This hotel is cheap for it's fantastic location and extremely clean. Also, there are double rooms which can convince you are in a hotel rather than a hostel. However, staff are rude and this place doesn't have a hostel feel... the common room was always empty.
In summary, good for couples looking for a budget option... terrible for backpackers looking to meet people.
Directions: Bang on the busy street Kalova on the east side of the Charles Bridge. The entrance is through the Souvenir Shop next door.
OK-- the stairs are a killer if you have a suitcase-- the last two flights up to my room were on small, uneven, painted-over spiral staircases. Also, the desk staff wasn't at all friendly or helpful. That said, my room was really nice, the price was fair, and the location is fantastic. Literally a block away from the Charles Bridge and about three blocks from the Old Town Square. My 5 person room was really two rooms with an open doorway between them and an ensuite shower that was actually hot and powerful.
Unique Quality: OK-- the oddity on my floor was the toilet. Worked fine, but was located in a sort of outhouse on the balcony overlooking the inner courtyard of the building. Trust me, no one could see in, but it was a bit strange having to toddle onto the porch use the bathroom.
Also, on the good side, you can buy drinks at the reception desk all night long.
Directions: One block east of the Charles Bridge on the Stare Mesto side.
I didn't actually stay at Ritchie's Hostel, but I did tour the facilities and must admit that I was not impressed in the least. While the location is absolutely fantastic (literally steps away from the Charles Bridge and practially facing Old Town Square) that's about the only positive attributes it has going for it. The reception is up two flights of stairs and down a dark hallway. The women who were working the front desk seemed to be put out by my very appearance and didn't want to give me any information regarding price or what they offered. That's how I eventually got the tour. They apparently figured it would be easier to just give me a key and let me look around for myself.
Unique Quality: The prices are a little odd and range from 11 euros to 16 euros. I say "odd" because it's actually cheaper to stay in a 6 bed room with shared facilities than to stay in a 12 bed room ensuite. They also have private rooms for 97 euros a night with 5 beds, which isn't that bad of a deal if you're traveling with a group. The more nights you stay the cheaper the rooms get.
They don't offer much in the way of amenities but do have internet facilities.
E-mailed the staff to book and they were really friendly
Price for a double room ensuite was €60 a day per room, plus you got 10% discount if you pay cash. Breakfast wasn't included but for 75CZK a day you could get a continental breakfast.
Rooms were really clean and had lovely wooden beds. Bathroom was quite big with 2 sinks.
As the hostel is on the main route to Charles Bridge ask for a room towards the back so that you miss all the noise of the people mingling about during the day and night.
Reception open 24 hours and they have a wee bar that you can take drinks up to your room. Drinks are cheap as well
Staff weren't overly friendly when I was there but they did make sure I had everythign I needed
Unique Quality: Fantastic location
Literally 5 minutes from anywhere in the old town. About 15 mins walk to Prague Castle
Some nice bars and restaurants close by
Directions: Right on the main route to Charles Bridge
I stayed in Ritchie's for a week and found it really comfortable. A great location in the heart of the Old Town.Good toilets, beds and so on...
Staff did not speak too much of English, though.
And NO CURFEW means in practice that u have to wake them up to come in. Which was not pleasant.
Anyway, superb location and more than money's worth rooms will guarantee your satisfaction.
Price around £ 10/per bed in dorm
Directions: About 300 m from the Charles Bridge at the route
to the Old Town Square, there is a house at 9 Charles Street (Karlova ulice)
in the Middle Ages called
"At the Stone Head"
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