10 Best Discovers Prague's Lodgings Without Breaking Your Budget
By Marianne Crone
Prague Local Expert
Prague is a popular destination and if you avoid the high season, you will find truly budget prices, especially if you avoid the Christmas and New Year period and stay away from April to September. Prague has a wide selection of low-priced accommodation that appeals to younger travelers, but also suits couples and families on a budget.
If you like to meet an international crowd, A&O Hostel in the Holesovice neighborhood is an excellent place to stay. The eighteenth-century bar in the vaults makes sure that you can party all night and never have to go far to roll into bed. Stay in Botel Admiral permantly moored on the banks of the Vltava River and the feed swans and ducks from your porthole.
Sokolska Hostel is in the Nove mesto neighborhood, the party district of Prague. If you don't want to go out, sit on their terrace while drinking beer with a view. Enjoy the panorama of the Prague skyline from the twentieth floor of Fortuna Rhea Hotel in Strasnice neighborhood, only twenty minutes away from the center by tram. Oozing with original architecture, Hotel King George has a superb location on the border between Stare Mesto and Nove Mesto.
Prague has a large choice of low-priced accommodation. Here is a list that will help you find the best places to stay.
10 A&O City Holesovice Hostel Prague
The A&O Hostel offers reasonable bare-bone accommodation with 24-hour service. It is one of the best budget option in the Holesovice neighborhood and close to Stromovka park, great for in-line skating and cycling and Veletrzni Palac, the museum for admirers of modern art. Still only a few tram stops away from the historic center. The hostel offers dormitory, single and double rooms. Pay a little extra and you will get American breakfast so huge that you need not eat for the rest of the day. The 18th century cellar bar is the place to be until the small hours.
9 Sokolska Youth Hostel
The entrance to Sokolska Youth Hostel is slightly difficult to find, because it is hidden in the yard behind the Sokol Sports Center. Simply follow the sign that says: reception. Find the hostel and you have found the student travel nerve center of Prague, located close to Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. The hostel has a great terrace for beer-sipping with a view. The bunk beds are located in a large gymnasium. Bedding is included in the price, breakfast is not. Facilities include; paid parking, lockers and kitchen. This is a no-smoking hostel.
8 Hotel William
Location, location, location! Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square and most tourist attractions are just a few minutes on foot. Tram 22 stops in front of the hotel and the funicular up Petrin hill is just across the street. Located in a historic building in the Mala Strana quarter, Hotel William offers top-class accommodation at budget prices. The 42 guestrooms are divided over 5 floors. Rooms with garden view are slightly quieter than those with street view, all have double windows. The buffet breakfast offers plenty of fresh fruit, but also Czech specialties like smoked cheese. WiFi is free of charge and covers all five floors.
7 Hotel Lunik
Located in a 1924 apartment block in a quiet residential area, Hotel Lunik is an attractive place to stay. This family owned hotel was confiscated during the Communist regime. After restitution, it was returned to the rightful owner whose daughter now runs the hotel. The thirty-five rooms have a lovely old times feel but with satellite television, free WiFi and an en-suite bathroom. Lunik is located very close to namesti Miru, a lovely square ringed by restaurants and caf� The square is especially attractive in the Easter and Christmas periods when the seasonal markets are in full swing. Wenceslas Square and the historic center are only a few tram stops away. When you hop on the Metro you will be there even faster.
6 Botel Admiral
Sleep on rolling waves and forget that you are in a landlocked city. Admiral Botel is permanently moored on the west bank of the Vltava River in the Smichov district. The reception area is all wood and shiny brass and very nautical. Narrow gangways lead towards compact cabins, each fitted with a dollhouse-size en-suite shower room. Families may like to stay in one of the equally comfortable four-bed apartments. There is free WiFi in all guestrooms. Ask for a room with river view if you want to feed the swans from your window. The restaurants on the third floor reminds of the luxury of old steam boats. Enjoy the panorama over old Bohemian potato soup, followed by goose with red cabbage and dumplings.
5 Anna Hotel Prague
Tucked away in a quiet side street in the Vinohrady district, Hotel Anna is the perfect hide-out to avoid the hustle and bustle in the historic center. The hotel houses in a charming late nineteenth century building with many original Art Nouveau details – wrought–iron railings and brass door handles. The guest rooms are decorated in cobalt blue, pale yellow and salmon pink. Floral bed spreads, lovely drapes and comfortable chairs make your room a home away from home. Lovely black-and-white photos showing old Prague adorn the walls. The Vinohrady area is speckled with restaurants, caf� wine bars and shops. A December stay is especially rewarding because from late November until early January the Christmas Market on Namesti Miru is in full swing. Hotel Anna is only two Metro stops away from Wenceslas Square.
4 Mars Hotel Prague
Located in the residential neighborhood of Vrsovice, Hotel Mars offers excellent quality for the price. This recently renovated hotel has 51 guestrooms all with bathroom and satellite television. Breakfast is included in the room rates and offers a wide range of rolls, dark whole meal bread, cereals, butter, jams, yoghurts, fruits, honey, cheese, ham, eggs, sausages, coffee, tea and milk. Reception sells public transport tickets, which is very handy because there is no ticket machine at the tram stop. Tram 7 takes you in fifteen minutes to the center. Eden Shopping center with Tesco Hypermarkt, open 24 hours, is two tram stops away. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday there is a farmers' market in front of the hotel
3 King George Hotel Prague
Location, location, location! B&B Hotel King George is in the Stare Mesto quarter, close to shops, restaurants and beer gardens. Old Town Square and Charles Bridge are within easy walking distance. The King George named after Jiri z Podebrad, King of Bohemia, is set in a fourteenth-century building. The hotel oozes with original architecture. That’s why the hotel has no lift. All rooms are different in size and furniture. All have modern bathrooms, cable television, mini-bar, hairdryer and free WiFi. Book one of the attic rooms and you will sleep under the original rafters. Another bonus is the splendid view of the Prague skyline with hundreds of spires.
2 Julian Hotel Prague
A favorite of regular travelers to Prague, the Julian offers good-value comfort. On the edge of the Smichov neighborhood, the Julian is slightly off the beaten track, but only a fifteen-minute walk or a quick tram ride from Charles Bridge and the historic center. The hotel's star attraction is sitting room – reception with a fireplace and a library; the perfect place to put your feet up after a day of sightseeing. The apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes. The family rooms come complete with toys. Other facilities include free high speed internet, café and bar, gym, satellite television and paid parking.
1 Fortuna Rhea Hotel Prague
Located in a residential area, hotel Fortuna Rhea is the perfect budget accommodation. This twenty-storey hotel is built in communist style with today's comforts. The guestrooms are spacious and consist of two a bedroom and a sitting room with cable television and a small fridge, bathroom with a shower and a separate toilet. This hotel is favored by tour groups. Individual guests are allocated guestrooms on the top floor with a panoramic view of Prague. Prague center is only twenty-minutes on tram 7, or 10 minutes by metro. Flora Shopping center is two tram stops away. The Jewish cemetery with Franz Kafka's grave, the television tower and shopping street Vinohradska are all close by.
About Marianne Crone
Marianne Crone divides her time between her home in the Netherlands and an apartment in Prague, the city where her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live. Now retired, Marianne is still an avid traveler and when she is not on a trip, she is planning the next one. She always has a bag packed, ready for the next adventure – a cycle trip to Prague, Paris or winter sun in Goa, India. In addition to traveling and writing about it, Marianne likes photography, learning languages and not having a car. She does not drive, only rides her bicycle and takes public transport wherever she goes.
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