Fodor's Expert Review Beseda Hotel Prague
Vladislavova 1477/20, , , , , Prague, Praha 120 00, Czech Republic See on Map
Large, white, airy, and located inside an attractive, 19th-century building that used to be a municipal meeting hall, the Beseda is based in an interesting part of New Town which manages to be both quiet and close to a lot of nightlife. It feels like a working neighborhood rather than a tourist area, which makes it less picturesque but arguably more interesting. Service can be mixed and the rooms, while comfortable, can feel a little chainlike. Conference facilities are available and there are connecting rooms for families.
Rooms don't scale the heights of style but do feature period furniture and anti-allergenic bedding. There's free Wi-Fi throughout.
From Room 414 you can see the shining, mirrored statute of Franz Kafka's head.
Bathrooms are clean and reasonably sized, but it's a shame the shower heads don't have a permanent fitting to the wall - meaning if you want a shower rather than a bath, you have to hold the head over yourself with one hand. Not ideal.
The airy lobby and lounge area in the covered central courtyard, complete with wicker furniture and heaps of natural light and greenery, are relaxing.
Prices here include breakfast, though there is no actual restaurant.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Breakfast at the Beseda could be better--there are other options nearby, particularly for good coffee.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of almost all of Prague's compact tourist center. But it is also very close to the well-connected Národní třída Metro and tram stops.
Cafe Louvre (4-minute walk) offers classic European food in an attractive dining room where you can feel its 100-year history; or Jama (6-minute walk) is a more modern joint with good burgers and other Czech-American food on its menu and a large beer garden at the back.
If you are craving something other than pivo, head for the Gin & Tonic Club (5-minute walk), a homage to gin in all its forms (and, at least at this bar, there are many). There's a nice terrace too. Or to let your hair down, head to fun party place Nebe (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
An attractive exterior and public areas win this hotel a place in our hearts, as well as its location, which has a way of making guests feel like they are true Praguers (rather than those tourists over in Old Town). There are some issues with the property and it isn't awash with amenities, but it's a decent choice and you can get good deals off-season.
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