Thousands of tourists descend on Prague in the high season and they all need a place to lay their heads after a busy day of strolling through the picturesque streets. It make sense, then, that there are so many accommodation options, from friendly hostels to luxury boutique hotels. Here are the highlights.
I stayed at the Arpacay Hostel, which is very close to the Castle. The rooms were fairly tired, but it gave the hostel an authentic feel that wasn’t as easily found among the tourists. The staff were very hospitable and always helped us out with taxi bookings and restaurant reservations. Perhaps best of all, is that they had an all-you-can-eat continental breakfast for 75 czk, which is only £2. Not only did we start the day feeling pleasantly full, but we also made sandwiches to take with us for lunch sometimes.
The downside to this hostel is that is it on a rather steep hill. While it is very convenient if you want to visit the castle, it is a fair workout to get back from an evening out in the main centre. Large mixed dorms start at 190 czk / £5 per night, and range to 440 czk / £12 each for a three-bed private room with en-suite. Bargain.
I chose to include a The Iron Gate Hotel & Suites for several reasons. It is in a fantastic location just metres from the beautiful main square, it’s a lovely hotel, it has a reasonable price tag, and also because it’s on a street that we were walking up and down trying to meet our friends for about two hours, so Michalska Street always makes me smile. Even though it is in the heart of Prague, it is set in a privacy of inner courtyard. The hotel is set in a 14th century building and offers 48 unique rooms and suites, each with a different lay out, view and décor. Double rooms from £74 per night.
One of the best rated hotels in Prague, the 5 star Alchymist Nosticova Palace is a romantic boutique hotel set near all major Prague tourist attractions and yet still far away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city. The hotel only has 19 rooms, giving it an exclusive feel. The rooms aren’t particularly special, but the quaint courtyard which is flanked by traditional architecture is quite beautiful. Rooms for two start at 260 euros per night.
Where would you rather stay? Do you think you will visit Prague in the near future, or have you already travelled there?