10 Best Prague Hotels in all Price Categories, Often Hidden in Quiet Streets but Always Close to the HistoricCPrague is a popular destination which is reflected in the large number of hotels in the city. They run the gamut from luxurious to modest, from A

Have you always wanted to feed swans from your porthole? Simply stay in Admiral Botel. This antique steamboat is permanently docked at the Vltatva embankment in the Smichov district. It is Slightly away from the center but compensated by moderate prices. Prague's fiery-red trams whisk you to the city center in no time.

Belvedere Hotel is highly recommend, if staying in a communist era hotel is your dream. Only the architecture reminds of this time in history. The hotel lives up to twenty-first-century standards with satellite television and WiFi in all rooms. Would you like to wake up to a the sound of a tinkling bell, being rung by Death? Stay in Grand Hotel Praha and you can watch the spectacle of the Astronomical clock from your window. With its top location, right on Old Town Square, this hotel is the creme de la creme.

A romantic hide-away with an unromantic name is U Raka, In the Crayfish. Only six guest rooms in a timbered cottage, all fitted with beamed ceilings and wooden floors. Many Prague Hotels have lovely names. Would not you like to stay in U Krale Karla, at King Charles?

Prague has so many interesting hotels that deciding where to stay is quite a task. Here is a list that will help you find the best hotels.


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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 cafés. 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.

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Located in a former monastery, Savic Hotel oozes with charm and character. From four-poster beds to a Nepresso coffee machine, Savic knows how to impress. The twenty-seven rooms are full of period details; Mahogany furniture, wooden-beamed ceilings with original paintings and antique parquet floors make you believe that you are in a museum rather than in a hotel. Relax in the tastefully furnished anti lobbies. Rooms are equipped with a home sound system, satellite television and weighing scales. A feature you might need after indulging in Czech cuisine. Savic Hotel is right in the historic center of Prague, a few steps away from Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge.

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The minimalist style of Hotel Maximilian clearly shows that this hotel was designed by the Czech architect Eva Jiricna. Located in a peaceful square opposite St Hastal Church, Maximilian is yet close enough to Prague's most important sights. Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Charles bridge are only ten minutes on foot. Two buildings known as the red House and the Black House make up Hotel Maximilian. Seventy guest rooms are spread over six floors. All rooms feature art works by famous Czech artists. The guest rooms are a true home from home. They are equipped with satellite television, DVD player and a mini bar. WiFi and breakfast are included in the room rate. Be sure to sample egg benedict one of the many scrumptious dishes of the breakfast buffet, Give yourself a treat in the in-house Zen Wellness Spa; foot reflexology, traditional Thai massage or back massage with hot herbs and menthol oils.

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Incredible location, right at the top of Nerudova Street, U Krale Karla is one of Prague's most exquisite hotels in Hradcany, the castle district. The original Gothic building belonged to the Benedictine order and was converted into a Baroque building known as Three Roses. The nineteen rooms are grouped around an atrium topped with a stained-glass ceiling. Antique furniture, painted ceilings and murals give the hotel a regal appearance, entirely in accordance with its name; U Krale Karla, At King Charles. Period furniture, wooden beamed ceiling, and Persian rugs give the guest rooms a Gothic look. Top service, prime location and friendly atmosphere will leave you feeling like a king in a castle.

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Located on Wenceslas Square, Rokoko Hotel is right in the middle of Prague's shopping and entertainment center. Old Town Square is fifteen ten minutes away on foot and it is an easy walk from Hlavni Nadrazi, Central Train Station to the hotel. All sights are close and you will never need a taxi or public transport. This lovingly restored Art Deco building is only one of the architectural beauties around the square. The guest rooms are elegantly furnished. Deep yellow drapes and bed spreads give it a warm feeling. The view across Wenceslas square is superb. All rooms have a safety deposit box, hairdryer, minibar, radio, safe, telephone, Satellite TV and free Internet access. The en-suite bathroom is quite large and has a bath and a shower. Room rates are very reasonable considering the hotel's prime location.

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Botel Admiral
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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.

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This is your opportunity to stay in a Communist era hotel with all comfort and wealth of the twenty-first century. Standard room are smallish and equipped with a work desk and chair satellite flat screen television and tea and coffee making facilities. Safety deposit box and WiFi are charged extra. Executive rooms have the same facilities, but are more spacious. The breakfast room breathes the atmosphere of the olden times and feels slightly constitutional with tables arranged in rows like in a school room. Yakumo, the hotels's Japanese restaurant, specializes in kushiyaki skewers. Washed down with Japanese beer, it is a real treat.

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Tucked away in a quiet street in the Hradcany district, eighteenth-century Romantik Hotel U Raka is a rural gem. Family-run U Raka is housed in one of the few remaining timbered cottages in Prague. The six guest rooms, low ceilings, wooden floors and red-brick fire places, are incredibly comfortable. Add a leafy garden and you have the most romantic getaway you can dream of. All rooms have satellite television, a DVD player and free WiFi. Book the Exclusive room with woodburning fireplace and private terrace for a romantic weekend. Bring comfortable shoes because the cobbled streets around the hotel are high-heel unfriendly.

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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, cafés, 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.

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Grand Hotel Praha occupies a platinum location on Old Town Square. Watch the spectacle of the Astronomical Clock from your window, but guest rooms with a view come at a higher price. Rooms facing the courtyard, typical for Prague buildings, are quieter and equally comfortable. The hotel consists of three Baroque buildings converted into one. Antique furniture, Persian rugs, beamed ceilings, chandeliers and wooden floors add the old feel charm. When you stay in the historical room, the bonus is original mural and antique furniture. Pleasant extras are bathrobe and slippers, free high-speed internet and twice daily room cleaning and turn down service. If you really want to splash out, Stay in the Presidential Suite with a private sauna, cloakroom, Persian rugs and private view of the Astronomical Clock.

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