Hotel Ariston & Ariston Patio Prague
Seifertova 65, Prague, Praha 130 00, Czech Republic
This hotel is best used as a fallback; it's clean and the staff are proud of the property, but it's not a destination hotel. The explosion of floral prints, aged televisions, and tired carpeting give you a clue about that. However, it does offer very inexpensive and reliable lodgings for bargain hunters. There is no Metro station nearby; the best way to get here by public transportation is take Tram No. 5, 9, or 26 from Hlavní nádraží.
If you are driving, you can park at the hotel relatively inexpensively and securely.
Rooms are adequate but average, in muted tones and with parquet flooring. Some of the furniture is a bit tired but the beds are comfortable. There's free Wi-Fi throughout.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The rooms facing the street can be very loud because the hotel fronts a tram line: ask for one facing the inner courtyard if you are a light sleeper.
Bathrooms are quite large and bright for the price of the hotel.
The lobby area is pleasant enough, with retro light fittings, although the curtains and drapes feel a bit old-fashioned.
A hot and cold buffet breakfast is on offer in the pleasant surroundings of the hotel's theater, and included in the room rate.
The lobby bar is not particularly special, with leather chairs and artifical plants dotted around.
Jiřího z Poděbrad Metro stop is a 12-minute walk. Trams stop near the hotel, including Nos. 5, 9, and 26.
Feel like a real Praguer with an evening stroll to one of the city's best Italian restaurants, the stalwart Aromi (23-minute walk). Or grab some good Indian food (once a rare beast in Prague) after an afternoon in Riegrovy Sady park at Lal Qila (16-minute walk).
Žižkov Television Tower (7-minute walk) is a great spot for a cocktail in the sky at sunset, overlooking the last rays hitting the Golden City. The restaurant has even better views, and there are pretty good options for drinking and eating at the foot of the tower too. Hipster hangout Vlkova 26 (3-minute walk) is close.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A solid if unremarkable option outside the city center, you are well placed to explore the hip neighborhoods of Žižkov and expat favorite Vinohrady. Bathrooms and breakfast are better than expected for the low prices.
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