The rooms in this hotel are large, clean and comfortable - that is where the positives end.
The grey and bleak design of the hotel's exterior are a more telling indication of the quality. It looks like some communist architect had a very bad day when he came up with this place. The public areas of the interior are not much better. Vast spaces of "nothingness" make it feel more like an institution than a hotel.
It is in the soulless caverns of foyers that you have to connect to the free wifi - because the signal does not reach your room. It is hard to skype in a hotel lobby when your voice echoes in the vastness and all your can hear are the disembodied noises of tour guests getting drunk in the world's least intimate bar.
Even though I tried hard to smile and engage the staff, they seem unhappy to be here. All grey like the building's exterior. Maybe they get sick of the big bus loads of ageing nomads who seem the prime occupants here.
However, by far the worst thing about this hotel is the location. It is perched high up on a hill, well away from the historic heart of Prague. The staff suggested I took public transport into town. I tried this. Walked down the steep hill to the tram stop. I didn't have a ticket (because there was no way to buy one) but caught a tram to the subway; hopped onto the subway which finally got me to Prague 30 minutes later. This was tolerable in day light - but trying to return in the lonely, pitch black of this neglected suburb, I felt unsure, unsafe and frightened.
Not a trip to do alone.
I was so uncomfortable that the next day I drove from one of the Hotel Praha's few saving graces - its free car park. However, I still had to pay for parking in Prague for the day - something I was trying to avoid when I chose the Hotel Praha.
Prague itself is an incredible city. Like most great historic cities, it is best in the early morning or the evening, when the day trippers make their way back home. To really appreciate Prague - stay in the city heart, don't be tempted by the flash rooms and low prices of the Hotel Praha.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Praha is newly reconstructed unique hotel. It is located in one of the most prestigious residential and diplomatic quarters of Prague. We have created new kind of luxury keeping the exceptionality originating from the rich history. Exciting atmosphere of all 136 rooms and suites together with splendid view of the Prague Castle and large terrace above the green hotel park. All of this meets the requirements of the most demanding guest and will make your stay unforgettable. All rooms have large terrace and offer breathtaking view of the panorama of Prague. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Praha Hotel Prague