As the name would suggest, the EXPO HOTEL is situated at Prague's exhibition area so no problem finding it then. No? Well you've obviously never driven through Prague or you wouldn't be so quick to agree.
You'd think, wouldn't you, that the exhibition grounds would be well signposted, even if it was written in Czech. I tend to think the signs were written not in Czech, but in invisible ink because I didn't see a single one. Luckily, we had a map and with the super sharp navigational skills of my co-driver, the ever observant Mrs p, we eventually got there...emphasis on eventually.
EXHIBIT 1: LOCALE
Prague's exhibition grounds are situated about 2km north of the old town as the crow flies. We'd forgotten to bring a crow, so the fact that it's on a tram route was ever so helpful. In fact, this was one of the main reasons for choosing this hotel. It's situated next to a huge park but the tram stop is just a two minute walk from the hotel's front door with a choice of three trams taking you to various parts of the city. With trams running every 5-10 minutes, getting in and out was not a problem. I expect that's what it'll be like in Edinburgh soon...
Although the hotel building has no aesthetic qualities on view, the reception area was surprisingly warm and inviting and almost quaint. Old brick walls, lots of art work and subtle lighting made for a welcoming...welcome. The girl at reception was friendly and welcoming too, not to mention efficient. Paperwork was soon completed and with a few queries dealt with, such as transportation etc, we were soon on our way to our room.
Actually, we were soon on our way back to the car which we then took to the underground car park (£15 a day). After that, we were soon on our way to the room.
POKING AROUND THE POKOJ
Our pokoj...or room, was on the second floor and straight across the hallway from the elevators (although we never heard them from the room). It wasn't the largest room I've ever been in but wasn't cramped by any means. There were two twin beds (I suppose one twin bed wouldn't really be a twin bed, would it?) which were firm and comfortable but a little on the narrow side. The down side was the down pillows popular in this part of the world - big square, soft and mushy affairs that are completely impractical unless you plan to suffocate yourself while trying to get comfortable of an evening.
We had a deskcomesideboard which housed the well stocked, and not unreasonably expensive mini-bar and was weighed down with a fairly hefty, non lcd TV - 20 or so channels in a variety of languages...pay movies etc. there was also a table and chairs, bedside cabinets and plenty of drawer space in the mirror door wardrobe.
Everything was in good condition and very clean, as was the carpet, curtains and bed covers although the pale green shade of these didn't in my mind, compliment the ochre wall. Still, clean and tidy is the main thing, not colour. A couple of well hung pictures (not those kind of well hung pictures missus) and some cosy lamps completed the set-up
The air con worked well enough but it wasn't really that hot so I can't say we tested it fully.
THE LITTLE BOY'S ROOM
The bathroom was tiled in black with a large, well-lit mirror, tub and shower. The shower was powerful enough but the curtain rail was placed far too close to the inside wall with the result that you were crammed in there and the curtain kept sticking to you. After a day or two, and being the handyman that I am, I discovered that you could move the flippin'' thing...so I did - Result? No more psycho flashbacks.
We also had a hair dryer, a sink (handy) and...wait a minute, where's the crapper?!
Ah, the WC had its own little separate room. That was a relief...literally. No complaints on the towels and toiletries front and everything was spotless.
EATING and DRINKING
The hotel has a bar and restaurant with an outside terrace. It seemed to do a decent amount of business (not from us) but the hotel was pretty much fully booked with a few coach trips so it's hardly surprising. We did have breakfast though, and very good it was too. a veritable feast was on offer of a morning with eggs cooked in a variety of ways, sausages, bacon and hot veg dishes; various cold meats and cheeses; yoghurts, cereals fruit and juices; bread and jams; and lots of cakes. Very tasty it all was too...not that I ate all of it.
In conclusion, while not the most picturesque of hotels in not the quaintest of surroundings, it was exactly what we were looking for. Far enough away from the threat of the dreaded stag/hen crowds, the noise of the city centre and the inflated prices, but only a few minutes from the old town on the tram. We could pop into town in the morning - quickly and easily nip back to the room for a siesta and be back in town in no time for an evening of debauchery.
Hotel Belvadere - Prague
This was a great hotel we've stayed there twice now, once December 07 to Jan 08 and once November 08. It is a little out of the centre but the trams are great to use they come every 10 minutes and you're in the centre in 5 minutes. The only thing with using the trams is you have to buy a ticket. Finding a shop to buy a ticket is the first problem and a shopkeeper that speaks enough English to understand you. How very British of me expecting people to understand me.
The hotel it's self is lovely, the rooms are large and the beds are so comfy you have a mini bar, TV, bathroom but a very strange toilet I must say. Breakfast is in the restaurant underground which is very quaint. The breakfast consists of Beans, hotdogs, strange bacon, scrambled egg and what we thought was cheese spread but was actually very strong garlic butter. The bar in the hotel is very reasonable and the local bars on the same street are very friendly and extremely cheap. There is a fantastic Italian near the hotel which I recommend if you walk down the street towards the church it is on the corner of the next street to the belvedere. The receptionists are very friendly and will call you a taxi if you need one. We went to the Zoo on our last day, it was fantastic!! Oh and avoid drinking in old town square it's really expensive.
U Zlaté Studny - Golden Well
In April I had the chance to visit Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. A German friend I had met when I was travelling in Australia invited me to his hometown Leipzig. That was something I had always dreamed of - see all these historic places, the unbelievable architecture...Leipzig was THE perfect place to start from. Prague was only about 400ks away; we went there by car and spent the weekend at this very nice little hotel "U Zlaté Studny".
The building "U zlaté studny" is one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague. This historic monument from the 16th century is under the patronage of UNESCO. I found that pretty impressive! The facade is decorated with six statues, a golden star and various ornaments. Some of the apartments even have hand-painted ceilings! The building has a Romanesque subterranean vault which looked amazing to me, like an old castle. It looks as if some knights could enter the room any minute to dine and drink
This hotel has the best location! You find it right in the centre of Prague, on the Royal Path, which connects the Old Town Square with the Charles Bridge. From there you can walk to all the important sights, you don't even need to take a bus or the subway. There is a guarded parking lot about a five minutes walk from the hotel.
The hotel offers four double-bed rooms and four spacious apartments. I especially appreciated the size of our double-bed room. 30 square meters is more than enough space for two people!
As I have mentioned before, the original wooden ceilings have been conserved. Each room is equipped with stylish antique furniture. Everything is really beautiful: the huge beds, the noble armchairs, the antique lamps...The bathrooms were clean and spacious. I loved it there! I felt like living in an old castle - just as a little princess.
Another big bonus: they had high peed internet hard-line in every room! Plus we had a telephone, satellite TV, a CD recorder, radio, a mini bar, and a safe deposit box. What more could you want?! And of course all the rooms have air conditioning!
Breakfast and restaurant:
Breakfast is included and really awesome. A huge variety of juices, cereals, bread, coffee as much as you want...everything you need for a great start for a day in Prague.
The subterranean restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Moravian wine, local beer and exquisite Czech and international cuisine.
We felt very welcome - at all times. The personnel were always very helpful and friendly.
Prices and seasons:
The high season is from March 16 until November 6. A double room is then about 115 pound.
In the top season (December 27 until January 7) you pay around 183 pound per room.
In the low season (November 7 until December 26 and January 8 until March 15) it is 100 pound per room per night.
Breakfast and VAT included.
Free extra beds
This four stars hotel fulfills every desire. I really felt at home in this family-run hotel, and for me this is a very important aspect. The friendly atmosphere, the excellent service, good food, beautiful rooms and an excellent location make this hotel the perfect place to stay at while you want to discover one of the most beautiful cities in Europe (in my opinion ;) )!
I highly recommend it to everyone who is willing to spend a few dollars for the best hotel in town.
Perfect for anyone on a tight budget who wants to be central. To start we're talking about 2500 CZK max, this is about £50-£60, for a double room. If you look around on the internet, you might, as I did, get it for a good bit less, maybe £40 for two people in a double. Hotel Appearance All the photos on the net looked nice, originally a luxury hotel, built in 1914 it's got that historical grand look that you've just got to have in Prague! You can get pictures on http://www.abaka.com/Czech/Imperial/ , their website and there's hundreds of other photos from various third parties offering accomodation there. The photos of the outside are stunning and the building does in reality have that overbearing look over the street due to it's grandeur. The halls and landings inside and the Cafe Imperial connected next door all have that grande old look but they're in no way drab: very bright and very eye-catching. Rooms On to the accomodation, again the photos on the site are reflective of the rooms (unlike many hotels who pick the premium rooms to photograph). They're basic, there are beds and drawers and wardrobes, but how much time do you want to spend in the room! Above all they're clean, they've been refurbished in 2000 and they are bright and modern, while basic. The rooms I saw had huge Windows giving a superb view out into the bustling streets of Prague, it can be nice to wake up and sit on the window sill and look out on the trams passing by and the atmosphere of the Prague you're about to step into. Shared Facilities The slight problem for many might be the shared facilities. The toilets are plentiful, maybe one for each three rooms, situated on the corridor opposite the rooms. They're clean and again basic, a toilet, a sink... what more do you need? The shower rooms have maybe three or four shower cubicles and are also situated on the corridor, again th
ere's no shortage. They're also clean and on my floor, they even had a separate section down the back with two showers in a lockable room with a mirror. Not sure why but it was handy enough for me. There's plenty of room to shower and change in each cubicle, I expected to feel a loss of privacy but in the end it just meant I had to walk out my door to get to the shower or bathroom, no biggy. Breakfast Breakfast was basic continental, as much OJ, coffee, tea, Croissants, bread, cheese and ham as you need. There's a quiet room out the back for guests to enjoy this, it's good enough to start the day and it is free! Leave room for lunch though. Staff The staff were one of the biggest attractions, they were cheerful and always pleased to see you (even at 4am when you dandered in through the 24 hour reception). They were more than happy to help out with advice about attractions or resturants or I'm sure, anything else you need to ask. The 24 hour reception also sold drinks and crisps and cigarettes in case you forgot to stop on the way home. Location The biggest attraction of the hotel imperial is the location. for this price it is in an unrivalled location. The street it is on is relatively quiet (though there's a 24 hour bar within 1 minutes walk if you need!) but in 5 minutes you're in the Old Town Square, take a different turn and you're in Wencelas Square. On the way there's plenty of resturants and bars and plenty too look at. The metro and trams are easily available with a 2 and 1 minute walk respectively and these take you to there slightly further places such as Prague castle accross the river. If you're bussing it, there's a bus station just down the street, or a train station 2 minutes walk away. Overall, it's great value for money. If you're on a budget and want a cheap, central hotel and don't mind shared facilities too much,
then it's perfect. the history and appearance just give it that little something special that is typical of Prague
To find an accommodation in Prague is always very difficult. I tried many ways. Either the accommodation is nice and in the centre, than it's noct cheap, or it's nice and cheap, than it's far outside, or it's in the center and cheap, than its dirty and not nice. Fed up with all these hotels botels and hostels i tried a private accommodation. The one I got was a nice appartment located in holesovice next to the national gallery, the park and the old fairground. Not far from prague market and holesovice station. The appartment was suitable for 2 persons, was clean and nicely decorated. The include breakfast we had to prepare ourselves, but the fridge was full of nice food and drinks. So we had our own private atmosphere and were close to the centre (3 stations with metro to wencelslav square) and the tram went there all night long. I really can recommend this private appartment. We paid 2000 CKS whis is less than 35pounds. Their email is email@example.com
I stayed in the Marriott hotel in March 2000.It rates as a good 4 star boarding on a five which I quite happly agree with.This hotel is very handy for both tube and trams routes( both less than a minutes walk and you cannot get lost).Limo service are available in nice modern Mercedes which the hotel own and cost only £12.00 each way plus tip to and from Prague Airport(30 minutes drive).Many tourist areas are within easy walk or tram ride. This hotel doesnot offer any outstanding views from its rooms, but saying that it still is it a area which i feel safe walking in at night. The hotel its self is what you expect from Marriott's upper ranges of hotels.Service is excellant, staff are very friendly but still formal in the way they speak to you.Staff couldnot be anymore helpful.The hotel it self was clean, well decorated and maintained.Bathrooms are ensuite and of marble.Food is excellant but a bit pricey I would recommend this hotel to people and will happly stay there again when I visit Prague again.Both hotel and city are beautiful. P.s Im not sure on full Facilites.I didnot spend much time out in rest of hotel
When I went to Prague last year, having booked my flights I was faced with the task of finding somewhere to stay at a reasonable price. When I went online to check prices I was shocked at what I saw - Prague is a very cheap city but accommodation is one of the very notable exceptions to the rule. Then I found the Quality Hotel - I have stayed in Quality Hotels in the USA, Canada and in the UK, and have always found them pleasant - nothing flash but reasonably good standards. The Hotel is 3* and has a bar and restaurant (breakfast is included in the rate). I paid £40 a night for a twin room, which compared to those in town which were all over £100 is a bargain. We did have to put up with a 15 minute metro ride (the hotel is about a 5 minute walk from the metro station), but that only cost 23p and is not a major inconvenience for the money we saved. I would certainly recommend this hotel for travellers wanting to save money - it is by no means palacial but offers reasonable standards for a low rate - if you go in winter it is even cheaper, from November 1st their rates on most nights drops to a ridiculous £19 per room!