U Tří Pštrosů
Dražického nám. 12, Prague, Praha 118 00, Czech Republic
This historic inn has taken a couple of licks—first it was flooded, then burned to the ground, and then rebuilt, only to be taken by the Communists, and finally restituted to the family owners. The location is so close to the Charles Bridge that you could barter with one of the street vendors from your window; it's beautiful, but busy out there. Rooms are spacious and feature ornate ceilings and antique furniture. There is no elevator in the ancient building, but the rooms do have Wi-Fi.
YOU SHOULD KNOW When we say central, we mean it. If you are looking for somewhere you can hide from the tourist hordes, U Tří Pštrosů is probably not for you.
Large rooms with some decorative originality, including beautiful painted wooden ceilings. Some have great views of the Charles Bridge, but beware that these could be noisy.
The staff are friendly and will often offer upgrades to suites if they are available--and if you ask politely!
Functional and modern facilities despite the hotel's age.
Tight on space, the lobby is really only a desk crammed in behind the restaurant.
Fun fact: the hotel's name in English is 'The Three Ostriches', named after the profession of the man who built it back in 1597. Jan Fux was a feather merchant selling ostrich plumes, and a few years later he painted an advertisement saying so all over the side of the building.
More knock-out ceilings at the hotel's restaurant, which serves international food and Czech specialities. In summer, the restaurant garden's location, right by the Charles Bridge, is great.
The restaurant is also a pleasant spot for a drink at less busy times.
The Malostranské náměsti tram stop is just a short walk away, and the attractions of Mala Strana and Prague Castle are not much further on foot (although the castle is at the top of a steep hill). A tram is the best bet if you don't fancy the walk over to Old Town.
For a quick lunch stop, Bohemia Bagel (2-minute walk) offers soups, salads, and bagels, as well as good black coffee. A more upscale option along the river bank is the stylish eatery Hergetova Cihelna (3-minute walk), with its gorgeous riverside terrace and international dishes.
Bluelight bar (3-minute walk) is just off the main drag, and despite its central location, is a laid-back spot for a nightcap. Olympia (4-minute walk) on Malostranské náměsti offers unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell and classic Czech dishes in a traditional pub setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Right by Charles Bridge, this hotel is a quirky survivor, with gorgeous ceilings, frequent upgrades, and a decent onsite restaurant.
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