Truhlářská 10, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic
This efficiently run establishment just outside the Old Town offers more comforts than most in its class, including flat-screen TVs and minibars in some rooms. Couple that with a prime location and reasonable prices, and overall it's good value. Rooms face either the street or the small courtyard and restaurant, which means it can get a bit loud sometimes. While amenities are limited, they do offer free Wi-Fi.
The Hotel Salvator has a couple of suites that can accomodate up to six people, so can be a great bet for groups.
Some rooms have striped wallpaper and others have generic prints on the pale walls, which can feel a bit dated, but the beds are comfortable.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Only two rooms on the top floor have air-conditioning but there are portable air conditioners that can be requested from the front desk.
The orange-y or blue tiled bathrooms aren't the most attractive, but the facilities have been recently renewed, and work well.
A friendly welcome awaits guests at the quaint reception area, papered over with old newspapers and maps of Prague. There's also an on-site tourist information office.
The Spanish-themed restaurant La Coda is a vibrant spot for a meal, serving decent Spanish and Czech food, and the courtyard garden area is really lovely.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Beware: the courtyard is so lovely it tempts some patrons to stay there until very late. If this will bother you, request a quiet room.
The courtyard tables are available for drinkers too, and there's a jazz club, billiards room and conference room in the gothic cellars below the hotel as well.
The public transport options of Náměstí Republiky (trams and metro) are basically on your doorstep. Taxis can easily access the hotel too, and you are only a few minutes' walk from Old Town.
Just across the square, load up with an 'Old Bohemian' omelet (it's hefty--it includes potatoes) at the Hotel Paříž cafe (4-minute walk) in a gorgeous art-nouveau setting. Or treat yourself to some amazing, high-end Asian flavors at Sansho (5-minute walk), in the other direction on the same road as the hotel.
For one of the best Czech pubs out there, try Lokal (5-minute walk). Booking a table could be a good plan as it can get packed. Or if you feel like a dance, join the other trendies dressed up to the nines at M1 Lounge (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
The gorgeous courtyard is what sells the Hotel Salvator to us, as well as the cheery staff and great location.
Beware, though, its greatest strength is also its weakness: noise from late-night revelers in the courtyard can drift up to the rooms and disturb guests.
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