Újezd 24, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic
The Roma is a solid choice, particularly if you can get a deal over at the hotel website. The lobby is a little uninspiring, but the location, across the street from Petřín hill and around the corner from Kampa Island, is good. Wi-Fi is free in the rooms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wi-Fi may be free, but it can be very slow.
Rooms are simple and spare, with blond-wood furnishings and parquet floors, but everything is clean and well-maintained.
Several suites are furnished in real antiques—unfortunately, that also means two single beds with bumping headboards are pushed together; if desired, ensure that you get a proper double bed when booking your room.
Bathrooms are white and fairly basic, with reasonable amenities, but unusually for many hotels, some have windows with rooftop views.
The lobby has a low glass roof, a fish tank rather uncomfortably housing a lonely-looking shark, and some nasty leather sofas, all not quite adding up to the more low-key Czech charm of some of the rooms.
The hotel has a basic gym and weights room.
No restaurant, but the breakfast is a reasonable spread.
Alas, the large bar continues down the unappealing leather chair route, and the atmosphere can feel a little flat.
The Ujezd tram stop is just outside the hotel, whisking you to the Old Town across the river and further afield.
Art & Food (3-minute walk) is a trendy cafe bar and restaurant with tasty food and an attached art gallery. Luka Lu (1-minute walk), an interesting pan-Balkan restaurant offering a range of tasty and unusual dishes, is also very close.
Sumptuous Cafe Savoy (4-minute walk), in the grand tradition of central European cafes, is a great spot for a drink and stays open surprisingly late. Or try Kolkovna Olympia (4-minute walk), a welcoming outpost of the Pilsner Urquell gastropub chain.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The rooms at Hotel Roma are comfortable and classic, and the prices are good. The area is not right in the heart of it, but in many ways that allows for a more interesting stay and a focus on some of Prague's other delights, such as the river and Petřín. And because Prague's center is so small, you are still only a 10-minute walk from Mala Strana's main square.
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