Těšnov 13, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic
This hotel is clean, well managed, and a decent value, but won't appeal to everyone because of the uninspiring location just beside the busy "Magistrale", the main highway that cuts through the center of the city. On the plus side, the hotel is set back far enough so that noise is not a problem and the location is close to tram and Metro lines. The hotel dates to the late 19th century and the fin-de-siècle façade is painted a perky pink. On the inside, the rooms are plain, with blond-wood cabinetry, floral-pattern wooden chairs, and red carpeting.
Make the location of the Opera work for you: you are very close to a quiet stretch of the Vltava, some great restaurants, and the interesting Žižkov neighborhood.
A little bit chintzy, but functional, the Opera has a fairly wide selection of room options and suites, including triple rooms that have a double and a single bed or three single beds.
Bathrooms can feel a little dark and some don't have showers, although there are bath-tubs. Otherwise clean and serviceable.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are some reports of issues with missing shower curtains for the shower fittings in the tubs, meaning the bathroom floods easily.
With its shiny tiled floors, chandeliers and light wood desk, there's a bit of a '90s feel about the reception area of the Opera.
There's a small sauna, fitness studio and whirlpool jacuzzi for guests, but the vibe is functional rather than beautiful.
There's a restaurant on site, which is often quite busy, offering standard and slightly uninspiring Czech fare.
The bar suffers a bit from corporate blue chairs, but there's a reasonable selection of drinks available and the mirrored bar is attractive.
Good public transport options - you are right by Florenc metro and close to several tram routes. Alternatively, walking to Náměstí Republiky on the edge of the Old Town proper will only take about 10 minutes.
A new-ish entrant on Prague's dining scene, Maso a Kobliha (2-minute walk) - which translates as "meat and donuts"--offers delicious versions of the above but is also a great, relaxed spot for breakfast or brunch at weekends. It's the sister venue to the more opulent Sansho (2-minute walk), run by Prague celeb chef Paul Day. His Asian fusion dishes were a gamechanger for Prague foodies when the restaurant opened in 2011 and it's still a great feed.
In summer, Letna Park offers two fantastic outdoor drinking options. Firstly, Letna Park beer garden (17-minute walk, or 16-minute tram ride on the number 8 tram - you'll still have to walk up the hill yourself though) offers a chilled, leafy spot for a brew, with stunning panoramas of Prague thrown in for free. Alternatively, on Friday and Saturday nights, try the outdoor Stalin parties (13-minute tram ride on number 13 or a 22-minute stroll along the river), a little further along the park, by the Prague metronome. The view is just as good at night and there are DJs and a chilled, international crowd. If you still want a view in winter, the Hilton hotel's Cloud 9 Sky Bar and Lounge (5-minute walk) will do the job over a decadent cocktail.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Hotel Opera is a little rough around the edges, but it offers great value in a quieter corner in the center of Prague. And for foodies, you couldn't be closer to some of the city's best and most interesting dining options.
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