Restaurants and Hotels
The quality of hotels in Western Bohemia is on a par with those in Prague (something that can't be said about some other parts of the country) and three- and four-star establishments have standard amenities, including satellite TV, room phones, and private bathrooms (and sometimes even Wi-Fi). One difference from the hotels in Prague: the peak season is shorter, running from May through September. Another difference: the staff tends to speak a very limited amount of English—German and Russian (particularly in Karlovy Vary) are much more common, in keeping with the majority of visitors. Prices have risen dramatically in recent years, making private accommodation a more attractive offer. Be sure to read the fine print, as many spa hotels quote rates per person per night, rather than for double occupancy. The local tourist offices usually keep lists of pensions and private rooms. In addition to value-added tax (V.A.T.), there is also a "spa tax" of about 15 Kč per day for accommodation in spa facilities.