Me and my wife are going for the first time to Prague on a 4 days holiday in a few months.
We are very interested in the Hotel U Kocku regarding the prices and location. It´s on Karlova Street 44 wich we think is next to Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.
Can anyone help us with the following doubts:
1 - Is the hotel area/street secure, or is it a bad area to be? (ex: is the street environment dangerous at night?)
2 - Are there some bars or restaurants next to it?
3 - Is this hotel generally ok? (we are not looking for luxury..)
4 - We've heard that the rooms are noisy at night. Do you know if there are less noisy rooms than others? Could you recomend us or advise us?
Thank you very much for your help.
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1. Prague generally is safe city. It certainly does not have "god/bad zones" - safety level is about the same everywhere - just use common sense and precautions. Since that street is the main tourist route it is certainly safe.
2. Yes there are. Most of them probably are tourist traps = not much quality + extra high price "for the location".
3. I have newer been in it, but since it was opened in March 2006 it should be OK. In the presentations it certainly claims to be "luxury".
4. No wonder that rooms are noisy - the hotel is on the main route connecting main attractions - 90 % of tourists visiting Prague will walk under your windows. And take into account that substantial part of them are stag/drinking parties from some unnamed islands migrating between clubs/discos near Charles bridge and Wenceslas Square at night.
Basically it's just as the previous fellow answered:
1) Prague it is a safe city. Eveywhere. There are no possible traces for a comparison with main portuguese cities. Those are little Baghdads compared to Prague. Only expected harrassment in Karlova: pedestrians trying to sell you drugs. Just like in Rua Augusta. Just say no or don't answer at all. And it's gonna be only after dark.
2) There are bars and restaurants everywhere. Again, there are no possible traces for a comparison with main portuguese cities. Those are deserts compared to Prague.
3) Never been there.
4) Just as the fellow said. This is like Rua Augusta in Lisbon. It would be a miracle, or a disgrace, if it was quiet.
Could you recommend a nice restaurant in the centre with a traditional Czech cuisine and nice music?
I quite liked U maltézských rytířů but the interior is a bit too dark for a wedding dinner.
Thanks in advance.
we have dinner in a restaurant which woulkd suit, its is quite light, and they has a samba band in the bar upstairs, its in my restaurant tips here, on an island, the bridge south of charles brdge (near nationl theatre), quite posh, good service (was very queit when we were there)
A good restaurant would be Palfly Palace Restaurant. It's located at Valdstejnsky 14,Mala Strana. The restuarant is beautiful and the food is excellent and they will do parties.
yeah, palffy palace is good too, but I reckon it is very expensive in the evening. they have weddings in the next building, we saw one from the gardens and then had lunch in the restuarant. wine was overpriced also.
there are some picture taken from palffy palac gardens (and two in the restaurant terrace, but you can only see us wearing each others sunglasses) on this vid on you tube (about 1 min-1.30 in)
also the other restaurany, strelecky ostrov is about 2 and a half minutes in, then there is also a wedding at karlsteyn castle (lovely spot)
Hotel U Kocku has a great restaurant with live music
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