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Fodor's Expert Review Domus Balthasar

Mostecká 5, Prague, Praha 118 00, Czech Republic See on Map

This chic retreat is hidden in plain sight on one of the busiest streets in Prague, the road up from Charles Bridge in Malá Strana. It's a surprisingly good option for business travelers considering the touristy location. The petite 8-room hotel is housed in a structure dating back to the 15th century, when it was part of an archbishop's palace. It now offers free Wi-Fi and good prices, but if the busy surroundings aren't your scene, there's the quieter Domus Henrici sister hotel a little further up the hill.

Room No. 5 on the third floor (one of the deluxe rooms) has a historic wooden beam ceiling. Chance it and opt for a "good luck room" when booking a double room on the hotel's website--if available, you'll be first in line for an upgrade to a deluxe room or even the royal suite on arrival.


Some of the rooms have views of the bridge tower at the end of the Charles Bridge, and others are tucked away in the loft, complete with beams. All have soft pillows and touches of red among the plain but tasteful decor, and all have desks--helpful for those who are working while in Prague. There's no elevator.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Only the attic rooms have air-conditioning.

Photo: DeLuxe Room
Photo: DeLuxe Room


The white tiled bathrooms have walk-in showers and large bath-tubs (apart from in the attic rooms, where there is a combined shower/bath). The dark counters and mirrors give the facilities some style. There are heated floors.


A small desk leading to the hotel's twisty, historic stone staircase, but staffed by friendly receptionists who are happy to show you around the various rooms and give upgrades where possible.


There's no restaurant, so breakfast (a buffet plus a choice from the menu) is served in the Bohemia Bagel Cafe downstairs.


Getting Around

The hotel is extremely close to all of Mala Strana's main sights, plus Prague Castle. It's only a 15-minute walk to Old Town Square, too. Alternatively, trams run from nearby Malostranské náměstí, taxis can reach the hotel's door, and the Metro stop Malostranská isn't too far either.


There's fancy French food at Café de Paris (3-minute walk). Or good old Czech dumplings, goulash and tartar are available at Olympia (11-minute walk), a short and lovely walk through Kampa Park.


Fun little jazz club U Maleho Glena (3-minute walk) is close by and has good house bands. Go early to make sure you get a space near the stage. Bar Bar (9-minute walk) is an unpretentious bar for a cold beer or a good cocktail, popular with tourists and locals alike.


A combination of thoughtful design, modern amenities and a sense of history combine at the Domus Balthasar to make something quite simple feel quite special. The price is good and the desks are helpful for business travelers, too. The location on the main drag is also an overall positive - the rooms are still quiet and you are meters from Charles Bridge and Mala Strana's main square, plus St Nicholas Church.


Casual Chic


Phones: -257–199–499

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