Ibis Wenceslas Square
Kateřinská 36, Prague, Praha 120 00, Czech Republic
The price and the location make this brand hotel a reasonable pick for the price. A few minutes' walking distance from Wenceslas Square (despite its name, this is not on the square), this is probably the cheapest modern air-conditioned place you can find so close to the center. Rooms are without frills, but have everything you would expect from an international chain hotel. If you are looking for a reasonably priced place to sleep but little else, it fits the bill. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Rooms are functional if a little small, mainly in white tones with some red notes, and the beds are comfortable. Otherwise a standard room offers a desk, internet connection and a flatscreen TV. There are a couple of more individual rooms, with classical music or seasonal themes designed by 'Helena' or 'Katerina'.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no coffee/tea facilities in the rooms, or safes, although there is a safe at reception.
Bathrooms again are functional and reasonably sized rather than huge or opulent, but basic toiletries are provided and the cleanliness is top-notch, as you'd expect from an international economy brand.
Ask for extra towels--sometimes there is only one provided in the room.
A large, slightly bland lobby is brightened up with some greenery and orange chairs.
Guests can use the wellness center at the next door Novotel, for a fee.
A breakfast restaurant provides standard fare, but it's not always included in the basic rate.
There's a summer terrace in the hotel's courtyard, but it's not really a bar--more somewhere to take your breakfast if you fancy eating it al fresco.
You are close to I.P. Pavlova, a metro and tram stop with plenty of options for travelling across Prague. Wenceslas Square and the National Museum are around 10 minutes away on foot.
Pastacaffé (13-minute walk) delivers reliable fresh pasta and good, strong coffee. For Czech food, try Pivovarský dům (5-minute walk), a brewery which also sells superlative beer.
Vinárna U Sudu (13-minute walk) is a cave-like maze of a drinking den which celebrates wine not beer, for those who prefer grape to grain. Or for late-night entertainment, Nebe (11-minute walk) is a free club which plays cheesy tunes to an up-for-it crowd. There's a branch on Wenceslas Square.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's a chain hotel that won't knock your socks off, but it's functional and reliable, and represents probably the cheapest air-conditioned rooms this close to the city center for business travellers or cost-conscious holidaymakers.
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