Excellently located on the edge of both Old and New Town, NYX Hotel Prague (formerly Fusion) has a young, trendy feel (which, along with the multi-person rooms, might explain its appeal to groups, including some stag and hen parties). Some of the corridors and other communal areas can feel a little dark, but there are nice touches like individualised artworks on the walls.
Pets are allowed for a €25 charge--surprisingly, dog-friendly Prague does not have many hotels offering this option.
The rooms have modern furnishings, with orange throws and turquoise patterned carpets (better than it sounds), and industrial touches like exposed piping. Unfortunately, in some cases, it can all feel a bit style over substance--you have to lie on the floor to get at the safe, for example, and the desks are far too large. Many of the rooms sleep up to 4 people.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There can be some street noise--go for a higher floor if this is something which might bother you.
Bathrooms are clean and functional, with monsoon showers, although there could be a bit more counter space.
The lobby continues the funky vibe but there's a bit of a lack of seating for weary travelers.
A fairly decent buffet breakfast is €10.
The hotel's bar, Clash, has a glass roof and isn't a bad spot to start your evening.
Thursday nights are karaoke nights--this could be good or bad news (depending on your feelings about karaoke).
The hotel is walking distance from Prague's two historic squares, and also close to trams on Wenceslas Square and Můstek Metro stop.
Bakeshop Praha (12-minute walk) offers some of the best baked goods in town, including tasty bagels for breakfast, plus good coffee. Or Lokal (11-minute walk) is a must-visit for a modern take on a traditional Czech beer hall--think long wooden tables, delectable fresh beer, and clean, well-executed Czech classics, from crispy schnitzel to a zingy cucumber salad.
The Grand Cafe Orient (6-minute walk) in the House of the Black Madonna, the Czech Cubism museum, is a lovely spot for a drink (and good for people watching on the balcony in the early evening). Top quality cocktails are available at Bar & Books (10-minute walk), a secluded, luxe bar that manages not to feel too touristy despite its location steps from Old Town Square.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A great location and competitive prices, plus more of a commitment to style than many of the other more centrally-located hotels. Good for groups and young trendies with an eye on their wallets.