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Hotel U Zlatého Jelena

Celetná 11, Prague, Praha 110 00, Czech Republic

Authentically austere, what U Zlatého Jelena lacks in personality and amenities it makes up for with a killer location off Old Town Square. With parquet floors, wooden furniture, and metal bed frames, rooms are not so much warm as functional, but the staff is honest and helpful, and these are probably the largest rooms you will find in the city center without spending a fortune at a four-star hotel.

Online booking is recommended for better rates.


The large rooms can feel a little sparse, but you'll find the same style of parquet flooring all over Czech apartments, so you are getting the real deal Czech accommodation here.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The rooms facing the street can be very noisy, whereas the courtyard is usually quieter.


Bathrooms, with pink, red or blue colored tiles, are a little old-fashioned, although some have his-and-hers sinks and corner whirlpool baths.


The reception area has the vibe of a traditional Czech inn, with its gilt-edged mirrors, wooden seating and red rugs.


The hotel has a cafe bar attached, dishing up a pretty good breakfast for an extra charge, as well as cakes and coffees throughout the day.

The breakfast comes with free sparkling wine - not a bad way to start your day in the Golden City.


The cafe bar, with some wood panelling on the walls and basic brown chairs, is okay, but the hotel's inner courtyard is a charmer, with flower boxes and attractive old facades to look at as you sip your drinks.


Getting Around

On foot is best - you are right at the heart of the action, and getting a cab or public transport will probably prove to be more hassle than it is worth. In particular, taxis will drop you off a bit of a walk from your hotel because they can't drive down many of the Old Town's ancient streets.


You might not be staying there, but you can still enjoy the rooftop views of the Hotel U Prince (4-minute walk). The food is fine but the views are what you're there for, and they are also what you pay for. Czechs take their meat seriously, and you can take part in that tradition at the butcher's shop with a lunch counter, Nase Maso (7-minute walk). Try one of the excellent varieties of sausage.


Cosy jazz basement bar Ungelt (1-minute walk) has been a hangout since the 15th century and a club for the last two decades. Good house bands. U Medvídku (9-minute walk) is another beer palace, also with 15th century heritage as a brewery.


No frills but also no messing about - U Zlatého Jelena is a well-priced and fairly charming option in the heart of Prague's beautiful Old Town. There's a slight risk of noise because of your central location, and you shouldn't expect luxury, but staff are friendly and the bar is a lively spot for a drink too.


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Phones: -257–531–925

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