Prague Hotel Reviews
Sometimes, too much of a good thing is really too much of a good thing. Prague’s hotel market has grown by leaps and bounds in the past 10 years, adding luxury hoteliers with fusion restaurants, spectacular room amenities, and properties with beer-theme spa treatments, astronomical thread counts, even on-site monks.
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But, after all that building, the city is in something of a hotel hangover, with more hotel beds than Vienna and not enough people to fill them. But that can work in your favor; even during the high season, essentially May through September or October, prices have dropped off a bit in recent years, and they absolutely plummet in the shoulder and low periods, with room rates at half or a third off their highs. Just remember that this time period is not for everyone; wintertime in Prague can be beautiful, but it gets cold and daylight is at a premium.
Even during peak times, don’t be afraid to shop around for a good price. Start watching the prices two months before you intend to visit. If you see something you like, go ahead and book. Almost every hotel will let you book online. At this point, there’s enough inventory that visitors don’t need to settle for a hotel outside the center unless they specifically want to stay in one of those areas, or if they’re looking for a deal during a busy time like Christmas or Easter. If you plan to explore the rest of the Czech Republic, the greater the distance from Prague, the lower the prices go. Lodging in the capital is much more expensive than in the rest of the country.
The most desirable neighborhoods to stay in are the Old Town (Staré Město), the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana), the Castle Area (Hradčany), and the New Town (Nové Město). Neighborhoods outside the center, like Smíchov and Vinohrady, are easily accessible by Prague’s inexpensive, highly efficient metro and tram system.
If you’d prefer to try something a bit different from a chain or five-star hotel, the vast majority of hotels and pensions are privately owned and operated. Private hotels can certainly be quaint and atmospheric, but they can also be stripped down—lacking a/c, breakfast, or amenities—which is a fine line; one person's shabby chic can be another person's just plain shabby. If you want to really go local, try renting an apartment in the city. Several agencies now help book rooms in private apartments, and you can find some very nice places at more reasonable prices. On the flip side, remember that there’s no shortage of three- and four-star "design hotels" that boast sleek rooms and free Wi-Fi for about the same price; you don’t have to go without unless that’s the vacation you want to have.
During the peak season (May through October, excluding July and August), or over major holidays, reservations are a must; reserve 60 days in advance to stay in the hotel and room of your choice. For the remainder of the year, reserve 30 days in advance if possible. It’s always a good idea to call or email to double-check your reservation before you come to avoid any hassles on arrival. Note that many hotel rooms use two single beds pushed together; if you are counting on a proper double bed, ensure this with the reservations desk when booking your room.
Hotels in Prague are more family-friendly than ever before. The proliferation of high-end chains has helped mightily, as properties offer the same options they do on the other side of the Atlantic. Plus, there are plenty of options no matter where you stay. Suites at the Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtuv Palace, for example, can be good value, and offer scads of space for little ones to run around in. (Don’t worry, the chandeliers are quite high up). The Four Seasons, meanwhile, provides amenities like bathrobes and coloring books on request; it also boasts a highly acclaimed restaurant that also has a children’s menu. Most hotels in Prague will have cribs or extra beds for an additional fee, and can arrange babysitting services given fair warning, but more complicated requests—say, a stroller—might be harder to accommodate. Best to bring what you can ahead of time; especially at the smaller, less expensive properties, options will be more limited. Also, bear in mind that standard rooms in Prague tend to be on the small side, and that if you’re traveling with a child, a larger room might be a wise decision if it’s within your budget.
In most cases, cable TV, breakfast, and some kind of Internet connection are offered in hotels in all price ranges. Wi-Fi is the norm, though some hotels may only offer a cable connection in the room (inconvenient if you’re carrying a smartphone or tablet). Wi-Fi networks can be notoriously spotty and may only function in the lobby or other public areas. If Wi-Fi is important to you, make this clear at check-in; clerks will know from previous guests which rooms have reliable Wi-Fi. Hotels at $$ and $$$ ranges usually have restaurants, cafés, room service, private baths, and hair dryers. At $$$$ hotels, you can expect luxury amenities like robes, a sauna, steam bath, pool, concierge, and babysitting—oh, yes, and air-conditioning, which is sometimes absent at cheaper hotels. Perversely, at $$$$ places, however, you might find yourself paying extra for amenities like Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast.
Many hotels in Prague go by a three-season system: The lowest rates are charged from November through mid-March, excluding Christmas and New Year's, when high-season rates are charged; the middle season is July and August; the high season, from the end of March through June and again from mid-August through the end of October, brings the highest rates. Easter sees higher-than-high-season rates, and some hotels increase the prices for other holidays and trade fairs. Always ask first.
Prices in the reviews are the lowest cost of a standard double room in high season.
Throughout the chapter, you'll see mapping symbols and coordinates (F2) after property names or reviews. To locate the property on a map, turn to the Where to Stay map. The letter and number following the symbol are the property's coordinates on the map grid.
A word to star-rating aficionados: unlike many other countries, the Czech Republic doesn't have an official rating system, so hotels rate themselves. They invariably toss on a star or two more than they actually merit.
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