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Prague lodging - Old Town, Lesser Quarter, New Town?

Prague lodging - Old Town, Lesser Quarter, New Town?

Old Feb 6th, 2005, 09:21 AM
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Prague lodging - Old Town, Lesser Quarter, New Town?

I will be traveling to Prague with my mother (age 82) in April - any suggestions for accommodations in a location convenient for walking to most sights. There will be three of us and a two bedroom apartment would be ideal if we could find something with an elevator or on the ground floor. **prefer charm and location over modern amenities. Thanks for your help.
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For location, I would recommend Old Town.
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Either Old Town or New Town should be fine. Prague is a pretty small city and both these areas are centrally located.
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I think any of them can be fine, for Lesser Quarter though I'd prefer to stay pretty close to the Charles Bridge, and in New Town, the area closer to Old Town.
Unless your mother is athletically remarkable, you will need to take trams anyway (to Castle, for example)
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My mother couldn't have walked very far at all at that age when sightseeing on a trip, so am wondering how far you want to be able to walk to things? It is impossible to have a hotel within walking distance of everything a tourist typically sees in Prague -- notably the castle which is up on a hill. No way you are going to be hiking up that, I imagine.

Also, I suspect the National Theater and Wenceslas Sq might be too far for someone that age to walk from a hotel up near the Jewish Qtr, although there are some people that age who walk miles every day, I suppose.

I would suggest staying very near Old Town Square to be most central and within walking distance of a few pleasant sights -- the main square which is lovely and special, Our Lady of Tyn church, Powder Gate, and the bridge, and the beautiful Municipal House.

There is a 4* hote/apartment right in that square, HOtel Metamorphosis, that some folks on here have recommended. The problem is that the web site is defunct, so I wonder if the hotel is, also. IN any case, you can't see the photos and everything. that was www.metamorphosis.cz It was quite reasonable, also (although above
a club or disco, I don't know if you could hear it). The agency www.marys.cz has a good selection of hotels and apartments if you want to check that. Or maybe www.avetravel.com I think you are not going to find as central and convenient a location with an apartment than a hotel, however, and many will not have elevators. I don't know if you really want a ground floor apartment in central Prague, I wouldn't, so think about that for security and other reasons. There probably aren't going to be that many available.

The Jewish Qtr might be an okay area for you, also, depending how far you really want to be able to walk. I notice there is a 2 BR apt on marys.cz in that area, but it doesn't look that appealing. It's a place to stay, though, and is modern -- a 2BR basement apt. (no elevator), but it does have security bars. Definitely no charm. That's not too far from the Intercontinental Hotel. There are others around on various web sites.

As for hotels, the Hotel U Prince right on the square is a nice 4* hotel and I think would be great. Very nearby around the Municipal House/Powder Gate are the 4* Hotel Pariz and Grand Hotel Bohemia, also both very nice, as well as the newer Marriott and Renaissance near there. I think that is a good location for you considering everything. If you have a specific budget requirement, you might state it, but I think all of those older grand Czech hotels have some charm.

I would not recommend New Town. YOu could stay in Mala Strana in a hotel very near the bridge and be within walking distance of St Nicholas church over there, and the bridge, and a few other things, of course.
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We stayed at the Hotel Sax in Mala Strana last June and thought it was one of the nicest hotels we've stayed in many, many European trips. Elevator,nice rooms, helpful staff, complimentary afternoon tea, not far from Mala Strana Square and other sights, although the Castle is a climb unless you get a cab. Old Town and anywhere near the Charles Bridge gets very, very crowded and noisy.
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The hotel Cristina mentions is actually Hotel Metamorphis, not Metamorphosis which may be why its web site appears defunct. It's a very nice hotel close to Old Town Square.
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