in the bar with a cold drink, but there are two facilities 100 mtrs across the road where you can do this. One is a hotel and the other a restaurant, both with outside seating and welcoming.
The hotel sells it's own beer which, according to hubby, tastes really good. There is a coffee machine in the foyer with various varieties including hot chocolate for about 30/40....whatever it is in the currency. If I say 100 Czk crowns is equal to about £3 that will give you an idea of the price.
Thr city is v-a-s-t!! Fortunately the hotel is within five minutes of Wenceslas square. It was upon us before we realised it, reading on previous reviews that it took 10 minutes plus to get there. We looked at the map and decided we could walk to the Old Town - which is even better. Took about 20 minutes only and is a warren of little streets and good shops, if you discount the tourist stuff.
It is a very hilly city....I booked this in January then developed a cartilage problem in my knee! I tried not to moan too much so as not to spoil it for hubby, but relented on our last day when we took a taxi home from the Old Town rather than climb the hills back to Beranek.
If you do a city tour, then you have virtually done it all. We were, as an American friend of ours used to say, "exhibited out" after the city tour. We saw more churches and palaces than we ever thought would exist in one city - but nevertheless they were beautiful. If you are into culture/classical music/opera etc. this is the place for you. We were there for four and a half days and it was really enough - depends on what you want from Prague - but we loved what we experienced and TOH is still talking about it.
Except, that is, for his calamari which came naked - not as in UK with breadcrumbs or batter - and topped by about five baby squid. He was brave and ate most of it but shudders now thinking of it yet takes great delight in telling people here about it! Must be a kind of 'Braveheart' complex!
Now, I have read about how expensive the city is. Rubbish! A good meal - even in the hotel across the road (including the squid!!!) - is about £6 each. We found a pint of their local beer and a glass of wine to be about £4 - now you can't complain about that. We came back with money which is going towards our hotel in London at the end of August. Look out for my next review for the Strand Palace - in September!!
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