Fodor's Expert Review Pod Věží
Mostecká 58/2, Prague, Praha 118 00, Czech Republic See on Map
The affordable, family-friendly Pod Věží is perched on the end of the famous Charles Bridge, so close you even get a free ticket to the tower if you stay here. Accordingly, it can be loud and busy, but the staff work hard to make it feel homey, offering upgrades where possible and going out of their way to welcome, befriend, and help guests with transport, tours, and restaurant recommendations. Rooms are large and pleasant, with blue or silver silk throws and cushions over the cotton sheets, and there's a daily gift for guests. Free, fast Wi-Fi included.
Rooms are spacious, comfortable and in some cases atmospheric--think beams and gorgeous Mala Strana views, with a whiff of faded grandeur. Some of the loft rooms are only accessible by a staircase, so if that is an issue for you, make sure you check with staff. There are rooms in the main building and in the equally attractive annex across the street.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The rooms with the best views can be noisy. But if waking up and opening your curtains to a view of the towers at the end of Prague's world-famous Charles Bridge sounds like your kind of thing, it could be worth it--and the double glazed windows do keep out a lot of the hub-bub.
Bathrooms are large, modern, and shiningly clean.
A small-ish reception area where extremely friendly and capable staff greet and welcome guests.
A hearty and tasty restaurant serving Czech classics right on the bridge. They could easily exploit this to fleece tourists of their koruna, but prices are reasonable. Breakfast is also good, with a fresh waffle-maker.
Staff go above and beyond to make sure guests feel welcomed and special - so alongside sorting out airport transfers, don't be surprised to find a fruit basket or bottle of champagne in your room.
There is no bar but at quiet times you can grab coffees or other drinks at the hotel's creperie.
You are right at the heart of Mala Strana, the beautiful so-called 'Lesser Quarter' of Prague, but the location on the bridge means that Old Town is just over the river too and easily reachable on foot. Otherwise, trams stop just a little way up the hill towards the castle.
Cukrkávalimonáda (2-minute walk) is one of Prague's loveliest cafes, a chilled out spot away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a coffee or a treat from the cafe's bakery. For a splurge, Kampa Park (3-minute walk) is one of Prague's fanciest joints, with lovely views and top-notch food to match--and you might even spot a celeb.
U Maleho Glena (4-minute walk) is an atmospheric jazz and blues bar, but arrive early to guarantee a seat. Prague Beer Museum (9-minute walk), just across the Charles Bridge, does what it says on the tin, with 30 craft Czech beers on tap.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A well-priced, family-friendly hotel with cheery staff, tasty food and huge rooms with views, practically on top of one of the world's most beautiful bridges and one of Prague's most famous attractions, the breathtaking Charles Bridge. The smashing location means that the area around the Pod Věží can perhaps feel a little busy, but other than that, what's not to like?
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