The "Clown and Bard" has stuck resolutely to it's guns over the years, while the city around it has steadily grown glossier and more PC. There are nods towards respectability - the walls and ceiling of the bar area were once completely covered in crude, witty and cod-philosophical graffiti, but no more, and you can't smoke during breakfast these days. But the hostel retains the same feel as always - this is a place you come to dump your bags, meet a bunch of people, and have a good time.
This is maybe why the hostel has been a home from home during my frequent visits to Prague over the past five years, and is perhaps the quintessential backpacker's hostel. If you like a place were you can sling your head for a few hours at night, then spend the rest of the time partying in the bar or the surrounding city, then this is the place to come.
The rooms are basic - four walls holding up a ceiling, with a window to let some light in, a door for ingress & egress, and some bunks to crash out in. The building itself is fairly characterful, situated in a big old shabby townhouse in Prague's colourful Zizkov district.
Busy pretty much all year round, all business is conducted in the downstairs reception-bar-breakfast area. The staff are fluent English speakers, and are usually delighted to offer any advice to those who need it.
The bar itself is a big bonus - while it tends to overcrowd with lots of young American backpackers who sit around talking about how cool they are, it's a warm and welcoming joint were you can quite happily spend a night on the lash, or roll up a big fat spliff safe in the knowledge that there'll always be someone to share it with you...and if not, the bar staff will most likely oblige.
Breakfast - a bit of toast, muesli, boiled eggs, etc - used to be included in the price, but will now set you back 50czk. It is served until 1pm, and perhaps the most irritating part of this is they won't even sell you a coffee while breakfast is on - you either pay for the full breakfast or go thirsty.
On the plus side, there are free internet terminals available in the bar.
There are better located hostels in Prague; there are also hostels that are cleaner and easier on the eye. But if you're new in town and want to meet up with travelers up for a good time, "Clown and Bard" is a pretty good place to start.
Address - Borivojova 758/102, Prague 3 - Zizkov
(This review originally appeared on Ciao, under my alias Midwinter)
I stayed in a youth hostel in Prague called the Golden Sickle a couple of years ago and it was definitely an experience! The location was very good, just off Wenceslas Square in the centre - though sometimes late at night it seemed dodgy enough walking down the dimly lit road to get to it with a few peculiar characters lurking about! When we arrived we went upstairs to the 'reception/tv area where we were greeted by a group of guys over on a stag weekend and a very stoned looking guy on reception who gave us our keys and didn't seem to really know what was going on around him as he continued drinking his beer!
We were shown to the dorm which slept about 12 but was spacious enough though you had to walk through another dorm of about 12 people to get to ours! All of the beds were bunk beds apart from one ricketly looking camp bed in the corner of the room which my mate drew the short straw for! The stag party proceeded to tell us a few stories about what had gone on the night before which kind of put us off sleeping in some of the beds but thankfully we were out most of the day and night and weren't planning on hanging around the hostel too much! The showers could have been slightly cleaner too!
The hostel was very popular with Americans and Canadians and was always very busy. It was good that it had no curfew but the door was locked at a certain time so you had to buzz whoever was on reception to let you in. There was a small kitchen area where you could make your own breakfast and a computer with free internet access.
For less than £10 per night I couldn't really complain about the hostel as it did the job. Im sure there was much better to stay in but it actually turned out to be good fun and was one of the best hostels i've stayed in in terms of getting to meet other travellers. I would probably recommend this hostel to young people travelling who want to get to meet other travellers but if that's not your thing or if you are more fond of your home comforts you can probably find a lot better for a bit more money! It was fun for me at the time but I doubt i'll be back!
This hostel was great! Would recommend it to any traveller who is looking for a fun time in Prague! We stayed in a 6-bed dorm, everything was clean and there was one cupboard for each person to lock their stuff up in. Showers were clean (although in peak times not exactly hot, but still bearable), toilets also clean and common room area also spotless (if a bit smoky at times). Best of all, the staff were really relaxed - no packing up the breakfast at 5 past 10, it just kind of sat there until everyone had had their fill. There's also safety deposit boxes at reception and a cage to put your luggage in after you've checked out. Five minute walk to old town square, supermarket round the corner (you can also cook at the hostel) and clubs, bars etc. all within easy walking distance. Def recommendable for your budget trip to Prague.
I have recently just got back from a 5 day trip to Prague and it was a lovely city and highly recommend it!
As I am a student at the moment, I wanted somewhere cheap to stay and a hostel was the best bet. We stayed in the Pension Attractive hostel which I thought was more like a hotel, I was that impressed with it!
I was expecting somewhere quite grimey and basic as I have had experience of other hostels before. However this surpassed any pre-conceptions about this place.
It is 5 minutes away from the Starometscka train stop and it looks right over the river and the Charles bridge, fantastic view and located right in the centre of the old town of Prague.
The rooms are very modern and very clean with an en-suite and a tv (however this is in Czech). Also you get breakfast brought to you every morning which is so convenient and there is 24-hour reception. Also, free internet access is also available if you like to check your E-Mails regularly like me!
For all of this, we paid £20 per night which is brilliant for what you are getting and I would definitely recommend this if you want a cheap stay in Prague as it is becoming more of an expensive city now due to the increase of tourists.
The location cannot get any better and the staff are friendly, you will have a great stay in the Pension Attractive Prague! :)
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This hostel is very reasonably priced at 430Kc a night peak season (Apr-Sep), which translates to a bit over 8.60 a night. Whilst this definitely isn't the cheapest hostel you'll find it is in a good location. It is position at the north of Nova Mesto which is just below Stare Mesto (the main tourist & nightlife area). It is also only two road away from the river, Vltava and easy to find once you've been there once. The hostel seems to have 8 rooms, with between three and seven beds in each. The rooms are plain affairs, with high ceiling and white walls (that curiously comes off on whatever touches them), this means that your unlikely to stay there longer than when actually sleeping. They will provide you with blankets if you require them, although I used my sleeping bag (otherwise it would of been a waste of time bring it). There is one shower and one toilet for each sex. This can lead to some quite lengthy waits in the morning (esp. if the person before you decides to take a twenty minute shower, grrrr, I'm not bitter, honest). The good thing is that there is plenty of hot water, although care it needed with the shower taps since they are extremely sensitive, with just tiny movements required between freezing and blistering. There is also a reception area where they serve breakfast and have lockers. Breakfast consists of a couple of pieces of break with butter, cheese and jam, a yogurt and tea or coffee. Whilst this may not sound amazing it is very nice to know you haven't got to think about finding food first thing in the morning. The lockers in reception are wooden and you askconstructions ever, the reception is never left open when its not attended so they are quite safe (I left my passport, cashcard and money there and they were safe). Good news is that the hostel doesn't operate a curfew. Ba
d news is that you have to ring a bell every time you want to get in the front door (and sometimes to get out!). This means that you tend to try and keep your in and outgoings to a minimum or end up feeling guilty for getting people to run up and downstairs for you. for a padlock at the desk, whilst these are not the most sturdy It is possible to book in advance, however we were unlucky and they lost our reservation. But on the first night in Prague they had room for us. We then left Prague for three days and were told that they couldn't provide a room when we got back but they would help us locate one. When we returned to Prague it turned out that they did have room and it would just require us to change rooms after the first night, which made our day. Overall, I'd recommend Klub Habitat for those looking to stay cheap and central in Prague, I think if I go back I'll try and stay there again. The faciliies are basic but clean and perfectly adequete. PS remeber the earplugs, I didn't.