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The Icon Hotel--A Wonderful Place
This was an amazing hotel experience! As soon as we walked into the main lobby, we felt very relaxed and as though every one of our needs would be tended to immediately and professionally. All of the staff members were extremely polite and kind; the owner even came to the lobby to greet and welcome us! In our room, a luxurious experience awaited us...slide in the key-card and the room is ablaze with light, displaying the untouched cleanliness and perfection. The beds were made everyday so that they were always clean, light, and fluffy, like a soufflé (I didn't want to ruin the delightful "soufflé-ness" and wouldn't let my brother near my bed). Our room (it was a twin and a double room connected to each other) was equipped with two electronic, fingerprint-protected safes for our valuables, a television, two desk areas, and two incredible bathrooms. The hotel is connected to a small buffet (in the morning) and bar/restaurant (in the evening) which serves very good food. It had excellent service and would recommend this hotel to almost anyone planning to visit Prague.
A Good experience at the Icon, Prague
We have just returned from a long weekend at the Icon Hotel in Prague. The hotel is very modern, indeed very trendy, with some unusual modern art in the lobby.
The rooms are minimalist but very comfortable. The much touted beds (Swedish hand made) are large and very relaxing. The downside being that rooms at the front of the hotel get a lot of street noise. You hear all the noise of the drunken customers leaving the club just down the street. So when you eventually drift off to sleep the bed is most welcoming.
Facilities in the room were excellent - great bathroom & toiletries, LCD TV, tea & coffee, safe and lots of space. We were in a De Luxe room. A minor annoyance was that the our cups didn't get cleaned after being used on the first night.
We enjoyed breakfast and fact that it was available without time limits. There is a buffet selection of cereals, breads, cheeses, meats and fresh fruit. Additionally you can order hot dishes.
We didn't try the hotel restaurant as we ate out every night. The food looked good but slightly pricey compared to local restaurants.
The hotel staff were all very young (sign of my age) and extremely helpful with directions and metro tickets.
The hotel is well situated, within 5 mins walking distance of Wenceslas Square.
Overall it's a good hotel to spend a weekend in Prague. I found that booking direct with the hotel via their web site was cheaper than any of the general accommodation sites which offer "cheap" rates.
Save the best for last
From 11 till 14 December we stayed in the Icon hotel. The icon hotel made our stay in Prague complete. Great hotel, excellent staff, superb beds, fantastic location and a wonderful breakfast.
After our winter sport holiday in January, city trip to Barcelona and summer holiday in Jordan, we planned to get into the Christmas spirit in Prague.
The Icon Hotel was high rated and exceeded our expectations. After a short walk from the metro, we arrive at the hotel and check in is in a relaxed lounge setting.
We were escorted to our great room (ref previous review we stayed also in room 201 without any problems) with a lot of space, very modern and ergonomic bathroom, marvelous Hästens beds, high tech provisions available (skype telephone, WIFI and high speed LAN internet, I-pod and MP3 connections, large biometric safe).
After some tourist information from Charles (receptionist) we were on our way and within 10 minutes (if you do not stop at all the nice shops on the way) you arrive on the centre square with the astronomical clock.
For the evening, a width variety of restaurants are in the neighborhood and a great bed is waiting in your room for a well deserved night sleep.
Finally next morning we were surprised again, by a great breakfast buffet, fresh bread and even a extra choice of a la carte mails like omelets, pancakes, English breakfast, etc. Also the choice of hot drinks in the morning is great.
So al considered, we love to stay here again and will recommend everyone to stay here.
We'd stay somewhere else next time
We stayed at "The Icon Hotel" in November 2007.
My pregnant wife and I arrived in Prague via train from Vienna. We found the subway easy to use (almost as good as Vienna's) and were able to walk from the subway stop to the hotel with bags very easily.
While the location is fairly close to the Old Town Square (10 minute walk), the part of town that the hotel is in might not be for all travelers. Let me preface by saying that my wife and I love to have a few drinks everynight on vacation (when she's not pregnant, although she had hot cocoa with me in the bar on this trip). We are by no means "old or uptight".
However, we found that the location wasn't ideal. Wenclases square is a nice broad boulevard, but there are alot of locals loitering (single men). We were never really afraid, but it just didn't provide a safe, comfortable feel. The hotel is on a side street down a couple blocks from the Sq. The street is VERY NOISY at night. There is a club right next door to the hotel, with people coming and going until 4:30 in the morning.
We would recommend that you stay in a hotel in the Jewish quarter. That area is quieter. Nearer to the Old Town Sq. Nearer to the Castle Quarter and generally much much more genuine. Lots of Art Nuveau buildings in that area that haven't had neon signs attached to every awning.
The Icon is in what we felt was a younger area (college, to just post college age kids). There was a McDonalds at the end of the block from the Icon, and every building/store front had neon. Once you get into the old town you don't see that.
The Icon has a cool looking lobby, bar and lounge. Very trendy and modern. The drinks at the bar were really well priced, they didn't try and gouge you. The front desk was helpful. They spoke english and were friendly. The guy bartenders could learn how to smile...but I had the feeling that they were "segregated" from the lobby staff....almost like two different classes. Just my feeling.
They had one PC (actually a Mac) available for general use. It sat on one side of the bar, which was nice, however we found that 2 of the 3 nights we were there a local guy would come into the hotel bar, eat, have a drink and play Chess on the PC. We asked him if he'd be long, and he just looked at us at first, but did move from the PC.
It would have been nice if they'd have setup the Mac somewhere for hotel guests rather then general public, and if they'd have put a sign on the PC to be courteous of others. It was highly annoying watching some guy play chess on a PC that the hotel claimed to have for it's guests. I got the impression that this happens alot.
We stayed in room 201. DO NOT STAY IN THIS ROOM. It was unbelieveably noisy. You can hear everyone in the hallway walking past. And, you can hear every conversation had outside on the street. Once again, this is a european city, we expected to hear traffic, general noise, etc. However, this part of the city has is busier both with cars, and club goers. I could feel the bass from the club next door while my head was on the pillow. Our hotels in Vienna and Budapest were MUCH quieter than this hotel. Everyone forgets (unless you've passed out) that a good night sleep is important.
As for the rest of the room, it was very clean, had a modern look. If the room had been quiet, we'd have had no problems. We didn't use the i-pod hook up, or the CD player, did like the flat-screen TV, however that's pretty standard in European hotel rooms at this price range nowdays.
If you're a younger person mid twenties, you'll probably find this to be a cool hotel. it's got the hip, trendy feel which is nice. If you've been to a few different hotels, you'll probably know what I'm talking about.
If you're looking for a hotel in a location that lets you experience Prague's really great old-town and awesome historic sights, we wouldn't recommend staying here. Go to the Jewish Quarter, or even the Little Quarter. With all the neon near the Icon, we kinda felt like were were in Time's Square....in fact that's probably the best way to describe the location.
And, this is hard to describe, but you know how a place just feels like it's trying too hard to be "cool". That's the impression we got.
If you're trying to gauge this hotel, we stayed at the Rathaus Hotel in Vienna and the K+K Opera in Budapest...both of which were MUCH better hotels. (better locations, better rooms, better lobbys, etc)
Excellent Hotel, Must Stay if you like good atmoshpere and friendly staff
What a lovely hotel to stay at, was very sceptical about this hotel as the photo's on the website looked too good to be true. I need not have worried one little bit.
We had booked a standard room at the hotel
Upon arrival at the Hotel we were greeted by lovely warm welcoming staff and the manager himself came over.
The first night of arrival the hotel was hosting a Fashion Show for the airline Sky Europe and the manager had booked us into another hotel as he did not want us to be woken up by the noise.
The other alternative was to stay at the hotel and watch the show. Well needless to say we stayed at the hotel and watched the show, which was excellent. (Free Bar during event)
The manager has said that they do intend to do more of these shows and similar events, which I would not let it put me off staying here.
The rooms were spotlessly clean and the beds were super comfortable and I had no trouble sleeping.
Bathroom was very modern in dark tile accented by a purple shower screen and white bathroom fittings.
I like the walkin shower as well as the shower that was above the bath, a nice touch to have a choice of both, loads of hot water and good pressure on the shower too.
A nice touch was the bathrobes in the room as well as the usual bale of towels.
Plasma Tv on the wall opposite the bed was a nice touch and Dvd player in your room if you wanted to watch a film.
Never used the internet connection so cannot comment on that.
The ipod connection is actually a cable port so will work on all Mp3 players and the sound is played through the Television, sounds good though.
I liked the sleek look of everything inside of the rooms, fingerprint operated safe in the closet and minbar and usual hot drinks facilities.
All day breakfast was lovely as were the other meals we ordered in the restaurant and not over priced.
The Hotel is only a few minutes away from Wencelas Square on a quiet side street, so no noise to keep you awake at nights
There is no view from the hotel, our room just looked on to some offices adjacent, though this is a small price to pay for such a charming and lovely boutique hotel.
A must stay place in Prague!
LOVED this hotel!
We absolutely loved this small boutique hotel, located 2 minutes away from the downtown area of Prague (Wenceslas Square). The staff, particularly Carolina, were extremely helpful and friendly, and very attentive to our needs. We booked a standard room, but they upgraded us to a deluxe upon arriving (not sure why, but we didn't argue!). The room was very stylish but comfortable - the Hastings bed really does deserve mention - one of the most comfortable beds out of all the European hotels we've stayed. Our room (like all the others we presume) had a flat screen TV, fingerprint-activated safe, cleverly disguised minibar, free wifi, and came with free a-la-carte breakfast. We couldn't have asked for more! Just a 10 minute walk to Old Town Square and conveniently located by the Mustek train stop. The airport minibus had no problems finding the hotel either, even though it's less than a year old. We'd recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Prague and we will definitely try to stay here again if we return for a visit!
Fantastic small hotel with Excellent Service
Visited with my boyfirend for 3 nights and was impressed with everything about the hotel.
The service we received was perfect and the staff couldnt have been more helpful. We felt very well looked after and every request was quickly dealth with.
The food was simple but very good as was the coffees.
We would definatly return to this hotel when we go back to Prague and cannot reccomend it highly enough.
Very Good Choice!
We stayed for 3 days/2 nights at the Icon. The location is perfect as it is 1 block away from all shopping in Prague an 10 minutes walk from the famous astronomical clock! The rooms are very comfortable and modern with all facilities. Staff is exceptional. Price vs value ration is good too. It made our stay very agreable.
One of the best Hotels ever!
Very stylish hotel near the heart of prague. You can see there different arts from different artists. A design hotel with his own soul. The service were perfect at all time. The Room were spacious and definetly clean. The big bathroom had a seperate shower + a bath tube with shower. We had room nr. 401. The breakfast was delicous and available the whole day! In summary we can say this hotel is highly recommended. One of the best we had at all....
Great staff, but some small problems need addressing
This hotel deserves glowing reviews. We were warmly greeted, with all the staff being really adorable, and the head of reception coming out to welcome us personally when we arrived, despite it being late.
As we also work in the hotel trade, he let us into a few secrets. He said that it wsa difficult in Prague to find staff who had experience and who were genuinely nice. Basically, he'd given up and just started taking on people who were nice. It showed, mostly in both good and partly in bad ways. For example, it's a real pleasure to be helped to your room with someone with a genuine smile that you can tell is not fake. However, it also means that some small things could be a little smoother. We had asked for champagne in our room. It turned out to be sparkling wine (which is OK, it's just that we were surprised). However, there was no bottle opener. Little things like that...
We had ordered a junior suite especially because it boasts a 5.1 surround sound system with a DVD player (and I'm a surround sound nut!). Firstly, the remote control did not work (nothing to do with the batteries, because the same remote can turn the television on and off), and there was no way to navigate the DVD menus. Secondly, one of the speakers of the system is missing! The front central speaker, where the dialogue is placed, is not there! We put a film on, and could only hear effects and music! So really, the system was only 4.1 and quite useless. I was quite surprised that no-one else had mentioned this since the hotel opened. I can only conclude that no-one had ever tried to use it!
As the hi-fi system was essentially our reason for paying 50% extra for a junior suite, I was a little disappointed.
Also, we were shown a little flap on the bedroom desk where we could plug in our laptop and listen to the iPod. The internet connection worked fine, although the size of the computer plug meant keeping the flap open all the time. However it was a (losing) battle to listen to the iPod. The music comes out of the television in the bedroom, you have to flick through several AV channels to try and find it, but the TV turns itself off every 5 minutes because it can't find a video signal. Clearly, this system for listening to music does not work at all.
We did signal the DVD problem to the manager, who very kindly came and presented himself to us during breakfast, and he said he would come up and check everything that day (Saturday. We were leaving on the Sunday). I wrote him a note with a full explanation and left it in the room, but he never came. I then wrote him another note that I left him when checking out, including my contact details so he could keep me informed. He never got back to me. So I decided to write this review.
Apart from those small niggling problems, our stay at the Icon - and in Prague - was wonderful. It's a very new hotel, and time will tell whether their strange décor will age well, but everyone there was so nice to us, and we found the prices very reasonable.
It's just a shame that they boast of certain facilities (5.1 surround system, iPod hook-up) that simply don't work.
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I am planning trip to Europe end of Jul. Intend to go to places like PRAGUE, GRAZ, HALLSTATT, SALZBURG,INNSBRUCK and maybe..GENEVA. I will be arriving from SINGAPORE and intend to transit in FRANKFURT before proceeding to my destinations. Please assist...as to what are the best ways to move around to see above places? Is it recommended to buy the EURAIL PASS? I have about 16-17days to cover those places. Any budget airlines or night train that I can take from FRANKFURT to PRAGUE? In PRAGUE, any recommendation on accomodation which are near the main train station and places of attractions? Is there any budget airlnes that I can take to connect to some parts of my itinenary? Hear from you...friends. Thanks in advance.
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will give you train times and fares for Frankfurt to Prague.
Have a look at http://www.myczechrepublic.com/prague/ for ifo on Prague attractions, including suggested daily itineraries.
You have left it rather late for best fares with budget carriers, but you could look at http://www.click4sky.com/en/click4sky/c4s_intro.htm?changeCountry
www.ryanair.com also fly to Prague from Frankfurt Hahn airport, but not from Frankfurt Main. Frankfurt Hahn is quite some distance away from Frankfurt itself.
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Also, have a look at the VT Prague pages for accommodation recommendations and what to see and do (and for the other places you mention).
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If you go to youtube and type in "jburks2007" you'll find a video I made of Lucerne, Innsbruck, and Salzburg. you'll have a great trip, beautiful scenery. In Salzburg, you've got to take a day trip to Berchtesgaden and visit St. Bartoloma. It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
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Why not upload it onto VT, now we have a video facility?
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There's a night train from Frankfurt (Sud) to Prague. Are you under 26 years of age? If so, you can buy Austrian Summer Ticket (ÖBB SommerTicket) for 49euros (19euros if under 19years) plus 19 euros for discount VorteilsCard 26, which is mandatory to enjoy this offer. This ticket is valid for unlimmited travel within Austria in July and August (not valid on Mo-Fr till 8a.m. except of continuous night train journey).
On Czech Railways anybody under 26 years has 50% reduction from domestic normal fare in July and August (photo ID/passport required), ask for "Leto 26".Discount not valid for international travel, but you can go on domestic fare untill boarders.
Ryanair.com starts flying Hahn-Prague line in late October, but Hahn to Bratislava (Vienna) is also good as there are many direct trains from Bratislava to Prague costing much less than from Frankfurt.
Re: Suggestions For the Trip
Try with the http://www.worldtravel4indians/ for the outbound travels