“ Address: Konevova 8 / Prague 3 / City Centre / Czech Republic / Telephone: +420222780650 „
I chose this hotel for a four night stay in Prague for two reasons:
1) It was the cheapest I could find close to Prague town centre that looked good.
2) It was recommended by other travellers on a website.
So, was the choice a good one? And was it a good idea to follow the criteria above? Well, the rating somewhat gives the game away. But, what is interesting for us dooyoo-ers is that using the experiences of others really does work. Anyway, on to the review!
Hotel Seifert (http://www.avehotels.cz/hotels/seifert.html) is a budget hotel located east of central Prague- 1.5km according to the website. The airport is unfortunately on the other side of the city (18km away), and as we arrived late in the evening (and I hadn't planned things properly) we took a taxi to the hotel. Arriving at 11pm at a small hotel is not the smartest idea as we had not eaten and the hotel only provides breakfast. However, reception was open (its open 24hrs) and they did try to help us, but we decided chocolate would have to suffice as we just wanted to go to bed. Check in was easy and English was spoken. We also used reception for purchasing public transport tickets, booking taxis and also to use the computer for free internet access.
The room was spacious and had all the basic facilities that you need (hair dryer, fridge, TV, safe etc). In a weird design (in my eyes) you access the room from an outdoor walkway (like a motel in Hollywood films), which also means that you don't necessarily get the privacy you may want. Anyway, back to the room: the bed was comfy, everywhere was very clean, and there was an information pack which was very informative: about the hotel and also some aspects of Prague. The room also had a fan which was needed in summer- it was very hot in Prague at that time and the rooms do not have air-conditioning. The bathroom was large and clean, with a shower that fits two people..... However, a downside of our room's location was that it overlooked the outdoor breakfast seating, which meant we were woken every morning by the early-birds. The breakfast was tasty though, with a continental feel to it- cold meats, cereals, bread, yoghurts- enough to fill us up ready for a day of sightseeing.
Getting to all the Prague tourist attractions was very easy and convenient- once that is, we started using the public transport system. Through what can only be described as stupidity (on my part) we walked into Prague on the first day. However, we were exhausted by the end of that day and realised that using the buses and trams would be much smarter. On the second day we purchased a three day ticket (£11) and five tickets are also available (£16.50). The bus into town stopped almost outside the hotel and took 15 minutes to arrive very close to Charles Bridge. The trams and underground are excellent as well- taking you anywhere you want to go within the city.
One criticism of the hotel's location is that, whilst close to the centre of town, it is not in the nicest of areas. We did not have any problems as such, but there were some seedy establishments in the area. We did manage to find one good place to eat nearby, but the selection of local restaurants was not great.
Overall, a basic hotel, but one that does the basics very well; comfortable room (although no air-con), good breakfast, and good transport links to the town centre. In this case, the hotel is not the destination: Prague is. The hotel is merely a place to stay, albeit in adequate comfort, whilst you enjoy what Prague has to offer. If you want a more luxurious stay, I'm afraid you will have to up your budget and look elsewhere. Hotel Seifert: recommended for the traveller on a small budget.
Located in the city centre.