Great Place to Stay
Our experience of the Three Crowns Hotel, Prague was an entirely positive experience. We stayed in the 'new' building (the hotel has three seperate buildings) which was just round the corner from the main building. Our room was very stylish, had a Scandinavian decor which was featured on the expedia.com website. After reading reviews from other travellers about this hotel I was quite apprehensive about our stay, but the hotel and room most definately exceeded our expectations. The room was very clean and comfortable, the bathroom was very modern and had a huge shower but no bath to soothe tired feet, which was a little disappointing after trecking round Prague the whole day! Breakfast is in the main building and is very good, consisting of both cold and hot food. The hotel is about a 20 minute walk from the main centre of Prague which is no problem in the day but we found getting taxi's back to the old square at night the most sensible option. The hotel neighbourhood didn't really offer much but there was some really cheap places to get a beer! Our highlights of Prague were definately the main tourist attractions, the Castle was amazing and offered excellent views over the city, the Old Square was a fantatic place just to sit and watch the world go past (although be aware of the expensive cafes!). Charles Bridge was really busy but an experience not to be missed, Wencelas Square was a slight disappointment, not much there really and the trip up the big clock tower in the old square is something everyone should do (unless you suffer from vertigo) - the views are amazing! Food-wise we didn't really brave the local delicacies, but we did have some lovely Italian meals just out of the Old Square and a tasty Indian. A few things to be wary of are the masses of British stag-dos, which can get a bit lairy and also in the Old Square at night you may get approached to buy drugs. All in all it was a fantastic weekend, something we will definately be revisiting in the future!
basic but very adequate. Breakfast-good choice available. Dinner-little choice but lovely food. Staff were helpful but Marek the waiter was excellent. He has good english and is the nicest most helpful person we met while in Prague. This hotel is great value for money. Clean warm and close enough to the town. Transport system is easy to use. There is a lovely small cosy bar around the corner from the hotel. Open 24 hours. turn right from the door on the corner of the hotel. Bar a few yards on the right. Prague itself is not a safe place to be. Watch your bag, stay with your group. Its very intimidating to be in town at night. Lots of pimping, drugs homeless and drunks. shopping is a rip off. People very rude. They want your money but they dont want to have to deal with you. food and drink is very cheap except on Old square wher you can except to pay €4 for a cup of tea. beautiful place. Pity about the social problems and the rude people.
We booked into a Superior Room. Very modern and adequate, high quality.
The Hotel was about 20 mins walk from the attractions, situated in the Zizkov area which is fairly residential. Always walk up the hill as you come out of the hotel as there are a good selection of bars and restaurants within 10 mins.
The centre of Prague can be a bit of a rip off so always check menus first.
We paid about £25.00 for a 3 course meal with drinks for 4 people near the hotel.
Breakfast is very good here and served late.
Dont be put off by the Graffiti, Prague is covered in it and we always felt safe when in Prague and near the hotel.
I would go back without hesitation
Nothing Fancy, but Good Value, Decent Location.
I lived in this hotel for three month in the autumn of 2004. Therefore I got to know it pretty well indeed.
While its location on Cimburkova in Zizkov is not the nicest, it is not really bad. First impressions of the area are negative, it is a bit run-down as a neighborhood. Yet I never had any troubles in 89 days. There are very good bus and tram connections to downtown, though beware the hordes of pick-pockets on Tram #9. Anyhow, the hotel. The large buffet breakfast is good, lots of food! The beds are a bit firm but comfortable, the rooms sparse but clean, the amenities basic but entirely adequate, the bathrooms were clean and the water pressure excellent. If you can get a top-floor room, you'll have almost no street noise and nice skylights. The staff was always helpful. The restaurant is 'ok' but not really more than that, and I sometimes found the wait staff less helpful than the desk staff. There are better neighborhood alternatives around the corner.
Conclusion: Given the price, this hotel is definitely worth it. If you're going to Prague to hang out in your hotel, look elsewhere. But as a good base for exploring the city at a great price, this will do just fine.
Great Little Hotel
We stayed in this hotel from the 3rd-10th March 2006. We had arranged a pick-up by the hotel car and the driver was waiting as we exited customs,a great start. The hotel is in a slightly run down area of Prague but has excellent tram links into the city centre, you can also walk there in 20-25 minutes.
The hotel itself is split over 3 buildings all very close to each other, we were based in the older section but our room was large with all the facilities required including a large walk-in wetroom/shower room. We also had a decent sized table with armchairs so you could sit down and spread your maps out (a rarity in my experience). The decor though slightly faded was more than acceptable and the room was clean and warm (important in early March). Breakfast in the hotel was excellent the best breakfast I have had in any hotel that I have stayed in in Prague with a good selection of hot and cold food, fruits, breads yogurts etc, hot soup was even available for breakfast. We only ate in the Hotel the first evening and the food and service was excellent. Reception staff were more than pleasant giving us a map and a free drinks voucher on arrival.
In summary this is a fine basic 3 star hotel that is clean and warm, the staff are pleasant and efficient, and it is in a reasonable area to visit all the sights.
nice, clean, modern hotel
Very nice hotel. Well decorated and modern facilities. Our room was very comfortable and clean.
The service is good. The breakfast was also very good.
I recommend this hotel. It is a little off the city, but close to it by walk, tram or taxi. The street is quiet, you will sleep well.
We really liked the hotel, but were a little dissapointed with the service in Prague in general. We sometimes had the feeling in some restaurants that we were ripped off.
Petit but well presented
Stayed for 2 nights and found the staff a real pleasure. The restaurant was of high quality and was worth every penny of the stay. Everything was clean and deserved praise. The hotels location is obviously reflected in the cost but had the attraction of being quiet through the night. A most enjoyable stay.
Got a good deal on this hotel. Clean rooms and good staff. Breakfast was everything you need to get the day started (in a nice little bar/restaurant). Hotel is very close to the tram stop (think it's number 9) which gets you to Wencelas Square in about 4 minutes. You can buy travel passes at reception, so no worries at all.
Room we had was very big. Basic stuff was all there, nothing fancy, but nothing at all to turn you off either.
Walked to the hotel late at night with my girlfriend and never had a problem. Absinthe can be had just round the corner, what else do you need????
Accommodation in Prague
I will first put some links to the databases and then you will find the selection of the accommodation which I can recommend. This selection is based on the experiences of myself or my friends.
*Historial center - Old town and Mala Strana = only Prague 1- usually expensive because of the location
*Prague 2 = usually a nice area, but quite far (20 minutes) by foot from the center (closer to Venceslas square, but this is not the historical center yet). Very good accessibility by metro or tramway to main monuments.
*Prague 3 and 8 = usually still very good accessibility of the center with public transport; not the scenic part of the town, not 100% safe in the night, but I would recommend it for young people and backpackers. Exception: Prague 3 area in the proximity of metro stations Jiriho z Podebrad and Flora (this is close to Prague 2) - this is a nice and safe area, suitable for everybody.
*Prague 5 = some areas close to the center (Mala strana quarter) very nice, but usually the same description as Prague 3 and 8.
*Prague 6 = very large area (differences), Prague Castle location, some parts very nice, calm, residential, villas etc. Advantage: close to the airport. The Prague Castle is close, but the center and Old town area far (with public transport OK).
*Prague 8 - Karlin = close to the center (only 3 stations by metro), but in this period (2003) not nice at all and noisy, because of the work on routes and houses (a lot of dammages made by floods in 2002).
There are many databases containning a lot of accommodation facilities. Most of them are created by the agencies which arrange the accommodation for you. My personal procedure is first to search in the databases and then try to get in touch directly with the hotel or hostel, because I can never know if the agency takes some money for the reservation (and it is useless to pay extra fees to the agency). Usually you can find the presentation of the hotels themselves with the help of a good search engine (www.seznam.cz).
I selected for you several databases which are the best (in my opinion):
www.hotelsprague.cz - Accommodationin Prague, Brno, Telc, Karlovy Vary, Czech mountains
www.hotel.cz - Accommodation in Czech republic and Slovakia
Note: I am trying to put some interesting hotels (in my opinion) which are not automaticly included in the tourist guide books. Of course in Prague we have also typical big modern hotels with the services of the highest quality.
Hotel Metamorphis: www.metamorphis.cz
Hotel Casa Marcello: www.casa-marcello.cz
Dum u Karlova mostu: www.hotelsprague.cz/karel_e.htm (nearby Charles bridge, unfortunatly not found direct contact)
Hotel Palace: www.palacehotel.cz (the highest quality, central location, 5 minutes far from the Old town)
Apartment Hotel Ungelt: www.ungelt.cz (150 m far from the Old town square)
Hotel Mejstrik: www.hotelmejstrik.cz (excellent location, Old town)
Hotel Meteor: www.hotel-meteor.cz
Hotel Hoffmeister: www.hoffmeister.cz (under the Castle, very nice, only one thing I am not sure: the noisy traffic?)
Residence Retezova: www.hotelsprague.cz/retezova (very nice appartments in the historical center, from medium to high level price)
Hotel Salvator: www.salvator.cz (very good location close to the Old town, good price / quality rate)
Hotel Cloister Inn: www.cloister-inn.cz (Old Town)
Hotel and restaurant U Suteru: www.usuteru.cz (close to the Venceslas square)
Hotel and restaurant U stare pani: www.ustarepani.cz (Old Town)
Hotel Abri: www.abri.cz (Prague 2, nice area, 7 minutes to metro station Namesti Miru)
Hotel - Penzion U krale Jiriho: www.kinggeorge.cz (good location - Old town, nice accommod., could be a little noisy because of the restaurant in the building)
Hotel Anna: www.hotelanna.cz (nice area of Prague 2, 10 minutes by foot from the Venceslas square)
www.hotel-expres.com (Old Town location, "little house" in the courtyard - suitable for budget travellers).
Hotel Extol Inn
www.extolinn.cz - Prague 7 area, safe area, good connection to the historal center, 2 types of rooms (simplier + cheaper and better + more expensive)
Hotel U tri korunek
www.3korunky.cz - Prague 3 area, close to the center, good rate quality / price
"Pensions (B and B)"
Penzion Dientzenhofer: www.dientzenhofer.cz
(historical house in charming area close to Charles bridge, more expensive because of the perfect location)
Guesthouse At Golden tree: www.goldentree.cz
(romantic location, historical houses)
Penzion Standard: www.standard.cz (water front, view on the Prague castle)
Pension Alabastr: www.pensionalabastr.cz (good location in Prague 1, 5 min. to the historic centre, quiet street)
Penzion Platan: www.platan.cz (no experience, but could be good, because of the location next to the Old town. Noisy area, but rooms on the last floor, good for nightlife lovers)
The Golden Horse house: www.goldhorse.cz (renovated 15th century house in perfect location under Prague Castle)
Location of furnished apartements: www.rentinprague.com
Aparthotel Husova: www.apart-hotel-husova.com (nicely furnished apartments in Old Town, more expensive)
Apartments in Prague: www.prague-apartment.cz
"Hostel or simple accommodation"
Some of them are open only during the summer holidays (July, August, sometimes September)
Imperial: www.hotelimperial.cz (used to be a hostel highly recommended also on VT - good location close to the Old town, simple clean rooms, special offers, but in 2003 seems to me more expensive)
Hostel Jabok: www.jabok.cuni.cz/accommodation.htm (a very good tip for July-August accommodation, cheap, clean and calm in Prague 2)
Hostel Unitas: www.unitas.cz (good location in the Old Town, clean, bufet breakfast, higher price because of the location)
Traveller's hostel network: www.travellers.cz
Hostel Tyn: www.hostel-tyn.web2001.cz (excellent location in the Old Town)
Prague Lion - hotel and hostel: www.praguelion.com (no special experience, but looks fine)
Charles University student residencies
Konvex 91 agency: www.konvex.cz
(Privat apartments for short-term rental, rooms in privat rooms, rooms in student dormitories)
Kotva Branik: www.kotvacamp.cz - hostel, bungalows, campground (Prague 4, quite far from the city center-20 min. by tramway, but nice location by the river in the nature, restaurant, simple and cheap accommodation)
Cisarska louka camp
www.caravancamping.cz (very close to historical center, nice area in a river island)
Triocamp: www.triocamp.com (Prague 8, northern enge of Prague)
As i have stated in previous posts i am staying at the u tri korunek hotel in prague 3. Can anybody (probably Steve the praguemeister) tell me the best form of transport back to the hotel at night 4 or 5 in the morning. Do the trams run all night or is it a taxi or shank's pony best option.